Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner welcomes government consultation on integration of Bluelight services

Adam Simmonds, who was commended by Home Secretary Theresa May for leading the way on potential integration, believes consultation is needed in order to revolutionise public safety services

  • A report released today by Adam Simmonds sets out the ultimate goal of a single organisation governing police and fire services in Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire Police Force and Fire and Rescue Service already share headquarters, maintenance and operational services and have a number of cross-service teams, including a joint police and fire station

Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has welcomed the launch of Government consultation on the integration of Bluelight services and believes that the move is needed in order to provide a public safety service that is fit for a modern society.

Mr Simmonds, who was identified by Home Secretary Theresa May in a 2013 speech to Policy Exchange as leading the way on integrating police and fire services, has championed the potential advantages that closer working relationships between emergency services would bring since his appointment as Police and Crime Commissioner.

However, having overseen the creation of Northamptonshire’s first joint police and fire station, as well as a Multi-Agency Intervention Assessment Team (MIAT) which brings together Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), while also helping Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue’s senior management team relocate to Northamptonshire Police Headquarters, Mr Simmonds is unable to drive any further collaboration with the county’s emergency services without changes in legislation.

And on launching his report in to the integration of police and fire services in Northamptonshire, which sets out the ultimate goal of a single organisation governing police and fire services, Mr Simmonds welcomed news of the government’s consultation.

Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“I’m delighted that the government has launched a consultation in to the future of the emergency services and I believe this is an important first step in developing a 21st century approach to protecting people and preventing harm.

“Northamptonshire has been at the forefront of this work and our residents are already experiencing the benefits of closer integration between our emergency services. Myself and my colleagues are excited about the possibilities of all three emergency services working even closer together following this consultation. 

“We are committed to delivering a first class service, as well as value for money, for the tax payer and I believe that the results of this consultation will help us do that by hopefully allowing us to continue to move further forwards with the plans we have in place.”

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Notes to editors

  • Bluelights: A report in to police and fire integration in Northamptonshire published by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, is available to download by clicking here: http://www.northantsp.cc/PoliceFireIntegrationReport
  • For any interview requests, please contact Steve Walsh at steve@stevewalshmedia.co.uk, or on 07944 558 654.
  • Stock images of Adam Simmonds are available to download for editorial use here: http://www.northantsp.cc/ASStockImages

About government proposals for further collaboration between emergency services

  • The Prime Minister unveiled radical proposals to transform the way the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services work together on Friday, 11th September 2015
  • A consultation paper published by the Prime Minister on Friday, 11th September 2015 includes measures to:

– Encourage collaboration by introducing a new statutory duty on all three emergency services to look at opportunities to work with one another better to improve efficiency and effectiveness

– Enable police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to take on the duties and responsibilities of fire and rescue authorities (FRAs), where a local case is made

– Where a PCC takes on the responsibilities of a FRA, allow them to create a single employer for police and fire staff so it is easier for them to share back office functions and streamline management

– Enable a PCC to be represented on their local FRA in areas where they do not take on the responsibility for fire and rescue services