Dorset Police reassure communities they're still protecting the public

Dorset Police reassure communities they're still protecting the public

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:40am 6th May 2020.

20,000 calls have been made to Dorset Police's 101 service in the past month.

Dorset Police insist they're 'still open for business' despite having to provide additional policing during the coronavirus pandemic.

They made more than 750 arrests between 23 March and 26 April 2020 including crimes ranging from murder, domestic abuse, theft and robbery. 

Chief Constable James Vaughan said:

"We're still investigating serious crime, we're still investigating incidents.

"We're very much business as usual on top of policing this pandemic, and we'd encourage people to continue to report their crimes to us."

About 43 offenders were convicted in Dorset for not informing police about a change in their circumstances.

The force says in the last month they've had:

  • 18,813 101 calls
  • 10,000 online enquiries
  • 9,208 999 calls
  • 753 arrests
  • 830 investigations solved

Chief Constable James Vaughan said:

"Our commitment to supporting our communities during this time remains as strong as ever.

"We will also help enforce the regulations issued by the Government to ensure we help reduce the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

"And while we maintain our approach to the COVID-19 crisis, we are also continuing to protect you in the same way we did before the pandemic and remind you that Dorset Police is still open for business."

James Vaughan
Dorset Chief Constable, James Vaughan

Chief Constable James Vaughan continued:

"I’d like to praise those officers and staff working in our custody suites for their diligence and sensitive approach to dealing with detainees, some of whom have been displaying symptoms of the virus.

"Our officers and staff are working tirelessly to ensure we continue to keep Dorset as one of the safest places in the country and I’d like to pass on my personal thanks to all of them for keeping this standard maintained in these difficult times. 

"Yet again, a big thank you to the people of Dorset for sticking with the rules of staying at home.

"We are nearing the end of the first phase and we ask you all to continue to be patient – now is not the time to go easy and become complacent.

"Your actions are making a big difference to reducing the spread of this terrible disease and are truly saving lives."