Police crime scene investigators go electric in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police crime scene investigators are using fully electric vehicles to attend incidents across the county.

Police have teamed up with Peugeot to trial two ‘Partner EV’ electric vans for a year.

The force’s fleet Manager Keith Hidle. said: “This is the first time we have used a fully electric vehicle for this duration.

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“The world of crime scene Investigation really lends itself to the capabilities of these vans, which is why we have entered into this joint partnership with Peugeot.

“As policing nationally continues to transform and with savings still required, it is crucial that we stay ahead of the game and look for possible new solutions.

“By testing more of these vehicles within our fleet and examining their performance, it will help us to identify where further savings could potentially be made.

“At this stage, we do not have any plans to purchase electric vehicles, but when the right time arrives, we will be in a strong position to progress ahead.”

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John Gilbody, head of West Yorkshire Police scientific support services, said: “It is important that we have the right type of vehicle to be able to respond to crime scenes quickly and with the necessary equipment.

“We are dedicated to providing the best possible service to victims and witnesses through our crime scene investigations and the vehicles have all the attributes required to provide that resource.

“As we do not respond to emergencies or travel long distances over extended periods, they are a great option that suits our needs.”

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