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Police outsource guarding of crime scenes
11:15am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Headlines
DORSET Police have started a four-month trial outsourcing the guarding of major crime scenes to the private security firm Securitas Ltd.
Scenes of major crimes such as murder and serious assault were previously guarded by police officers taken away from front line policing. The outsourcing of scene guarding has the potential to release between 2,600 and 3,600 police hours back to frontline services each year, says the force.
If successful, Dorset Police hopes to see the use of professional scene officers permanently from 2014 and consideration may be given to increasing their deployment to include other scenes, not just major crime.
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