Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping insisted modernisation and multi-force collaboration was vital to the health of Britain’s police forces after he spoke at a national emergency services conference.
The PCC said the future sustainability of policing services depended on how effective forces were in sharing responsibilities cross border to improve efficiency and reduce the impact of austerity pressures on resilience.
“Funding cuts continue to stretch our reactive capability and less and less is left for the proactive work that is vital to disrupting serious criminality and protecting our communities,” he said.
“Unless we seize on the opportunity to radically change the way we operate through stronger inter-force partnerships and our readiness to grasp new technology then we will simply be chasing our tails.
“We are in the business of policing and it is primarily through policing we will identify the lucrative working arrangements necessary to deliver the significant financial and operational returns.”
The PCC was one of a series of keynote speakers invited to address delegates at the Transforming Blue-Light Services: Entrenching Integration, Collaboration, Efficiency and Public Safety seminar, held in London yesterday (6 September).
The event, held at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, and attended by emergency service representatives from across the UK, discussed how local authorities, ambulance trusts and police forces could better work together in the interests of effectiveness, efficiency and public safety.
It also provided relevant partners with the opportunity to consider the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU upon the delivery of blue-light services.
Mr Tipping, who was invited to speak alongside chief fire officers from across the UK, said: “Policing still faces critical financial challenges on top of new and sophisticated threats to public safety posed by the internet. We cannot fight these alone; our resilience will depend very much on how much we embrace technological innovation and ‘team’ mentality.
“Cooperative working is already proving very successful in Nottinghamshire and together with our regional policing partners we are constantly pushing the boundaries to achieve new efficiencies.
“The demands of one agency can have a direct impact on another and so it makes sense to examine where increased operability can increase safety to the public by freeing up more resources. However, the priority should remain on identifying solutions that deliver the most generous financial returns.”
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Posted on Wednesday 7th September 2016