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What is the Association of Dorset Watches?

ADW, the Association of Dorset Watches, provides a pan Dorset umbrella organisation, which is able to offer advice and assistance to many individual groups. The ADW is made up of a large number of community Watch schemes, including Neighbourhood and Home Watch, Rural, Farm, Horse, Speed and Harbour Watch. Together, the Watch schemes form a network, together with the support of the Dorset Police. Should an incident happen, police are able to put out a message via their Dorset Alert system, which goes out to all registered members of the Watch schemes. This system is not only used for gathering information from the public, such as with missing persons and witness appeals, but is also utilised when members of the community report suspicious behaviour in their area, to distribute important information from Dorset Police, etc. An example of this is where police have a sighting of a suspicious vehicle circling around an area, a message will go out via Dorset Alert to ensure residents in that area are aware of the suspicious activity and help to prevent them falling victim to any potential crime.

We are always looking for new volunteers for various activities so if you are able to help in any way please contact us via any of the following ways:

Chairman Pat Halliday Mobile: 07464 857801

Instagram: @ADW_Executive


If you would like more details about your local Neighbourhood or Home Watch please contact one of our watch advisors (Details here: Watch Advisors Contact Details)and they will be able to let your know how to get in touch in with your local watch coordinator, or if one doesn't exist in your area and you'd like to start one they can advise on how to go about it.

ADW Vision, Mission & Stategy


A caring environment in which residents, businesses and visitors in Dorset Unitary Authority areas feel safe


  • To provide the encouragement, advice and tools to communities in support of our vision
  • To support implementation of relevant elements of the Neighbourhood Watch Network Strategy
  • To promote and support the growth and activities of all Watch groups across the Dorset Police area
  • To encourage and promote cooperative working between Watches serving the same communities


  • Grow the numbers of Watch schemes and of Watch members
  • Promote the adoption of digitally based Watch Groups
  • Provide a high level of support to Watch schemes and their members
  • Extend our reach across
    • Urban and rural communities
    • Retail and industrial areas
    • Schools
    • Areas with a perceived speeding problem
    • Age groups and ethnicities


  • Funding
    • Operational and Project funding from organisations that support communities
  • Effective Partnerships
    • Major: Police, Councils (staff & Councillors), Trading Standards, Crime Prevention Panels
    • Minor: E.g. Libraries, doctors’ surgeries, housing associations, churches, youth clubs
  • Communications
    • Members
    • Non-members- Spread awareness, then create liking, then generate wanting
    • Use of social media- Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp
    • Website
    • Meetings and Events
    • Newsletters
    • Neighbourhood Alert use by Watch leaders
  • Demonstrable Added Value
    • WhatsApp set up assistance
    • Virtual Neighbourhood Watch set up assistance
    • Community Speed Watch
    • Ferndown Police Community Office and Sheducation
    • Signal Blockers
    • Demo kits
  • Major Essentials for Success
    • Active participation of ADW Executive members and volunteers
    • Appointment of an ADW Publicity Officer
    • Help in recruiting volunteers locally and to support ADW Executive
    • Strategic plus senior and local operational Police support
    • Social media support
    • Regular funding


Or fill out the contact form below

ADW contact form...

We are also looking for somebody to take on the role of ADW Publicity Officer 2020/21, which will involve the following duties:

  • Promote the benefits of Watch membership to residents
  • Promote the use of Dorset Alert
  • Publicise events, achievements and best practice ideas
  • Promote the use of WhatsApp for crime prevention and support to the community
  • Provide input for the ADW website

If you would like to consider volunteering for this role please get intouch with any of the above to express your interest.

Neighbourhood Watch Flyer

Download Association of Dorset Watches Constitution

ADW Constitution

  1. Title

    • The group shall be called the Association of Dorset Watches, also referred to as the ADW

  2. Area Of Coverage

    • The area to be served by the group is the geographical area of Dorset. The Association shall support and represent all registered Watch groups in the Dorset Police area.
    • The Watch types supported by ADW are listed in Appendix 1 (‘Watch Types Supported by ADW’).
    • A Watch group is considered ‘registered’ if it is registered in Dorset Alert or recorded on a list maintained by the master organisation of the corresponding Watch type or, for Neighbourhood / Home Watch, by any of the Associations listed in Appendix 2 (‘Associations Recognized by ADW’).
    • Maintenance of the details of Appendices 1 and 2 is the responsibility of the Executive Committee. Details of any changes will be reported at an AGM but do not require formal approval.

  3. Aims & Objectives

    • Complement Dorset Watch Groups in promoting crime prevention (including crime reduction, anti-social behaviour reduction and reducing the fear of crime) and liaison between Watch Groups, Dorset Police, other statutory bodies and voluntary crime reduction organisations
    • Operate as a non-political, non-racial and equal opportunities organisation
    • Provide jointly with Dorset Police, services, from time to time as required for and on behalf of all Watch Groups in the Dorset Police area
    • From time to time arrange and provide for or join in arranging and providing for the holding of conferences, exhibitions, meetings, lectures, classes, seminars and training courses
    • Collect and disseminate best practice information on crime prevention and reduction materials to further the aims of crime reduction and re-assurance
    • Represent the generic views, requirements and aspirations of Watch groups to Dorset Police, Regional and National Watch and other relevant organisations
    • Encourage Watch groups to work closely together by holding regular open social and business meetings in each area to facilitate closer working relationships
    • Carry out reviews from time to time on the effectiveness and impact of the organisation and its strategies
    • Encourage members to look out for vulnerable neighbours and provide them with crime prevention assistance and reassurance
    • Liaise and work with the Police, Watch groups and other voluntary and statutory bodies to prevent crime and to make Dorset a safer place to live

  4. Nature of the Group

    • The ADW will be an independent, un-incorporated body, and not under the control of any Local Authority or other outside body

  5. Officers And Executive Group

    • The group will be governed by an Executive comprised of ADW Officers, representatives from any of the administrative areas not covered by an Officer plus a non-voting representative of Dorset Police. All Officers shall be accredited members of a Watch registered on Dorset Alert.
    • Every two years (in even numbered years), Watch members attending the Annual General Meeting will elect the following Officers:
      • Chair
      • Vice-Chair
      • Treasurer
      • Secretary
      • Publicity Officer
    • Nominations (proposed, seconded and with the consent of the nominee) for Officers may be made by any Association member at the AGM or in writing prior to the meeting. There shall be no limit to the number of terms an Officer can serve.
    • The Executive may appoint a suitable person to be President of the Association for a 2-year term with equivalent rights to those of an Officer.
    • The Executive will have the powers to replace any member leaving the Executive during the 2-year term of office, to co-opt more people, and to invite representatives from appropriate agencies to attend meetings as non-voting advisors.
    • There shall be a quorum of three members, including at least 2 Officers, required to be present at a meeting.
    • Any time-critical decisions may be taken via e-mail, subject to the requirements stated in sections 5.6 and 7.2 of this document being met.

  6. Meetings Frequency

    • The ADW shall hold a minimum of three public meetings / events each year including the AGM.
    • The Executive shall hold at least three meetings per year.

  7. Executive Meetings And Proceedings

    • The Secretary shall keep full minutes of Executive meetings (recording those present, all resolutions and their outcome). All minutes shall be approved and signed by the Chair or (if different) the chair of the meeting at the next Executive meeting and shall (on reasonable notice) be available for inspection by any Executive Member or Association Member
    • Every matter considered by the Executive shall be determined by a majority of votes of the Executive Members present. In the case of equal votes the Chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote.

  8. Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    • There shall be an annual meeting of the membership which shall be held within two months of the financial year-end. 28 days notice shall be given. There shall be a quorum of fifteen Watch members required to be present at this meeting.

  9. Accounts And Financial Year

    • The ADW shall have a bank account in its name.
    • Any payment or withdrawal from the account shall require approval by the Treasurer and one other Officer using approved banking procedures.
    • The financial year shall run from April 1st to March 31st
    • The draft annual accounts shall be approved by the Executive and examined and certified as correct by an independent individual or organisation, whose appointment shall be ratified annually at the AGM.
    • The final examined annual accounts shall be laid before members at the AGM for approval.

  10. Alterations To The Constitution

    • Any alteration to the Constitution must receive the assent of not less than 50% of the Watch members present at the AGM or Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) convened for such a purpose. 21 days notice shall be given for an EGM. The quorum for an EGM shall be the same as for an AGM.
    • If the ADW is a registered charity at the time of the proposal any alteration will need the approval of the Charity Commissioners.

  11. Integrity

    • The name of the organisation shall not be used so as to commit it either publicly or privately to any expense, action or opinion except with the prior consent of the Executive Committee.
    • If in the opinion of the Executive an affiliated Group or a representative of any Watch Group brings the ADW into disrepute or behaves contrary to the objectives of ADW, that Watch Group or individual may be expelled from the ADW provided that the Group or individual is informed of the reason and given the right to be heard by the Executive before a final decision is made.

  12. Dissolution

    • Dissolution of the ADW shall be by the vote of not less than two thirds of the Executive. 28 days’ notice of such proposal shall be given.
    • Funds held in the name of the ADW shall be donated to one or more local crime prevention / reduction related group(s).
    • A copy of the audited final accounts shall be sent to the Charity Commissioners if appropriate.


Download the ADW constitution


  • Beach Hut Watch
  • Boat and Marine Watch *
  • Church Watch
  • Community Speed Watch
  • Dog Watch
  • Farm Watch *
  • Horse Watch
  • Neighbourhood (Home) Watch
  • Rural Watch

[1] For all Watches ADW only supports activities based on land across the two Unitary Authority areas of Dorset.
[2] For Watch types indicated * only activities that are community based are supported, i.e. business activities are not supported.

ADW CONSTITUTION APPENDIX 2: Associations Recognised by ADW

  • Association of Poole Watch Groups
  • Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks
  • Broadstone
  • Canford Heath
  • Corfe Mullen
  • Ferndown North
  • Ferndown South and West Parley
  • North Bournemouth
  • Sherborne Town Coordinators
  • South Purbeck
  • St Leonards and St Ives
  • West Moors
  • Weymouth and Portland Coordinators
  • Wimborne and Colehill

ADW CONSTITUTION APPENDIX 3: Public Liability Insurance

Public Liability insurance is available to members to cover Neighbourhood Watch events and activities. It has a Limit of Indemnity of £10,000,000 per claim plus legal costs, is in place to provide relevant cover for all recognised schemes and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers carrying out their roles across England and Wales. The insurance is extended to include cover for Products Liability up to £10,000,000 a year, and Employer’s Liability. This cover is paid for by Neighbourhood Watch Network. Please visit the OurWatch Website for more details as well as full terms and conditions.


Association of Dorset Watches Recent Achievements

The Association is constantly striving to keep pace with modern communication methods in order to keep residents up to speed with developments and one such scheme is being launched in the Bournemouth area to get residents to sign up to a local Whatsapp scheme that will keep them in touch with security issues as they happen. It is hoped that this will enable neighbours to talk and keep each other in the picture and replace meetings that were often badly attended.

This Year's AGM

In light of the current ongoing situation with Covid-19 this year' AGM has been postponed from its arranged date of May 11th. It will be rescheduled once the situation allows and the new date will be posted both here and on Dorset Alert.

Watch Types Included

  • Beach Hut Watch
  • Boat and Marine Watch *
  • Church Watch
  • Community Speed Watch
  • Dog Watch
  • Farm Watch *
  • Horse Watch
  • Neighbourhood (Home) Watch
  • Rural Watch

[1] For all Watches ADW only supports activities based on land across the two Unitary Authority areas of Dorset.
[2] For Watch types indicated * only activities that are community based are supported, i.e. business activities are not supported.

What are the benefits of joining a Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch aims to:
  • Prevent and reduce crime in our neighbourhoods
  • Provide reassurance to people in our communities, especially the more vulnerable
  • Provide up to date crime prevention advice
  • Encourage community members to be alert and watchful
  • Pass timely information from the police to the community (and vice versa) to help prevent and detect crime
The scheme aims to benefit both individuals and communities alike, by offering:
  • Home insurance discounts for active members
  • Specialist crime reduction advice to improve home security
  • Regular communication and crime alerts from your local police
  • The reduced likelihood of falling victim to crime
  • Vigilant neighbours concerned with community safety
  • Community issues addressed by a collective voice
More details of the benefits of becoming a watch member are available in the national Neighbourhood Watch Network flyer available below.

Setting Up And Benefits Of Neighbourhood Watch

A Message From Victim Support Dorset

At Victim Support Dorset we understand that in these unprecedented times (Covid-19 outbreak) people are feeling anxious and isolated, to become a victim of crime on top of this can be very difficult to cope with. If you’ve been affected by crime, we can give you the support you need to move forward. Our confidential and free service is available to all victims of crime regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened.

You can self-refer to our service for one to one support with a trained caseworker or supporter by phoning us on 0300 3030 163 (Open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and late on Tuesday and Thursday until 8pm). You can also use our confidential live chat service which can be accessed via our webpage: Or contact our national supportline free on 0808 16 89 111 who are available 24/7.

Phone: 0300 3030 163


ADW 'Stay Safe' Leaflet

'Stay Safe' is a booklet produced by The Association Of Dorset Watches in association with the national Neighbourhood Watch Network as a free guide offering advice on all manners of personal safety including Fire Safety, Home Security and Fraud Prevention, as well as many more. It offers useful tips on all types of safety precautions from services like the Fire Brigade and Dorset Police, advice on what security products you should own and reputable suppliers from which they're available, as well as a directory of useful contacts for any further help and information you may need. You can have a flick through below (Swipe with mouse or on touchscreen to turn pages) Alternatively copies of the booklet are available for free as a PDF download from this website (link below) or to obtain a printed copy contact ADW.

Download the ADW 'Stay Safe' leaflet here (PDF)

Security Routine At Night - Think KOPCAR!

Useful guide to night time security checks published by The Crime Prevention Website ( one a simple checklist of things to make sure you do each night before bed to avoid being the victim of a bulglary. Just remember to think KOPCAR each night!

  • Keys - remove from doors and windows. Make sure the doors, windows, car, safe and outside buildings are locked at night, before removing the keys even when, for example, you're in the lounge watching TV. Make sure they can't be stolen via a cat-flap or letterplate and that everyone in the household knows where the keys are kept in case they are needed in an emergency.
  • Outside lights- make sure they're on, but only illuminate the places around your home that can be seen by neighbours or people walking by.
  • Property - take to bed. Get into the habit of taking things like car keys, phones, cash, handbags and laptops into the bedroom at night.
  • Curtains or blinds - make sure they are closed at dusk to make sure thieves can't see though your windows to see what you've got to steal or that you're on your own. Close internal doors at night to help prevent the spread of fire and smoke.
  • Alarm - set it if you have one. Some alarms provide a nighttime setting, allowing some free movement around the home while the alarm is on. Periodically check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Rest easy - now that you're secured you can relax, but can you phone the police or fire brigade from your bedroom in the event of an emergency?


If you KOPCAR at night you won't have to call a COP CAR in the morning!

To read the full article and for more advice please check out The Crime Prevention Website link for whick is provided below.

The Crime Prevention Website - Night Time Security Checklist (KOPCAR)

Ferndown Police Community Office Products

The Ferndown Police Community Office offer advice and provide security products for sale from their base in the Barrington centre. PLEASE NOTE THAT CURRENTLY THE OFFICE IS CLOSED

Download Ferndown Police Community Office Product Leaflet (PDF)

Visit Ferndown Police Community Office Website

Dorset Road Safe Newsletter

Dorset Road Safe seek to raise general awareness of examples of fantastic partnership working, geared towards improving road safety across the county, whilst encouraging Dorset residents to take advantage of the many schemes available for all road user groups to increase your personal safety and that of others when using the road network. Issues will continue to be published on a quarterly basis. Stay safe on our roads!

Message from Mark Cooper, Executive of Strategic Road Safety Partnership: "Dorset Road Safe is an organisation made up of police and partner agencies who come together for the shared purpose of reducing the number of casualties on our roads.

Our efforts are informed by statistical data, best practice and lessons learned to ensure we have a sound evidence base for our work. We focus on targeting the most vulnerable groups on our roads and overcoming the greatest risks to road safety through collaborative initiatives. We are committed to making strides towards our shared target of bringing about a 40 per cent reduction in those killed and seriously injured on Dorset roads by 2020.

Working together is integral to developing innovative solutions that directly address the causal factors behind road fatalities. Our six strategic priorities are at the heart of all education, enforcement and engineering efforts carried out to improve safety on the roads"

Download The Full Dorset Road Safe Leaflet (PDF)

Promote Your Watch

The Association of Dorset Watches has a number of promotional items available for the leaders of local watches within the region to use at events. These include tear drop flags and pull-up banners as shown in the photo gallery below (Swipe images left or right with mouse or on touchscreen to scroll through the gallery).

As well as these we are also offering 'Beware Of Scams' stickers and note pads both of which can be given away, hopefully these will be particularly useful by the phones or computers of the elderly and vulnerable as a constant reminder to be cautious. Previews of both of these are available from the PDF downloads below.

Download A Sample Of The 'Beware Of Scams' Notepad (PDF)

Download A Sample Of The 'Beware Of Scams' Stickers (PDF)

Also available for Watch coordinators to use to really draw some attention to your stand (And hopefully keep kids entertained while you talk to their parents!) We also have a selection of bubble machines available for loan.