Gillingham and Shaftesbury
North Dorset police cover a huge 235 square mile area, & work hard to effectively engage with the public & work with partner agencies to resolve local policing priorities. The team is divided amongst the main towns, & also covers the large surrounding rural areas. They support each other as well as working with our response teams & volunteers from the Special Constabulary & wider community in the guise of CCTV volunteers, Community Speed-watch, home watch & farm watch initiatives.
The teams (Gillingham & Shaftesbury, Blandford & Rural) are led by an Inspector, supported by two Sergeants, the G&S team then comprises of, 2 PC’s & 3 PCSO’s. Each PC is dedicated to a specific town – Shaftesbury & Gillingham but will often work with each other & come together in problem solving or addressing specific local priorities, or to police the many events held in the area. Each town has a police presence, although the main policing hub is in Blandford.
Each town is slightly different in demography, the Northern most town Gillingham, has a population of approx. 12,000 – it has a railway station & similar to nearby Shaftesbury, sits close to the border with Wiltshire & Somerset. This means the teams often work with our neighbouring forces.
Shaftesbury has a population of approx. 8000 & has expanded, as have both towns covered by the n team. The common theme running through the 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, & is a lovely place to live, hence the continued expansion of the towns, we would like to keep you safe as well as support those affected by crime and to protect the vulnerable in our communities.
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 North Dorset a safer place to live.
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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.
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.