• WhatsApp security code scam
    Criminals are targeting WhatsApp users by posing as a friend and asking for a security code. Action Fraud has received over 60 reports relating to this scam. The scam begins when a criminal gets access to another WhatsApp account which […]
  • Bournemouth rape investigation – renewed appeal to identify witness
    Detectives continuing to investigate the reported rape of a woman in Bournemouth are making a direct witness appeal. The incident occurred in the area of Lansdowne Road and Beechey Road in the early hours of Sunday 26 February 2023. Police […]
  • Arrests following investigation into reported suspected drug dealing in Bournemouth
    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of a modern day slavery offence following an investigation into alleged drug dealing in Bournemouth. At around 1.20pm on Thursday 16 March 2023 officers from the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Neighbourhood Enforcement Team […]
  • Vehicle fraud and online shopping advice
    If you are thinking of buying or selling a car this spring, then take a read of Get Safe Online’s latest advice on how to make sure you do so as safely as possible if doing so online. Tips from […]
  • Putting Victims and Communities first: motorbike theft
    Putting victims and communities in Dorset first is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan. Before I became Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) I spent three years as a candidate listening to what Dorset residents had to say and […]
  • Burglars – parcels on doorstep indicates house is unoccupied
    Dorset Police would like to inform you of reports of burglars targeting homes where parcels have been delivered and left outside indicating that the occupant may not be at home.   Officers are reminding householders to be aware of this and […]
  • Dorset’s PCC on having a positive influence
    Recently, there has been a trend in celebrities openly discussing, both online and offline, their use of dangerous substances. Prince Harry bragged in his recent memoir that he’d taken psychedelics both for ‘fun’ and ‘therapeutically’ over the years, smoking cannabis […]
  • When you’re buying online, how confident are you that you’re dealing with a genuine seller and not a criminal?
    When you’re buying online, how confident are you that you’re dealing with a genuine seller and not a criminal? Or do you even think about it? Many people believe that online shopping scams are easy to spot, with poor spelling […]
  • 24/7 Support for Victims – Message from Dorset PCC
    Over the past month, I have shared a number of different services available in Dorset to support those who have experienced sexual violence and abuse. I chose to do this as I understand how vital it is for victims of […]
  • Dorset Police takes part in national eyesight campaign: Is Your Vision Roadworthy?
    All this week, Dorset Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council campaign, ‘Is Your Vision Roadworthy?’, which highlights motorists’ legal obligation to make sure their vision is sufficient when behind the wheel. Over a five-year period between 2013 and […]
  • Watch Laurens Story
    A update from Dorset PCC David Sidwick As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter for Sexual Violence Awareness week, for the rest of February I will be handing over this platform to allow partners, from services my office commissions, to […]
  • Appeal for information following theft from vehicle in Bournemouth
    Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following the theft of high-value drainage equipment from a van in Bournemouth. Between 8am and 11am on Wednesday 25 January 2023 a van was broke into on Rowena Road. A […]
  • Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Awareness Week
    A message from David Sidwick the Dorset PCC As part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week, I want to talk about all the good work that my office commissions on behalf of the people of Dorset and all the help and […]
  • Dorset remains the sixth safest area in the country latest crime statistics show
    Dorset remains the sixth safest area in the country after experiencing a rise in crime that is notably lower than other parts of England and Wales. The Office for National Statistics released data on Thursday 26 January 2023, which shows […]
  • Dorset Police is a part of Op Soteria – we want listen to all victims-survivors
    Last year Dorset Police became one of 14 expansion forces that joined Op Soteria Bluestone, a national collaboration between criminal justice practitioners and a coalition of the most qualified and talented academics in their fields. The overarching aim is to […]
  • Total of 85 arrests made as part of December drink and drug driving crackdown
    The annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign saw Dorset Police target those who drive while under the influence. During the campaign, the Force encouraged those out enjoying a drink during the festive period to plan how to get home […]
  • Public appeal to locate wanted man from Bournemouth
    Officers carrying out enquiries to locate a wanted man from Bournemouth are appealing for information from the public to find him. Daniel Bolton, aged 34, is wanted in connection with two burglary offences in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth. Bolton […]
  • Image appeal following report of fraud in Bournemouth
    Officers investigating a report of fraud are issuing an image of a man they would like to speak to as part of their enquiries. It was reported that at around 4.30pm on Friday 18 December 2022 a man attended the […]
  • Police Community Contact Points
    Dorset Police have recently introduced Community Contact Points in various areas across Dorset.  These are drop-in style events with no need to make an appointment.  A Police Officer from one of our Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be on hand to […]
  • Facebook users warned over heart-wrenching dog scam that keeps spreading
    Facebook users warned over heart-wrenching dog scam that keeps spreading. A number of Facebook posts claiming to have found a missing or injured dog are fake. Several versions of these posts, many using the same photos or text, with a […]
  • A Year in Review from the PCC
    2022 – A year in review As we head into a new year, I’d like to take a few moments to reflect on what has been achieved over the last year to work towards making Dorset the safest county. I’m […]
  • Proactive operation leads to drugs, cash and weapons removed from South West communities
    South West police seized more than five kilos of drugs and tens of thousands of pounds worth of cash during a region-wide crackdown codenamed Operation Scorpion. Once again Op Scorpion has produced some great results not just in our county […]
  • Christmas campaign – free soft drinks for designated drivers
    Dorset Police launches its ‘Lift Legend’ Christmas drink drive campaign today, with over 30 licenced premises set to offer soft drinks to those who give free lifts home to friends and family after a night out.   The initiative runs […]
  • Victim Support in Dorset #16Days
    The 25th of November marked White Ribbon Day and the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, both of which I am proud to support. I am committed to creating an environment where women and girls are both […]
  • Police take part in national initiative to reduce knife crime
    Dorset Police has taken part in Operation Sceptre, a national initiative to tackle knife crime. The operation ran from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 November 2022.  All 43 police forces and the British Transport Police (BTP) took part in intensified […]
  • Fraudsters stole £15.3m from Christmas shoppers last year
    New figures revealed victims of online shopping scams lost on average £1,000 per person during last year’s festive shopping season. The figures, which come from reports made to Action Fraud and analysed by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), showed […]
  • Award for East Howe Churchyard Project
    The East Howe Churchyard Project has been awarded the Queen’s Green Canopy Award, (Project Leader Tom Southam).  The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree-planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The initiative invites people […]
  • Advice following spate of courier fraud offences in Dorset
    Detectives are investigating a spate of courier fraud offences throughout Dorset and are issuing advice to prevent others becoming a victim. Since Wednesday 2 November 2022, there have been 11 reported offences of fraud where sadly five victims have been […]
  • CCTV appeal following assault in Bournemouth
    Officers investigating an assault in Bournemouth are issuing CCTV images of a man they would like to identify. At around 11.30pm on Saturday 8 October 2022 the victim, a man aged in his 40s, was walking in Commercial Road when […]
  • CCTV appeal following burglary in Bournemouth
    Officers investigating a burglary in Bournemouth are issuing CCTV images of the suspect. Some time on Thursday 6 October 2022 a padlock was cut and two men gained entry to an area of a building in Poole Road. A Bell […]
  • Image appeal following series of fraud incidents
    Officers investigating a series of scams across the county are issuing an image of a man they would like to identify. At approximately 3.50pm on Saturday 5 November 2022 a man attended an address in Bournemouth to purchase an Apple […]