Herts crime commissioner sets up group to get emergency services working closer together

Herts police and crime commissioner David Lloyd
Herts police and crime commissioner David Lloyd

A national project to get emergency services working better together will be headed by Herts police and crime commissioner David Lloyd.

On behalf of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Mr Lloyd has put together plans for the Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group, which has secured £160,000 in government funding.

He will sit on the group alongside senior national representatives from police, fire, ambulance and local government.

Mr Lloyd said: “I am delighted to get the wheels rolling on this project which I believe will help shape how the emergency services work together in the years to come.

“Greater collaboration between blue light organisations across the country will not only help drive efficiencies but also deliver a better and more effective emergency service provision for the public.

“This group will be at the forefront of that change, sharing best practice from areas that have already started work in this area and calling for change where there are barriers to greater collaboration.”

The Home Office, Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government have each contributed £54,000 towards the project.

In Herts, the police and fire service already work together including playing a part in the Community Safety Partnerships on initiatives to help prevent antisocial behaviour, safer streets campaigns and community involvement days.