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Overview of Proposals

In June, July and August of 2017, the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, held a public consultation into proposals for bringing governance of police and fire services under the same roof.

A new law – the Policing and Crime Act of 2017 – has made this possible.  It has also made it a legal requirement for all of the emergency services – police, fire and ambulance to find ways of working more closely together.

Under this proposal, there would be a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner setting the strategy for both services and holding both chief officers to account, as happens with the police at the moment.

There would still be a Chief Constable operationally in charge of policing and a Chief Fire Officer operationally in charge of fire.

The business case (published below) suggests a number of benefits to this proposed model:
 
  • Improved public safety through joint training and combined operational activity.
  • Greater protection of the fire budget, meaning that what is raised for fire is spent on fire, rather than being diverted to other services.
  • Increased accountability, with a directly elected person accountable to the public for their actions.
  • Speeding up improvements in joint working.
  • Greater coordination and streamlining of decision-making across emergency services.
  • An improved joint response to road traffic accidents and other major emergency incidents.
  • A better use of resources, such as a co-located control room and innovation through shared police and fire estates
You can hear the PCC answering questions about the consultation below.



 The PCC gave an interview to BBC Look East about the plans on the 3rd of August:

 

Related Documents

There is a full business case supporting this proposal. This was submitted to the Home Office on the 21st August and is published below, alongside other supporting documents.

Letter to the Home Secretary

Fire Governance Local Business Case

Consultation Results, Evalutation and Response

Letter from MPs

Open Letter to the residents of Hertfordshire 

Business Case Summary

 
 

Your Feedback

Whilst the formal consultation has now closed, we always welcome your comments at your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or you can write to

Fire Governance
Police and Crime Commissioner
Harpenden Police Station
15 Vaughan Road
Harpenden
Hertfordshire
AL5 4GZ
 

Emergency Service Collaboration Working Group

The Commissioner has worked previously on closer emergency service collaboration.

In July 2014, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire was successful in applying for funding from the three government departments to establish an Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group (ESCWG) to look in more depth at the position of collaboration nationally with a remit to provide strategic leadership, guidance and an overview of collaborations across England and Wales. In September 2014 the Home Office undertook an initial review to map the current landscape of collaboration between blue lights nationally with a view to providing an evidence base for the commissioning of further research by the working group into specific areas. The initial review asked a number of ambulance trusts, fire and rescue authorities, and police forces across England and Wales to provide examples of collaboration they were engaged with and their future plans. In doing so, the national overview provided a snapshot in time of where blue light collaboration is occurring across the country.

Building on the national overview, the working group commissioned The Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and West Scotland in conjunction with the charity Skills for Justice, to identify how services could work together to improve delivery at a time of restricted public funding. This research focused on six emergency services collaboration projects across England and Wales, covering efficient services, effective services and emerging best practice, and aimed to identify the factors that have resulted in a number of very positive collaborations and the main barriers to increasing the scope and speed of collaboration between services in England and Wales.

The results of the commissioned research can be found here

Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group – The Current Picture

The Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group launched the refreshed National Overview (2016) last year. The document is designed to provide services and associations with a variety of examples of significant collaborative projects from across the country, which are designed to help deliver the efficient and effective emergency services everyone would like to see. The review is designed to be as accessible as possible and to be used in accordance with local needs and priorities.