Verwood Police say crime and anti-social behaviour has dropped significantly following a targeted operation.
Dorset Police launched Operation Keeper after a spike in reports of crime in Verwood.
The Police together with East Dorset District Council agreed to the use of dispersal powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 which allows officers to direct anyone behaving inappropriately from the area.
Police Constable Andy Robertson from Verwood Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "Total recorded crime in Verwood halved from 58 reports in July 23 to 27 in August 2013.
“We also saw a dramatic fall in the number of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour in the hot spot areas of the recreation ground and Potterne Park between July and September."
"The feedback we have received from the public has been excellent."
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