Dorset Police's financial planning requires improvement, according to a report published today.
The findings by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) says the force will only be able to respond to expected budget cuts if it develops clear and realistic financial plans.
Dorset Police says the poor assessment is itself a result of Government cuts.
A 28-year-old man from Yeovil has been seriously injured after being hit by a police car. It happened on Saturday evening (23 August) on the B3146 between Dorchester and Sherborne.
Dorset Police say one of their vehicles was in pursuit of a black Peugeot GTI which hit a road sign. The driver got out and then collided with the police car.
The man was taken to Dorset County Hospital with a seriously injured arm. He was arrested for driving offences.
Funding plans for 16 extra police officers and 300 body cameras are due to be considered by Dorset's crime panel.
County Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill wants to increase the police part of the Council Tax by just under two per cent to pay for it.
Meanwhile in Gloucestershire the County Crime Panel will consider plans for a two per cent increase. Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl hopes the rise will pay for a crackdown on internet bullying and cyber crime.
Major crime scenes in Dorset are being by private security staff rather than police officers. A trial is now underway in the county that'll see the idea tested for four months.
The force is taking the radical action in an attempt to free up police officers for other front line duties, meaning they don't have to spend hours standing by police tape.
But there are concerns this is just the first step in privatising parts of our police force. Martin Dowse reports.
A private security firm will be guarding serious crime scenes in Dorset from now on.
Dorset Police are outsourcing this part of their security to Securitas in a four month trial. Police say officers can now concentrate on frontline policing.
The private security firm Securitas Ltd will trial guarding major crime scenes so Dorset Police can go back on the front line.
Scenes of major crimes, such as murder and serious assault, were previously guarded by police officers taken from their day to day job.
But by getting the security company to guard the scene instead, between 2600 and 3600 hours will go back into police front line services.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Cooper, Head of Dorset Police Criminal Justice Department said, "Outsourcing has been tried and tested by other forces for a number of years and it has been found to be a very effective way of securing evidence."
Dorset Police are to take on more staff and invest in new equipment for the force's non-emergency 101 number.
The Constabulary has had difficulties answering non-emergency calls promptly.
They say this was due to delays in recruitment and the roll-out of new technology.
Dorset's newest Assistant Chief Constable has started work.
David Lewis will be responsible for the operational side of policing the county.
The former University of Bristol law graduate previously held a senior position with the Association of Chief Police Officers, and before that, with Thames Valley Police.
Police in Dorset are looking out for drivers who are speeding or using mobile phones today.
The crackdown is taking place on the A30 in Sherborne and Shaftesbury as part of United Nations Global Road Safety Week.
Officers will also be giving advice to shoppers and schoolchildren. They'll be focusing on how to keep pedestrians safe.