Minister Backs Close Relationship Between Police and Fire
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has welcomed the strong endorsement by the Minister for Policing and Fire of the case for closer emergency service working and actions he is taking to make sure the police and fire service are more closely aligned. 

In a speech on Tuesday, Brandon Lewis MP reminded PCCs and fire authorities of new legal duty to examine closer co-operation and how PCCs can have a bigger role in governance. 

In Hertfordshire, an outline business case for PCC control of the fire authority is being prepared and the options will be presented to David Lloyd.

The Commissioner, who attended today’s speech, says the direction of travel is clear:

“The Minister wants PCCs to look at the relationship between the fire and police services in their area, and that’s what I’m doing.

If the business case shows there could be significant benefits to having PCC oversight of both police and fire services then it’s something we must look at.”

Read the speech here.

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