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With the ongoing battle against Covid-19, we are continuing to focus our efforts on high visibility patrols across all areas of West Dorset, challenging people we come across in line with Government legislation along with supporting the most vulnerable within our communities. Please follow Government guidelines and advice from the NHS to help keep yourself and others safe.

Welcome to the Dorchester Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) page which covers the main town shopping area, Brewery Square, Poundbury and all the encompassing residential areas.  The team also cover the large surrounding rural and farming areas around our county town.

The NPT work alongside partner agencies and the local community to ensure Dorchester remains a safe place to live, work and visit. Working in partnership means we can tackle the issues that most affect local people and the NPT have 4 main theme based priorities across Dorchester (& West Dorset), which are:

1. Deliver engagement to prevent and educate the community against scams.

2. Disrupt 'County Lines' networks and criminal exploitation of vulnerable people.

3. Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

4. Policing our rural communities in partnership with the Rural Crime Team.

Please see the Local Priorities section below for more specific and localised issues in your area that we are currently working on.

The NPT believe it’s vitally important that we are accessible to the communities we police and whilst we have taken the decision to suspend face-to-face engagement events at this time, we regularly update our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram - You can follow us using the links on the right hand side of this page). We also utilise Dorset Alert (See the foot of this page for details of how to sign up and see how we can keep you informed so you can help us keep your community safe).

** If you wish to request digital attendance at a community meeting where you have a policing issue you wish to raise, do get in contact with the team to see if we can join you.

If you need to report something or wish to speak to a local officer directly, you can visit the “Contact Us / Do It Online” section of the main Dorset website. For those who are unable to use the internet, you can still call 101 for non-emergencies and 999 should always be called for an emergency where a crime is in progress or life is in danger.



What do you think our priorities should be?

Let Us Know…

*Complete the Survey here*

As your local Neighbourhood Policing Team we are continuing to police toward our local priorities and targets, despite the current situation. We would normally be holding face to face engagements with our communities to help us build a better picture around what our local policing priorities should be. We are keen to continue harnessing your community concerns to achieve this. Therefore we have created this quick online survey to help us make an informed decision around our NPT local priorities. Please see the above link which will take directly to our, (very short) survey.

Get involved

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

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Local Priorities

Anti-Social Behaviour in the Skatepark & Market Car Park

Issue Date: 01/10/2020

We have received an increase in reports of Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) with larger groups gathering in breach of Covid-19 guidelines.

ASB remains a concern in the community and so we continue to work with partners to help reduce instances.

Action Date: 31/12/2020

To tackle this issue, we will conduct patrols in these areas and will engage and educate the groups.  When necessary we will work with other partners, for example the Dorset Council Youth Workers.

The skatepark is now closed due to the 2nd Lockdown.

*OCTOBER 2020*
We conducted additional patrols and spoke to many of the youths involved. We did combined patrols with the Dorset Council Youth Workers and they also did separate engagement with the groups.


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Your Inspector

Darren Stanton 1822
Darren Stanton 1822

Your local station

Dorchester Police Station
Weymouth Avenue

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Neighbourhood Policing Team

Emily Foster A/PS 2445
Emily Foster A/PS 2445
Anthony Elswood PC 2476
Anthony Elswood PC 2476
Natalie Skinner PC 2902
Natalie Skinner PC 2902
Ali Donnison PCSO 6500
Ali Donnison PCSO 6500
Charlotte Alcock PCSO 6121
Charlotte Alcock PCSO 6121
Jane Goodwin PCSO 6534
Jane Goodwin PCSO 6534
Mark Wodarek-Black PCSO 6057
Mark Wodarek-Black PCSO 6057
Sarah Pilcher PCSO 5410
Sarah Pilcher PCSO 5410
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.

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.