Dorset - North

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The North Dorset area covers 268 square miles and the four main towns of Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Blandford and Sturminster Newton. 

Despite the continued and rapid expansion of the four main towns, with Gillingham alone doubling in size and set for further expansion, crime rates remain low and detection rates high.

We are fortunate to live in an area where the majority of the population are law-abiding citizens and are willing to come forward with information so that we can support them in maintaining the area as one of the safest places to live in England. However, fear of crime remains much higher than the reality.

The Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) that cover the section are committed to having close contact with the local community, in order to carefully consider issues that residents decide are of concern to them.

One Section Commander covers the area, supported by station sergeants for each of the four towns and wider NPTs. The teams include police constables, PCSOs, special constables and volunteers. This facilitates regular direct contact with local residents in order to look at issues that they consider important within their communities. It also allows us to work directly with partner agencies such as district and town councils, the health service and housing associations to find solutions more quickly and efficiently.

In addition to the NPTs, patrol officers are also based at all four main stations to provide further support and response to live incidents within the area.

The North Dorset area hosts many important events including the county’s biggest event, the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Many other popular events take place throughout the year, including Shaftesbury Gold Hill Fair, Gillingham Music Festival, Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, the Shaftesbury and Gillingham show, carnivals and music festivals at the Larmer Tree.

The NPTs would like to hear from you, members of the public, about any issues you would like to discuss. Find out more about your NPT by using the links below. Please contact us so that we, together with our partner agencies, can work together to make North Dorset an even safer place to live.

Crime levels in North Dorset have decreased during the past three years. There were 2,586 recorded crimes in 2010/11, 2,337 recorded crimes in 2011/12 and 2,062 recorded crimes in 2012/13. This is an overall reduction in recorded crime of around 20% in North Dorset and represents 524 fewer victims of crime than there were three years ago.

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