Police and Crime Commissioner’s 12 week public consultation closes
More than 1,700 people responded to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Hirst’s consultation into the local case for joint governance of Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service.
The results show that over 800 questionnaires completed by the public scored Mr Hirst’s preferred option of joint governance as one that will offer benefits to the running of both emergency services.
The Local Case for Change talks about how it will enable further collaboration between the services, the sharing of premises and back office functions such IT and HR. Projected savings of up to £23 million will be reinvested back into front line services over the next 10 years.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst said “My office and I have spent the past 12 weeks engaging with police and fire & Rescue staff, talking to the people of Essex and engaging with Essex County, Southend On Sea Borough and Thurrock councils.
“Further support has been given by Essex MPs and positive conversations have been had with staff unions and associations.
“I will be submitting the final business case to the Home Office on the 18th May along with a thorough evaluation of the public consultation.
“I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to submit their views. The final business case and consultation report will be published on the consultation website on the 19th May. Visit www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/LocalCaseForChange to get the full details.”