Police officers are warranted and work in partnership with the communities they serve. Forming an integral part of the community, police officers contribute to everything from major sporting events to local classrooms!
Operating at the heart of the community, the role of a police officer is unpredictable as they encounter different challenges to ensure the safety and security of those who work in, live in and visit the county.
Of course, as well as our response officers who patrol our neighbourhoods with PCSOs and react in an emergency, there are many other specialist roles that our officers conduct, from criminal investigation (CID) and roads policing, to the marine and dogs section.
Working in the 21st Century
The job of our police officers is not getting any easier. There are currently 1263 police officers in Dorset, 15% fewer than there was in 2010. In addition, there are new challenges to deal with, rising population numbers and cuts to our policing budget, but our officers are still expected to police 21st century crime and do so to ensure the safety of the public.
Our officers are working harder than ever to ensure our communities are ‘listened to, understood, informed, protected and safe.’