Cracking crime--Arson Task Force for Surrey.(News)

A newly formed Arson Task Force (ATF) is now in place to cater for the rise in arson incidents across Surrey. Formed as a partnership between Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Police, the team are already successfully reducing incidents of arson and bringing more offenders to justice.

In the last three years (April 2002-April 2005), Surrey has suffered over 2,800 deliberate fires. It is also possible this figure may be far higher as fires of this nature are often unreported.

The Arson Task Force consists of a Fire Investigation and Arson Reduction Officer, a Detective Constable, plus a Fire Investigation Search Dog and its handler.

As well as their work around incidents of arson, the team are charged with formulating initiatives to prevent arson attacks occurring in the first place. …

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