East Dorset Rural

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East Dorset police covers a large 136 square mile area & works hard to effectively engage with the public & work with partner agencies to resolve local policing priorities. The team is split into two strands, urban & rural. They both support each other, work with our response teams & Special constabulary & have a close working relationship with Dorset Police Rural crime team. They are further supported by many volunteers from the community.

The main policing hub is situated in Ferndown with Neighbourhood policing teams (NPT’s) spread out around the section, these are divided into two distinct teams, Urban & Rural.

The rural team are comprised of a sergeant, a PC & one PCSO with an inspector nominally in charge of both rural & urban teams. They cover pretty much all of the villages, and countryside west of the main urban towns in the section, including Sturminster Marshall & Sixpenny Handley.

The team will patrol the area & engage with the community in order to provide reassurance & to deter crime. They can also give salient advice on crime prevention for isolated locations or provide advice on security marking or watch schemes.

East Dorset has a very low crime rate, & is a great place to live. It attracts lots of visitors during the year, as such we want to keep both residents & visitors safe. We also want to continue our support of those affected by crime & to protect vulnerable persons in the community.

Your NPT would like to hear from you about any issues you may like to discuss, find out more about your NPT’s by using the links below. Contact us, so that we together with our partner agencies, can work together to make East Dorset a safer place to live


Get involved

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

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Local Priorities

Preventing and Detecting Rural Crime

Issue Date: 10/02/2020

Reports of rural crime, from farm thefts to poaching, as well as criminal damage and other illegal activity, are a priority for the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
These types of crimes can represent a considerable loss to a victim.

Action Date: 10/02/2020

We have supported Forcewide Rural Crime prevention and enforcement operations, and officers have volunteered to change shifts to support pro-active operations. 
The local Neighbourhood Team's offer crime prevention advice and will proactively target vulnerable sites.
We also liaise closely with the Rural Crime Team and share information to help keep our rural community safe.

Rural Theft - prevention and dectection

Issue Date: 10/02/2020

Another priority for the Neighbourhood Policing Team is the prevention and detection of high value Rural Thefts of; farm machinery, gators, ATVs and Quad bikes for example.  
We have seen an increase in reports of this type of crime in recent weeks.  

Action Date: 10/02/2020

We have regular pro-active police patrols in the areas targeted.  The Neighbourhood Policing Team speak with key individuals within the Rural Communities to offer crime prevention advice and encourage reporting of suspicions incidents.
The local Neighbourhood Policing Team is supported by out Forcewide Rural Crime Team who liaise and share information with other areas and neighbouring Police Forces.  
We use Social Media to share information with our communities and encourage reporting of incidents.   

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Local Social Media

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Your Inspector

Inspector Simon Perry
Inspector Simon Perry

Your local station

Blandford Police Station
Salisbury Road
Blandford
DT11 7HR

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

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East Dorset Rural

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Jane Moore PS 1451
Jane Moore PS 1451
Andy Flanagan PCSO 8194
Andy Flanagan PCSO 8194
Tom Clements PC 2238
Tom Clements PC 2238
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: Blandford 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.