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A three-month pilot scheme carried out by Leicestershire Police whereby forensics officers were told not to gather evidence at attempted burglaries at houses with an odd number, has attracted a great deal of attention – and criticism – this week.
Alan Charles, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, commented: “Clearly the police cannot continue to do everything in the face of the budget cuts and I fully understand and support decisions not to send a forensics officer when there is no useful purpose. However, I think that the criteria used to decide whether to attend or not must absolutely be based on something rather more technical and evidential than a door number.
“What I expect, and the Chief Constable agrees, is a professional assessment made by the police officer at the scene. Attendances by members of the forensics team should not be reliant on an arbitrary selection system which may, or may not, use actual evidence as the deciding line.”
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