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Purbeck North

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Purbeck North is one team, led by Temporary Sergeant Simon Colvin.  Purbeck is an area of outstanding natural beauty and we are very fortunate to work in such a fantastic location.       

The Purbeck North Team covers a large section of rural West Purbeck in addition to the Wareham Town, Sandford, Holton Heath, Organford, Lytchett Minster, Lytchett Matravers, Upton, Morden, Bloxworth, Bere Regis, and Hyde. This is a mixture of rural villages and towns edging on to the greater conurbation area of Poole, also encompassing Wareham forest. 

The team consists of Temporary Sergeant Simon Colvin, PC Harriet Doust, PCSO Dave Hamilton, PCSO Sarah Hart and PCSO Mike Gowans.



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Local Priorities

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

Issue Date: 02/07/2021

There are clear and identifiable locations where anti-social behaviour occurs, with a small number of persistent offenders. ASB has dropped significantly in the Northern area of Purbeck, so that our team is now more able to concentrate on individuals and specific sites.

Action Date: 02/07/2021

We will prevent ASB by using patrolling methods in combination with long-term prevention strategies. We will work with our partners to identify perpetrators and address their behaviour appropriately. We will consult with the communities affected, to ensure we are achieving this aim.

We have achieved some notable successes - reducing the reports of ASB considerably in the Upton area and taking action against persistent offenders. This has reduced the demand from key individuals by over 75%.

Summer Policing in Purbeck

Issue Date: 02/07/2021

The summer in Purbeck has a unique character, and no more so than for local policing. In any normal year, we would see a large number of visitors; this has been magnified by the covid pandemic, which has put pressure on local services and changed the nature of the challenges we face.

Action Date: 02/07/2021

We have identified priority areas for patrol (where visitors have the highest impact) and worked with our partners in the council, other emergency services and agencies to plan to mitigate this. Contingency plans are in place for the Lulworth area, and a working group is being formed along similar lines for Studland.

The team has created a briefing for officers on summer overtime in the area, so that residents and visitors can be reassured that we are in the right areas at the right time. Their activities are recorded and reviewed, so we can adapt when needed.

Reducing theft from unattended motor vehicles

Issue Date: 02/07/2021

The only main crime area to see rises last year was thefts from unattended motor vehicles. Despite successes in arresting key offenders, new issues have emerged, with catalytic converter thefts seeing a sharp rise in the wintertime.

Action Date: 02/07/2021

Purbeck Neighbourhood team have adopted the issue as their own and appointed an officer dedicated to reducing these crime as much as possible. They've commissioned research into patterns, identified vulnerable victims, tasked patrols and arranged follow-up enquiries. There is evidence that this is having some effect, as catalytic converter thefts have reduced significantly.


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Inspector James Offer 1921
Inspector James Offer 1921

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Neighbourhood Policing Team

Simon Colvin T/PS 2159
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Mike Gowans PCSO 6087
Mike Gowans PCSO 6087
Dave Hamilton PCSO 7122
Dave Hamilton PCSO 7122
Sarah Hart PCSO 5301
Sarah Hart PCSO 5301
Harriet Doust PC 0314
Harriet Doust PC 0314
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: Wareham Police Station.

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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.