TWENTY-eight police officers is “typical” in Bournemouth town centre on a busy summer weekend, according to the force. 

Police have given an insight into how they patrol following the death of 18-year-old Cameron Hamilton over the weekend. 

The county force received strong criticism after the ‘stabbing’ on Saturday morning, particularly from Bournemouth MP Sir Conor Burns who called for a greater police presence. 

A spokeswoman for Dorset Police said the number of officers patrolling on the fatal night was “in-line” with a typically busy summer weekend.

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She said: “We have seen a general increase recently in the number of officers dedicated to foot patrols in the town centre.  

“Exact numbers at any one time will be determined by a number of factors, including wider demand and other planned events.”

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The spokeswoman added: “Officers assigned to dedicated town centre patrols will visit a number of key locations, determined by the latest intelligence picture and other available information.  

Bournemouth Echo: Police in Commercial RoadPolice in Commercial Road (Image: Daily Echo)

“As well as responding to incidents, they will engage with members of the public, local businesses and other members of the night-time economy to prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour.” 

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She added: “Officers have also been issued with mobile devices and handheld devices in order to maximise the time they spend out in the public.” 

Police are also given “extensive” personal safety and public order training which will help when confronted with a knife on patrol and also carry tasers and are able to call on support from armed police as well. 

The Daily Echo asked Dorset Police if they have lost the confidence of the public. The spokeswoman said: “We remain committed to working with our partners to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre.”