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Dorset Police

Dorset Police provides policing services to the county of Dorset. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Dorset is generally affluent. The police force area covers 1,024 square miles with approximately 140 miles of coastline in the south west of England. Around 0.8 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. The area has a number of distinct urban areas, including the towns of Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Dorchester. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes air and sea ports.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Dorset
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Wales and Western region

Contact Wendy Williams (e-mail address)

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

 

Key facts – 2018/19

Force Area

1,024 square miles

Population

0.77m people
up6% local 10 yr change

Workforce

91% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.15 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down10% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.08 national level
up43% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend

Cost

49p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Dorset PCC

Martyn-Underhill-PCC-DorsetMartyn Underhill

Dorset Police

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Chief Constable James Vaughan, appointed in April 2018

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