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Securitas to guard major crime scenes for Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police has signed a contract with Securitas for the security solutions specialist to provide a dedicated service guarding major crime scenes in Wiltshire. The contract is effective immediately.

“Protecting the scene of a major crime is an integral part of an investigation, ensuring that evidence isn’t disrupted, destroyed or contaminated,” said T/DCI Jeremy Carter from the Brunel Crime Investigation Team.

“It’s important for the senior investigating officer in the Major Crime Investigation Team to know that Securitas will respond immediately when called upon, and that its security officers are capable of securing a crime scene very quickly anywhere within Wiltshire.”

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Carter added: “By outsourcing the guarding function, we’re able to release police officers from that work to front line policing and, in turn, reduce costs.”

Contracting out the guarding of major crime scenes has been tried and tested by all other forces in the South West, where such a move has been found to be a highly effective way of securing evidence and preventing contamination or interference at the scenes of crimes. It’s likely that the service will only be used when there’s a need for protracted guarding solutions.

Concentration on primary roles

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “We regularly review our services to make sure that we offer the best value for money for the public. This contract will free officers to concentrate on their primary roles rather than guarding. There are no ongoing costs to Wiltshire Police other than the actual use of the service when attending a crime scene.”

Securitas’ security officers are vetted and appropriately trained to high standards. They can be clearly identified at crime scenes by their Securitas branded uniforms.

“Modern day policing requires a different approach, as the pressure to more effectively manage costs and resources must be balanced against increasing levels of threat and incidents that require police forces to be at their optimum strength,” said Michael Clancy, chief commercial officer and executive lead for UK policing at Securitas UK.

“Adopting a partnership approach with Wiltshire Police, our crime scene guarding service can quickly provide fully and specifically trained, accredited and professional protective services officers to maintain the critical security of a crime scene. Thanks to this solution, Wiltshire Police has been able to release its police officers back to valuable front line policing duties at a significantly reduced cost and while maintaining the high standards expected of the police service.”

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Securitas set to showcase growing range of emergency and fire safety solutions at the Emergency Services Show 2015

Securitas is set to showcase its growing range of emergency and fire safety solutions at the Emergency Services Show, which runs at the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 September.

With over 400 exhibitors and 5,500 visitors attending last year, the Emergency Services Show is one of the UK’s leading events for professionals involved in emergency planning, response and recovery both here in the UK and abroad.

Securitas’ specialists within the sector will be on hand to discuss a range of fire safety and emergency services including emergency fire crew capability, airfield rescue, firefighting contingency, fire risk assessment, fire training, police support, crime scene guarding, major public event support and canine services as well as related technologies.

Paul Rankin of Securitas

Paul Rankin of Securitas

Paul Rankin, director of fire and safety services at Securitas, told Risk UK: “The Emergency Services Show provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities and competencies designed to support the industry and also highlight our growing range of tailored services. It’s a great opportunity for us to communicate Securitas’ future strategy which will assist in the development of our Emergency and Fire Safety Services Division.”

Securitas boasts an excellent working relationship with the police and other emergency services across the UK, holding contracts with various local police services as well as national agencies including the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

*The Securitas Emergency and Fire Safety Services Team will be available on Stand L38. Further information is available online at: http://www.emergencyuk.com

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Securitas begins trials for major crime scene guarding

Trials involving security solutions provider Securitas have been instigated by Dorset Police with a view to the outsourcing of major crime scene guarding services.

Following on from Securitas’ successful partnerships with the Avon and Somerset and Devon and Cornwall constabularies, the company has now embarked on a four-month trial providing crime scene guarding to Dorset Police.

Previously, scenes of major crimes such as murder and serious assault were guarded by police officers taken away from front line policing duties. The outsourcing of crime scene guarding has the potential to release between 2,600 and 3,600 police hours back to front line services every year.

During these trials, Securitas officers will provide Dorset Police with the flexibility to man a crime scene within four hours of police notification, thereby allowing officers to return to crucial front line activity.

Securitas has begun a four-month trial period aimed at providing crime scene guarding for Dorset Police

Securitas has begun a four-month trial period aimed at providing crime scene guarding for Dorset Police

Integral part of investigations

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Cooper, the head of Dorset Police’s Criminal Justice Department, said: “Protecting the scene is an integral part of an investigation, ensuring that evidence is not disrupted, destroyed or contaminated. Outsourcing has been tried and tested by other forces for a number of years and has been found to be a very effective way of securing evidence as well as ensuring robust frameworks on contamination or interference at the scenes of crime.”

Cooper continued: “Specially trained scenes of crime officers will be able to perform this task to a high standard and release police officers back to the front line to perform other essential tasks.”

In conclusion, Cooper commented: “The outsourcing of crime scene guarding to Securitas has the potential to positively impact upon the service we can provide to the communities of Dorset.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill added: “I welcome this trial which will put more officers back into core policing. It will also cut Force costs and strengthen our ties with the Avon and Somerset, and Devon and Cornwall Police Forces who’ve already adopted this scheme.”

Should the trial period prove successful, Dorset Police hopes to see the use professional scene officers permanently from 2014. Consideration may be given to increasing their deployment to include other scenes, not just those involving major crime.

Integration within those communities served

Mike Clancy, South West area director for Securitas, explained that it’s very much part of the Securitas culture to integrate the company’s operations within the communities in which it works, using both specialist resources and capabilities to support local crime prevention authorities.

“This tried-and-tested method has seen a hugely successful relationship between two police forces grow into a third as we welcome Dorset Constabulary,” enthused Clancy.

“The work our crime scene officers conduct is of the highest standard. All officers are 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 Constabulary in this way in the months and years ahead.”

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