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There's no hiding place for Plymouth criminals trying to hide knives, sharp objects and hypodermic needles.
Handheld devices are being handed out to 50 police men and women who are part of operation Talon. They patrol city streets at night especially at the weekends.
The tiny device works from a 9 volt battery and fits like a glove on the hand. The detector will silently vibrate the officer's wrist when it passes over metallic items, this warning means a more precise search of that body area is needed.
In a joint shceme, 50 detectors have been funded by the Police and the Community Safety Partnership at a cost of £5,000.
It has the twin benefit of detecting weapons during the stop and search process and protect officers from potential injury.