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What does the "strategic alliance" actually mean for Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police forces?

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed that it will pool resources with neighbouring Dorset in what is known as a "strategic alliance".

We spoke with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Police, Tony Hogg, who explained what it means in practice:

Woman missing from Weymouth

Claire Lawrence who has gone missing from her Weymouth home Credit: Dorset Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Claire Lawrence, 49 , who is missing from her home in Weymouth.

Claire has not made any contact with her friends or family since last Friday and may need to take medication.

I am appealing to anyone who knows of Claire’s whereabouts or has seen a woman matching the photograph, to contact me as soon as possible.

If Claire sees this appeal, I would urge her to please make contact to let us know you are safe. Your family is very worried about you.

– Police Sergeant Christine Gould, Weymouth police

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Drink Drive campaign

Almost 50 people have been charged with drink driving across Dorset so far this month.

Dorset Police have released details of all 48 who have been charged as part of their Christmas drink driving awareness campaign.

There are increased patrols over Christmas week throughout the county.

Dorset Police have charged 48 people with drink driving offences in December. Credit: PA

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Police confirm collaboration talks with other forces

Devon & Cornwall police have confirmed on Twitter this morning they have formed a strategic alliance with the Dorset force to look at ways of collaborating. They insist it does not mean they are in talks to merge the two forces, which cover 3 counties.

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Security firms guarding crime scenes

Major crime scenes in Dorset are being by private security staff rather than police officers. A trial is now underway in the county that'll see the idea tested for four months.

The force is taking the radical action in an attempt to free up police officers for other front line duties, meaning they don't have to spend hours standing by police tape.

But there are concerns this is just the first step in privatising parts of our police force. Martin Dowse reports.

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