criminal justice

The Future of Blue Light Services

criminal justice

08:45 - 16:00

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Central London

Early Bird Discount Offer 10% off all advertised rates for a limited time only. Discount available to public / voluntary organisations only.

This Forum provides delegates with a timely opportunity to hear from to hear from the National Fire Chief’s Council, Holly Lynch MP, the Violence Reduction Unit at Police Scotland and HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services on the future of emergency service performance, collaboration and integration. Participants will have opportunity to hear from key organisations leading the way in collaboration and explore a range of best practice case studies and a workshop from blue light services on the ground. These will highlight innovation in shared services and multi-agency working in areas such as sharing resources and sharing best practice emergency response requirements. Attendees will also have an opportunity to take part in a tailored workshop on how to achieve better collaboration through developing tri-service safety officers.


This Forum is specifically designed for the Blue Light Services. Key job titles include:

  • Area Commanders
  • Blue Light Collaboration Leads
  • Chief Ambulance Officers
  • Chief Fire Officers
  • Chief Superintendents
  • Chiefs of Police
  • Control Centre Managers
  • Emergency Planning Officers
  • Inter-Operability Leads
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Innovation and Collaboration Managers
  • Flood Risk Managers
  • Community Response Manager
  • Station Managers

This Forum is also open to Local Government, the Health Sector and the Private Sector to encourage networking and discussion.

Learning Objectives:


Explore the latest government updates since the release of the Protect the Protector Act in 2018

Assess how to improve relationships and collaborations with local communities in tackling crime

Gain better efficiency and effectiveness through shared resources and responsibilities across blue light services

Analyse how each service can create a ‘collaboration agreement’ by exploring the ‘Emergency Services Collaboration’ guide

Discuss how to harness technology to achieve a digital blue lights service and improve performance

Learn how blue lights services can achieve better collaboration through tri-service safety officers

Evaluate how to effectively establish a regional commissioner to develop an integrated police, fire and crime strategy

Network with leading blue lights specialists from across the country to share best practice and guidance

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Matt Parr, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services
  • Niven Rennie, Director-Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland
  • Lee Howell, Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Digital and Data Lead, National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC)
  • Holly Lynch MP, Halifax Constituency, Ex-Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Sponsor, Protect the Protectors Bill
View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Peter Murphy, Director of the Public Policy and Management Research Group – Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: The Government’s Vision for Improved Blue Light Worker Protection

  • Exploring the ‘Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018’ which has successfully doubled jail time for perpetrators who assault an emergency worker from 6 to 12 months, helping emergency respondents to carry out their work more sufficiently
  • Ensuring officers have the right protective tools such as better quality data and equipment to act on and report every incident effectively, improving both performance and safety
  • Demonstrating in what circumstance the Bill applies in an emergency and non-emergency situation such as through deliberate targeting of vulnerable victims
  • Highlighting other measures being explored for the future such as measures to protect prison officers, including through body worn cameras, ‘police-style’ handcuffs and restraints, and trialling PAVA incapacitant spray

Holly Lynch MP, Halifax Constituency, Ex-Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Sponsor, Protect the Protectors Bill (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Strategic Improvement, Collaboration and Data and Digital for Blue Light Services

  • Understanding the strategic improvement model that will drive progress for the NFCC
  • Exploring highlights in the NFCC’s ‘Strategy 2017 – 2020’ including working closer with Fire and Rescue Services to ensure that Risk Assessments align to a national definition of risk and supporting the development of risk assessment methodologies
  • Understanding other ways in which NFCC are working across blue lights services to achieve better partnership working including through sharing best practice to encourage the adoption of innovative schemes that deliver positive outcomes for communities, such as through the ‘Emergency Collaboration Working Group’
  • Exploring NFCC’s Data & Digital programme aiming to build levels of awareness and capacity across the FRS sector and which has learnt from the Police digital transformation and other blue light services
  • Analysing how the programme ensures that blue lights services maximise the benefits of technology for the local community and for internal staff
  • Learning about the intended outcomes of the programme and demonstrating how it leads to sharing and supporting partners through timely and appropriate data sharing among blue lights services
  • Understanding how blue lights services across the country can begin to innovate and work collaboratively to implement new data and digital programmes such as using remote videos and electronic rota systems

Lee Howell, Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Digital and Data Lead, National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC) (CONFIRMED)

Senior Representative, National Police Chief’s Council, NPCC (invited)


Case Study: Exploring a Multi-Agency Collaborative Project To Improve Mental Health in the Police Service

  • Collaborating on the ‘Trauma Informed Supervision Pilot’ for police officers who encounter traumatic experiences at work and ensuring officers are trained in trauma-informed practice whilst being supported personally
  • Exploring the key outcome of the project including partnerships between police, health and social care teams improving drastically and enabling officers to achieve more positive interaction with the public
  • Demonstrating how others can achieve such multi-agency collaboration through better liaison between the health and emergency services
  • Highlighting how to integrate the separate groups by consulting with Police, Social Care, Youth Justice and Health on what they deem to be most useful in helping them carry out their role

Shortlisted for the ‘Employee and Officer Welfare Building Sustainable Policing’ award at the World Class Policing Awards 2019

Michael O’Connor, YOS and Youth Offer Service Manager, Surrey County Council (CONFIRMED)

Dr Richard Grove, C&I Clinical Psychologist, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Special Keynote: Learning How Blue Light Services Can Take A Public Health Approach to Prevention

  • Exploring the VRU’s collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde on the ‘Street & Arrow’ project leading to reduced violence by providing ex-offenders with employment
  • Demonstrating how viewing violence as a public health issue is proving a success in Scotland and is being recognised as a strategy globally
  • Highlighting how the unit became successful in receiving over £12 million of Scottish Government funding
  • Exploring the future of championing prevention in reducing crime and improving outcomes by expanding collaborative work beyond Glasgow Dental School and A&E

Niven Rennie, Director-Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Becoming a Beacon of Blue Lights Collaboration - Exploring a Pilot Between Fire, Ambulance and Police Services

  • Demonstrating how Hampshire became the beacon of blue light collaboration through a pilot which saved lives as well as thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money
  • Analysing the project which involved gaining entry to patients who need assistance quickly and attending 1,347 calls, saving the ambulance service approximately 20 minutes per occasion, equating to 56 working days
  • Exploring the success of the pilot which has led to a record-breaking response to such calls of 10,000 annually which is higher than any other fire service
  • Demonstrating how other fire services and police can take part in regular emergency training scenarios to ensure they each thoroughly understand each others roles and have close relationships

Stew Adamson, Assistant Chief Officer, Hampshire Fire and Rescue (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: The Integration of Blue Light Governance: Future Prospects and Challenges

  • Analysing a key tool for guiding good governance in the public sector which leads to achieving intended outcomes while acting in the public’s interest
  • Learning about the various governance models in the fire and rescue sector which can be transferred to other blue light services including the appointed skills model, mayoral model, integrated governance model and traditional stakeholder model
  • Exploring how to manage risk while keeping up performance such as by embedding risk management and producing evidence of a risk-based approach
  • Reviewing the different policy drivers for governance reform across the UK including focus on skills required and composition and as a mechanism for addressing performance

Dr Catherine Farrell, Senior Lecturer in Public Management, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Special Keynote: Enhancing Collaboration and Effectiveness Across Blue Light Services Through Inspections

  • Analysing how the ‘PEEL spotlight report’ has led to police services improving preventative measures to crime through greater partnerships with local communities such as mental health charities to spot the signs of ill health and, in turn reduce crime
  • Demonstrating how the blue lights workforce can be more representative of the community they police in order to build trust by assessing ‘diversity profiles’ for their area and identifying areas for improvement
  • Building trust in local communities by ensuring local forces collect more data on their community through the voluntary sector and other local agencies and using this to decide which protection training the community needs
  • Exploring findings from the ‘Fire and Rescue Services Inspection Programme and Framework 2020/21’ consultation and discussing next steps in improving the efficient of the service
  • Demonstrating how Fire and Rescue Services are using the ‘Joint Emergency Services interoperability Principles’ to improve working by considering the three key steps of ‘situation’, ‘direction’ and ‘action’

Matt Parr, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Workshop: Achieving Better Collaboration Through a Tri-Service Safety Officer

  • How to develop a collaboration strategy: Learning from the ‘New Frontiers, Blue Lights Collaboration’ Project which introduced an integration officer and Emergency Services Community Station where fire, police and ambulance services co-locate
  • How to integration several blue to light service duties into one role: Creating the Tri-Service Safety Officer (TSSO)
  • How to successfully train a TSSO: Sharing best practice from the two year pilot scheme during which the officer attended over 1000 incidents across policy, fire and ambulance service call outs
  • How to ensure sustainability of services: Supporting the TSSO to disseminate best practice and help recruit more TSSOs across the region with backgrounds in a range of services

Andy Hichens, Firefighter and Tri-Service Safety Officer Watch Manager, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service (CONFIRMED)

Miles Topham, Partnership Inspector, Devon and Cornwall Police (CONFIRMED)

Andrew Barett, Area Manager-Strategy, National Resilience and Collaboration, Cornwall Council (CONFIRMED)

Will Kearns, National Inter-agency Liaison Officer (NILO), South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

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