Ground-breaking plans by Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire County Council
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire County Council plan to join forces to form a ground-breaking partnership. 
Roy Wilsher, the county council’s Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection is set to become the Chief Executive of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office whilst retaining his county council role. 
Hertfordshire’s County Community Safety Unit - a joint venture between Hertfordshire Constabulary and the county council - is already part of Roy’s directorate.  This new dual role would strengthen existing partnerships and allow for greater sharing of resources and ‘back office’ functions. 
The role of elected Police and Crime Commissioner was established last year and David Lloyd topped the polls in Hertfordshire.  Following the recent announcement by the Commissioner’s Chief Executive Andrew White that he is to leave at the end of March, an opportunity arose for the Commissioner and the county council to form a closer partnership. 
With increasing pressure on public sector budgets, both organisations have had to find creative ways to continue delivering quality services while achieving substantial savings. The proposal is for Roy to take up the Chief Executive post from 1 April – a move that would save in excess of £100,000 a year between the Commissioner’s Chief Executive post and the county council.  
Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “I am delighted at the prospect of having Roy on board and am excited about the opportunities it would create. I will be proposing Roy as my chief executive and will discuss this with the Police and Crime Panel next week.” 
“The existing partnerships between the police and county and district councils have already led to improved services and better outcomes for local people, and I’m confident this appointment would lead to even greater improvements in future.
“Roy would bring with him a wealth of experience working in the emergency services at a local, national and international level and I’m confident that we would quickly see the benefits of having him on board.”
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Roy Wilsher said: “I am enthusiastic about the prospect of taking on the Chief Executive role alongside my existing commitments with the county council. 
“This role is not about operational policing; that’s not my area of expertise and it’s not an area I would try to influence. I intend to focus on the wider community safety agenda, ensuring that we continue to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. 
“The Fire Service has had considerable success in tackling society’s more difficult issues for many years. Our LiFE scheme for young people at risk of offending, and our arson prevention programmes, have seen significant reductions in crime and nuisance behaviour. I would be on familiar ground and past experience has shown that we can achieve better results together than we can on our own.” 
Nationally, public sector organisations have restructured their management teams and reduced head counts at a senior level, and some smaller district councils started to share chief officers. However, this would be the first time a Chief Officer has worked for both a police and crime commissioner and a county council. 
Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “With so many shared aspirations and the ongoing need to deliver more for less, sharing public sector resources makes sense and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these types of partnerships in the future.” 
Roy Wilsher is poised to take on the Chief Executive role with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office on a one year secondment initially. His position with the county council would not be compromised and he would remain the Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection. 
His withdrawal from some national and county commitments, along with the support of the directorate’s senior managers, would free up time for him to take on the Chief Executive post with the PCC.