On Monday 5th December senior officers from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Police will sign a memorandum of understanding which will see the two organisations working closely to reduce offences of arson within communities across the Humberside area.

The commitment will see both organisations working closely to ensure that when arson offences occur they are investigated to bring offenders to justice and to prevent further offences.

These arrangements will improve both organisations abilities in respect of safeguarding children, safeguarding vulnerable adults and reviewing domestic homicides involving offences of arson.

All offences of arson will be jointly investigated with priority being given to all deliberately started fires involving fatalities, injury, property and buildings, and which do or appear to form part of a series of arson offences.  As part of these arrangements both organisations will share intelligence and evidence regarding arson offences.

Area Manager Daryl Oprey, Head of Safety of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Arson is a serious crime and is something that will not be tolerated. These new working arrangements will provide a better opportunity to apprehend those involved in this disgraceful act against our communities."

Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Andrews, at Humberside Police, said: "Signing up to this commitment means that we will be working much closer with our colleagues at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service from an early stage. We have already made some successful arrests as a result of this closer working and both organisations are dedicated to tacking these offences and bringing these criminals to justice."

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding will take place at 1300hrs on Monday 5th December at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Summergroves Way, near Hessle.


Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 1615 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com