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Communities Support Single Governance for Police and Fire

Local communities have backed proposals for West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner to also govern local fire services, with the aim of improving services.

A change in the law means it is possible for the Commissioner to also become the governing body for both Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, where a local case is made. More than 1,300 responses were received during the three month consultation, of which 61% said they supported the idea.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “My focus throughout this process has been on building a safer West Mercia and delivering the best services for our communities.”

“I have engaged with thousands of people on this subject over the last few months in a number of different ways and I am grateful to everyone who took part in the consultation. Their message is clear: Our communities expect their emergency services to collaborate properly in order to improve services and they want resources prioritised towards vital frontline officers and equipment.”

“I have always said I was open minded about this subject and would be guided by our communities. I will listen to their views in determining what happens next, as well as taking on feedback from other stakeholders.”

An initial business case from independent experts suggests a change to having a single Commissioner for local police and fire services could enable greater collaboration and improve services for local communities.

Issued: Wednesday 20th September 2017

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