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					2010/11
Safer Dorset Handbook
Dorset County
The Dorset Police guide to your area and how to contact us
What’s inside

3 Foreword

4 Annual Policing Plan 2010/11

6 Dorset Police Authority

10 Investigating crime

11 Dorset‟s Criminal Justice System

12 Operations Division

15 Work with us to make a difference in your community

16 Dorset County Overview

18 Bridport

22 Christchurch

26 Dorchester & Sherborne

30 East Dorset

34 North Dorset

38 Purbeck

42 Weymouth & Portland

46 Your views matter

39 Dorset Police Online Safeguarding Young People Online

40 How to protect the people you care about from Distraction Burglary and Rogue Traders


This handbook cost 17p to produce – part of the cost of the publication has been paid for from the
Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). Includes local policing summaries which is a Home Office
requirement.
Foreword from the Chief Constable and the Chairman of Dorset Police Authority
Dorset Police and Dorset Police Authority retain their two non-negotiable strategic objectives – To
Make Dorset Safer and To Make Dorset Feel Safer.
While it is true that the financial challenges we face are unprecedented, our Force has always
sought to improve its operational and financial capability. All aspects of Force business are being
reviewed to ensure we are able to meet the needs of our communities and the organisation.
During recent years, we have proved to be one of the best performing forces nationally, despite
being the second lowest funded force in England and Wales (per head of population). We are the
fourth lowest spending force per resident, yet we have the highest proportion of our budget spent
on frontline Police Officers.
The Force continues to achieve significant reductions in overall crime, violence and vehicle crime.
We have also responded to the concerns you have raised with a number of successful operations
to disrupt the supply of drugs and reduce anti-social behaviour.
The „No Excuse‟ campaign seeks to make Dorset‟s roads safer by improving driver behaviour
through the enforcement of offences likely to increase the risk of collision or result in more serious
injuries or death. Nearly 7,000 traffic related offences were detected after the first four months of
operations.
We thank members of the public and our partner organisations for their continued support in
helping to make Dorset Safer and feel Safer.
Chief Constable Martin Baker and Dorset Police Authority Chairman Michael Taylor.
Annual Policing Plan 2010/11
In 2009/10 the Force made significant progress in making Dorset even safer. Total crime has been
reduced by a further five per cent, to an 11 year low, and the year saw the achievement of
substantial reductions in serious violent crime and robbery. Overall, violence has been reduced for
the fourth successive year and there have been notable reductions in criminal damage as well as
vehicle crime (now at a 14 year low).
What we aim to do this year
It is our aim to continue to Make Dorset Safer and Make Dorset Feel Safer in 2010/11. Our
priorities this year are to:
      Reduce serious violent crime
      Deal effectively with the crime and anti-social behaviour most affecting local communities
      Protect vulnerable people and communities
      Tackle serious and organised criminals
      Counter terrorism and domestic extremism
      Reduce road casualties
      Bring offenders to justice
      Secure the trust and confidence of people in Dorset in their police force and its crime
         reduction and criminal justice partners
     
Measuring how we do
Targets for policing are set to reflect local and national needs and expectations. They enable us to
assess and communicate how well we are meeting those expectations. This year our targets
include:
      To reduce the number of most serious violent crimes by 3% and increase the detection rate
         to 50%
      To reduce the number of serious acquisitive crimes (involving burglary, robbery and car
         crime) by 1% and increase the detection rate by 2%
      To increase the detection of hate crime to 47%
      To reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by 3% and the
         number of children killed or seriously injured by 10%
      To increase the percentage of people who think the police are doing a good job to 67% and
         those who think that the police and local authorities are dealing with the crime
         and anti-social behaviour issues that matter in their
         area to 57%
      To increase the percentage of people satisfied with the service provided by the police to
         88% and with the progress updates that the police make to 73%
      To maintain the percentage of 999 emergency calls answered within 10 seconds at 90%
Improving the organisation and service
We continually review how we operate so that we are as effective and efficient as possible. To
improve our capability to deliver our objectives in 2010/11 and beyond we have adopted a
programme
of continuous improvement known as the “One Team” programme.
Our Policing Plan and a summary of the plan, as well as other information relating to our services
such as Safer Neighbourhood Team details, are available on our website at www.dorset.police.uk
Dorset Police Authority


Dorset Police Authority has a legal duty to ensure that your local police force is efficient and
effective.
Our responsibilities include setting the budget, agreeing policing priorities and monitoring the
Force‟s performance.

What’s New
Dorset Police opened its new police station in Poole in December 2009. Located in the Joint
Emergency Services Building at Wimborne Road, the new facility provides Poole with a modern
and more accessible police station. It also provides improved custody facilities, including an
increased cell capacity from 14 to 24.
This is one of two major projects agreed by the Dorset Police Authority to improve the existing
police estate in Dorset, with a new custody suite in Bournemouth expected to open in late 2010.
Both projects demonstrate the continuing commitment of the Police Authority to ensure that the
Force has facilities that are fit for purpose for the future policing of Dorset.

Have Your Say
The views you give about crime and policing in your area help us to find out what people want
from their local police and how best to address your concerns and priorities. The feedback we get
also helps us set our priorities and objectives and to plan the shape of future police services and
how best to use resources.
You can meet Members of the Police Authority at various town centre „road shows‟ and public
events, as well as Safer Neighbourhood and other meetings and details of our programme of
events can be found on our website.

For further information about the Police Authority
please visit our website at www.dpa.police.uk
or contact: Martin Goscomb, Chief Executive, Dorset Police Authority, Force Headquarters,
Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8DZ.
Tel: 01305/01202 223966 E-mail: martin.goscomb@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Dorset Police Authority

Ensuring Value For Money
We are committed to making the most efficient and effective use of our resources.
To set out clearly how this is achieved, the Police Authority now publishes a Value for Money
(VFM) Statement setting out how the Force will do more with its money.
Published in the annual Policing Plan, the VFM statement sets how savings and improvements will
be achieved in areas such as the deployment of officers and staff, reductions in overtime
spending, reductions in bureaucracy and improved business processes. It also includes the use of
national frameworks for procurement and convergence of IT systems and improvements delivered
through collaborative work.
The Authority will regularly monitor progress in achieving the value for money improvements set
out in the VFM statement.
The full VFM Statement is available on our website: www.dpa.police.uk

South West Regional Collaboration Programme
The South West police forces have a long history of working successfully together which has
provided a sound platform for developing a formal regional policing collaboration programme.
Recent successful initiatives include, cash savings on vehicles, telecommunications and
recruitment advertising and operational improvements in areas such as serious organised crime,
counter-terrorism and automatic number plate recognition.
In order to provide oversight for the Regional Collaboration Programme, a statutory Joint
Committee was formed in January 2010 comprising members from the five Police Authorities in
South West England. A key focus of the Programme will be to simplify, standardise and harmonise
the way that forces undertake a whole range of policing and support functions in order to improve
the effectiveness and value for money we provide to the public.
Dorset Police Authority Annual Report 2009/10
The Force‟s end of year performance, reported in the table below, describes performance against
targets in respect of the 2009/10 policing priorities. Dorset Police is a high performing force placed
in the top quarter of all police forces in England and Wales and enjoys the highest public
confidence levels nationally.
Key Operational Priorities           Key Dorset Police Targets for
                                                                      Performance at 31 March 2010
2009/10                              2009/10
                                                                       Most serious violent crimes
                                      Reduce most serious violent
                                                                       decreased by 11% and
 Reduce serious violent crime         crime by 1% and increase the
                                                                       detection rate improved by
                                      detection rate to 47%
                                                                       6.8% to 47.3%
                                      Reduce serious acquisitive
 Reduce crime most affecting                                           Serious acquisitive crime
                                      crime (burglary, robbery and
 local communities                                                     decreased by 5.5%
                                      car crime) by 1%
                                      Increase the value of assets     The value of assets recovered
 Tackle serious and organised recovered from criminals which from criminals which they
 crime                                they acquired through crime to acquired through crime was
                                      £657,663                         £959,514
                                                                       There was a 6% reduction in
                                      Reduce the number of people
                                                                       the number of people who were
 Reduce road casualties               killed or seriously injured on
                                                                       killed or seriously injured on the
                                      our roads by 3%
                                                                       roads
                                    Ensure 67% of the public think       64.1% of people think the
                                    the police in their local area are   police do a good job
                                    doing a good job
                                    Increase the overall satisfaction    84.4% of victims were satisfied
                                    of the service provided to           with the overall service
                                    victims to 88%
Secure trust and confidence of      Improve the satisfaction of          71.7% of victims were satisfied
people in Dorset                    victims with how they are kept       with how they were kept
                                    informed of progress to 73%          informed of progress
                                    Answer 90% of 999 calls within       91.5% were answered within
                                    10 seconds                           10 seconds
                                    Answer 75% of non-emergency          66% were answered within 30
                                    calls within 30 seconds              seconds, an improvement of
                                                                         3% on last year
Where the Money Goes
In 2009/10 the Authority planned to spend £115.9m. Final unaudited figures for the year show that
actual spending was within 0.1% of that figure.

Where the Money Comes From
Redistributed Business Rates 13%
Police Grant 26%
Other Government Grants 21%
Income Generated by Dorset Police 7%
Council Tax Payers33%

What we Spent the Money on                                                        £m
 Patrol and community policing                                              42.9
 Reducing burglary, car crime, criminal damage etc                          26.4
 Reducing violent crime                                                     20.3
 Combating serious and organised crime and counter terrorism                6.6
 Protecting vulnerable communities                                          6.4
 Reducing road casualties                                                   5.6
 Tackling drug-related crime                                                3.6
 Tackling anti-social behaviour                                             2.6
 Other                                                                      1.6
 Total                                                                      115.9

Where can I find out more?
From your council tax leaflet sent out in March
For a copy of our accounts, policing plan and Police Authority meeting dates and minutes, visit the
Police Authority website.
Email council.tax@dorset.pnn.police.uk or write to Dorset Police Authority, Force Headquarters,
Winfrith, Dorset DT2 8DZ.
Investigating Crime
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is made up of a range of specialist units providing
investigative support to the Force and vital protective services
to the people of Dorset.
Our teams are made up of highly experienced and trained police officers and police staff, who
provide expertise in major and serious and organised crime, specialist financial investigation,
covert policing, forensic investigation and public protection services. These and other resources of
the Force are directed in the most effective way by our specialist intelligence resources, who
assist in identifying potential problems or individuals within the local communities.
We play a crucial role in policing ports and airports in the county, working with colleagues in HM
Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency to protect borders and minimise the potential
threat from terrorism and domestic extremism.
CID also plays an important role in investigating and preventing serious crimes, particularly where
children and vulnerable adults are concerned, by working closely with Probation, Social Services
and other support services to identify those people most at risk. We also monitor very closely the
activity of those individuals who are assessed as dangerous and likely to offend in the community.

During the last year:
    13 Organised Crime Groups were dismantled or disrupted resulting in:
    Higher level Class A drug dealers have been imprisoned for substantial sentences and
      significant financial assets seized
    Over 80 lower level street dealers have been convicted in targeted operations in Dorset
    A paedophile ring was sentenced to long sentences of imprisonment reducing significant
      harm to a number of vulnerable victims
    We have successfully convicted two rape offenders from over 20 years ago and they
      received lengthy terms of imprisonment
Dorset’s Criminal Justice System
Dorset‟s Criminal Justice System is committed to bringing offenders to justice and making Dorset
safer.
The people, who work in your Criminal Justice System, work together to tackle crime from the
moment an offence is committed, through to the investigation, prosecution, punishment and
rehabilitation of the offender.
Organisations that make up Dorset‟s Criminal Justice System include:

      Dorset Probation Trust
      Her Majesty‟s Prison Service
      Youth Offending Team (Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole)
      Dorset Police
      Crown Prosecution Service
      Her Majesty‟s Courts Service

Victims are at the heart of everything we do, with support available for victims and witnesses at
every stage of the criminal justice process.
We would not be able to bring offenders to justice without victims coming forward to report crimes
and victims and witnesses having the confidence to give evidence in court.
During the fiscal year 2009 / 2010 around 12,000 offences were brought to justice in Dorset and
over £1 million was seized from criminals of which over £50,000 was given to community based
organisations to invest in making Dorset even safer. Local good causes benefited from over
80,500 hours of supervised Community Payback last year, which equates to nearly £470,000 (at
minimum wage) worth of labour, all delivered by offenders who had committed crimes in Dorset.
To nominate Community Payback Projects visit:
www.dorset-probation.gov.uk/community-payback.

Full details on the Dorset Criminal Justice System and volunteering / employment opportunities
can be found on our website www.justiceindorset.com
Operations Division
Operations Division Commander:
Chief Superintendent Colin Searle
E: operations@dorset.pnn.police.uk

From sending firearms officers to incidents, providing driver education, using the helicopter to
track offenders, answering emergency calls, or sending canine crime fighters to sniff out drugs, the
Operations Division is involved in a variety of policing right across Dorset. We bring together a
number of specialist police functions that help to make Dorset safer every day and the work we
undertake is split into three areas:

Contact Management
We answer all the emergency calls that come into Dorset Police, that‟s nearly 100,000 calls a
year. Together with Station Desk Officers, who work at police stations around Dorset, we also
answer all the non-emergency calls that come into Dorset Police – on average that‟s between 650
and 1,250 non-emergency calls every day of the year!
We aim to answer calls as quickly as possible and provide the very best service to you on the
other end of the phone – and remember, if you have an enquiry for Dorset Police call 01202 or
01305 22 22 22. Only dial 999 if life is in danger or a crime is in progress.

Specialist Operations
The Operations Division is also responsible for much of the specialist police work delivered in
Dorset.
This includes traffic policing on the roads, marine policing on the water, the firearms department,
police dogs and their handlers, public order police officers and the police helicopter.
Officers and staff in these departments work together with your local police officers to make sure
you get the best possible service and the specialist response that may be needed.

Safety Education and Enforcement Services (SEES)
We work very hard with partners to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the
roads of Dorset. In January 2010 a year-long enforcement and media campaign called „no excuse‟
was launched. It involves all the key agencies and partners working together through „Dorset Road
Safe‟. The aim is to detect those offences that contribute to collisions. Primarily, these are
distractions (such as mobile phones), excessive speed, not wearing seat belts, drink driving and
careless driving.
We also provide a wealth of driver education to Dorset motorists, through initiatives like the Driver
Awareness Scheme, the National Driver Improvement Scheme, young driver education and
business driver education courses.
As well as the focus on road safety, the department also hosts expert education for firearms
licence holders, processes new firearms licences and manages the use of Automatic Number
Plate Recognition (ANPR) in the Force, which enables the police to catch offenders using data
linked to a vehicle‟s registration plate.

For more information on the Operations Division, and to find out what we do for you, visit the
Dorset Police website: www.dorset.police.uk.
What are Independent Advisory Groups?
Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) comprise of members of the public who have volunteered
to assist Dorset Police by giving the Force independent advice.
The information and advice that we give helps Dorset Police to develop and deliver its services to
the local community.
There are currently five IAGs in Dorset and our work and the advice that we give, plays an
important part in increasing trust and confidence in policing, ensuring that different views and
perspectives are listened to and understood, and ensuring that the Force takes account of how its
actions may affect local communities.

How do I find out more?

Visit
www.dorset.police.uk

E-mail
iag@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Phone
01305/01202 223683
Work with us to make a difference in your community

How can I find out more about Home Watch?
To find out more about Home Watch in your area or to set up a Home Watch scheme, please
contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. You can find out how to contact your
local Safer Neighbourhood Team by visiting the local
policing pages on our website www.dorset.police.uk

Home Watch and Neighbourhood Watch
Home Watch (some larger schemes are known as Neighbourhood Watch), is one of the biggest and
most successful crime prevention schemes, and there are many active schemes operating in Dorset.
The benefits of joining a scheme include:
    Feeling more secure knowing that you and your neighbours are keeping an eye on each
      other‟s properties
    Rekindle community spirit by getting together with your neighbours to prevent crime. Well run
      schemes have a big impact on reducing the opportunities for crime
    Neighbourhood and Home Watch schemes play an important part in reassuring those who
      may fear crime

Safer Neighbourhood Teams
Safer Neighbourhoods is our commitment to improving your quality of life within your community, by
working together with partners to target the issues that matter the most to you.
Take one of the regular opportunities that the Safer Neighbourhood Team in your area will provide to
raise your issues.
For more information on your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, please see the relevant section on
your local area in this handbook.
Dorset County
Your police commanders:
Chief Superintendents Lynn Hart and Martin Hiles

Total recorded crime in Dorset in 2009/10 fell by almost five per cent compared with 08/09, which
means there were 2,431 fewer crimes committed last year.
There have been significant in-roads into tackling violent crime, with 663 fewer victims of violent
incidents in Dorset last year.
Thefts from vehicles in Dorset have also fallen by nearly five per cent and criminal damage is
down by 12 per cent. Although in part of the County burglary has also fallen significantly – a
reduction of more than eight per cent in Dorset County – an increase of seven per cent in
Bournemouth and Poole has seen overall burglary rise by one per cent.
Chief Superintendents Lynn Hart and Martin Hiles command the police officers and members of
police staff that work in your community, in Bournemouth and Poole, and the Dorset County
Council area respectively.
Chief Superintendent Hiles said: “This overall fall in crime is really positive and has been achieved
through the hard work of our officers, staff and partners in the Dorset Community Safety
Partnership and by working with you, in our communities. However we are by no means
complacent..
“This year across the Dorset County Council area, our priorities are to reduce violent crime even
further, deal effectively with the crime and anti-social behaviour that most affect you, our residents,
protect vulnerable people and reduce road casualties.”
The Chief Superintendents‟ team comprises mainly of Safer Neighbourhood officers and patrol
officers (who respond to 999 calls). They are supported by their police staff colleagues and
specialists in road policing, marine section, firearms, dog section and air support.
Elsewhere in Dorset Police, colleagues support these frontline officers through work on major
crime investigation (CID); protecting vulnerable children and adults; serious and organised crime;
and counter terrorism.
Chief Superintendent Hart said: “We work on the community safety priorities that matter to you.
That is why it is especially important that we continue to hear from you about what affects you
where you live – look out for opportunities to do this through PACT (Partners and Communities
Together).”
In the years to come the challenge for your police in Dorset is to cut crime even further against a
background of significant funding cuts.
Chief Superintendent Hart continued: “It is well understood that police forces across England and
Wales must save money and Dorset Police is no different. The challenge for the Force will be
maintaining and improving on this level of performance against a background of significantly
reduced resources.
“The Force is currently the second lowest funded and the fourth lowest spending in the country. A
major review is being undertaken to prioritise the budget in readiness for the further cuts in
government support expected to be announced later this year.
“Whatever the extent of these cuts, the public can have absolute confidence in the commitment of
Dorset Police to making Dorset safer and feel safer.”
Bridport


Bridport Section Commander: Inspector Caroline Naughton
E: caroline.naughton@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Led by Inspector Caroline Naughton, Section Commander, Bridport Section covers the towns of
Bridport, Lyme Regis and Beaminster, the large farming communities of West Dorset and the
world famous Jurassic Coastline.
Inspector Caroline Naughton said: “Bridport Section has five Safer Neighbourhood Teams who
work directly to combat the issues raised by members of the local community. Crime in Bridport
Section is low, however there are a number of rural and isolated communities that live and work
within West Dorset, so we are working hard to provide reassurance to local people and address
issues that matter.
“In collaboration with partners, we have worked hard over the last year to prevent rural crime and
reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB). The strong ties that we have with West Dorset District Council
and Magna Housing have paid dividends in reducing levels of ASB, and we hope that the launch
of Community Justice Panels will further reduce the cause and impact of ASB and low level
crime.”
Facts & Figures Figures comparing year end March 2009 to March 2010 for Bournemouth Central
Section:

Criminal damage down 10.9% (-50*)
Dwelling burglary down 14.5% (-10*)
Vehicle crime down 7.9% (-15*)
Violent crime down 1.4% (-5*)
Overall crime down 6.9% (-133*)
*Number of crimes
Anti-social behaviour
The West Bay Working Group has formed, consisting of members of the police, West Dorset
District Council, Highways Agency, district councillors and local residents. The group meets on a
regular basis to discuss how to tackle anti-social behaviour – particularly anti-social driving in West
Bay.
A positive outcome has been the revival of the West Bay enhancement scheme, proposing traffic
management and environmental improvements based on plans put forward for public consultation
back in 2005. These include:

      A new entrance to West Bay
      Pedestrian crossings
      New widened pavement and cycle paths
      A performance stage, seating areas and bus shelter
      Bus turning circle
      New paved areas and resurfaced parking areas
In addition a mock crash has been staged to show young drivers the dangers of speed and
inappropriate driving.
Those in attendance witnessed the aftermath of a collision in a drive to cut accidents among new
drivers. Firefighters cut willing victims from a car and the police and ambulance service assisted
as they would in a real collision.
Police and local councils making Bridport safer
Bridport Police, Bridport Town Council, Magna Housing, West Dorset District Council and the
Dorset Mediation Service are working together to introduce Community Justice Panels to the
Bridport area. The agencies have formed a steering group which is aiming
to introduce the panels in the autumn of 2010.
Community Justice Panels will enable trained community volunteers to run a process that will
bring an offender together with their victim in a meeting, to see the harm that they have caused
and to recognise the consequences of their behaviour. Both victim and offender then agree a
course of action to allow the offender to make amends for their behaviour. The panels will initially
deal with anti-social behaviour and low level criminal cases.
Behind Bars
An unemployed woman from Bridport has been sent to a Young Offenders‟ Institution for three
years after admitting robbery and drug dealing offences.
The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to robbery and supplying heroin – a controlled Class A drug.
The offences took place in the Dorchester area during July 2008.
Get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team:
Team                      Team Mobile               Email

Beaminster                07891 470 831             beaminster-snt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

                                                    bridport-town-snt@
Bridport Town             07500 816 297
                                                    dorset.pnn.police.uk

Bridport Rural East       07500 816 299             bridportruraleastsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

                                                    lymeregissnt@
Lyme Regis                07500 816 312
                                                    dorset.pnn.police.uk

                                                    marshwoodvalesnt@
Marshwood Vale            07500 816 310
                                                    dorset.pnn.police.uk

Please use the above numbers for non-emergency calls only.
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.

Police stations in your area
Station desk officers are part of our Safer Neighbourhood Teams – contact them at your local
police station.

Police Station          Telephone            Opening Times

Bridport
                                             Daily: 9am – 8pm
Tannery Road            01305 222 222
                                             (hours may be subject to change on bank holidays)
Bridport DT6 3TP

Lyme Regis
Hill Road                                    Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am – 1pm
                        01305 222 222
Lyme Regis                                   Closed Bank Holidays
DT7 3PG



Dorset Police is not the only organisation that works hard to make Bridport even safer. We are
joined by our community safety partners in the district and county councils, Dorset Fire & Rescue,
health, housing and probation to help to improve your quality of life.

Other useful contacts

West Dorset District Council, Stratton House,
58 – 60 High West Street Dorchester DT1 1UZ custservices@westdorset-
dc.gov.uk                                                                    01305 251 010
Community Safety issues                                     01305 252 267

Anti-social behaviour                                       01305 226 626

Graffiti/abandoned cars/litter/fly tipping                  01305 251 010

Dorset County Council, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ   01305 221 000

Traffic and Safety Management
                                                            01305 225 077
(changes in speed limits and traffic calming)

Parking enforcement                                         01305 251 000

Trading Standards                                           01305 224 012

NHS Direct                                                  0845 46 47

Crimestoppers                                               0800 555 111

Confidential anti-terrorist hotline                         0800 789 321
Christchurch
Christchurch Section Commander:
Inspector Lance Cliff
E: lance.cliff@dorset.pnn.police.uk


Led by Inspector Lance Cliff, Section Commander, Christchurch Section covers the Borough of
Christchurch, including Highcliffe, the parishes of Burton and Hurn, Christchurch Harbour and
Bournemouth International Airport.
Inspector Lance Cliff said: “Christchurch offers a variety of features which is why it is such a
popular area. Our local approach reflects this and we remain flexible whether we are policing the
beaches, business areas, semi-rural locations or the expanding International Airport.
“Over the past 12 months there have been significant decreases in overall levels of crime and anti-
social behaviour, which has been achieved by the police, local partners and the community all
working together.
“Although we have seen a reduction, we will not be complacent and will continue to concentrate on
violent crime and anti-social behaviour to ensure that Christchurch remains a safe place for people
to live, work and visit.”

Police and local councils working together
A number of community events and projects have been supported in the area using funding from
the Small Grants Scheme, set up in order to support projects and initiatives in Christchurch.
Over the past year the scheme has been used to fund a domestic burglary reduction initiative; a
drugs project to educate young people; a Shop Watch crime prevention initiative to counter
incidents of purse thefts in the town centre; signs to raise awareness of burglary and vehicle theft;
a windsurfing project to reward improvements in behaviour and performance of young people; a
Highway Code for mobility scooters, used to improve the driving skills of users; and the Sarah
Sands Fun Day, which is to be held in an anti-social behaviour hotspot, bringing families and the
community together to learn new skills.
By funding projects in Christchurch, the scheme plays a role in not only directly improving
community safety but reducing the fear and anxiety which some crimes may have on local
neighbourhoods.

No Excuse for anti-social driving
A mock crash scene was held earlier this year in order to show drivers the dangers of driving in an
anti-social manner. A large crowd gathered to witness what happens in a collision and the way in
which it is dealt with by the emergency services.
Vehicle crime advice and road safety advice was given out to those that attended and the event
provided members of the local community with the chance to speak to representatives from
partner agencies, including the police, local councils, fire and housing..



Figures comparing year end March 2009 to March 2010 for Christchurch section:

Criminal damage down 27.1% (-185*)
Dwelling burglary down 2.9% (-3*)
Vehicle crime down 32.5% (-86*)
Violent crime down 2.8% (-13*)
Overall crime down 14.7% (-387*)
*Number of crimes

Behind Bars
A warehouse worker who stabbed a man in Christchurch has been sent to prison for four years.
The 29-year-old from Christchurch was given the jail term at Bournemouth Crown Court in
December 2009 after pleading guilty to wounding with intent.
The attack happened in Christchurch in June 2009.


Get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team

Team                    Team Mobile        Email

Christchurch Town
                        07825 521 797      christchurchtowncentresnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Centre

Highcliffe &
                        07825 521 818      highcliffeandwalkfordsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Walkford

Mudeford & West
                        07825 521 830      mudefordandwhighcliffesnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Highcliffe

North Christchurch      07825 521 829      northchristchurchsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Portfield & Jumpers 07825 521 820          westchristchurchsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Purewell & Stanpit      07825 521 809      purewellandstanpitsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

The Grange              07825 521 806      grangesnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Bournemouth
                      07919 048 589        airportsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
International Airport

Please use the above numbers for non-emergency calls only.
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.

Police stations in your area
Station desk officers are part of our Safer Neighbourhood Teams – contact them at your local
police station.

Police Station                        Telephone                Opening Times

Christchurch
Barrack Road                          01202 222 222            Daily: 8am – 6pm
Christchurch BH23 1PN


Dorset Police is not the only organisation that works hard to make Christchurch even safer. We
are joined by our community safety partners in the borough and county councils, Dorset Fire &
Rescue, health, housing and probation to help to improve your quality of life.

Other useful contacts
Christchurch Borough Council,
Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AZ
custservices@christchurch.gov.uk             01202 495 000

Community Safety issues                      01202 495 111

Anti-social behaviour                        01202 495 044

Graffiti/abandoned cars/litter/fly tipping   01202 495 045

Highways                                     01202 495 000

Enforcement                                  01202 495 172

Dorset County Council, Colliton Park,
                                             01305 221 000
Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Trading Standards                            01305 224 012

NHS Direct                                   0845 46 47

Crimestoppers                                0800 555 111

Confidential anti-terrorist hotline          0800 789 321
Dorchester & Sherborne

Dorchester & Sherborne Section Commander:
Inspector Les Fry
E: les.fry@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Led by Inspector Les Fry, Section Commander, Dorchester and Sherborne Section covers 280
square miles and a population of around 60,000 across Dorchester, Sherborne and the
surrounding towns and villages.
Inspector Les Fry said: “This year we are committed to making Dorchester and Sherborne a safer
area for everyone to live and work. With partners we have worked to reduce crime over the past
year and we will be continuing our positive approach to targeting anti-social behaviour, and
violence in the coming year and prioritising a reduction of burglaries. Last year‟s spike in vehicle
crime is now under control, with a reduction in 2010.
“A number of convictions have been made in the execution of drug warrants. Without the help of
our communities, officers would not have been able to take such action.
“We have built closer links with all our communities, including providing crime prevention advice to
churches and helping the Bangladeshi community learn to speak English.”

Working together to wipe out graffiti in Sherborne
Police and partners have clamped down on graffiti in Sherborne, taking a tough stance on
suspected vandals caught carrying spray cans or marker pens.
Complaints over graffiti in the town prompted a combined effort from Magna Housing Association,
Dorset Police and West Dorset District Council to remove offensive tags and slogans and tackle
vandalism by cleaning up run-down areas in the town.
Sherborne PACT (Partners and Communities Together) began the purge by clearing a block of
garages in McCreery Road, which had become a magnet for gathering youths and a problem area
for vandalism, graffiti, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.

Tackling anti-social behaviour in Dorchester
Dorchester Police and partners have been working with retailers in the town centre in a bid to stop
the sale of alcohol to underage customers and address anti-social behaviour in the town.
Representatives from all major alcohol retailers have accompanied the Safer Neighbourhood
Teams on patrols so that retailers could witness the effect of sale of alcohol to those under the
legal age.
Officers have also been stepping up patrols and seizing alcohol from those drinking illegally.
In addition, a six month order, under section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act was issued to
allow police powers to disperse groups of people causing a nuisance in Dorchester town centre.
Those in groups of two or more who refused to move on when asked by a uniformed constable or
PCSO, could be arrested.

Magna Housing Association led a clean-up of a block of garages in Sherborne to discourage
untidiness and associated vandalism and anti-social behaviour.


Facts & Figures
Figures comparing year end March 2009 to March 2010 for Dorchester and Sherborne section:
Criminal damage down 9.1% (-61*)
Dwelling burglary down 3.2% (-3*)
Vehicle crime up 38.5% (+74*)
Violent crime up 23.3% (+112*)
Overall crime up 6.1% (+166*)
*Number of crimes

Behind Bars
A 24-year-old man from Sherborne has been jailed for 30 months after admitting inflicting grievous
bodily harm.
A 56-year-old man suffered horrific injuries when he was attacked after an evening in the Mermaid
pub in Sherborne in March 2009.
The offender was sentenced at Dorchester Crown Court in April 2010.

Get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team
Team                Team Mobile        Email

Dorchester East         07500 816 291      dorchester-rural-snt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Dorchester North        07500 816 287      dorchestertownsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Dorchester South        07500 816 290      dorchestertownsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Dorchester West         07500 816 292      dorchester-rural-snt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Sherborne Rural         07500 816 285      sherborneruralsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Sherborne Town          07500 816 260      sherbornetownsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Please use the above numbers for non-emergency calls only.
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.

Police stations in your area
Station desk officers are part of our Safer Neighbourhood Teams – contact them at your local
police station.

Police Station             Telephone             Opening Times

                                                 Daily: 9am – 5pm
Dorchester
                           01305 222 222         (hours may be subject to change on bank
Weymouth Ave.
                                                 holidays)
Dorchester DT1 1QZ


                                                 Daily: 9am – 5pm
Sherborne
                                                 (hours may be subject to change on bank
Digby Road                 01305 222 222
                                                 holidays)
Sherborne DT9 3NL



Dorset Police is not the only organisation that works hard to make Dorchester & Sherborne even
safer. We are joined by our community safety partners in the district and county councils, Dorset
Fire & Rescue, health, housing and probation to help to improve your quality of life.

Other useful contacts
West Dorset District Council, Stratton House,
58 – 60 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UZ
custservices@westdorset-dc.gov.uk               01305 251 010

Community Safety issues                         01305 252 267

Anti-social behaviour                           01305 226 626

Graffiti/abandoned cars/litter/fly tipping      01305 251 010

Dorset County Council, Colliton Park,
                                                01305 221 000
Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Trading Standards                               01305 224 012

NHS Direct                                      0845 46 47

Crimestoppers                                   0800 555 111

Confidential anti-terrorist hotline             0800 789 321
East Dorset
East Dorset Section Commander:
Inspector Mike Darkin
E: mike.darkin@dorset.pnn.police.uk


Led by Inspector Mike Darkin, Section Commander, East Dorset Section covers approximately
137 square miles with a resident population of close to 85,000.
It encompasses the towns of Wimborne, Ferndown and Verwood, as well as a number of villages,
and hosts many annual village fêtes, carnivals and festivals, including Wimborne Folk Festival
which is held in June and attracts thousands of visitors to the area.
Inspector Mike Darkin said: “I am immensely proud of our achievements in East Dorset. In 2009
we set out to make East Dorset safer and the facts and figures show that we have done just that.
More importantly public confidence continues to grow. Through cohesive partnership working we
have driven many initiatives forward with the sole purpose of reducing crime and disorder and
reducing anti-social behaviour.
“In these difficult financial times our priorities will no doubt be scrutinised and we may begin to
focus our efforts towards the more serious problems facing our communities but I can assure you
of one thing, we will not lose sight of our primary goal – keeping East Dorset safe.”
Working together to prevent burglary
A door-to-door high-visibility campaign to help reduce burglary in the villages of West Moors, St
Leonards, St Ives and Ashley Heath was welcomed by residents.
The two week initiative was launched in January 2010 as 2,200 homes in 40 roads were visited as
officers, Home Watch members and volunteers offered advice on improving home security and
gave out Home Office security information packs. More than 200 UV property marking pens were
also distributed to residents.
More than 200 householders also took up the opportunity to visit
the Police Community Support Vehicle, which was parked nearby and staffed by a volunteer from
the Barrington Community Office.
Reducing anti-social behaviour
Following complaints, officers have carried out an operation to reduce anti-social behaviour and
underage drinking in Ferndown by carrying out a series of patrols at hotspots in the town.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team, in partnership with East Dorset District Council and Trading
Standards, have proactively targeted anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in identified
problem areas over the summer months.
Under Operation Tolerance, where young people were found with alcohol, the alcohol was seized
and parents were contacted.
PCSOs carried out follow-up visits to parents at their home addresses and explained why their
children‟s behaviour is not tolerated and the dangers and risks associated with underage drinking.
Parents were also given safety packs which included leaflets and material from ShADOWS (Shire
Alcohol and Drug Outreach Service), YISP
(Youth Inclusion and Support Panel), East Dorset District Council and contact information for their
local Safer Neighbourhood Team.
 Operation Tolerance - police officers in Ferndown have held an operation to reduce anti-social
 behaviour and underage drinking.


 Facts & Figures
 Figures comparing year
 end March 2009 to March 2010 for East Dorset section:
 Criminal damage down 23.8% (-231*)
 Dwelling burglary down 9.2% (-7*)
 Vehicle crime up 2.4% (+8*)
 Violent crime down 11.4% (-59*)
 Overall crime down 7.1% (-229*)
 *Number of crimes

 Behind Bars
 A man from Bristol caught dealing drugs by police in East Dorset has been sent to prison for five
 years. The 50-year-old was convicted of possessing cocaine – a controlled Class A drug – with
 intent to supply. He had pleaded guilty. The unemployed man was arrested by police at Ashley
 Heath, during June 2009 under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The court also ordered that the
 cocaine, together with drug paraphernalia, be destroyed.


 Get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team
      Team           Team Mobile                                Email

     Colehill        07825 521 793                 colehillsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

  Corfe Mullen       07795 800 848               corfemullensnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

  Cranborne &        07825 521 761         cranborneandalderholtsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
   Alderholt
Ferndown Central     07825 521 752            ferndowncentralsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Heatherlands &       07825 521 737        heatherlandsandferndownsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Ferndown Links
   Leigh Park        07825 521 748                leighparksnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Potterne & Three     07825 521 765     potterneandthreeleggedcrosssnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
 Legged Cross
 Verwood Town        07825 521 785               verwoodtownsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

  West Moors,
 St Leonards &       07825 521 779               westmoorssnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
     St Ives
                     07825 521 735
Wimborne Rural       07770 822 238             wimborneruralsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
                        (Stour)
Wimborne Town        07825 521 773          wimbornetowncentresnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

 Please use the above numbers for non-emergency calls only.
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.

Police stations in your area
Station desk officers are part of our Safer Neighbourhood Teams – contact them at your local
police station.

Police Station                     Telephone           Opening Times

Ferndown                                               Monday - Friday:
Ameysford Road                     01202 222 222       8am – 5pm
Ferndown BH22 9HQ                                      Saturday: 9am – 1pm
Verwood                                                Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
Station Road                       01202 222 222       9am – 5pm
Verwood BH31 7PU                                       Saturday: 9am – 1pm
Wimborne                                               Monday - Friday:
                                   01202 222 222
Hanham Road                                            9am – 5pm
Wimborne BH21 1AS


Dorset Police is not the only organisation that works hard to make East Dorset even safer. We are
joined by our community safety partners in the district and county councils, Dorset Fire & Rescue,
health, housing and probation to help to improve your quality of life.
North Dorset

North Dorset Section Commander:
Inspector Shawn Whitley
E: shawn.whitley@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Led by Inspector Shawn Whitley, Section Commander, North Dorset Section covers 235 square
miles with a population exceeding 70,000 and officers based at three main stations: Shaftesbury,
Gillingham and Blandford.
Inspector Shawn Whitley said: “Although we live in one of the most attractive and safest parts of
the country, we are not complacent. Over the past year we have seen a reduction in dwelling and
non-dwelling burglaries across the section. Convictions have been made for burglaries and in the
execution of Misuse of Drugs Act warrants.
Without the help of our communities, officers would not have been able to take such action.
“There has been a slight increase in theft from motor vehicles in the last year. Please remember to
remove all valuables from your car before a thief does it for you.”
The rise in violent crime indicates a more positive approach by officers, where high-visibility and
early arrests prevent more serious violence
from occurring.
Working together to tackle anti-social behaviour
Police in Blandford have been working in partnership with North Dorset District Council to
eliminate anti-social behaviour from the town and reduce underage drinking.
Anti-social behaviour and underage drinking has been raised as an issue at a number of PACT
(Partners and Communities Together) meetings in the town.
In response Blandford Police, North Dorset District Council and ShADOWS (Shire Alcohol and
Drug Outreach Workers Service) have tried to reduce these numbers through education in
schools, police enforcement and a separate educational event aimed at parents.
In addition, Safer Neighbourhood Teams have distributed a series of hard-hitting posters, featuring
seizures of alcohol and information on the law in relation to the effects of alcohol on the local
community and held a series of alcohol safety talks during assemblies at local schools.

Police and ShADOWS representatives have targeted anti-social behaviour and underage drinking
in Blandford.




Figures comparing year end March 2009 to March 2010 for North Dorset section:
Criminal damage down 14.4% (-101*)
Dwelling burglary down 12.6% (-13*)
Vehicle crime up 9.5% (+20*)
Violent crime up 10.1% (+56*)
Overall crime down 5.7% (-157*)
*Number of crimes

Behind Bars
A removal man from Shaftesbury has been sent to prison for two years after being found in
possession of a prohibited air pistol and an electric stun gun in February 2009.
The 43-year-old was given a two-year prison term for possessing the air pistol – after he had been
given a previous lifetime prohibition – contrary to the Firearms Act 1968.
The man was also given a two-year jail sentence for being in possession of an electric stun gun,
again contrary to the Firearms
Act 1968; to run concurrently with the air pistol jail term.
The 43-year-old was also sentenced to eight months in prison – to run concurrently with the other
two jail terms – for handling stolen goods; namely a mobile phone, a wallet and some cash.
Get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team
Team                           Team Mobile        Email

Blandford Old Town             07825 521 840      oldtownsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Blandford Rural North          07825 521 852      blandfordruralnorthsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Blandford Rural South          07825 521 850      blandfordruralsouthsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Blandford Town                 07825 521 841      blandfordsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Gillingham Rural               07825 521 870      gillinghamruralsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Gillingham Town                07825 521 860      gillinghamtownsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Shaftesbury Rural              07825 521 880      shaftesburyruralsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Shaftesbury Town               07831 176 680      shaftesburytownsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Stour Valley                   07884 361 632      stourvalleysnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Sturminster Newton Rural       07500 816 258      stourvalleysnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Please use the above numbers for non-emergency calls only.
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.

Police stations in your area
Station desk officers are part of our Safer Neighbourhood Teams – contact them at your local
police station.

Police Station                        Telephone              Opening Times

Blandford
                                      01202 222 222          Daily:
Salisbury Road
                                                             9am – 5pm
Blandford DT11 7HR
Gillingham
                                      01202 222 222          Monday – Friday:
1 School Road
                                                             9am – 5pm
Gillingham SP8 4QR
Shaftesbury
                                       01202 222 222      Tuesday – Saturday:
Granville Gardens
                                                          9am – 5pm
Shaftesbury SP7 8DF

Dorset Police is not the only organisation that works hard to make North Dorset even safer. We
are joined by our partners in the district and county councils, Dorset Fire & Rescue, health,
housing and probation to help to improve your quality of life.

Other useful contacts

North Dorset District Council, Nordon,
Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 7LL                                 01258 454 111
customerservices@north-dorset.gov.uk
Community Safety issues                                                   01258 484 368

Anti-social behaviour                                                     01258 484 041

Graffiti/abandoned cars/litter/fly tipping                                01258 454 111

Dorset County Council, Colliton Park,
                                                                          01305 221 000
Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Traffic and Safety Management
                                                                          01305 225 077
(changes in speed limits and traffic calming)

Parking enforcement                                                       01305 251 000

Trading Standards                                                         01305 224 012

NHS Direct                                                                0845 46 47

Crimestoppers                                                             0800 555 111

Confidential anti-terrorist hotline                                       0800 789 321
Purbeck
Purbeck Section Commander:
Inspector Chris Weeks
E: chris.weeks@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Led by Inspector Chris Weeks, Section Commander, Purbeck Section is responsible for policing
an area in excess of 200 square miles including Wareham, Swanage, Upton, Bere Regis,
Bovington, Wool, Briantspuddle, Affpuddle, Winfrith Newburgh, Lulworth, Lytchett Matravers,
Lytchett Minster, Bloxworth, Morden, Sandford, Arne, Stoborough, Studland and Kimmeridge.
Preventing crime
Inspector Chris Weeks said: “Purbeck is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
“Crime is low in the area and it is my aim that through effective partnership collaboration it remains
that way. Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams work in partnership with all local agencies such as
Purbeck District Council, Wareham, Swanage and Upton town councils and resident/specific
interest groups, to identify and resolve neighbourhood priorities. Together we are constantly
working to tackle anti-social behaviour, and let the community know what we have done.”
Young help the elderly in new scheme
A ground breaking partnership scheme, which sees sixth form students carrying out safety checks
at elderly people‟s homes, has been launched in Purbeck this year.
Thanks to a grant from Purbeck Community Partnership and the Dorset Community Safety
Partnership, Purbeck Partnership Advisors on Living Safely (PPALS) was formed, and includes
representatives from Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, Purbeck District Council and
Purbeck School.
The purpose of the scheme is to reduce the generation gap,
while providing a useful service to potentially vulnerable members of the community.
Students have been trained to ensure that homes they visit pass a number of safety checks such
as checking that smoke detectors are installed and working; electrical appliances are in the correct
place; wires are safe and that window and door locks are working. They also ensure that residents
have a planned exit route if there was a fire, are aware of security lighting, points of entry and
belong to a home watch scheme.
No Excuse for anti-social driving
A unique multi-agency road safety event for young people, designed to highlight the dangers of
anti-social driving, has been held at Purbeck School in Wareham.
It is believed that „Consequences‟– a multi-agency event – is the first time a school in Dorset has
dedicated an entire day‟s curriculum to road safety.
The event in spring 2010 was organised to help reduce the number of road traffic collisions
involving new drivers and riders.
Partner agencies from across Dorset were involved in the event including Dorset Police, Dorset
Fire and Rescue Service, Purbeck District Council, South Western Ambulance Service and
Trading Standards.
PPALS, a ground breaking partnership scheme, sees sixth form students carrying out safety
checks at elderly people’s homes.
Facts & Figures
Figures comparing year end March 2009 to March 2010 for Purbeck section:
Criminal damage down 14.9% (-78*)

Dwelling burglary down 21.2% (-11*)
Vehicle crime up 15.4% (+34*)
Violent crime down 13.7% (-59*)
Overall crime down 5.8% (-117*)
*Number of crimes
Behind Bars
More than 40 police officers swooped on a series of addresses in Swanage and Poole in
November 2009 and made a number of arrests as part of an intelligence-led operation to remove
suspected drug dealers.
A 33-year-old man from Swanage has been jailed for 24 months and a 26-year-old man, also from
Swanage, received a 12 month prison sentence.
A further three men, aged 55, 22 and 23 and a 30-year-old woman received suspended prison
sentences. Two men aged 31 and 36, who have also been charged with drugs offences, are due
before the courts.
Get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team

Team                Team Mobile              Email

Lytchett Minster
                    07771 506 530            uptonsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
& Upton

Swanage Rural       07920 247 445            swanageruralsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Swanage Town        07825 521 920            swanagetownandherstonsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Wareham North       07825 521 900            warehamnorthsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Wareham Town        07825 521 890            warehamsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Wareham West        07825 521 910            warehamwestsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Please use the above numbers for non-emergency calls.
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.
Police stations in your area
Station desk officers are part of our Safer Neighbourhood Teams – contact them at your local
police station.
Police Station              Telephone                        Opening Times

Swanage                                                      Monday – Thursday:
Argyle Road                 01202 222 222                    9am – 5pm
Swanage BH19 1HZ                                             Saturday: 9am – 1pm
 Wareham
 Worgret Road              01202 222 222                      Daily: 9am – 5pm
 Wareham BH20 4PW
Dorset Police is not the only organisation that works hard to make Purbeck even safer. We are
joined by our community safety partners in the district and county councils, Dorset Fire & Rescue,
health, housing and probation to help to improve your quality of life.

Other useful contacts

Purbeck District Council, Westport House,
Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PP                             01929 556 561
enquiries@purbeck-dc.gov.uk

Community Safety issues                                     01929 557 387

Anti-social behaviour                                       01929 557 396

Graffiti/abandoned cars/litter/fly tipping                  01929 557 280

Dorset County Council, Colliton Park,
                                                            01305 221 000
Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Traffic and Safety Management
                                                            01305 225 077
(changes in speed limits and traffic calming)

Parking enforcement                                         01305 251 000

Trading Standards                                           01305 224 012

NHS Direct                                                  0845 46 47

Crimestoppers                                               0800 555 111

Confidential anti-terrorist hotline                         0800 789 321
Weymouth & Portland
Weymouth & Portland Section Commander:
Inspector Pete Meteau
E: pete.meteau@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Led by Inspector Pete Meteau, Section Commander, Weymouth and Portland Section has a
central base for all officers – Safer Neighbourhoods and uniform patrol (response) – and other
specialist police units, at its headquarters building on Radipole Lane.
Inspector Pete Meteau said: “The Olympics and Paralympics draw ever nearer and events being
organised in Weymouth & Portland reflect the preparations that are happening throughout the
borough. New events such as the New Year‟s Eve music event on the Esplanade and the
traditional events such as carnival and the Military & Veterans event all mean increased demand
on policing resources. However, understanding that these events are of great economic benefit to
the town, the police are eager to make their contribution in supporting the community at this
exciting time.
“Over the last year there has been a reduction in total crime across the borough, but we are not
complacent. Tackling anti-social behaviour remains a top priority for the section. There have been
several incidents on Portland in the last year leading to numerous arrests and the Portland Safer
Neighbourhood Team will continue to work with the community to reduce crime associated with
anti-social behaviour.
“All officers within the section are committed to delivering the best service they can and we will
work with all our partners to make Weymouth & Portland as safe as it can be.”
Work together to cut crime
A large scale drugs operation was held in Weymouth as part of an intelligence-led operation to
remove suspected drug dealers from the area.
Thirty-four people were arrested in one week during February as part of Operation Dismantle, with
most of the arrests being made in the Weymouth area.
During the week, a total of 28 residential and commercial properties in Weymouth and Portland
were subject to warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
A quantity of stolen goods, drugs and cash were recovered at many addresses as a result of the
searches.
Inspector Pete Meteau, Weymouth and Portland Section Commander, said: “This was one of the
largest operations of its kind in the Weymouth and Portland area.”
Tackling anti-social behaviour
A number of youths residing in Weymouth and Portland have been issued with ASBOs (anti-social
behaviour orders) which are improving the lives of residents in their local areas.
A number of ASBO applications have been successful throughout the year thanks to partnership
work between Dorset Police and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
A concerted effort has been made by all members of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams and council
workers in the area.
Officers at the scene of a warrant at a Weymouth flat during Operation Dismantle.


Facts & Figures
Figures comparing year end March 2009 to March 2010 for Weymouth & Portland section:
Criminal damage down 8.6% (-130*)
Dwelling burglary down 6.2% (-14*)
Vehicle crime down 12.9% (-64*)
Violent crime down 11.9% (-195*)
Overall crime down 3.1% (-202*)
*Number of crimes
Behind Bars
A man from Weymouth has been jailed for 14 months for an unprovoked attack in the Park District
area of the town.
The incident happened in February last year and, following the attack, the victim needed
emergency surgery to insert metal plates into his face.
A jury found the Weymouth man guilty of assault and he was sentenced to 14 months in prison for
inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team:

Team                        Team Mobile            Email

Chickerell                  07500 816 345          chickerellsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Littlemoor                  07887 631 568          littlemoorsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Melcombe Regis              07500 816 343          melcomberegissnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Weymouth East               07500 816 323          weymoutheastsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Portland                    07500 816 319          portlandsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Radipole                    07500 816 356          northweymouth.snt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Westham                     07500 816 355          westhamsnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Wyke Regis                  07500 816 323          wykesnt@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Please use the above numbers for non-emergency calls.
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.
Police stations in your area
Station desk officers are part of our Safer Neighbourhood Teams – contact them at your local
police station.

Police Station                            Telephone                Opening Times
Weymouth West
Radipole Lane                                                 Monday – Sunday:
                                        01305 222 222
Chickerell                                                    8am – 8pm
Weymouth DT4 9WW
Portland                                                      Monday, Wednesday and
Victoria Building                       01305 222 222         Friday: 9am – 3pm
Osprey Quay                                                   (subject to change)
Portland DT5 1BL


Dorset Police is not the only organisation that works hard to make Weymouth & Portland even
safer. We are joined by our community safety partners in the borough and county councils, Dorset
Fire & Rescue, health, housing and probation to help to improve your quality of life.


Other useful contacts

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council,
Council Offices, North Quay, Weymouth, DT4 8TA               01305 838 000
customercare@weymouth.gov.uk

Call the Customer Contact Centre on 01305 838000 for issues such as:

       Community Safety                                             Anti-social behaviour

       Graffiti                                                     Abandoned cars

       Litter/fly tipping                                           Highways

       Parking

Dorset County Council, Colliton Park,
                                                             01305 221 000
Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Trading Standards                                            01305 224 012

NHS Direct                                                   0845 46 47

Crimestoppers                                                0800 555 111

Confidential anti-terrorist hotline                          0800 789 321
Your views matter


We hope that you find this book a useful insight into the work of Dorset Police and the Dorset Police
Authority.
We would be delighted to receive your feedback, so please send your comments to: safer-
dorset@dorset.pnn.police.uk or Safer Dorset Handbook Feedback, Media and Corporate
Communications, force HQ, Winfrith, Dorchester DT2 8DZ, Dorset.

Other ways to get involved and give us your views
Dorset Police operate a system of „Mystery Shopping‟ asking members of the public to contact the
Force by phone or visit and then fill out a short form detailing the experience they had. This is an
important way for the Force to understand and improve the service provided to the public. If you are
willing to spend a little time helping us with this, please contact the Community Engagement
Department on 01305/01202 223722 or e-mail community-engagement@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Surveys and Consultation: Dorset Police runs a number of surveys to help us analyse our performance
and effectiveness and also to obtain the views of Dorset residents on their priorities for local policing
and concerns about crime and disorder. Sometimes this involves surveying members of the public,
who have contacted us, to ask them about the quality of the service provided. In order to do this Dorset
Police may contract a third party, we deem appropriate and fully approved, to do this on our behalf. For
more information relevant to our processing of data please access our Fair Processing Notice at
www.dorset.police.uk

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Dorset Police Online
Working with you to safeguard young people online:

Online grooming – by befriending and influencing a child over the internet with the intent of sexually abusing
them, particularly through social networking sites such as Facebook – is a continuing area of concern to our
communities.

Facebook now enables users to download a button – ClickCEOP – which they can click to report abuse. The
button allows children to access help and advice about online safety and to report inappropriate content or
contact CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), helping to make Facebook
a safer environment.

Encourage Facebook users you know to download the button by visiting www.facebook.com/clickceop

We want to work with you to safeguard youngsters in the digital world, through the provision of interactive
education and training to parents, guardians, young people and communities. If you have any questions
please contact your local Safe Schools and Communities Team (SSCT) representative via
SSCT@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Our interactive website
www.dorset.police.uk offers you:
    The very latest news and appeals
    Job vacancies within the Force
    Reports and publications and how to see them in many languages
    Contact information
    Crime Mapping for your neighbourhood
    The Crime Victim Portal
    Information on Behind Bars and what Community Payback work offenders have done in your area
    Details of who your Safer Neighbourhood Team is, how to contact them and when your next meeting is
       taking place

For the latest Dorset Police Authority news, meetings, publications and events please visit:
www.dpa.police.uk
How to protect the people you care about from Distraction Burglary and Rogue Traders
Rogue traders and distraction burglars are known to target areas with a high proportion of elderly
or vulnerable people, so help those you care about to protect themselves and their home.

Preventative measures
    Reduce the visual risks by maintaining the garden and house
    Ensure the locks are strong (not just Yale but safety approved Mortise)
    There is a chain on the front door which is used
    There are locks on all the windows
    Cash is kept in the bank, post office or building society
    There is a sign on the door saying no admittance without prior appointment
   
Safety tips
    Always remember to put the chain on the door before opening it and use the spy hole if you
      have one
    Lock front and back doors, even when at home
    Ensure back door is locked when opening the front door
    Do not phone any telephone number provided by the caller – it could be bogus. Always
      check the caller‟s identity by phoning the number in the telephone book
    Shut the door and get them to wait outside while you check. A genuine caller will be happy
      to wait
    Never agree to any work offered on the doorstep. Always get three quotes for work and, if
      possible, get recommendations from friends and family
    Bank it don‟t lose it. Never keep large amounts of cash in the house
    If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of distraction burglary or rogue trading and
      you have not contacted the Police or Trading Standards, do it today and prevent someone
      else becoming a victim

How to get help
   If you are scared or threatened by a caller at your door call 999. We would rather attend a
     false alarm and know who is out and about than not be called at all
   If you have been a victim of these crimes call the Police on 01202/01305
     22 22 22 or Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06
     or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
   If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text on 80999

				
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