Purbeck South

Find your neighbourhood

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 Sgt Paul Upshall, PC Simon Colvin, PCSO Chris Rosenberg and PCSO Karl Snooks.

Local priorities

Effective from April 2019

1) Vulnerability 

This year our primary focus is Vulnerability.  We aim to protect the most vulnerable by improving support and consultation within the community.  There are many strands to vulnerability and our plan revolves around the areas we feel will have the greatest impact, enabling us to prepare, prevent, protect and pursue victims, offenders and locations.  These are outlined below:     

  • Adults at Risk

Many adults suffer isolation, fending for themselves.  This leaves them open to exploitation.  As a result their health and physical appearance is likely to deteriorate.  They may also become withdrawn from society.  Others are subjected to cuckooing, a form of coercive behaviour that allows others (sometimes strangers) to assume control over their life. 

  • Cyber Crime

Cyber Crime is an ongoing concern.  Victims are scammed out of life savings, resulting in extreme trauma and stress that often leads to other areas of poor health.  We try to raise awareness of the various current scams on our social media channels and Dorset Alert, reiterating the importance of sharing this information with elderly relatives and neighbours.

  • Missing People

Missing people are often very vulnerable with mental health issues including depression and may not want to engage in conversation.  They are also at high risk of exploitation.  

  • Modern Slavery

Modern forms of slavery can include debt bondage, where a person is forced to work for free to pay off a debt, child slavery, forced marriage, domestic servitude and forced labour, where victims are made to work through violence and intimidation.

2) Anti-social Behaviour

Purbeck Police understand the frustration caused by anti-social behaviour and will continue to work closely with partner agencies to solve local issues.  We do take positive action through an escalation process and will continue to identify offenders, issuing letters and in cases of young people, speaking to parents.  Where necessary, anti-social and criminal behaviour orders will be used.

3) Drugs

Officers are mindful of the impact drugs have on the community and aim to deal positively with intelligence and reports around dealing and use.  We have recently conducted a number of police operations on known drugs addresses throughout Purbeck, in particular around Swanage & Wareham, resulting in arrests and drug seizures.  We will continue to do this so long as intelligence supports it.  We are also committed to educating young people about the dangers of drug dealing and use, expanding this to partner agencies to help spot the early signs and symptoms of exploitation.

4) Problem Solving/Engagement/Targeted Activity

Our team will build effective partnerships and share information, scan for problems, analyse situations and respond with positive action to protect. 

Vulnerability, ASB & drug related issues will be identified through effective engagement, intelligence gathering and partnership working.  We will then raise awareness through effective use of social media platforms.  Throughout 2019, we will develop our Hotel/B&B Watch scheme and deliver awareness information at bi-annual partnership meetings.  We will continue to work in partnership and empower communities to look after each other by educating the signs and symptoms of vulnerability and encourage the community to be vigilant and inquisitive.

We will continue to prevent, disrupt, detect and pursue victims and offenders of ASB.  Furthermore, seeking to identify those involved and take positive action in line with ASB enforcement powers.


You said - we did

This section is for us to share some of the daily work we do on your behalf.

You said
"Cybercrime is a local concern." A number of reports have been received from Swanage residents who have fallen victim to cyber crimes.
We did
We arranged for a Cybercrime expert to deliver a public talk which we invited the victims to. We are in the process of organising another input from the Cyber Team. Once the event has been organised, we will publicise it via social media and Dorset Alert.
You said
"There is an issue with vehicle related offences such as speeding in Swanage."
We did
We conducted speed checks outside St Mary's School, Swanage with the help of some year 6 students. In the time officers were conducting these checks, 18 vehicles were caught driving above the 30 mph limit. Out of those 18 vehicles, 13 were issued words of advice, 2 by the children. Tickets were issued to 5 drivers for travelling in excess of 40 mph. 44 mph was the fastest recorded speed when the children were out with us! Please check your speed, especially when driving past a school. Furthermore, we have reported a number of people for parking on zig zag lines in the town. We are also in the process of setting up a Community Speed Watch for the area.

Get involved

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Report to the local authority here.

Email: communitysafety@purbeck-dc.gov.uk

Tel: 01929 557396

We often receive complaints or concerns about cycling events which are happening in Purbeck. If your complaint is of a general nature, then please contact the event organiser. Dorset Police have no jurisdiction over these.

Complaints about vehicle obstruction and parking should be referred to Dorset County Council. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/travel-dorset/roads-and-driving/parking/on-street-parking

The Purbeck dog warden is responsible for handling and kennelling stray dogs, promoting responsible ownership and enforcing bye-laws. Dog fouling, stray and lost dogs can be reported to Purbeck District Council online. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/dog-warden/purbeck

Advice on dealing with noisy neighbours and noise complaints are the responsibility of the local authority. In Purbeck you can make a complaint online here. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/noise

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Your inspector

Inspector Andrew Keel
Inspector Andrew Keel

Your local station

Swanage Pathway - Annex Swanage Town Hall High Street Swanage BH19 2NZ

Telephone: 101 for non-emergency calls. In an emergency please call 999.

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available or take a message.

Front counter opening hours
From April to September - Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Between October and March - Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-3pm. Please note: Document production, court and police bail registration, sex offenders registration, and the surrender of firearms is not available at Swanage Pathway. For these services, please visit an alternative police station. Police services available are: Handing in of found property, reporting of crime and incidents via 101 facility at the reception, NPT and Response Officer interviews and liaison with NPT officers .

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Purbeck South

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Chris Rosenberg PCSO 5485
Chris Rosenberg PCSO 5485
Paul Upshall
Paul Upshall
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 Swanage Town Hall High Street Swanage BH19 2NZ.

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.