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South-west Police and Crime Commissioners meet at new police centre in Bridgwater

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Sue Mountstevens at new Bridgwater police centre

The South-west Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables today met to discuss the latest roll-out of body-worn cameras, digital evidence and a new regional forensics service.

At their latest meeting hosted by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, the five Commissioners and Chiefs discussed their existing collaborations around major crime and counter terrorism and forthcoming regional projects.

Following nearly £5 million of investment from the Home Office innovation fund, the four police forces of Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire are now working together on the implementation of body-worn cameras, digital evidence and a regional forensic science service.

After today’s meeting Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “There are some really innovative projects being developed across the region which will transform policing and really make the most of the latest technology.

“By working together as four police forces on these projects we not only get economies of scale, we can also pool all our learning and expertise. The Home Office innovation fund bids have really meant that this work can move on at a pace. I hope to see officers using body-worn cameras on the streets of Bristol, Swindon, Bournemouth and Newquay very soon.”

The meeting was held at Avon and Somerset’s new police centre in Bridgwater which will be soon be open to the public.

Posted on Wednesday 3rd September 2014
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