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Gillingham and Shaftesbury

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North Dorset Police cover a huge 235 square mile area and work hard to effectively engage with the public and work with partner agencies to resolve local policing priorities. The team is divided amongst the main towns and also covers the large surrounding rural areas. They support each other as well as working with our response teams and volunteers from the Special Constabulary and wider community in the guise of CCTV volunteers, Community Speed-watch, home watch and farm watch initiatives.

The Neighbourhood Policing Teams (Gillingham and Shaftesbury, Blandford and Rural) are led by an Inspector, supported by two Sergeants. The Gillingham and Shaftesbury teams comprise of, 2 PC’s and 5 PCSO’s, each Town has a dedicated PC and PCSO's and 1 PCSO focusses on the Rural areas around both Towns. The officers  will often work with each other and come together in problem solving or addressing specific local priorities, or to police the many events held in the area. Each town therefore has a regular Police presence, although the main response policing hub is based in Blandford and officers from the Blandford hub will patrol, attend incidents and investigate crimes in the North Dorset area as demand levels require.

Each town is slightly different in demography, the Northern most town Gillingham, has a population of approx. 12,000 – it has a mainline railway station and other strong transport links with easy access to the A303 (primary road route East and West). Similar to nearby Shaftesbury, Gillingham borders other Counties this means the teams often work and share information with our neighbouring forces.  The Town will see a significant housing development and associated population expansion in 2021.

Shaftesbury has a population of approx. 8000 and has already seen recent housing expansion with more planned/in progress. The common theme running through both team’s ethos is to provide a visible presence in those towns, to carry out community engagements as much as possible and provide a reassuring presence for the many local events happening throughout the year.

North Dorset has one of the lowest crime levels in the county, and is a lovely place to live, hence the continued expansion of the towns. Our intention is to keep you safe as well as support those affected by crime with a particular focus on the vulnerable in our communities.

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team (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 together with our partner agencies we can make North Dorset a safer place to live.


****************** CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE ******************

With the current situation, we are focusing our efforts on high visibility patrols in key areas. We will be 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.



What do you think our priorities should be?

Let Us Know…

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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 community 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 inform decision around our NPT local priorities. Please see the attached link which will take directly to our, (very quick) survey. 

Get involved

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

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Local Priorities

1. Autumn/Winter - Disrupting 'County Lines' networks and criminal exploitation of vulnerable people.

Issue Date: 19/09/2020

We will proactively target organised drug supply by developing and acting on community intelligence.

In conjunction with the County Lines Team, we will carry out regular safe and well checks on vulnerable members of the community.  This will help protect them from the risks that county lines drugs suppliers pose.

We will also liaise with and signpost vulnerable victims to our partner agencies that can offer help, support and advice.  

Action Date: 31/12/2020

2. Autumn/Winter - Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

Issue Date: 19/09/2020

We will identify, through community intelligence and day-to-day policing, hot spot areas where ASB is a concern. 

We will complete regular Hot Spot patrols and actively engage with persons causing ASB issues and deal with appropriately. 

We will work with our partner agencies to reduce ASB in hot spot areas and repeat offenders. 

Where youth related ASB is taking place we will adopt the VOLT (Victim, Offender, Location, Time) policing model. 

Action Date: 31/12/2020

During the summer months we continued to work towards reducing ASB issues in our towns. 

Where possible, we patrolled hot spot areas and actively engaged with persons causing concern. 

We have issued dispersal notices where necessary as well as relevant advice.

Continued monitoring of ASB areas in both Towns has resulted in reduction of calls for service.

Despite this reduction, a recent priority survey, shows that this is still a community concern. Therefore we will continue to monitor developing ASB hot spots as well as ones already on our radar. 

We rely on community intelligence, so please continue to report any concerns or issues.

3. Autumn/Winter - Vehicle Crime

Issue Date: 24/09/2020

Recent Priority Survey results have shown that vehicle crime is a concern amongst our communities.

This includes Speeding, Anti-Social Driving and Theft from vehicles.

Dorset Police currently have a 'No Excuse' team who focus directly with roads policing and offences linked to speeding and anti-social driving. 

We will actively direct community intelligence around this to the team.

We also have community speed watch, whom we will work alongside.

We will update social media and Dorset alert around any upcoming vehicle crime trends and crime prevention advice relevant to this priority. 

Action Date: 31/12/2020

4. COVID-19 - NPT's response to the regulations.

Issue Date: 19/09/2020

1) ENGAGE with our communities via all safe methods available to us to inform, educate and reassure.

2) EXPLAIN the government guidance and the law

3) ENCOURAGE voluntary compliance with the guidelines and the law

4) ENFORCE the law as a last resort.

We will apply the law in a system that is flexible, discretionary and pragmatic. This will enable us to make sensible decisions and employ our judgement where necessary. 

Action Date: 31/12/2020


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Your Inspector

Inspector Simon Perry
Inspector Simon Perry

Your local station

Gillingham Police Station
1 School Road

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Gillingham and Shaftesbury

Neighbourhood Policing Team

James Francis PS 0731
James Francis PS 0731
Geraint Craig PC 2024
Geraint Craig PC 2024
Rob Hammond PC 0740
Rob Hammond PC 0740
Vicky Biggs PCSO 5370
Vicky Biggs PCSO 5370
Phil Dibble PCSO 8857
Phil Dibble PCSO 8857
Nicky Fear PCSO 5380
Nicky Fear PCSO 5380
Su Leatt PCSO 5382
Su Leatt PCSO 5382
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: Gillingham 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.