Adam Simmonds’ emergency services merger plan praised by Home Secretary

Adam Simmonds' plan to integrate police and fire services has been praised by Theresa May
Adam Simmonds' plan to integrate police and fire services has been praised by Theresa May

Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner’s plan to integrate polce and fire services has been praised by the Home Secretary.

The praise for Adam Simmonds came from Theresa May as she discussed proposals which would see forces pitted against each other and the publishing of report-card style performance data.

In a speech at the think-tank Policy Exchange, the Home Secretary said she was “keen” for people to be able to see how well their force is cutting crime and providing value for money”.

Elsewhere in her speech, she said police and crime commissioners had been “responsible for mistakes and errors of judgment – some possibly serious”.

She went on: “But apart from where there are allegations of criminality – and those allegations are a matter for the IPCC – police and crime commissioners will be accountable to their communities through the ballot box.”

Mrs May also suggested the Government was in favour of merging emergency services across the country.

Citing Northamptonshire PCC Adam Simmonds, who is considering ways of integrating the police and fire service, she said: “This is exactly the sort of innovation I want the Government not just to applaud but take firm action across the whole country to help deliver.”