New Rural Crime Team


Dorset has now tripled the size of its rural crime team, says Sgt Jane Moore

On 20th June 2022 Dorset Police launched its Rural Crime Team Engagement Project at Kingston Maurward College, who kindly hosted the event.
Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick and Dorset Police’s Chief Constable, Scott Chilton attended the event with many of our partner agencies, including Dorset Council, the Environment Agency, Forestry England, Neighbourhood Watch, the National Farmers Union and Cornish Mutual.
The Rural Crime Team aims to ensure we deliver exceptional local policing that is visible, connected, and trusted. Dorset Police is committed to responding to rural crime and will relentlessly pursue those involved. We will provide a professional response that always puts the victim of rural crime first.
Dorset Police will create a hostile place for perpetrators of rural crime and anti-social behaviour.
The rural crime team across the county has now gone from three dedicated officers up to 10.
“Policing rurally is a different beast” says Assistant Chief Constable Farrell “we have to face it in a different way, starting with providing more dedicated rural officers to tackle crimes like fly-tipping, poaching, hare coursing and machinery theft.”
We work closely across all geographical areas, supporting local Neighbourhood Policing Teams. The aim of the rural crime team is to make all of Dorset a safe place to live and work, and less attractive to rural offenders.
The Team support victims in rural communities and targets repeat offenders and organised crime groups.

Within communities
The Rural Crime Team works with local communities and partners to ensure that the views and concerns of rural communities are listened to. This includes developing and delivering innovative new ideas such as the podcast series Country Cast that was delivered last year, and the team’s new Rural Crime engagement van.
The Team believe it’s vitally important that we are accessible to the communities we police. We will attend many local events and meetings where you can speak with us face-to-face, as well as regularly updating our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) and arranging individual contact when required.

Details of when and where the van will be can found here:


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