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Fire service give Police top tips on investigating possible arson attacks

Correspondent 29th Mar, 2018

THE Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia Police has welcomed a new training course which further builds upon collaborative working between West Mercia Police and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).

As part of the course, Detective Sergeants were given three realistic fire related crime scene scenarios aimed at furthering their knowledge and understanding of arson, all of which were facilitated by fire investigators from HWFRS and supported by Scenes of Crime Officers.

The course was delivered at the fire service’s facilities in Defford, Worcestershire, as part of an Investigative Supervisors Development Programme (ISDP), and was introduced by HWFRS Group Commander Martin Lown.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “This is yet another positive example of these two organisations working closely together, with a shared ultimate aim to keep people safe.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Hodges said: “Arson is a serious crime and the impact it can have can be devastating, both in terms of the physical damage it can cause and the emotional stress of those affected.

“We are therefore pleased to be able to work with West Mercia Police in this vital area of training, which will ultimately contribute towards keeping the people in our communities safe.”

Adrian Todd, West Mercia Police’s, Investigative Skills Training Course Manager “The Investigative Skills Training department are always looking to enhance the courses that we deliver in order to improve the knowledge, understanding and confidence of officers from around the alliance in relation to serious crime investigations.”

To view a video from the training click here https://youtu.be/13bApxPUPv8

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