300 forensic staff being transferred to Dorset Police

300 forensic staff being transferred to Dorset Police

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:07am 26th October 2018.

They're coming from other forces.

More than 300 forensic staff from a number of police forces are being transferred to Dorset.

In 2014 four forces Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire brought together their scientific forensics services to form the South West Forensics Collaboration.

Since then, using the opportunities created by bringing together these resources, the police say forces have overseen improvements in Crime Scene Investigation, Digital Forensics and Identification Services, delivered through a model which sees staff remain locally based.

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In the latest move in what the police say will further strengthen the effectiveness of this collaboration, Avon & Somerset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police will transfer the employment of its forensics staff to Dorset Police.

Although staff will remain locally based, continuing to support policing in local communities across Avon & Somerset and Devon & Cornwall, the move to a single employer will provide consistent working practices and simplify the collaboration's operating model.

Chief Officer for the South West Forensics collaboration, ACC Damian Kearney, said "This welcome move, which reinforces the collective investment in collaboration by the forces involved, will see over 300 forensic staff employed by Dorset Police on behalf of the region, reducing bureaucracy and streamlining working practices. The transfer of employment will take place by October 2019".

Dorset's Chief Constable, James Vaughan, is the national police lead on forensics, providing additional support and grounds for Dorset to host the regional forensic collaboration.



PCC Martyn Underhill for Dorset Constabulary: "Today we are pleased to announce we now are able to manage this large workforce through one constabulary - Dorset. The single host force concept is not new, but moving over 300 staff into Dorset, who have been working together but still having slightly different approaches means that we can positively tackle the improvements we want to make to the service."

'Not for Wiltshire'

Although Wiltshire Police has decided against transferring the employment of its staff to Dorset Police, the force will remain a full member of the South West Forensics collaboration and working practices will be aligned as part of the new arrangements.

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