Neighbourhood policing


Monthly updates from the various North Dorset Police Teams. This month’s news from Gillingham’s PC Vicky Biggs

The end of January sees the annual Neighbourhood Policing Week, says PC Vicky Biggs, when the local teams work on targeted hotspot patrols

Neighbourhood PC Tom Harness on foot patrol in Blandford

At the end of January your North Dorset Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) participated in the national Neighbourhood Policing Week of action. We held drop-in surgeries with our partners in Blandford, Shaftesbury and Gillingham, speaking to our communities about local concerns. We continue our community engagement opportunities going into February, with other drop-ins (see details of these on our social media).

Angus Woods in Blandford – due to increasing anti social behaviour volunteers have removed lots of rubbish and a bench to prevent youths

During the week we used community intelligence as well as our local knowledge to plan our patrols, resources and target anti-social behaviour (ASB) hotspots throughout North Dorset. By working with partners and working together with NPTs throughout North & East Dorset we are able to use our resources to complete targeted hotspot patrols. We have also conducted welfare checks on vulnerable residents, seizure of drugs, stop checks on vehicles
We have also been highlighting our NPT Priority surveys, which allow the local community to feed into our local priorities. We have been completing these at our drop-in events as well as advertising them on social media, and through our Dorset Alert messaging system. (Remember you can still sign up for Dorset Alert here

Foot patrol in the ASB hotspot of the Barnes Close area of Sturminster Newton due to reports of drug dealing.

Whilst this week was used to highlight some of the work we complete, be assured we continue this throughout the year. As always, for current updates on the work the team undertake please follow our social media page:

Remember to continue to report any concerns online at
Always use 999 in an emergency.

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