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David Lloyd Elected Chair of the APCC
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has been elected as the new Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

David Lloyd said:  “This is a crucial time for the APCC and I am delighted to be able to take on the position of Chair for the next year.
Through its portfolio approach the Association is now better placed than it has ever been to drive forward our policy agenda and speak out on the issues that matter to our constituents.

In particular, and in my role as criminal justice system portfolio lead, I will be working to give greater local oversight of criminal justice, which would lead to swifter high quality justice and improve the experience for all involved.

It is my firm belief that PCCs should have the same powers over the criminal justice system that they currently have over their police force: set the plan, set the budget, appoint a chief and hold to account.”

Commenting on the work of the previous Chair, Dame Vera Baird QC, David Lloyd said:  “Vera has been a brilliant Chair of the APCC over the last year - raising the profile of the work of PCCs and driving the Association forward. It is a great privilege to take on this role and it is one that I am relishing.”

About David Lloyd

David Lloyd was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire in 2012, and was re-elected again in 2016. He is also a member of the National Criminal Justice Board, chair of the Hertfordshire Local Criminal Justice Board and leads on the criminal justice portfolio for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Prior to his election as PCC, David was the deputy leader of Hertfordshire County Council, alongside a role as borough councillor in Dacorum. His first elected position was as a borough councillor in Milton Keynes.He has served as chair of the Hertfordshire Police Authority and as the executive member for Fire.

Letter from MPs on Fire Governance
The eleven Hertfordshire MPs have written a letter to the Home Secretary and leader of the County Council in support of the Police and Crime Commissioner's proposals for a change in the governance of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire says:

“I welcome the support of all of Hertfordshire's MPs in holding this consultation into how we run our fire and rescue service. The government wants our emergency services to work more closely together and the business case suggests a number of benefits and I welcome the public's views on this important decision.”

You can read the whole business case on the dedicated page.

PCC Response to County Council Objection on Fire Governance
Hertfordshire County Council has said it is considering an objection to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposal to take control of the governance of the fire service.

David Lloyd said in response:

“It is disappointing that the County Council is considering an objection to this proposal.  I fully understand their concerns that the budget raised for the fire service may no longer be available to support some of the council’s other functions including social work and public health.  However, in the end I think it must be right that money raised to fund the fire service should be used to fund the fire service and not diverted into other areas of the county council.

The business case I have put forward requires me to take account of the potential impact on the County Council of losing control of the fire service. I am convinced that if Hertfordshire County Council are prepared to engage in discussions around this we could find a way of minimising disruption to them whilst achieving a better service for the public.

What I hope and expect this business case to deliver is a strong, independent fire service, with modernised equipment and buildings working more closely and innovatively with colleagues in police and ambulance to deliver a higher quality service to the public.

The council’s alternative proposal to allow the PCC to sit on the County Council cabinet is rejected in the business case on the basis that it is unworkable.  The Commissioner would be one member of a 9 person cabinet appointed by the council leader with no real power.

PCC governance will greatly improve public accountability around the fire service and provide improved focus and prioritisation – which would be of real value.  At the next election the people of Hertfordshire will be presented with some substantial and specific choices about how they want to see their fire service developed and will get to vote on them.  This is in stark contrast to the recent County Council elections where the future of the fire service hardly made it onto an agenda packed with other issues.”

You can read the full business case on the dedicated web page.

The County Council's statement can be read on its website.
Commissioner Meets Minister over Fire Governance Plans
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has met with the new Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd MP to discuss plans to take on the governance of the fire service.

They met at the Home Office to talk about the proposals and the importance of placing victims at the heart of PCCs work.

David Lloyd is conducting a consultation on a plan to bring the governance of the fire and police services in Hertfordshire together.

The business case, suggests keeping both services independent, with a separate Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer, but having a strategy and budget set by the PCC.

David Lloyd said:

“I had a very productive meeting with the minister about the governance plans and the benefits closer emergency service working could bring to Hertfordshire.”

“This change would allow much closer working between police and fire and improve public safety.  It would also support efficiencies which could be used to develop and modernise our fire service and protect it from the budget pressures it currently faces under County Council control.  I believe the people of Hertfordshire want to see a properly funded fire service fully focussed on its role as an emergency service rather than being used to support other council services.”

You can see the whole business case and respond to the consultation at the dedicated page on the Commissioner’s website.

Police Cadets feel the heat at Annual County Competition
Last weekend 120 volunteer Police Cadets from around Hertfordshire came to Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City to take part in the 5th Annual Police Cadets County Competition 2017.

There are almost 300 young people signed up to the police cadets in Hertfordshire across the ten districts and each region sent 11 cadets to participate.

The cadets aged between 14 and 18 years, had 12 scenarios and team building exercises to complete. These included a road traffic collision, a hostage rescue assault course, a 500 metre shield run, where the cadets had to run with heavy riot shields wearing a riot helmet, arresting suspects in a mock shoplifting scenario as well as giving evidence in court in front of real life magistrates and lawyers, who volunteered their time to help the cadets.

They participated in air rifle shooting, a search using dogs to find drugs, radio communications and also handled firearms – which they had to break down and re-build a handgun in the fastest time possible. Six fire cadets also ran a fire hose scenario – which the police cadets had to use to shoot at targets.

Over  80 volunteers gave up their free time to assist with running the weekend including many of the cadet leaders themselves; undertaking tasks that need to be completed to make sure that the weekend runs smoothly and also assisting with scenarios.

On Sunday (July 9th) the cadets were joined by over 200 family and friends where they paraded and were inspected by Chief Constable, Charlie Hall, Hertfordshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, David Gibson and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Will Hobhouse Esq.  They were also joined by Mayors from the majority of the county's boroughs. This was followed by presentations and awards.

The overall winners were the St Albans police cadets, with Hatfield and Hertford coming second and third.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, David Gibson, congratulated the cadets and praised them for a splendid display. He said: “The Commissioner, David Lloyd is a huge supporter of the police cadets and is committed to developing and expanding the number of cadets in Hertfordshire.

Cadets exemplify the key principles of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan – which is based on the belief that keeping Hertfordshire safe is everybody’s business and volunteers who are part of schemes like the police cadets are a big part of that.

Now is a brilliant time for young people to join the scheme because there are great opportunities, such as the young leader role and the cadet to Special Constable fast track route, which currently has its first applicant going through the process in Hertfordshire.”

Chief Constable, Charlie Hall added: “The police cadets who attended this weekend should be very proud of themselves.

By being put through their paces in testing scenarios, they displayed both mental and physical strengths and acquired great experiences which they can put to use if they wish to pursue a career in the police force or as life skills for the future.

I am pleased that Hertfordshire is one of the leading counties in the UK with one of the highest number of police cadets and I’d encourage anyone who is interested in joining to find out more.”

Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District, Cllr Jamie Day, praised the drive and commitment shown by the overall winners, the St Albans Cadets. He said: “All the police cadets approached the various testing scenarios with great professionalism.

I congratulate them all for rising to the challenge and demonstrating the skills they have learned to help keep the community safe.”

The cadets get involved in summer camps, community events, fitness activities, take part in parades, volunteer in their local community and learn about police procedures and the law throughout the year. Specialist departments such as the tri-force Armed Policing Unit and Dog Unit also give regular talks to the group.

If you are interested in joining the police cadets, are aged between 14 and 18 and interested in helping your local community, visit https://www.herts.police.uk/hertfordshire_constabulary/cadets.aspx.

PCC Calls for Further Criminal Justice System Reform
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has called for an overhaul of the criminal justice system, calling it “dysfunctional” and still failing victims of crime.

David Lloyd is asking for the PCC model to be replicated in the criminal justice system.

Mr Lloyd, who is the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ lead on Criminal Justice, told the National Police Chiefs’ Council Conference in Stratford Upon Avon that greater local oversight of criminal justice would lead to swifter high quality justice and improve the experience for all involved.

“I think that the PCCs should have the same powers over the criminal justice system that they currently have over their police force: set the plan, set the budget, appoint a chief and hold to account.”

“This will provide transparency, accountability and local democratic oversight.”

He said the way the system is run lets victims and witnesses down, and doesn’t take into account their entire journey from the crime being committed to the court case and after care support.

“Criminal justice agencies are being pulled in different directions. I want to see local accountability and direction, which will maintain the independence of the judiciary and rule of law, whilst placing local victims at the centre of our priorities.”

His speech focussed on how local partnerships and a more joined up criminal justice system will better meet the needs of the Hertfordshire area:

“Victims must remain at the heart of everything we do. At present, some would say our criminal justice system is a coalition of competing interests. How can this possibly lead to quality justice for the victim, witnesses and those accused?”

“The courts frequently over-list cases, which means victims and witnesses will turn up uncertain their case will be heard. This places undue stress on them at an already difficult time.”

David Lloyd is the chair of the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board, a panel of senior leaders from the agencies and bodies working in criminal justice in the county. He says he wants these boards – which are in place across the country – to have real responsibility and not be a “toothless tiger”.

He welcomes the government’s commitment to promoting better local ‘join-up’ of criminal justice agencies, and thinks this will enable a real ‘end-to-end’ approach, meaning the victim won’t be passed on from one body to another.

Commissioner Launches Annual Report 2016-2017
The Commissioner, David Lloyd, recently launched his Annual Report which covers the period March 2016 to April 2017. The report highlights progress and key achievements made over the past year against the previous Police and Crime Plan and the new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business (2017-2022).

Every PCC is required by law to produce an annual report and to share it with the Police and Crime Panel for consideration, which was done at the local meeting in Hertfordshire in June.

The report shows that over the last year, significant progress has been made in key areas relating to the plan’s key strands of: Putting victims first; keeping crime low; protecting local policing; increasing efficiency and keeping tax low.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said; “This Annual Report supports my belief that keeping people safe is ‘Everybody’s Business’ and one which is achieved by collaboration right across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.  The report gives details of what has been achieved during 2016/17 and a picture of how the Constabulary is performing.

Over the last year I have continued to make great efforts to protect local policing in Hertfordshire and build on the strong and successful model already in place based around the 10 districts. This good work will continue through the delivery of the new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan throughout 2017/18 and beyond.”

Chief Constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary, Charlie Hall, who was appointed in October 2016 contributed to the report. He added: “Officers and staff from the Constabulary, our policing volunteers and our partners across the county have worked tirelessly during the last year to deliver against the Commissioner’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan to keep people safe, reduce crime and catch criminals. 

We continue to work together to ensure we are tackling problems in innovative ways and adjusting to changing policing demands such that Hertfordshire remains a very safe county. I would like to thank the OPCC for their support and strong working relationship we have developed and will continue to build upon.”

Key Highlights

For the first time in six years the police precept for Council Tax for 2017/18 was raised by the equivalent of £5.00 or 3.4 per cent per annum for an average household, due primarily to a delay in achieving the expected savings through our regional IT collaboration programme across seven forces. 

The Commissioner has taken forward his role as “Victim’s Champion” by building on the success of Beacon, Hertfordshire’s victim care centre, including introducing the innovative “Vulnerable Victim Case Worker,” which other areas are now looking to adopt.

This year, following reforms under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 to strengthen the role of PCCs in police complaints, the Commissioner set up a new Customer Response Team for Hertfordshire based within his office. This service will triage and resolve low level dissatisfaction enquiries; avoid unnecessary referrals to Professional Standards and avoid unnecessary recording reports of ‘dissatisfaction’ as a complaint and improve customer service and satisfaction across the Constabulary.

The PCC has also begun the process of delivering on one of his key pledges - putting victims’ needs at the centre of criminal justice system. The Commissioner is now chairing the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board and is working with partners to develop plans to make the service more efficient and supportive of the needs of victims.

There has also been notable progress and successes this year with partners dealing with complex and high demanding areas including responding to those in mental health crisis.

The Street Triage Scheme expanded on a trial basis to include a paramedic working alongside a mental health clinician and a police officer. All three agencies can make an on-street assessment of an individual, helping to avoid preventable detentions under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, reduce demand on services, including A&E, and importantly, provide the best possible outcome for the individual.

During 2016/17 £80,000 was awarded from the ‘Partnership Fund’ to Districts and Borough Councils across the county to support local solutions to address fly-tipping through a range of enforcement and campaigning activities.

Over £400,000 was also awarded from my Road Safety Fund to 14 community groups and Parish and Town Councils to support a range of road safety interventions across the county including speed indicator devices, feasibility surveys and improved road signage.

The Commissioner has allocated £783,393 from his annual budget to for the Community Safety Grant, supporting the work of partners across Hertfordshire who help to keep communities safe. A Cyber Crime and Business Scams Prevention Officer and an operation to prevent vulnerable people from becoming victims of crime are some of the most recent recipients of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund.

This year the Commissioner asked partners from Community Safety Partnerships, the County Community Safety Unit, Hertfordshire County Council and other organisations, that provide crime reduction and intervention services for children and young people to apply to the grant.
The main criteria for the bids is to ensure that the funding provided fits with the aims of the Commissioner’s new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which sets out the strategy for protecting Hertfordshire.

Further details of the report can be found on the Commissioner’s website www.hertscommissioner.org/police-and-crime-plan-herts-pcc

PCC meets Victims' Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd recently met Baroness Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, to discuss ways in which to better support victims of crime.

The Victims’ Commissioner visited Hertfordshire as part of her commitment to visit every Police and Crime Commissioner, to see how each area is delivering victim services and addressing the needs and requirements of the victims in their region.

During this visit the Commissioner and Baroness Newlove discussed how the criminal justice system could do more to support people through what for some can be a daunting and traumatic experience.

Baroness Newlove expressed interest in a new initiative where vulnerable victims are appointed their own case managers to support them in the aftermath of a crime. Unique to Hertfordshire, the vulnerable victim case managers are already demonstrating the benefits of this new approach.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “I was delighted to welcome Baroness Newlove to Hertfordshire and demonstrate the steps we are taking to help support victims of crime here.

Putting victims at the centre is a key facet of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan and this meeting gave us an opportunity to highlight the progress we have made from the creation of Beacon, the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre to the implementation of case managers to address the needs of vulnerable victims.”

The Victims’ Commissioner spent time with a focus group, made up of victims of crime from Hertfordshire and also learned about plans to develop services for victims of so-called ‘Honour’ Based Abuse (HBA), which will address their specific needs from next year.
Baroness Newlove said: “I was pleased to learn about the vulnerable victim case manager service that they have recently put in place and look forward to seeing how that expands. 

I am also very keen to see how the Police and Crime Commissioner develops its service for victims of so-called honour based abuse and violence following the study commissioned and undertaken by  the University of Roehampton and the University of Essex. The study has highlighted a few further issues for the Police and Crime Commissioner to consider and take forward, and I will follow the developments as they take place.”

Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims’ Commissioning commented: “The visit afforded the opportunity to highlight some innovative work to better support vulnerable and intimidated victims and our plans for the future. I am especially pleased that Baroness Newlove offered her help and support for our vulnerable victim case workers as we seek to develop the service.”

If you’ve been impacted by crime, Beacon – the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre is available to offer support to anyone who has been a victim of crime in Hertfordshire, regardless of whether you have reported the incident to the police.  You can contact the centre via the website, www.hertfordshirebeacon.org or by calling 03000 11 55 55.
If you’ve been a victim of crime and you’re interested in taking part in future focus groups, please email: contact@victimsvoice-herts.info. You can also complete the Victims’ Voice Consultation survey to share your experiences, available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HGTD9WB
Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Service Receives Funding Boost
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has been successful in a bid to government for domestic abuse funding.

The £436,000 grant, awarded by the Home Office, will be used to transform support service for all victims of domestic abuse in the county.

The funding will lead to a creation of a ‘Sunflower Hub', providing a single point-of-access so victims can receive expert advice or practical support. This will include locally based caseworkers.

Commissioner David Lloyd welcomed the grant:

“This grant will bring real benefits to victims of domestic abuse in Hertfordshire.”

“I have made tackling domestic abuse a key priority in my Community Safety and Criminal Justice and we have seen many more victims gaining the confidence to come forward as a result.”

“The new services we will now be able to provide will go a long way to providing them with the support they deserve.”

Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims’ Commissioning for the PCC, said this would vastly improve the service to victims:

“To have been successful in this highly competitive bidding process highlights the quality of the initiative we want to introduce.”

“This funding will enable a real step-change in the county achieving its ambition of providing accessible and high quality services for victims of domestic abuse.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“Tackling violence against women and girls is everyone’s business. It needs a joined-up, collaborative response locally, providing support to victims through health, education and social care, as well as the police.
“These projects will help ensure that victims and survivors get the right support at the right time, as well as intervening early to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place.
“Violence Against Women and Girls devastates the lives of victims and families and this Government will continue to do all it can to protect people from these horrendous crimes.”  
The funding has been awarded through the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Service Transformation Fund, which is designed to support earlier intervention and prevention so that fewer victims reach crisis point.

Victims of So Called Honour Based Abuse to Receive More Support
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, says so called ‘honour’ based abuse (HBA) will be included in future victims’ services plans and delivered through Hertfordshire’s victim care centre - Beacon. 

This specialist support, which will address the specific needs of victims of HBA, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) will be brought in next year.

This decision follows pioneering research carried out by the University of Roehampton and University of Essex which was commissioned by the PCC into so called ‘honour’ based abuse in Hertfordshire.

‘Honour’ based abuse – is an umbrella term for a collection of crimes which may have been committed in the belief of protecting or defending a family or community’s honour. It is however to be recognised that there is no honour in these crimes and offences.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “The findings from this report show that these terrible forms of abuse do occur in Hertfordshire and the right steps need to be put in place to deal with them effectively.

Whilst it is difficult to understand the true impact of these crimes – this study has highlighted areas where additional support and resources are required to assist those affected. 

Actions recommended in the report will be carried out through the ‘Honour’ Based Abuse subgroup, which sits under the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership. I would also like to see more collaboration and joint-working between services so these appalling incidents are responded to immediately and preferably don’t occur at all.”

Between April 2013 and February 2017, Hertfordshire police recorded 160 crimes and 110 incidents of so called HBA and FM. Seventy-seven percent of victims were female.[i]

Professor Aisha K. Gill, Professor of Criminology at London’s University of Roehampton, who oversaw the research report said: “A stronger, more networked and victim-focused police response to this issue is vital.

Further work needs to be done to improve the coordinated approach; ensuring victims’ needs are being addressed.  Better communication with community leaders is also essential for increasing victims’ confidence to report incidents and also to enhance knowledge of safe reporting practices.”

Samantha Allen, Chair of Hertfordshire’s Honour Based Abuse Sub Group and Programme Support Officer for Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “Experience has shown us that issues like HBA, FGM and forced marriage exist in Hertfordshire and it cannot be assumed that they are distant problems for other communities to tackle.

“We welcome this report which is already informing the work of the sub-group, as we work towards a single multi-agency policy that will result in victims receiving a consistent level of support regardless of the where they report the abuse.”

Serious Crime and Safeguarding Chief Superintendent Michael Ball said: “So called ‘Honour’ Based Abuse, FGM and forced marriage are global issues and should not be seen as just affecting only one or two different communities or countries. We know these crimes are under-reported and that victims are hard to reach because they are isolated or vulnerable, or the perpetrator is in a position of trust.

These challenges highlight the need for effective partnerships between local, national and international agencies to identify those at risk of abuse and intervene in order to protect them. This report further informs how we and our partners work with victims and ultimately tackle these devastating crimes.”
The report: Honour Based Violence and Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage: Shaping Services for Priority Victims in Hertfordshire was based on research conducted by Professor Aisha K. Gill from the University of Roehampton, Professor Pamela Cox and Ruth Weir from University of Essex with consultant input from Professor Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool.

[i] P14, The report Honour Based Violence and Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage: Shaping Services for Priority Victims in Hertfordshire was based on research

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PCC Volunteers honoured at Citizens in Policing Awards Ceremony
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Stuart Nagler MBE presented the PCC Volunteer of the Year Awards at the fourth annual Citizens in Policing Awards Ceremony last week.

The event took place at the Constabulary’s Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Thursday evening (June 22) to honour the hard work put in by the all volunteers, who have contributed to Constabulary in the past year.

PCC Volunteer of the Year was received by Gus Mathie, an Independent Custody Visitor from Hitchin. The runners up included Independent Custody Visitors; Sharifa Chaudry and John Hartshorne.

PCC Volunteer Team of the Year was awarded to Liz Hall, lead volunteer of the Bishop’s Stortford Drivesafe Group. The Brockswood Lane DriveSafe Group in Welwyn Garden City and the Weston DriveSafe Group in North Hertfordshire were runners-up.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Stuart Nagler MBE said: “Hertfordshire is a very special place because there are more volunteers per head of population in this county than anywhere else in the UK.

We know volunteering takes up time and we really appreciate the commitment volunteers make to the policing family. In the turbulent times we live in it’s great to see people coming together and doing something positive for the community.”

There are currently a number of volunteer schemes that operate out of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and the Constabulary.  
Around 400 volunteers operate across schemes, such as; Drivesafe, Independent Custody Visiting, the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel and the Independent Dog Welfare Scheme.

In addition there are over 200 Special Constables, 290 Cadets, 67 Cadet Leaders and 234 civilian volunteers; as well as people volunteering for organisations - such as Neighbourhood Watch, who work alongside police to help keep communities safe.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Having spoken with many officers and staff within the Constabulary it’s clear just how valued our volunteers are to the organisation. They give such a huge amount and make a real difference; it’s only right that we recognise and celebrate their hard work through events such as the Citizens in Policing Awards.

The work our volunteers do for the people of Hertfordshire often goes unseen but they give so much and I want to personally say thank you to all our volunteers and congratulations to those who have been nominated for awards.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can find out more about the opportunities available by visiting www.herts.police.uk/volunteers or www.hertscommissioner.org 

A new video showing the work of our volunteers is available to view here.

Commissioner Launches Fire Governance Consultation
Proposals for closer joint working between the Fire and Police services have been published by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Currently, Hertfordshire County Council runs the fire service as well as Adult Care services, Children’s Services, Roads, Waste, Libraries, Schools and Transport. The money spent on fire accounts for around 4% of the council’s budget.

The Policing and Crime Act came into force in January. It encourages greater collaboration between emergency services and has brought in legislation which encourages PCCs to examine new governance arrangements.

A business case has been developed which shows significant benefits:
  • Improved public safety through collaborative training and joint operational activity, enabling better coordination and the streamlining of decision-making across the emergency services. This will improve response to road traffic accidents and other major inter-agency incidents.
  • A better use of resources, such as a co-located control room and innovation through shared police and fire estates.
  • Flexibility to determine the most financially beneficial option for back office services and corporate support, for example, vehicle maintenance.
  • Greater protection of the fire budget, meaning the taxes raised for fire are spent on fire, rather than being diverted to other services.
  • Collaborative procurement between services, enabling savings by maximising the collective buying power where operational requirements allow.
  • Increased accountability from the public, with a directly elected person accountable for their actions.
  • A unique identity for both services. This is not a merger and both services would remain independent, with a Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer in charge of their own operational matters.
A full public consultation into the governance proposals began on the June

David Lloyd says this proposal would bring benefits to both services and to the safety of public:

"I believe it makes sense for the fire and police service to work more closely together. Having joint governance improves efficiency, provides exciting opportunities for collaborating and making the best use of our existing resources."

"It’s important to remember this will not affect the operational control of either Hertfordshire Constabulary or Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. There’ll still be a Chief Constable and a Chief Fire Officer - the services will remain distinct."

"By bringing the strategy and governance closer, it will speed up the pace of better collaboration between all our emergency services, which is great news for the public."

The Fire Service budget would remain separate from the Police, and removing it from the County Council would, the Commissioner says, protect it from being diverted into other non-fire related services.

You can read the full business case and see a helpful summary of all the main points at the dedicated consultation page. You can also comment on the proposals and ask questions.