Poole Town & Oakdale

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The Poole Town area consists of a highly populated town centre area with numerous commercial properties at its core. The Dolphin Shopping Centre is Poole's main retail area, and the largest indoor shopping centre in Dorset, the centre itself provides 110 stores and two large multi-storey car parks . A pedestrianised high street containing shops, bars, public houses and restaurants connects the Dolphin Centre with the historic Old Town area and Poole Quay, a renowned visitor attraction with an active and diverse night time economy.

Tourism is key component to Poole's economy. Poole Quay, Poole Pottery and the beaches are some of the main attractions for visitors. Tourist accommodation consists of hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast rooms located around the town that cater for the often transient population throughout the summer.



Local priorities

Updated August 2019

Anti-Social Behaviour Bus Station.  Anti-social behaviour (ASB) affects everyone; it can be personal and targeted at an individual, it could be environmental such as graffiti or can just be general behaviour in an area which affects how residents feel about an area.  ASB is large area of work and it is a force priority which we tackle it through Partnership working, Court orders, and intervention methods. Our ASB in Poole is either youth related in areas such as Poole Bus Station, Poole Park and more recently on the Quay during the Fireworks events.  It can be related to other risks to young people such as exploitation and substance abuse but more commonly it is due to a lack of engagement opportunities.  We work with the local authority Safer Communities Team, St Mungos, Children and Young Persons Services and the schools to tackle these issues

Bike Thefts. We are seeing an increase in bicycle thefts around town.  There are secure bike parking facilities at the station and we would encourage the use of good quality D Locks and chain combination to secure your bike.  Cheap chains don't prevent crime and whilst we will continue to run operations to target the thieves we need your support to prevent opportunities as well.  We work with BikeRegister to offer bike security marking at events through the year so look out on the NPT pages for the next event.  Please make sure you know the following information as should your bike get stolen this will allow us to circulate it to all officers quickly and increase chances of recovery if it is stolen (you'll be amazed how many people don't know the make and colour of their bike when asked):-

  1. Make
  2. Model
  3. Colour
  4. Frame number
  5. Special Features - saddle type, extra stickers, bells, pumps or water bottle colour. 

Street Drinking Poole quay & High Street.  Street drinking and begging is raised by the business community along the High Street and at the Quay as an issue affecting the feeling of safety in the High Street area.  Whilst we support the community in this it is important to work with local charities and social care to tackle the issues which have led to this behaviour and we will support these individuals.  The local authority have a Public Spaces protection Order in place for the area and we work with them to reduce the levels f street drinking and associated ASB in the area.  We have seen the use of the courts to tackle those who breach the Order we will work with the council Community Safety team to enforce the order. Please direct any issues to the Community Safety team initially and they will liaise with us.  As a visible deterrent we will continue to carry out High Visibility Patrol's in the area and engage with individuals gathering in the area who affect the community.

County lines related drug dealing.  We are committed to tackling drugs in Poole and we are seeing a rise in the County Lines related drug issues.  County Lines refers to gangs and dealers from large urban areas (London, Manchester etc) using vulnerable persons in other areas to carry and deal drugs.  They invade the homes of vulnerable people and abuse their vulnerabilities to sell drugs.  We have put a lot of effort into safeguarding those at risk of exploitation by drug gangs so we don’t have a problem on the scale of other areas.  We have an officer dedicated to this line of work who is very proactive and actively targeting vulnerable addresses and seeking warrants and we are working with the local authority to seek closure orders on addresses used by local drug dealers. We will safeguard the vulnerable affected by County Lines. 

To do this we need your help; if you have any information on any of the priorities for Poole please get in touch with Dorset Police via 101; through the ‘Do It Online’ link from the force website and pass your information to the NPT.  The more we know about; the more we can do.  Let’s work together to make Poole safer.

Insp Adrian THOMPSON


You said - we did

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You said
Updated August 2019* ASB Poole Bus Station
We did
Updated August 2019* In response to calls and concerns raised by the community around ASB we have a targeted Operation set to run all year focusing on the issues. The area has now seen a 40% reduction in recorded ASB but we still have work to do and we will continue to target those who cause ASB or threaten/intimidate vulnerable members of our community or visitors. We are working closely with the council ASB Team to tackle the issues and use powers under the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and policing Act 2014 to target the area and reduce instance of ASB. We have secured funding for a Pop Up Youth Club which will deploy around the area to encourage groups to gather away from this site and this allows us to engage and educate the group on their responsibilities to the community and as well as allowing us to identify any risk they may be putting themselves in.. This is an exciting project and we will support and work closely with the youth workers and young people.
You said
Updated August 2019* Street Drinking, Begging and vagrancy Poole Town
We did
Updated July 2019* We support the Boroughs Public Spaces protection Order (PSPO) which aims to tackle issues of street drinking and begging as well as supporting those in need back into accommodation. We have supported the council in issuing penalty notices for breaches of the order and we have seen some of the rough sleepers now accommodated in supported accommodation which has made a big difference to the High Street. We continue to Support the Borough and the PSPO.

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Inspector Adrian Thompson
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Poole Town & Oakdale

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Chris Bolland PCSO 6789
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Steve Donaldson PS 2288
Steve Donaldson PS 2288
James Clarke PCSO 5514
James Clarke PCSO 5514
Sam Cox PCSO 6201
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Chris Lee PC 2817
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