Regular Officers and Special Constables wear the same uniform. [citation needed], Dorset Police have a total of around 450 vehicles, and drive a total of 7.5 million miles a year. In each business area, there is a single team and management structure made up from people from both organisations, to work on behalf of both forces. Dorset Police do not have Brunswick stars on their epaulettes, just the rank and collar number (or just collar number for constables). In 2006 the Home Office announced plans to reduce the number of police forces in the UK from 42 to 24. [7], Dorset Police's Armed Response Group is a 24/7 sub-department of the Operations department that responds to major and serious crimes where firearms are involved. The Police Memorial Trust since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers. As of 2011, they were working hard to 'crack-down' on imitation firearms. A DRIVER who wrongly thought his mother-in-law had insured him on his car had the vehicle seized by police. [25] In a later settlement, Dorset Police admitted liability, and paid out damages of £4,750. The area is one the busiest coastal areas in the UK, including two of the busiest ports, numerous shipping lanes, thousands of private moorings, the RNLI's busiest callout area and a training centre for the Royal Marines. Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police announced in December 2013 that their Chief Constables and PCCs were exploring opportunities for greater collaboration; to save costs without reducing service, and share assets, resources, expertise and best practice. Dorset Police no longer use the traditional police jumper, having favoured the black fleece with police written on the chest and back. Dorset Police have now responded to the video with a statement. Criminal damage fell by 5.8%, violence against the person without injury by 9.3%, violence against the person by 5.2%, drug offences by 5.1% and there was a 2.8 per cent fall in total recorded crime.[19]. Learn how you can stop it happening. While it is a 4 year plan, it is refreshed annually to ensure we continue to meet the needs of residents. Training for new recruits in Dorset is held at the Headquarters in Winfrith. Firearms units in Dorset normally use BMW X5s in black or blue, but have been known to use other vehicles. In 2011, a Slovakian care worker was unlawfully detained and strip-searched in a Dorset Police station in Bournemouth. All the response officers who cover the Christchurch area are now based in Ferndown.[15]. The department is split into numerous sub-departments, which include but are not restricted to, Child Abuse Investigation Teams, Volume Crime Teams, Priority Crime Teams, Financial Investigation Units, Major Crimes Investigation Teams and Serious Sexual Offences.[4]. Dorset Police was formerly responsible to the Dorset Police Authority, which was replaced in 2012 by an elected Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner. A strategic alliance was agreed to in March 2015, covering over 30 administrative and operational business areas (almost 40% of the total activity of the two forces). Dorset Police' Marine Unit is responsible for policing the 89 miles of Dorset's coastline and up to 12 miles out to sea. The opening hours of some of these stations are, however, very limited. Vehicles made by other manufacturers are part of the fleet as well. Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for police and council key workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. 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Police stations open to the public are located at Blandford, Bournemouth Central, Bridport, Gillingham, Poole, Sherborne, Swanage and Weymouth. [13] A helicopter remained based at Winfrith until 26 September 2014, when it was moved to a new home at Bournemouth Airport. A Dorset Police spokesman said officers were called to a breach of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and found Mr Muir had caused a crowd to form. Large parties can be shut down by the police, with fines of up to £10,000. [23] In the same year, a man who had previously been sprayed with CS gas by Dorset Police was arrested and forcibly stripped in his own home by Dorset Police officers. There are currently no active incidents in your area. your phone or tablet, Click here for up to date COVID-19 advice and information, Public appeal in search for missing Portland man, Update – man in court in connection with reported burglary and vehicle offences on Portland. When on duty officers wear black combat trousers and wicking T-shirts. The gas canister was held inches from the man's face for a prolonged period of time. On 1 October 1967 it merged with Bournemouth Borough Police to form Dorset and Bournemouth Constabulary. Martyn Underhill has sent a … Let us know what we are doing right, or how we could improve. Officers and crime scene investigators are at the address in Upton. According to the British Crime Survey, 63.8 per cent of people think Dorset Police deals with local concerns, making Dorset the best performing force in England and Wales for that issue. Dorset Police has been contacted for details. Ports in Dorset include Poole Harbour, Swanage Harbour, Portland Harbour, Weymouth Harbour, Christchurch Harbour and Bournemouth Airport. In the 2018-2019 financial year, Dorset Police: CID is based at Dorset's divisional headquarters in Bournemouth & Weymouth, and provides advice to all policing units on crime-related matters and maintaining a corporate approach to reducing crime, as well as providing specialist and investigative roles. POLICE officers in Dorset are stepping up to drive ambulances as health services come under increasing pressures due to the coronavirus pandemic. [29] This was cancelled in October 2018 when the PCC for Devon and Cornwall was unwilling to submit the merger plans to the home officer for consideration. Roads policing units in Dorset are a combination of BMW Tourings, Ford Focus STs, as well as newer Audis and Volvos. [citation needed], As of September 2019, the force had a headcount of 1,272 police officers, 1,160 police staff, 123 police community support officers, 71 designated officers and 111 special constables.[2]. We treat all reports of domestic abuse seriously and you can find out more here. [citation needed], Dorset Police stopped using the 'jam sandwich' police car markings between 2000 and 2005, and now use modern yellow and blue retro-reflective battenberg markings on all operational vehicles, as well as the force crest on the bonnet. They said: 'Officers … The man's family alleged that he was prevented from seeking medical care in the immediate aftermath of the incident. They were scored 'poor' and 'stable' on reducing road death and injury. They were rated as 'good' at reducing crime. The force mainly use a combination of Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra estate cars as divisional units. [citation needed], As of early 2015, in an effort to increase efficiency, reduce bureaucracy, and increase officer visibility, officers now have access to Windows Tablet PCs with mobile data cards to allow them to complete paperwork, and undertake proactive work using tools such as ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) whilst out of the station. Recruits receive their warrant card and uniform during training. [27] The merger plans were abandoned in August 2006 by the then Home Secretary, John Reid.[28]. Officers investigating a reported robbery in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. The plans were publicly criticised by all the involved forces, stating that it would lead to poor quality service and a reduction in local policing. Any costs and savings are shared in proportion to the size of each force. BMW X5s are the main vehicle used by this unit in black or dark blue. In the statement assistant chief constable, Mark Callaghan said:"We are aware of … [30], The Dorset Police Male Voice Choir was founded on 4 July 1995 as independent charity that today has 60 members, that perform regularly throughout Dorset. [11] In 2012, the National Police Air Service (NPAS) was created, and all police air support units in England and Wales were gradually transferred to it. Most rural areas have 4x4 capability in the form of Land Rover Freelander 2s or Skoda Yetis. Dorset Police formerly operated an MD 902 helicopter from its headquarters at Winfrith. Dorset Police said officers made "repeated attempts to engage with the organisers and discourage them from holding the event". The Dorset Police Ports Policing Unit is responsible for policing all designated and non-designated ports in Dorset, making sure that legislation is followed, particularly the Terrorism Act 2000. So far[when?] Some 17.6% of people said there was a big problem with drugs while 18.8 per cent of people in Dorset said there was a big problem with drunk and rowdy behaviour. Anna Harvey, Chair of Dorset Police Federation, said: “This is a stark reminder of the extra risks our officers are facing on a daily basis. Constables and Sergeants wear custodian helmet's and collar numbers on their epaulettes, all higher-ranked officers wear peaked caps with their rank and collar numbers on their epaulettes. Putting victims first and increasing people’s satisfaction with policing are key priorities for Dorset Police. For PCSOs it consists of 18 weeks' training and a 15-week probationary period. 51.6% of people in Dorset agreed that the police and local councils were dealing with issues, making Dorset the twelfth best performing force in England and Wales. Once the training period is over, the new officers are posted in a local division. Officers from the Dorset Police No Excuse team issued a fixed penalty notice yesterday to a driver without a valid MOT. Cyber-crime is a fast growing area of crime. In September 2017 it was announced that Dorset Police and Devon and Cornwall Police were looking at merging to form a single force. Stations without a public front desk are Boscombe, Dorchester, Ferndown, Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton, Verwood, Wareham, Wimborne and Winton. In 1965, Dorset County Constabulary had an establishment of 544 and an actual strength of 466.[3]. As of September 2019, the force is the 14th smallest of 48 UK police forces in terms of officer numbers,[2] and the 20th smallest territorial police force in terms of geographic area. Find advice, statistics, and crime prevention help. It also obtains any intelligence on smuggling and contraband. Note: The 'Use my location' feature works best if you have a GPS enabled device i.e. Dorset Police have a total of ~450 vehicles, from 20 different manufacturers, and drive a total of 7.5 million miles a year.[5][6]. the strategic alliance project is on track to achieve the initial target of £12m of combined annual savings by 2018. Formal dress comprises an open-necked tunic, with white shirt/blouse and tie/cravat. [12] The NPAS inherited 23 bases, including Winfrith, but this was eventually reduced to 14. High Visibility Tac Vests are now issued to all officers, along with Body Armour. Female officers wear a bowler hat, or a white bowler hat for traffic officers. Join us and make a difference for Dorset. There are no motorways located within Dorset. Dorset Police use TETRA digital radios (Motorola), Samsung Smartphones, rigid handcuffs, the ASP 21" collapsible baton and PAVA 2 Incapacitant Spray (in place of CS Gas issued to Metropolitan Police officers). Report a crime or contact us online. … The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty. POLICE and forensics officers have been seen at a property in Poole today. [24]. That was up from the 24 reported during the same period in 2019. Welcome to the online home of Dorset Police. Dorset Police is responsible for policing sections of 14 'A' roads including A338, A35, A350, A354 and A37. To find your neighbourhood page, please enter your postcode in the box below. Officers from the Dorset Police … They were graded 'excellent' at suppressing gun crime, suppressing knife crime, comparative satisfaction of the BME community, confidence in the police and proportion of police cost met by council. [18], The performance figures from Dorset Police comparing April to December 2009 with the same period during 2008, showed a 9.9% drop in burglary, an 8.5 per cent drop in criminal damage, a 3.5 per cent fall in vehicle crime, a 3% drop in total violent crime, and a 17.8 per cent fall in the most serious violent crime. The unit comprises 1 Inspector, 2 Sergeants and 18 Constables and almost 30 dogs, including German Shepherds, Labradors and English Springer Spaniels.[10]. A police officer is "really struggling" from the effects of coronavirus after he was spat at by a suspect while on duty, a police federation has said. Image: Two people were arrested after protesters gathered in … [20][21], In 2010, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary graded Dorset Police overall as 'fair' on local crime and policing, protection from serious harm, confidence and satisfaction. [14], In September 2017, the Christchurch neighbourhood policing team moved from the site on Barrack Road to the fire station on Fairmile, further advancing the relationship with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. Most of the non-operational fleet also feature the force crest and website links. For Special Constables it consists of a similar but shorter programme of training during weeknights and weekends, accompanied by a two-year probationary period or less, dependent on the hours they can commit a month. COVID-19 (coronavirus) - Our response and essential information. The choir has so far raised over £250,000 for charity. Dorset County Constabulary was formed in 1855. The idea of these utility vests are to spread the weight of the equipment carried by officers across the torso rather than place strain on the waist. Find out how to protect yourself. Deaf, Hearing-Impaired or Speech-Impaired. Dorset Police covers a population of over 700,000, which swells considerably in the tourist season. The headquarters of Dorset Police is at Winfrith, roughly halfway between Weymouth and Poole. Male police officers wear the traditional custodian helmet in the comb style with a Brunswick star that reads 'Dorset Police' for foot patrol, a peaked cap for when on mobile patrol in vehicles, and a white peaked cap for traffic officers. Dorset Police recorded 32 attacks on police officers which included spitting or biting from February to November last year. The unit responds to incidents with the capability of firearms and Taser deployment. If life is in danger or a crime is in progress call, AskNED, Write, Visit, Call, or Social Media. Since 1877 the following officers of Dorset Police were killed while attempting to prevent or stop a crime in progress:[16], The British Crime Survey for 2010 found that there was an overall fall in crime in Dorset by 2.5%, and the largest fall in crime was robbery, which fell by 20%, making Dorset Police the eighth best performing force out of 43 in England and Wales, and first in forces similar to Dorset. Some 9.9% of people say there is a high level of perceived anti-social behaviour, making Dorset the eighth best performing force in England and Wales – and the top performing force among its family of five most similar forces. For Police Constables it consists of eight months' training and a two-year probationary period. The first joint teams became operational in April 2016. [26] This would have seen Dorset Police merge with Gloucestershire Constabulary, Devon and Cornwall Police, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Wiltshire Police. The No.1 uniform is accompanied by black boots or shoes and occasionally white gloves, or brown gloves for the rank of Inspector and above. The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (ACPO) was a not-for-profit private limited company that for many years led the development of policing practices in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The choir has performed throughout England and also France, Guernsey, Ireland and the USA. On 1 April 1974 this force took over some areas (mainly Christchurch and its hinterland) from Hampshire Constabulary and acquired its present name. These business areas include admin services, finance, human resources, fleet services and ICT, together with some specialist policing teams. The Police & Crime Plan is the focus of our work and provides the direction and focus for Dorset Police based on feedback from the public. Dorset Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the county of Dorset in the south-west of England, which includes the largely rural area covered by Dorset Council, and the urban conurbation and unitary authority of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.. Dorset Police covers a population of over 700,000, which swells considerably in the tourist season. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) defines a strategic alliance as: "An agreement between two or more forces to pursue a set of agreed objectives, while retaining separate identities." [8][9], Dorset Police has had a Dog Section since 1953; the unit is based in Eastern Division HQ in Ferndown. In detail they were graded as 'fair' at Neighbourhood Policing, neighbourhood presence and solving crime. 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