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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.



What do you think our priorities should be?

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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. 

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

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Local Priorities

1. To Disrupt and Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) with a focus on Youth related ASB and Hotspots.

Issue Date: 01/04/2021

It is still a top priority for Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Blandford and North Dorset Rural, along with our patrol Teams to support Dorset Police's IMPACT Team (Integrated Missing Person and Child Exploitation Team) and partner agencies to protect children and young people at risk of Anti-Social Behaviour & Vulnerability. Recent trends include underage drinking, drug misuse and associated ASB and Disorder at identified Hotspots utilising the Victim, Offender, Location, Time  (VOLT) Policing Model.

We are aware that ASB adversely affects people who live within our communities, working in collaboration with our partners we will explore possible solutions. 
With the help of our communities we will identify vulnerable people who may be susceptible to becoming a victims of ASB and this will help to us to inform, reassure and signpost them for the appropriate support. As well as targeting the offenders. 

Your Neighbourhood Policing Teams welcome any information or support from the public and local community.  Please continue to report incidents to us on line, on 101 or 999 in an emergency. 

With the easing of the COVID-19 Restrictions, this priority will continue to be monitored and reviewed

Action Date: 01/07/2021

Following on from our recent Neighbourhood Policing Priority Surveys (published on this website and via our social media channels) Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) has been selected as a top priority for residents in Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Blandford and North Dorset Rural.

Throughout the previous quarter we continued to patrol hotspot areas and dealt with ASB using appropriate and proportionate actions. Our partner agencies have increased Youth Out Reach and we will continue to work with them throughout the summer months to protect children, young people and people at risk of exploitation. 

2. Drug Dealing - Disrupt 'County Lines' networks and criminal exploitation of vulnerable people.

Issue Date: 04/01/2021

County Lines' is a national issue which involves the exploitation of vulnerable persons; this can involve both young people and adults who require safeguarding. These vulnerable young people and adults are targeted by violent members of drug networks and gangs in order to move and sell drugs across the country or. Agencies have identified that there is growing evidence of city-based drug networks extending their drug dealing activity into new areas, many of which are coastal and market towns. The drug networks will often take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing. This has a significant impact on the local community and increases the level of street dealing and ASB

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.  

Toward the end of 2021 Shaftesbury NPT along with Patrol officers were able to locate and dismantle a Cannabis Factory in Shaftesbury Town Centre.  One offender was arrested and remanded currently awaiting trail. 



Action Date: 01/07/2021

This priority has, again, been selected by the community as a priority this quarter. In the previous quarter we have continued to tackle drug related activity in Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Blandford and North Dorset Rural)  We have worked with partner agencies and have safeguarded persons where necessary.

As this priority has rolled into our first quarter of 2021, we will continue to work on this priority, monitor and review it when needed.    

3. Rural Crime - including Burglaries and other rural related crimes.

Issue Date: 01/04/2021

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 reports and crimes can represent a considerable loss to a victim.

Action Date: 01/07/2021

We will gather intelligence, engaging with rural communities to ensure that we direct our resources appropriately. We will conduct enforcement and prevention operations, with the aim of protecting victims and reducing the effect rural crime has.

We will consult with our communities to ensure we're achieving these aims.

From the recent Neighbourhood Policing Priority Survey, Burglaries have been selected as a top priority. Our rural communities have been affected by burglaries recently, therefore this will also be a focus for our teams. 

We will work in partnership with the Rural Crime team to police our rural communities, share intelligence and engage.

Work is also being done with Dorset Waste partnership targeting fly tipping and associated offences.

Please check our Social media pages for updates on our achievements.

4. Summer Demand and expected increase in Visitors/tourism – Neighbourhood Policing Teams continuing response to the regulations.

Issue Date: 01/04/2021

With the easing of Lockdown and anticipated increase in staycations- It is likely that we will see an increase in tourism and visitors which may impact on the Rural infrastructure of our areas.

We will continue to:

1) ENGAGE with our community 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: 01/04/2021

This is an on-going priority and will be reviewed and update when appropriate. 


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Inspector Simon Perry 1656
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Gillingham Police Station
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Gillingham and Shaftesbury

Neighbourhood Policing Team

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