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Civilian crime-fighters 'not cheap policing'

Sussex's police and crime commissioner has denied that employing civilians to investigate minor crimes is "policing on the cheap".

The force wants to train members of the public in an effort to help save tens of millions of pounds.

Commissioner Katy Bourne said the move would free experienced officers to get back on the beat.

BBC South East's John Young spoke to Ms Bourne, Paul Sellings, chairman of the Sussex Police Federation, and University of Brighton criminologist Professor Peter Squires.

  • 25 Aug 2013
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