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Police Forensic Services Could Merge

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12:52pm 29th November 2013
(Updated 1:00pm 29th November 2013)

There are fears creating a new regional forensic service for the Police across the South West will lead to job losses.

Dorset is one of five forces looking to become part of the streamlined service which could save around £1.9M.

This would be done by sharing systems which happens elsewhere in the UK.

Dorset's Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said about a meeting which took place this week: "This is an important development for regional coloration and will help all five forces work toward a more efficient and effective forensic service provision.

"In the coming months we will engage with all forensic staff across the five force areas to ensure that the best possible service is provided in the South West while also identifying the required savings."

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: "This is another example of collaboration in the South West, achieving improved service delivery at a reduced cost."

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