The Guardian reports that Police forces are quietly taking on unpaid volunteers as scene of crime investigators, forensic experts and emergency planning officers as 20% budget cuts bite, it can be revealed. Forces across the country have been taking on volunteers to fill some of the most sensitive police staff roles and some are seeking to escalate their recruitment drives. There are now 9,000 police support volunteers replacing 15,000 staff jobs lost since 2010. Some forces report plans to double or triple their voluntary staff in the next year.
As usual, the CPS and more particularly the judges will cover up the cracks in improper investigations at the expense of the accused resulting in miscarriages of justice. The Police unfortunately are moving backwards and it may not be wholly their own fault. MoJ: Miscarriages of Justice-R-Us!