Dorset Police privatise guarding of major crime scenes
DORSET Police will start outsourcing the guarding of major crime scenes to a private company.
The four month trial begins today with private security firm Securitas Ltd looking after scenes of major crimes including murder and serious assault.
It is hoped between 2,600 And 3,600 police hours will be released back into front line services each year.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Cooper, Head of Dorset Police’s Criminal Justice Department said: “Protecting the scene is an integral part of an investigation, ensuring that evidence is not disrupted, destroyed or contaminated.
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“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 as well as ensuring robust frameworks on contamination or interference at the scenes of crime.
Specially trained scene officers will be used in the trial – with the potential in place to use professional scene officers permanently from 2014.
The involvement of the private firm may also include other scenes, not just major crime.
Avon and Somerset Police and Devon and Cornwall Police have already adopted the scheme.
“This tried and tested method since 2008 has seen a hugely successful relationship between two forces grow now into a third as we welcome Dorset Police” said Mike Clancy, South West Area Director of Securitas.
“The work our Crimes Scene Officers conduct is of the highest standard, having been police vetted and specifically trained for such a role prior to any deployment.
“Our density of branch network and front line staff enables us to deploy with pace, professionalism and the reliability you would expect from an organisation of our strength, depth and expertise. We look forward to supporting Dorset Police in this way in the months and years ahead.”