National guidance has been produced to help Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) on the structural changes and implications of closer working with Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs), following the introduction of the Policing and Crime Act 2017.
Last year the Policing and Crime Act 2017 enabled PCCs to take on governance of their local fire and rescue service and provision for PCCs to be represented on their local Fire and Rescue Authorities.
The report commissioned by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, offers advice on key structural issues, considerations on any implementation and guidance on creating a business case for Home Office approval.
The national advice was made possible after Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner was successfully awarded funding from the Home Office’s Transformation Fund.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I was delighted that we were awarded this funding to help PCCs across the country considering fire governance. I am a great supporter of collaboration which focuses on ensuring value for money and the best service for local people.
“I believe it is absolutely right that PCCs collectively explore all the issues together rather than duplicating the work multiple times. This report will be useful for all the PCCs in England exploring governance options with their local fire and rescue services."
The report has been shared with the Home Office, Association of Police and Crime Commissioner (APCC), Fire Implementers Group and Emergency Services Working Group and more widely with partners across the country.
You can read the report here
Posted on Friday 13th April 2018