Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Providng a Policing Service to the County of Dorset
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  • UK locations:
    South West

About Dorset Police

FIGHTING CRIME FOR Dorset Police does not necessarily mean a lifetime of pounding the beat in the West Country. The force allows officers to apply for the chance to work for other organisations and several of its staff have been seconded to war zones abroad to investigate misdeeds there. In addition, employees are allowed to take career breaks of up to five years.

Many of the employees who leave return at a later date and it is common for several family members to work for the force. The average constable earns £34,536 a year, is 41, and has been with Dorset Police for 10 years. Almost a third (872) of the workforce are on £35,001 or more. Staff would not leave tomorrow if they were offered another job (66% positive, the 12th best score among the top 50 mid-size public bodies). The force makes a difference (70%) and the work is an important part of who its people are (70%).

What is it like to work for Dorset Police

My Team
My Team
Staff at Dorset Police get together once or twice a year to go through formal team building activities. This is usually conducted at an external venue and a recent event involved a series of fun activities and a walk through bird sanctuary with different sub teams while performing a set task. Later in the day everybody worked on breaking down interdepartmental barriers and created a long term development plan.
My Company
My Company
Dorset Police is an organisation people are proud to work for. They have a long tradition of making Dorset safe and making Dorset feel safe and the staff are the key to achieving that. In an independent national survey, Dorset Police achieved the highest rating of any police force in the country for public confidence and that result is a direct reflection of the commitment of staff to providing an excellent service. Dorset Police is an organisation constantly striving for excellence. The Force Values are Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness and Respect and these provide the standards to frame policies and procedures.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Staff are rewarded through several means other than their basic salary and benefits package which includes a pension scheme and national pay increases. The other things would include general praise for good work, regular awards for the best job of the week and more high level presentations and awards at public media covered formal civic events. Staff are also entitled to career breaks of up to five years and can also apply for opportunities to travel abroad and work for other organisations.

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  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

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  • Male : Female:

    58% / 42%


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