The police force in Dorset has launched a new Hotel Watch Scheme in a bid to increase safety and security measures within hospitality venues in Weymouth and Portland.
The police are giving B&Bs, hotels and guesthouses in the area an outlet to share information that could help investigations, working together to enable officers to respond quicker to situations where people may be at risk.
Police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “Intelligence shared by hoteliers is a highly valuable resource, which helps officers to respond quickly to situations where vulnerable people may be at risk of exploitation.”
“This is especially important for crimes such as human trafficking, where offenders deliberately move from place to place to evade detection. Working with our communities helps Dorset Police to protect the public and this initiative is a fantastic example of that.”
It is hoped the scheme will also increase the safety and security within hotels, and provide opportunities for training on the current policing priorities and issues in the area.
The scheme was launched this week at the Hotel Rembrandt.