Bluelight Collaboration

Cheshire Fire Authority and the Commissioner have committed to collaborate in the best interests of the communities they serve while ensuring the two organisations unique brand and identity are maintained. Working together a single, shared headquarters and integrated support functions providing services to both organisations has been established.

The Commissioner along with the Chair of the Fire Authority meet on a regular basis to continue to explore what further opportunities there could be to collaborate closer, in areas such as estates, for the benefit of the public of Cheshire.

Multi-Force Shared Service

The Multi-Force Shared Service (MFSS), based at Cheshire Police Headquarters, was launched in April 2012 and manages and delivers support services to police forces with the aim to improve efficiency, create new and improved processes, and deliver value for money.

MFSS is a partnership between Cheshire Constabulary, Northamptonshire Police, Nottinghamshire Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. Oversight is provided by a Joint Oversight Committee comprising the Commissioners and Chief Constables for each area.

Regional Collaboration

The Police & Crime Commissioners and forces in the North West region have entered into collaborative agreements for the provision of a range of policing services. A Joint Oversight Committee consisting of the Commissioners and Chief Constables of the six forces in the North West Region (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales) sets the strategic direction and provides oversight of collaborative activity. The current collaborations are listed below:

  • North West ROCU: The North West Regional Organised Crime Unit was established in 2009 to tackle serious and organised crime which crosses county borders within the region.
  • North West Motorway Patrol Group: A collaboration which is led by Cheshire and involves Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire police. The Group, which was set up in 2008 in partnership with the Highway Agency, is responsible for policing the motorway network in the North West.
  • Underwater Search and Marine Unit: This Unit operates across the North West providing a specialist team of police officers who are experienced in search and recovery operations.
  • North West Chronicle Collaboration: Chronicle is a computer system that manages training and operations for specialist functions (armed policing, public order, search, dogs and armoury). The main purpose of the collaboration is to standardise and merge six regional systems into one.
  • North West Strategic Roads Automatic Number Plate Recognition: This collaboration involves Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria and North Wales. The collaboration has strong links to the North West Motorway Policing Group as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is identified as an effective method of providing protective services across the region’s strategic road network.
  • North West (NW) Regional Firearms Policy Collaboration: This collaboration is aimed at delivering standardised joint training and methods of working between the six forces in the North West.
  • Cheshire and North Wales Firearms Alliance: Cheshire and North Wales have entered into a collaboration arrangement for the provision of Firearms Officers which enables a team of specially trained officers to deploy quickly to incidents in Cheshire and North Wales.
Collaboration Agreement Date Signed
Multi-Force Share Service Agreement August 2015
Armed Policing Alliance July 2014
Collaborative Services Agreement July 2014