Find your neighbourhood

Welcome to the Swanage 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 brining a diverse range of both emergency and non-emergency work. We are based within Swanage Town Hall and comprise of Sgt Barry Gosling, PC Simon Colvin, PCSO Chris Rosenberg, PCSO Iain Leslie and PCSO Karl Snooks.

Local priorities

 Current priorities: September 2017.

  1. You Said.. Anti Social behaviour studland.  The Summer months bring an increase in the number of ASB incidents reported to us in and around the studland area.  The local NPT team will be increasing patrols of the beach and surrounding areas to try and tackle the issues.             

           *update*we are continuing to patrol relevant areas to provide a visual deterrent and to engage with beach and heath users

      2.  You Said..  Youths are causing problems running through gardens, banging on doors and being generally abusive in the area of queens road, Atlantic avenue and Russell avenue

            We are..  increasing patrols in the area and using covert tactics to try and identify the youths involved.



Resolved priorities and actions taken:       

  1. You said…. speeding along various roads in Swanage is an issue.

    The local policing have been conducting regular speed checks in these areas and trying to increase the use of community speedwatch.
  2. You said.....Anti-social behaviour is an issue on the seafront.

    We did.....
    There had been incidents relating to ASB in the town, mainly around the seafront where property has been damaged. Other property such as benches and beach huts have been damaged in recent months. The local policing team have been conducting patrols in the relevant areas to try and deter and reduce such instances. over the holiday period our presence in the area has increased especially during carnival week, we have engaged with many people during this time, Words of advice offered to a number of cyclist causing issues and ignoring no cycling signs.  Asb reports have currently dropped in the area.
  3. You said…shoplifting in Swanage town centre is an issue

     We did….  The local police team have increased their patrols in the town centre. We have also been working with our local shop keepers to provide crime prevention advice and ensure that when they are a victim of crime they can provide the police with the best evidence possible to ensure we have the highest possible chance of a conviction. Your local police team have also arrested a number of key individuals responsible for a series of shoplifting in Swanage. As a result there has been a 77.8% reduction in shoplifting since April 2017. Please ensure you remain vigilant when shopping and report any suspicious incidents to the shop and police.

  4. You said ...theft from motor vehicles is an issue

    There have been a number of reports of cars being broken in to and contents stolen across Purbeck. Items stolen have been tablet computers, mobile phones, hand bags, satnav's and cash. The public are reminded to not leave any valuable items in their car when they leave it unattended. A car boot is not a safe place to leave items as 'someone' may be watching and subsequently take the item.

    Please be on the lookout for our crime prevention road shows being held at various rural car parks across the area.

    We did….Your local police team have been very busy conducting crime prevention engagement events across the area to make the public aware of the need to secure their vehicles and not to leave valuables inside. I am sure you will have seen the marked police vehicle around the area with the crime prevention message on to raise awareness. Our team have been using this vehicle to patrol all our rural car parks every day to reassure the public, disrupt the criminals and ensure that our rural car parks are a safe place for visitors. We will continue to monitor these areas to ensure we maintain focus on reducing vehicle crime in Purbeck.   As a direct result of our increased vigilance there has been a 33% reduction in thefts from motor vehicles since April 17. We will continue this priority.

  5. You Said... Drug use/Dealing to children on the field at Victoria Avenue Car Park.

    We Did...  Various patrols of the area and worked with the council who cleared an area identified that was being used to take drugs. Since targeting the area there has been no further reported issues

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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Neighbourhood Policing Team

PCSO Chris Rosenberg
PCSO Chris Rosenberg
PCSO Karl Snooks
PCSO Karl Snooks
PCSO Iain Leslie
PCSO Iain Leslie
PS Barry Gosling
PS Barry Gosling
Pc Simon Colvin
Pc Simon Colvin
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.

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