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.
From scouring twenty five square miles of sea bed for explosives, to simply pointing people in the right direction, the military and emergency services did it all during the sailing events in Weymouth.
As the Paralympics finals take place this week the services have been reviewing their mammoth security operation during the games as Richard Lawrence reports.