Facts about the Force
Dorset Police covers approximately 1024 Square miles of land and a similar body of water off the coastline. Dorset is one of a very few to not have a motorway to patrol, but does have three very busy main roads and over 3332 miles of roads to police.
Annually Dorset Police provides a policing coverage for around 0.8 million residents, which increases during term time with students from the universities and colleges. A further 11 million people visitors come to Dorset each year for short breaks or holidays.
The County despite being classed as 93.7% rural includes an airport, and sea ports, serving internal, and international freight and passenger travel.
- Dorset County Constabulary was formed in 1855.
- On 1 October 1967 it merged with Bournemouth Borough Police to form Dorset and Bournemouth Constabulary.
- On 1 April 1974 this force took over some areas (mainly Christchurch and its surrounding areas) from Hampshire Constabulary and acquired its present name.
Dorset Police employs over 2,600 people:
- 1301 Police Constables
- 140 Police Community Support Officers
- 209 Special Constables
- 950 Police Staff and Volunteers