Collaboration and integration: smarter blue light services (Manchester)

Sharing information and resources on a local level can transform emergency service delivery. It avoids duplication of procedures and can deliver faster services in a crisis. Government has recognised this.  The Police and Crime Act, passed last year, was designed to give Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) power to abolish local Fire and Rescue Authorities and create a single employer for police and fire personnel to take on responsibility for fire and rescue services.

There are some great models of devolved and collaborative work between services across the country. Manchester stands out as an excellent example, with its multi-agency Strategic Command Centre located at Greater Manchester Police HQ that allows all partners to access various IT systems, increasing communication between the services. These pockets of best practice demonstrate the benefits of cross-service collaborative innovation to improving service delivery.

This roundtable discussed how blue-light services can further collaborate to create more efficient and more responsive emergency services. It took place in Manchester.

This event is part of a wider series on ‘The future of public safety’ held in partnership with Motorola Solutions.

Speaker biography

Baroness Hughes of Stretford, Deputy Mayor for Greater Manchester (Police and Crime)

Baroness Beverley Hughes was MP for Stretford and Urmston between 1997 and 2010 and served as a Government Minister in several departments, including as Minister of State for Children and Young People and Families and Minister for the North West. She is now Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester with responsibility for Policing and Crime


020 7799 6699

10 May 2018
13.00 - 14.15