Home Office funds Police and Crime Commissioners to support further police and fire collaboration

Brandon Lewis MP: Minister for Policing and the Fire Service

Brandon Lewis MP: Minister for Policing and the Fire Service

Brandon Lewis, the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office, has awarded £1 million from the Police Transformation Fund to nine Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for their work in developing proposals to take on the additional responsibility for the governance of fire and rescue in their area.

The proposals are expected to bring about a fundamental shift to the way in which police and fire services work together, including sharing estates or back office functions. The news follows a police-led process which saw funding recommendations made by the Police Reform and Transformation Board.

The PCCs who will receive funds are those in Sussex, West Mercia, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and North Yorkshire.

“Further collaboration between the two services presents a real opportunity to increase their efficiency and effectiveness,” stated Lewis, “and that’s good for the public as whole. PCCs taking on responsibility for Fire and Rescue Services will lead to the same level of public accountability for both. I’m pleased to support those PCCs who are developing proposals to take on the governance of local Fire and Rescue Services.”

The new provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 enable PCCs to take on responsibility for the governance of local Fire and Rescue Services where a local case is made for doing so. It brings the same direct accountability to fire as is already in place with policing and allows PCCs to drive reform, maximise the benefits of collaboration and ensure that Best Practice is shared.

Several PCCs are developing proposals to take on governance of local Fire and Rescue Services as the earliest adopters of the new governance provisions. Further PCCs are expected to bring forward proposals soon. The funding award will ensure that the work and knowledge gained is properly disseminated among the policing community.

Set up as part of the Government’s Spending Review in 2015, the Police Transformation Fund (which is police-led through the Police Reform and Transformation Board) is designed to allocate extra investment to continue the job of reform and shape policing for the future. PCCs and chief constable representatives sit on the Board alongside senior leaders in policing, with the final decisions on bids made by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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