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Dorset: Crime Scene Guarding Permanently Outsourced
A pilot scheme by Dorset Police to outsource the guarding of major crime scenes is being made permanent, which they say will free up more than 3,000 police hours a year.
Private security firm Securitas Ltd. will continue providing the service, following the four month trial.
The trial, which ran between 1 October 2013 and 31 January 2014, saw the firm called out on 15 occasions - releasing a total of 700 police hours back to front line services.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Cooper, Head of Dorset Police Criminal Justice Department, said: "The trial was considered a success and released police officers back to the front line to perform other essential tasks.
"Following the completion of the scene guarding trial, a review has deduced that the introduction of an outsourced guarding service could release more than 3000 police hours each year.
"Using a private company to fulfil a very small area of business more cost effectively, allows the Force to reinvest policing time into other front line matters."
Cyclist in Southampton General With Serious Head Injury After Collision With Bike and Motorbike
It happened on the B3081 near Verwood - he had to be cut free by firefighters.
Violent crime was up 37% in the last year. Police say it's mainly due to a change in how offences are recorded.
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