North Dorset Rural

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North Dorset police cover a huge area 235 square mile area of predominately rural Dorset, made up of rolling hillsides, iconic views & historic places. They work 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, volunteers including the Special Constabulary & have close working links to the Dorset Police Rural Crime Team.

The team (Urban & Rural) are led by an inspector, supported by two sergeants. There are then 2 PC’s & 4 PCSO’s. They cover Sturminster Newton & all the rural areas surrounding the 3 Urban hubs, & work closely with those teams to address any concerns or matters that occur.

The area has many villages, & farms & although spread out hosts many important & large events throughout the year including the Great Dorset Steam Fair which brings in over 100,000 visitors over a long weekend in August/September. Other events include the Shaftesbury Gold Hill Fair, Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, Teddy Rocks as well as a host of other events, so the team work hard to ensure these where possible have a presence.

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

North Dorset has one of the lowest crime levels in the county, & is a lovely place to live, hence the amount of visitors during the year. We want to keep both residents & visitors safe & continue to support those affected by crime & to protect the vulnerable in the communities.

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

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

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Local Priorities

Preventing and Detecting Rural Crime

Issue Date: 11/02/2020

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: 11/02/2020

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: 11/02/2020

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

Action Date: 01/03/2020

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.

Sturminster Newton

Issue Date: 01/02/2020

We are aware of concerns and incidents of ASB in Sturminster Newton 

Action Date: 01/03/2020

There are increased patrols in the area and robust dealing of any offence by NPT and Patrol officers. We are also working with our partner agencies including the Local Authority ASB team in problem solving at this location.

Residents affected are being actively encouraged to report any incidents to the relevant agency, this maybe Housing Associations, The Local Authority ASB Team or the Police for example.


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Inspector Simon Perry
Inspector Simon Perry

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Blandford Police Station
Salisbury Road
DT11 7HR

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North Dorset Rural

Neighbourhood Policing Team

James Francis PS 0731 (North Dorset Rural)
James Francis PS 0731 (North Dorset Rural)
Jane Moore PS 1451 (Blandford Rural)
Jane Moore PS 1451 (Blandford Rural)
Dave Mullins PC 2186 (Blandford Rural)
Dave Mullins PC 2186 (Blandford Rural)
Phil Sugrue PC 2146 (Sturminster Newton & North Dorset Rural)
Phil Sugrue PC 2146 (Sturminster Newton & North Dorset Rural)
Chris Mullens PCSO 6644 (Shaftesbury & North Dorset Rural)
Chris Mullens PCSO 6644 (Shaftesbury & North Dorset Rural)
Mandy Robinson PCSO 5352 (Sturminster Newton & Rural)
Mandy Robinson PCSO 5352 (Sturminster Newton & Rural)
Mike Sinnick PCSO 7309 (Blandford Rural)
Mike Sinnick PCSO 7309 (Blandford Rural)
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.