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Purbeck South

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Welcome to the Purbeck South Neighbourhood Policing Team.  We are at the peninsula end of the Isle of Purbeck, the gateway to the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast.  We cover a large area from Corfe Castle, Studland, Swanage, Langton Matravers and all the villages and hamlets in between. Policing is varied across our section, with seasonal fluctuations in population bringing a diverse range of both emergency and non-emergency work.

We are based within Swanage Town Hall and comprise of Sergeant Paul Upshall, PC Simon Colvin, PCSO Chris Rosenberg, PCSO Tara Ferrari and PCSO Karl Snooks.



What do you think our priorities should be?

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Complete the survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PurbeckPoliceFB

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 policing 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 informed decision around our NPT local priorities. Please see the above link which will take directly to our, (very short) survey.

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

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Local Priorities

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

Issue Date: 02/07/2021

Purbeck South has clear and identifiable locations where anti-social behaviour occurs, and a limited number of perpetrators. Although reported incidents have dropped, this has meant we can target our resources more effectively.

Action Date: 02/07/2021

We will take action to patrol those areas, making residents and visitors safe and feel safe. We will also deal with offenders to divert them and if necessary prosecute them. We do this in concert with our partners in local government, housing, the NHS and other emergency services.

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

Your local station

Swanage Pathway - Annex
Swanage Town Hall
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BH19 2NZ

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Purbeck South

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Paul Upshall PS 2190
Paul Upshall PS 2190
Tara Ferrari PCSO 5393
Tara Ferrari PCSO 5393
Chris Rosenberg PCSO 5485
Chris Rosenberg PCSO 5485
Karl Snooks PCSO 6094
Karl Snooks PCSO 6094
Simon Colvin PC 2159
Simon Colvin PC 2159
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: Swanage Pathway - Annex.

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.