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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.

****************** 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?

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

Issue Date: 04/01/2021

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 North Dorset.

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: 04/03/2021

Throughout the previous quarter we continued to patrol hotspot areas and dealt with ASB using appropriate and proportionate actions. 

As our communities have indicated in the survey results, this still remains a top priority. Therefore we will continues to patrol ASB hot-spot areas, liaising with partner agencies and explore possible solutions to the issues that arise.  

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

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

Issue Date: 04/01/2021

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: 04/03/2021

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 North Dorset. 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 towards this priority as listed above.

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

Issue Date: 04/01/2021

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 types of crimes can represent a considerable loss to a victim.

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.

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

Action Date: 04/03/2021

Our previous priority was reducing crime linked to our rural communities, including Speeding and Anti-Social Driving. 

The vehicle related crime priority is now replaced with the priority listed above, however, speeding continues to be a priority for the team as well as the priorities listed.

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

Issue Date: 10/12/2020

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: 04/03/2021


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Inspector Simon Perry
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Blandford Police Station
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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)
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)
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)
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.