A 24 year-old man has died in a car crash in Portland, Dorset, this morning. His Volkswagen Golf hit a wall on Southwell Road and he died just after 2am (Sunday 6 October). Police do not believe any other vehicles were involved, and they are asking any witnesses to come forward.
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.
A private security firm will be guarding serious crime scenes in Dorset from now on.
Dorset Police are outsourcing this part of their security to Securitas in a four month trial. Police say officers can now concentrate on frontline policing.
– Mike Clancy, South West Area Director of Securitas
The work our Crime 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.
Private security staff are taking on some police roles in Dorset from today.
The company Securitas Limited will be guarding major crime scenes as part of a four month trial. Police chiefs say it will free up officers for front line duties.
The private security firm Securitas Ltd will trial guarding major crime scenes so Dorset Police can go back on the front line.
Scenes of major crimes, such as murder and serious assault, were previously guarded by police officers taken from their day to day job.
But by getting the security company to guard the scene instead, between 2600 and 3600 hours will go back into police front line services.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Cooper, Head of Dorset Police Criminal Justice Department said, "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."
Police in Dorset are looking out for drivers who are speeding or using mobile phones today.
The crackdown is taking place on the A30 in Sherborne and Shaftesbury as part of United Nations Global Road Safety Week.
Officers will also be giving advice to shoppers and schoolchildren. They'll be focusing on how to keep pedestrians safe.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset has confirmed he is looking at business sponsorship to meet the shortfall in the police budget.
Martyn Underhill says the force is the country's lowest funded and has seen the worst cuts.
He says he'll look at opportunities with other PCC's and reputable organisations to help projects that otherwise may not have gone ahead.
Motorists are being encouraged by police to take extra precautions when locking their cars. It's in a bid to reduce break ins.
The number of thefts from vehicles in Dorset has risen by more than 12 per cent so far this year. That means more than 350 offences. Dorset Police are reminding motorists to make their vehicles are securely locked and that there are no valuables left on display.
Dorset Police has compiled a Top 10 of most popular enquiries from the public.
1 - Lost/Stray Dogs
2 - Drink and Drug Driving
3 - Missing Person
4 - When are your poice stations open?
5 - Noise Nuisance
6 - Property
7 - Anti Social Behaviour
8 - Custody Enquiries
9 - Vehicles
10 - Alarms
Lost or stray dogs is the most common enquiry to Dorset Police. Dorset Police deals with hundreds of calls in each day ranging from urgent 999 calls to general enquiries. A list has been released showing the current top enquiries:
- Lost/ Stray Dogs
- Missing Person
- When are your police stations open?
- Noise Nuisance
- Anti Social Behaviour
- Custody Enquiries
- Road Traffic Collisions