Skip to main content


To help with selecting your next PCC, we asked candidates 3 questions

ADW posed the following three questions to each of the five candidates standing in Dorset...   1. Why should Watch members vote for you? 2. If elected, what would be your top 5 priorities in the first 90 days and what milestones would you expect to achieve within that timescale? 3. Do you regard Watch groups as important in building safer communities, and if so how would you plan to help grow membership?   To see how each of them answered please select 'Dorset PCC elections' from the Updates & Live News menu at the top of the page, or alternatively click   HERE    More information on each candidate can be found at

PCC Election for Dorset on May 6th

 With our current PCC Martyn Underhill not standing for re-election, there are 5 new candidates contesting the post. 4 are from Political Parties - Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal/Democrat- plus 1 Independent.  To assist in selecting for whom you would vote, we have invited each of  them to answer 3 questions relevant to actual and potential Watch members. Their responses will be posted on this website. 

Neighbourhood Watch event featured in Poundbury community magazine

 In November 2019 ADW hosted a public meeting in Poundbury. The event featured a number of speakers giving updates and advice on a number of subjects, it was also attended by the editor of Poundbury magazine who published the following article on the event in the spring edition of the magazine which showcases some of the organisation's work in Dorset.   Hopefully with the end of lockdown now in sight ADW can get back to hosting such events in the not too distant future, so please keep checking back for updates and announcements regarding that ! If you would like to share the article or if it is proving hard to read as an image in this article you can download a PDF version  HERE

New Neighbourhood Watch Schemes

    Littledown Neighbourhood Watch has recently managed to assist 2 new schemes to get up and running. They are Bishops Close (37 homes) and Elmgate Drive (14 homes). Both schemes have been given Neighbourhood Watch information packs and stickers to get them up and running.   If anyone wishes to start up a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme in their community they can find the contact details of their local watch advisor on this website ( About Us > Watch Advisors Contact Details ) or get in contact via the Dorset Alert  website, or through our  Facebook  page, and we will endeavour to give them all the help they need in getting started.  

2021 Census Coming Soon...

  Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society.  Households across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. For more information, visit  or click here download the " Census 2021 - Your Questions Answered " information pack.  You can also follow @Census2021 on social media:  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. “A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office


 ADW wishes all visitors to our website an enjoyable and rewarding Christmas in these unusual times. Please be mindful of others, particularly those in the vulnerable category. Here’s hoping 2021 will be a better year for everyone. Remember “Hands: Face: Space”

Covid-19 Current Rules across Dorset

 A reminder that meeting with anyone from a different household is limited to 6 people in total. Also remember to apply the basics -hands, face, space i.e. wash hands, wear a face covering, keep 2 metres away from members of other households.

County Lines Success

 Dorset Police took part in a nationwide programme to address drug dealing. In one day 9 arrests were made, phones, cash and a car confiscated. A successful operation- congratulations to all concerned.