Dorset Police covers approximately 1024 Square miles of land and a similar body of water off the coastline.
Annually we provide a policing coverage for around 0.8 million residents, which increases during term time with students from the universities and colleges. A further 11 million people visitors come to Dorset each year for short breaks or holidays.
The County despite being classed as 93.7% rural includes an airport as well as sea ports that serve internal, and international freight and passenger travel.
The County despite being classed as 93.7% rural includes an airport, and sea ports, serving internal, and international freight and passenger travel.
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There's a lot of history to Dorset, and we are no different.
We were formed in 1855 and on 1st October 1967 merged with Bournemouth Police to form Dorset and Bournemouth Constabulary.
On 1st April 1974 we took over some areas, (mainly Christchurch and its surrounding areas) from Hampshire Constabulary and acquired its present name.
Our staff are our most valuable asset.
We currently employ over 2,600 people
- 1216 Police Constable
- 121 Police Community Support Officers
- 129 Special Constables
- 1253 Police Staff
- 141 Volunteers
- 600 Speed Watch Volunteers