Police and fire community safety teams join forces in major collaboration milestone

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#wathupondearne Latest news in Yorkshire: September 13, 2018 11:07:34 AM

South Yorkshire safety teams have joined forces, in an ambitious fire and
police collaboration project.

The joint community safety department brings together staff from South
Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and South Yorkshire Police to work together with the
shared aim of keeping people safe.

The leadership within each service believe the joint department will make
both organisations’ work to prevent emergencies and reduce demand more
efficient and effective.

High profile activities the teams currently undertake include home safety
checks, crime prevention visits and youth engagement activities such as the
award-winning Princes Trust Team Programme, which has helped to transform
the lives of more than 200 young people in two years.

The teams also operate the Lifewise Centre which is an interactive safety
centre in Hellaby, Rotherham. It opened in 2011 to deliver education
packages to more than 20,000 local people every year, including nearly every
Year 6 pupil in South Yorkshire.

Area Manager Steve Helps, who was jointly appointed by both organisations to
lead the team, said: “Police and fire have worked closely to make people
safer for many years. But we truly believe that by bringing together the
skills, experience and specialisms of both teams, we can do even more to
reduce demand and better protect the communities we serve. Vulnerability in
our communities is going up at a time when our resources are not, so we need
to become even more targeted in what we do and the people we engage with.
This project is about meeting that aspiration and providing early
intervention to better meet our future demands.”

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “I’m pleased that
South Yorkshire’s police and fire and rescue service are collaborating to
form a joint community safety department and look forward to hearing more
about the benefits this brings to local communities. The Government
introduced a number of measures to facilitate greater collaboration between
our emergency services, which presents a real opportunity to provide a more
efficient and effective service to the public.”

The Policing & Crime Act 2017 placed a new statutory duty on all three
emergency services to look at opportunities to work with one another better
to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police Stephen Watson, South Yorkshire
Fire & Rescue Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Jamie Courtney, Police
and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings and Chair of South Yorkshire Fire
and Rescue Authority, Councillor Chris Lamb signed a collaboration agreement
earlier this year to outline the terms and vision of the work between the
organisations.

Other big collaboration developments have included the development of a
joint police and fire station in Maltby and the appointment of a Head of
Joint Vehicle Fleet Management and Head of Joint Estates and Facilities
Management.

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