'Police and fire services should work together to save cash', says Hertfordshire commissioner
PUBLISHED: 17:05 11 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:05 11 March 2014
Police officers and firefighters could work closer together, if Herts' crime czar gets his way.
Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd called for more integration in the blue light services, in a bid to save cash.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “When it comes to the outcomes we have in mind, I am pretty confident these are something we can all get behind – better service to residents, shorter response times, joined-up and coherent services, reduced cost to the public purse.”
The politician wants to look at “shared approaches to issues like estates, procurement and training”.
He spoke to a conference, organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, last week and mooted the changes.
Addressing representatives from the emergency services, he spoke about how the police and fire services could pool resources to help meet the financial challenges they face.
“There are also opportunities to have a radical look at how we do business, as well as how we hit our financial targets,” he said.