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Dorset Police

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Roy Wilsher is temporary HMI for Dorset.

This force is in the Wales and Western HMICFRS policing region.

HMICFRS’s assessment of Dorset Police

Our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy), and other force assessments give you information about how your local police force has performed in several important areas.

In our latest assessments of Dorset Police, we made the following judgments:

Read our other reports for Dorset Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,024 square miles


0.777m people
up5% local 10 yr change


89% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.43 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
up1% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
0.06 national level
up9% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


53p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Dorset Police.

About the force

Dorset Police provides policing services to the county of Dorset. The police force area covers 1,024 square miles with approximately 140 miles of coastline in the south west of England.

Although there are some areas of deprivation, Dorset is generally affluent.

Around 0.8 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. The area has a number of distinct urban areas, including the towns of Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Dorchester. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the county each year.

The transport infrastructure includes air and sea ports.

More about this area – What Dorset Police says

Connect with Dorset Police

Dorset Police website

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner’s website