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Dorchester

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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.

2020 was a challenging year for all and as we move into what we expect to be a bumper 2021 summer season, your Neighbourhood Policing Team is being tasked to cover tourist & ASB hotspot locations to ensure that the residents and visitors to Dorset this year are able to enjoy our beautiful county.

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.

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

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Local Priorities

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) including at Thomas Haryde Fields and Town Car parks

Issue Date: 20/10/2021

We will patrol areas recently highlighted to us by the public as being problem areas for ASB (including underage drinking, littering and inappropriate language/behaviour in a public space).  Patrols will be in areas including The Thomas Haryde Fields which has been subject to ASB in the evenings, The Trinity Street Car Park area near the old tennis courts, The Market Car Park and Borough Gardens.

*Investigations will continue regarding the reports of youths using Catapults aimed at wildlife and property*

Action Date: 31/03/2022

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 and The County Council Consequence Scheme which issues warning letters to involved youths and their parents/ Guardians. We will also work with our Licensing partners and Licensed premises to help prevent under-age drinking. We will liaise with the Council to clear undergrowth and shrubs to improve sight lines in problem areas. The use of Council Mobile CCTV cameras will also be considered.

Please do follow us on our local social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) to see regular updates of all the activity the team are involved in.

 

 

Poaching and Rural Crime

Issue Date: 01/10/2021

Reports of damage to farmers fields and their crops, damage to their gates, animal remains being found, vehicles being seen late at night in fields driving recklessly. Thefts being committed in remote rural locations, including high value Tractor GPS trackers.

Action Date: 31/03/2022

Liaise with farmers, targeted patrols including overnight operations, gathering and submitting intelligence.

Taking action and targeting known offenders.

Ensure farmers are aware of the latest crime prevention advise.

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Your Inspector

Darren Stanton 1822
Darren Stanton 1822

Your local station

Dorchester Police Station
Weymouth Avenue
Dorchester
DT1 1QZ

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Dorchester

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Matt Whetham PS 1373
Matt Whetham PS 1373
Anthony Elswood PC 2476
Anthony Elswood PC 2476
Natalie Skinner PC 2902
Natalie Skinner PC 2902
Paul Diffey PC 2617
Paul Diffey PC 2617
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.