These are the latest key facts about Dorset Police.
About the force
Dorset Police provides policing services to the county of Dorset. The police force area covers 1,024 square miles with approximately 140 miles of coastline in the south west of England.
Although there are some areas of deprivation, Dorset is generally affluent.
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.