Dorset Police rated 'Good' all round

Dorset Police rated 'Good' all round

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:33am 27th September 2019.

Dorset's Chief Constable says he wants to focus on crime prevention.

The force has been rated good in review of police effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy and leadership.

Her Majesty's inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services carry out yearly reviews, which have been published today. 

Police Patrol

The key findings are:

  • Dorset Police’s dedication to protecting vulnerable people, stating that staff across the Force know how to recognise vulnerability.
  • The Force is good at investigating crimes with investigators that are well trained and cases allocated to officers with appropriate skills.
  • The Force has a good charge rate, in line with, or above, other forces in England and Wales
  • Dorset Police was found to be good in terms of its legitimacy and how it treats the public and its workforce.
  • The Force is good at treating the public fairly and officers make fair and ethical decisions.
  • The report also acknowledges the funding that has been invested in wellness from the OPCC with equal importance placed on physical and mental wellbeing.
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Dorset Chief Constable James Vaughan

In an interview with Wessex FM, Dorset Chief Constable James Vaughan said:

"I am very pleased with the results. We get measured across 10 different areas of policing and in all 10 areas the HMIC has graded Dorset as good

"Good is a great place to be but we've set an ambition in Dorset to move to Excellent or Outstanding."

Police officers happy

Chief Constable James Vaughan says there is a need to place greater emphasis on the prevention of crime, alongside responding to it.

He said:

"It's the oldest maxim, isn't it, that prevention is better than cure?

"Dorset Police has had to face growing demand and our resources have been more and more stretched which has meant that we've been more responsive that proactive."

Chief Constable James Vaughan also said the crime levels are now falling in Dorset.

"We are beginning to see demand come under control. For the first time in a few years we've had two successive quarters of crime falling in the county.

"What this gives is the opportunity for us to create some capacity to take preventative strategies and do some hard edge prevention."

Police night

Neighbourhood policing officers in Weymouth have been visiting vulnerable people in the community to protect them from exploitation. 

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said:

"The people of Dorset should be greatly reassured by this report, which recognises that their Force is still rated 'good' at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

"They should be particularly comforted to see that Dorset Police has been praised for its work in protecting vulnerable people - an area that has become more important than ever over recent years."