c_callosum (c_callosum) wrote in little_details,

Jurisdiction friction between police forces in England

I'm writing a story set in modern-day UK. My main characters are detectives from the Thames Valley Police investigating a murder case. The body was found within their jurisdiction, but they have reason to believe that the murder was carried out elsewhere. To be concrete, let's say the Dorset area, which is policed by Dorset Police, but it could be any other police force.

My questions:
- Are there any administrative hoops my Thames Valley detectives would have to jump through to investigate the case in Dorset?
     - Would they have to work with a Dorset detective, or could they just go ahead and do it themselves (possibly with a courtesy call to let the Dorset authorities know what they're up to)?
     - If they need to get a search warrant, would they have to go through the Dorset side?
- Would there be any risk of the Dorset Police taking over the investigation if it turns out that the murder did occur within their jurisdiction?

Research done:
- Wikipedia articles on law enforcement agencies in the UK
- The "Jurisdiction Friction" page on TV Tropes, "Real-Life" section
- Google searches: cooperation between territorial police forces uk, uk investigation across several police area jurisdictions, etc.

I don't need everything to be 100% realistic, but I'd like to at least make a nod to reality, if these hoops do exist. Thanks in advance for your help!
Tags: uk: government: law enforcement

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