Blue Light Collaboration

Reference code: 
PCD 235
Date signed: 
21 July 2017
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The MPS is seeking to improve collaboration with the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade. The Estates departments for each service are working together to identify opportunities for efficiencies to support both operational excellence and cost efficiencies. It recognises the very different needs and complexities of each estate and identifies areas where there could be potential collaborative opportunities and aims to explore these further.


The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is asked to

1.    Note and approve the overall strategic approach to the Estates Blue Light Collaboration  and agree the prioritisation of the following collaborative projects: 
•    The preparation by the MPS Property Services Directorate of an Outline Business Case for the redevelopment of Kentish Town Police and Fire Stations onto a single unified site. The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is giving consideration for colocation onto the same site (consideration will be given for redevelopment on the existing Police or Fire sites or a third party site).  Capital funding has been allocated as part of the Capital Projects Budget. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) will fund their share of the project.  The project, if approved, will be led by MPS.
•    The LFB and LAS to consider whether they have space for the provision of Dedicated Ward Officer (DWO) Hubs in fire or ambulance stations.  MPS have provided both Services a list of locations where there are operational gaps.  Fit out costs have been allocated as part of the Capital Projects Budget.
•    The MPS and LAS to review the use of Hendon for a shared training facility for paramedics and driver training – this will be based on using existing under-used space.  The training teams to consider whether there are additional efficiencies in terms of the use of trainers.
•    The LAS have requested 130 workstations in one of the MPS or LFB Command and Control Centres. This work will be informed by the One Met Model work, which is seeking to reduce from three to two locations and the wider blue light collaboration work with respect to joint command and control.
•    Other projects identified in the paper will be considered either as a second priority or when opportunities arise.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The MPS’s Directorate of Property Services is working with the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade estates directorates to develop collaborative working opportunities where this is     appropriate. The estates directorates have identified a number of collaborative working projects which will provide opportunities for co-location and improved working.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    The LAS is currently developing its estate strategy to determine the LAS’s future requirements. It is likely the LAS will reduce the number of their sites in order to improve quality and provide appropriate facilities.

3.    Financial Comments

3.1    All of the estates collaboration projects will be funded from existing revenue and capital projects and  will be at least cost neutral from an MPS budget perspective. Where possible the MPS will seek to     secure cost benefits from any collaboration. 

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    There are no legal implications arising from this report.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    There are no direct equality or diversity implications arising from this report

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    Briefing note.

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