Dorchester Town

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Dorchester Town is a Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) based in the Dorchester and Sherborne Section. Dorchester Town NPT cover the main shopping town area in South Street & Trinity Street as well as surrounding areas like Brewery Square, Poundbury and surrounding residential areas. You will often see your local Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) out on high visibility foot or cycle patrol, please say hello as we will always welcome a friendly chat or offer advice where needed. Our main objectives will always be to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and any anti-social behaviour around the town.

Local priorities

(last reviewed January 2020)

  1. Significant work is being conducted in relation to County Lines. The term County Lines refers to drug networks set up between an urban hub and county location into which drugs are supplied. The group exploits young or vulnerable people to achieve storage or supply of drugs and movement of cash proceeds. The dwellings of vulnerable people are often used, this is commonly known as cuckooing. The Neighbourhood Policing Team’s emphasis is on safeguarding vulnerable people and disrupting criminal activity,this is achieved by having good relationships with the community and obtaining information around drug activities. They will also conduct regular address checks to vulnerable people and work with other agencies to try and prevent them from being targeted by these groups. NPT’s will also undertake enforcement action and regularly carry out Drug Warrants. A close relationship with Housing providers is also essential in working towards evictions or utilising Housing legislation to deal with tenancy breaches.  Please support us by providing any information that you may have. We can be contacted by calling 101, via our website, meet the teams or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  2. Engagement with the vulnerable within our community who are victims of scams and fraudulent activity. The Neighbourhood Policing Team are working to raise awareness of current crime trends and provide safeguarding provision for those who have been victims. 
  3. Purse safety following incidents of purse theft in Dorchester Town Centre.


Resolved priorities and actions taken:

  1. ASB from young people in the town centre and surrounding areas has been reduced. This has been achieved by hi-visibility patrols in hot spots, multi agency work and community engagement. There has been successful work conducted alongside The Local Authority's ASB team working with individuals and families.
  2. County Lines-Significant on going work is being completed by a designated team with very positive results.




You said - we did

This section is for us to share some of the daily work we do on your behalf.

You said
Noise from one of the town's car parks late at night.
We did
Encouraged the council to address the issue. Arrangements are now in place for the car park to be shut from 10.30 pm each night.
You said
Reported begging in town.
We did
Worked with partner agencies to support and signpost individuals.

Get involved

Speak with the team at one of the following local events.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Dorset Police do not deal with these type of enquiries and they should be directed to the Local Council. If you feel a vehicle is abandoned you should report the vehicle on the 'Dorset for you' website. Please follow the link below, which will guide you through what you have to do: 

West Dorset District Council Dog Warden is responsible for handling and kennelling stray dogs, promoting responsible ownership and enforcing bye-laws. Dog fouling and stray/lost dogs can be reported to West Dorset District Council online via the link below;

To report a noise complaint you should report it to the Council through the 'Dorset for you' website. Please follow the link below: 

If you have had a recent scam call, letter or email etc. you can report this to Action Fraud. If you have unfortunatley fallen victim to this scam, you should also report it to your bank and the Police. You can do this by following the links below: 

Action Fraud: 

Dorset Police: 

Complaints about vehicle obstruction and parking should be referred to Dorset County Council. Please use the link shown below;

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Your inspector

Inspector Darren Stanton
Inspector Darren Stanton

Your local station

Dorchester Police Station Weymouth Avenue Dorchester DT1 1QZ

Telephone: 101 for non-emergency calls. In an emergency please call 999.

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available or take a message.

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Please note that the Dorchester Enquiry Office is CLOSED to the public, however be assured that Police Officers will still be working in your area. If you wish to make a non-urgent enquiry, please either use the yellow telephone outside the station or dial 101 from any other telephone. For all emergency calls please call 999. If you wish to speak to someone regarding your enquiry then volunteers can be found in the foyer of Dorchester Library on Mondays and Thursdays between the hours of 10am and 2pm, and Wednesdays between the hours of 10am to 1pm. Many thanks for your co-operation and apologies for any inconvenience.

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Dorchester Town

Neighbourhood Policing Team

PS Andy Napper
PS Andy Napper
PCSO Mark Wodarek-Black
PCSO Mark Wodarek-Black
PC Anthony Elswood
PC Anthony Elswood
PCSO Charlotte Alcock
PCSO Charlotte Alcock
PCSO Jane Goodwin
PCSO Jane Goodwin
What we do

Neighbourhood policing improves the quality of life within Dorset communities. Working together with partner agencies and problem-solving with local people and groups, we will target the policing issues that matter most in your area.

Get in touch with us today to raise any issues you have and to find out what priorities we are currently working on. This is your chance to influence the service that the police, and our partners, provide.

You can contact us via the Dorset Police website or social media, where we also promote upcoming meetings and events. We are based at: Dorchester Police Station Weymouth Avenue Dorchester DT1 1QZ.

In an emergency

The Neighbourhood Policing Team works with colleagues across Dorset Police, but does not respond to emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, always dial 999 immediately, so we can help you as quickly as possible.