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Dorset Police

Welcome to our force

Thank you for your interest in joining Dorset Police.

Our Force covers a hugely diverse geographic area, from the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast to rolling hills inland. Although Dorset is predominantly rural, we also police Bournemouth & Poole, an urban area larger than most British cities, and many towns and villages.

Temporary Transferee Bonus Payments

In recognition of the current skills gap and the necessary competencies that are required, a decision has been made by the Executive to make a temporary bonus payment to PIP2 Detective Constables and ARV Constables transferring into Dorset Police Force.

The bonus payment for 2019/20 will be a one-off payment of £500 in accordance to the following criteria:

  • Detective Constables who transfer by 5th April 2021, meet the criteria of working in a PIP2 role and having a current 'active' PIP2 accreditation.
  • Police Constables who transfer into ARV roles with a firearms qualification and take up their post by 5th April 2021

A workforce that reflects our communities

Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.

We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities and females is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.

In order to achieve this we are proud to pursue a policy of ‘positive action’.

For further information and to register for this scheme please click the button below.

Positive Action

Major Crimes Investigations Team

We are looking for experienced Detectives to join our MCIT.

Essential criteria: you must be PIP level 2 accredited. Knowledge/experience working within a major crime investigation arena or major incident room. For further information please express an interest (right).

Detective Constable

We’re looking for experienced detectives to join our team and, together, help keep communities safe and feeling safe, identify and protect vulnerable people and prevent and respond to harm. Being a detective in Dorset is diverse and fulfilling. From investigating serious and complex crime, dealing with high profile cases and going above and beyond to help those in need, you’ll be an expert in investigating crimes; working as a team to make a real difference.

National Firearms Instructor Constable

We are seeking experienced NFI Constables of all backgrounds to come and join our Police Family.


Response Constable

We are seeking experienced Police Constables of all backgrounds to come and join our Police Family. Our current vacancies are focused in the Bournemouth and Poole areas of Dorset and offer a unique challenge of policing an urban area larger than most British cities. Why not take the next step in your policing career and join us as a transferee Police Constable.

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