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.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an elderly man died in a fatal collision in Weymouth.
One man has been arrested after the incident on Sunday 11 October. The victim was crossing Preston Beach Road with his wife at around 5:05pm when he was in a collision with a motorcycle.
He died at the scene. His wife was shocked but unharmed.
The motorcyclist was on a yellow Suzuki motorcycle travelling north. The 26-year-old man was thrown from his bike and broke both arms. He was taken to Dorset County Hospital.
The road was closed between Overcombe Corner and Greenhill while collision investigators examined the scene.
A 31-year-old man from Weymouth has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail until mid-January 2016, pending further enquiries.
Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed that it will pool resources with neighbouring Dorset in what is known as a "strategic alliance".
We spoke with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Police, Tony Hogg, who explained what it means in practice:
Police are concerned for the welfare of Claire Lawrence, 49 , who is missing from her home in Weymouth.
Claire has not made any contact with her friends or family since last Friday and may need to take medication.
Police in Dorset are warning people not to be taken in by phone scammers.
They say a new wave of calls is targeting vulnerable people in the west of the county.
Thousands of pounds have been taken from victims.
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.
Almost 50 people have been charged with drink driving across Dorset so far this month.
Dorset Police have released details of all 48 who have been charged as part of their Christmas drink driving awareness campaign.
There are increased patrols over Christmas week throughout the county.
Devon & Cornwall police have confirmed on Twitter this morning they have formed a strategic alliance with the Dorset force to look at ways of collaborating. They insist it does not mean they are in talks to merge the two forces, which cover 3 counties.
Two of the West Country's police forces are looking at how they can work together to save money.
Smaller budgets may see some services split between Dorset and Devon and Cornwall forces. A joint project team has been set up, but both forces say it shouldn't be seen as a full merger.