Dorset Police Marine Section Saved

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Dorset Police Marine Section has been saved as part of a review of coastal policing in Dorset.

Numbers of full-time officers in the Dorset Police Marine Section will be reduced as part of efforts to achieve £10m of budget savings by March 2015.

Police and crime commissioner (PCC) Martyn Underhill said more volunteer special constables would be deployed.

Poole Harbour Commissioners will also provide boats and crew for patrols along the Dorset coast.

As part of an agreement with the police, the harbour commissioners will cover the £50,000 costs of providing 1,600 boat hours a year to the police.

The police marine unit patrols the 89-mile (143km) length of the Dorset coast as well as responding to inland flooding emergencies.

April 12, 2013 |

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