The purpose of Public Protection is to provide cost-effective services that meet all legislative requirements, delivered by well-trained staff focused on safeguarding and improving the quality of life of the people of Suffolk, particularly those who are the most vulnerable.
Public Protection comprises the following service areas.
- Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
- Trading Standards Service and Community Safety
- Joint Emergency Planning Unit
Public Protection provides statutory and discretionary emergency response and regulatory services; consumer and business advice and community safety education and enforcement.
The priority of Public Protection is to make the county of Suffolk a place where people live safe and fulfilling lives, where deaths and injuries from fires and road traffic collisions are at the lowest level possible, where levels of recorded crime are reducing, where confident, capable and informed consumers are aware of their rights and responsibilities and where people and businesses are prepared for emergencies that may strike at any time.
Other than the Joint Emergency Planning Unit, Public Protection services are funded by or through the County Council. The Joint Emergency Planning Unit is funded jointly by the council, district and borough councils in Suffolk, working in partnership, providing emergency planning and business continuity support to all participating authorities.