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Our Priorities

Dorset is one of the safest counties in the UK in which to live. We are totally committed to working to make our county an even safer and better place in which to live, but we can't do it on our own. Throughout history policing has been most effective when the community and the police work together, helping each other to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

We have set our operational priorities which have been based on today's risks and from what our communities and the Police and Crime Commissioner have told us are areas of concern. Each year these priorities are reviewed and throughout the year we will work with the PCC to ensure the Force is focused on them.

The following priorities are at the heart of activity carried out by Dorset Police over the next four years. 


Our priorities: 

Protecting people at risk of harm

Effectively targeting resources on the basis of threat, risk and harm to safeguard the most vulnerable and fulfil the core policing duty of protecting our communities.

Working with our communities

Regularly engaging with local people and partners to bring the police to the heart of the communities they serve and to identify sustainable solutions to the issues of greatest concern in Dorset.

Supporting victims, witnesses and reducing reoffending

Providing the best possible support services to victims and witnesses of crime in Dorset, while taking steps to break the cycle of reoffending by rehabilitating our young and most prolific offenders.

Transforming for the future

Working in collaboration with partners, developing our technology and investing in our people to meet the challenge of emerging threats and operate effectively, both now and in the future.

Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021

Click here to visit the interactive Police and Crime Plan

Here you can stay up to date around the four pillars of the Plan and the issues that matter most to you by using the filter features available. 

Code of Ethics

Dorset Police adopted the national Code of Ethics in April 2014.

The Code is at the heart of every decision made by each and every officer, every day.

Find out more here

Our Equality Objectives

"The purpose of setting specific, measurable equality objectives is to help listed authorities to better perform the general equality duty, focusing on the outcomes to be achieved. Equality objectives help focus attention on the priority equality issues within an organisation in order to deliver improvements in policy making, service delivery and employment, including resource allocation."

Equality & Human Rights Commission