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The Commissioner is committed to working in partnership and collaboration with a wide range of organisations to improve to make Cheshire safer and deliver the priorities set out within the Police and Crime Plan.
The Commissioner will seek to collaborate at local, regional and national levels to build capacity and capability as well as well as efficiency. He works closely with elected leaders of local and emergency service authorities to drive forward Cheshire wide priorities and identify opportunities for collaborative working in the areas of economic growth and public sector transformation.
Work is also undertaken to lead, influence and drive close working between local criminal justice, community safety and victim service partners to make sure that effective outcomes are delivered for Cheshire’s communities. This includes the Commissioner’s role as Chair of Cheshire’s Criminal Justice Board, where he brings senior officers from the local criminal justice system together to ensure they are collectively delivering the best possible services for Cheshire residents.
The Commissioner’s relationship with the community and voluntary sector is essential and he has set out his commitment to the voluntary sector compact agreement which provides a set of overarching principles for working together effectively.
The Police & Crime Plan 2021-24 sets out the Commissioner's approach and commitment to working in partnership providing a framework for partnerships, organisations, groups and individuals to work together to tackle crime and make people safer.
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.
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: