Gillingham and Shaftesbury

Find your neighbourhood

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.


Get involved

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

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Local Priorities

1. Breaks To Local Businesses

Issue Date: 01/01/2020

Breaks to local businesses

Action Date: 01/03/2020

2. Drug use & dealing

Issue Date: 01/01/2020

Continued focus on drug use and dealing in both Towns.

Action Date: 01/03/2020

3. Anti-Social Behaviour

Issue Date: 01/01/2020

Ongoing work to deter ASB in key areas around Gillingham Town.

Ongoing work to deter ASB in the areas of Laneside, Shaftesbury.

Action Date: 01/03/2020

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Your Inspector

Inspector Simon Perry
Inspector Simon Perry

Your local station

Gillingham Police Station
1 School Road
Gillingham
SP8 4QR

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

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available or take a message.

Front counter opening hours
Monday & Friday 10:00 – 15:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday - Closed Please note on certain dates we will need to reduce access to services. These will be listed below: FEBRUARY 2020: MARCH 2020: APRIL 2020: Normal policing patrols will continue to be provided and alternative contact can be made using the online reporting services on our website, or enquiries via 101. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Gillingham and Shaftesbury

Neighbourhood Policing Team

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