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Pledge of increase in frontline officers sees 32 new PCs join Herts Police

Thirty-two police officers were welcomed into Hertfordshire Constabulary as part of the increase in frontline officers promised for the increase in the Council Tax precept.

Having completed a 16-week training course at Longfield Training Development Centre in Stevenage, they are now starting their first shifts at their local stations across the county, putting into practice all they have learned. 

The training included a mixture of classroom based and practical sessions, covering a vast range of topics including law and powers, personal safety and dealing with volatile situations, first aid and safeguarding vulnerable victims.
 
The trainee officers also had opportunities to work alongside new Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service recruits, as they completed their respective training at the centre. This included joint exercises and the opportunity to get hands on with sophisticated fire brigade equipment.

During the graduation ceremony, which took place on May 17, the new recruits paraded in front of Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner David Gibson, their soon to be chief inspectors and family and friends.

In January this year Police and Crime Commissioner David LLoyd pledged that residents would see more officers on the streets after the policing element of the Council Tax were raised by an average £2 a month.

Commissioner David Lloyd with Chief Constable Charlie Hall

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “These officers have gone through a vigorous recruitment process and spent the last few months in intensive training, to ensure they are fully equipped to deal with life on the front line. They will be at the core of policing in the county and I am pleased to welcome them to the Constabulary.”
 
Deputy Commissioner David Gibson, who attended the ceremony, said: “It is fantastic to see these new officers joining Hertfordshire Constabulary. I wish them long and successful careers with us. They are the latest examples of how we increasing frontline police officer numbers in Hertfordshire, in our commitment to maintaining local policing.”

Thinking of joining the police? We’re hosting a recruitment event at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday, June 15 for people to find out more about the various roles we have on offer. More information is available here.

The Precept increase of less than 50p a week per average household will help protect neighbourhood policing teams and investment in services for victims.
As outlined in the Open Letter challenges presented this year include increases in reported fraud, cybercrime and the threat of serious violence.

Full details can be viewed in his Open Letter to Hertfordshire.

The government has provided PCCs with the ability to raise the police section of the council tax by an average of £2 per month for a property in Band D.
Raising the precept would generate 10.7 million in income a year, a five percent increase in the total policing budget.

The police precept accounts for around 40% of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s budget. Just under 60% comes from central government grant. For the forthcoming year HertfordshThe Precept increase of less than 50p a week per average household will help protect neighbourhood policing teams and investment in services for victims.
As outlined in the Open Letter challenges presented this year include increases in reported fraud, cybercrime and the threat of serious violence.

Full details can be viewed in his Open Letter to Hertfordshire.

The government has provided PCCs with the ability to raise the police section of the council tax by an average of £2 per month for a property in Band D.
Raising the precept would generate 10.7 million in income a year, a five percent increase in the total policing budget.

The police precept accounts for around 40% of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s budget. Just under 60% comes from central government grant. For the forthcoming year Hertfordshire Police had been given an additional £4.2m from central government, £2m to cover pension costs and £2.2m for an increase in core funding.