POLICE in Dorset are “good at keeping people safe and reducing crime”, government inspectors have said.

The force was assessed for effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy by representatives from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

It was found that Dorset Police is “efficient” and has a “well-developed understanding of the demands for its services”. A report released today reads: “[The force] is in a strong position for the next phase of its strategic alliance with Devon and Cornwall Police.

“This will see the introduction of a new, joint model for service provision aimed at transforming the way both forces operate.

“Within the force’s call handling department there are some pressures but the force understands what the problems are.

“It has now put processes in place to prioritise calls from those people who are most at risk.

“The force generally makes good use of its resources.

“Its investment plans align with the police and crime plan.”