Potterne & Three Legged Cross

Find your neighbourhood

Dorset Police has a clear focus for our Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) resources based upon threat, risk, harm and vulnerability. The operational principles for neighbourhood policing have been developed after listening to the people we serve and having learned from the most distressing incidents elsewhere in the country.

These Operational Principles are:

  • Prioritisation of the needs of the victim - putting the "Victim First"
  • Targeted and flexible deployment of officers based upon threat, risk, harm and vulnerability
  • Informed and focused community engagement and meetings

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team officers will ensure that, as a top priority, they look after the people in your communities who are the victims of crime and anti-social behaviour. We are ensuring that they, the victims, are listened to, understood, kept informed, protected and safe alongside the wider community.

Local priorities



* Carrying out high visibility patrols to deter and confront rogue traders. These such incidents are inherently more commonplace during the summer months and through showing a visible presence, we have already intercepted one such attempt on an elderly Verwood resident.

* Heath fires. Already this year East Dorset has seen several grass fires believed to have been set deliberately. Police are paying particular attention to the St Stevens Castle area of Verwood over the summer months where visible patrols will be carried out.

* Looking to strengthen local links with key NHS personnel in order to help protect the most vulnerable within Verwood.




* Antisocial behavior at the Three Legged Cross recreation ground. We have's received a small number of complaints of antisocial behavior in the area of the recreation ground. Generally youths are being reported as causing nuisance behavior. Patrols are now been increased in the area to identify and deal with any issues found.

* Combating antisocial behavior in secluded car parks. Regular patrols carried out in all car parks around Verwood, Three Legged Cross and Alderholt at all times of the day and night. People spoken to who have been in the car parks to let them know why the patrols are being undertaken. This helps to spread our message.



Get involved

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

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Your inspector

Inspector Shawn Whitley 1919
Inspector Shawn Whitley 1919

Your local station

Verwood Police Station Station Road Verwood BH31 7PU

Telephone: 101 for all 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 Verwood Enquiry Office is CLOSED to the public. Please 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 or dial 101 from any other telephone. For all emergency calls please call 999. You can also use Dorset Police - Do it Online services from www.dorset.police.uk Many thanks for your co-operation and apologies for any inconvenience.

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Potterne & Three Legged Cross

Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC Nick Lee
PC Nick Lee
PCSO Adam Fitzwalter
PCSO Adam Fitzwalter
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: Verwood Police Station Station Road Verwood BH31 7PU.

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.

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