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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.

We are recruiting now for a range of transferee vacancies

We are now accepting applications for Police Officer, Detective Constable, Sergeant and Custody Sergeant transferees and would very much like to hear from you. If you would like to apply please register your interest below and we will be in touch very soon.

Police Sergeants

Are you an experienced Police Sergeant looking for a new challenge? We are looking for qualified sergeants to join our Police Family and, together, help keep our communities safe and feeling safe, identify and protect vulnerable people and prevent and respond to harm. Being a sergeant in Dorset is a diverse and fulfilling role where no two days are the same. Why wait? Start your application today!


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.

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.


Custody Sergeants

Are you an experienced Custody Sergeant who wants a new challenge? We are recruiting now for qualified Custody Sergeants to join our Police Family, and successful candidates will be expected to manage and supervise the lawful detention of arrested persons in compliance with statutory and legal guidance. They will also be required to implement and adhere to the professional practices detailed within the Authorised Professional Practice. Reporting into the Custody Inspector, the appointed Custody Sergeant will maintain the image and principles of the Force.

What are you waiting for, start your application today!


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
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