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Commissioner Launches Fire Governance Consultation
Proposals for closer joint working between the Fire and Police services have been published by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Currently, Hertfordshire County Council runs the fire service as well as Adult Care services, Children’s Services, Roads, Waste, Libraries, Schools and Transport. The money spent on fire accounts for around 4% of the council’s budget.

The Policing and Crime Act came into force in January. It encourages greater collaboration between emergency services and has brought in legislation which encourages PCCs to examine new governance arrangements.

A business case has been developed which shows significant benefits:
 
  • Improved public safety through collaborative training and joint operational activity, enabling better coordination and the streamlining of decision-making across the emergency services. This will improve response to road traffic accidents and other major inter-agency incidents.
  • A better use of resources, such as a co-located control room and innovation through shared police and fire estates.
  • Flexibility to determine the most financially beneficial option for back office services and corporate support, for example, vehicle maintenance.
  • Greater protection of the fire budget, meaning the taxes raised for fire are spent on fire, rather than being diverted to other services.
  • Collaborative procurement between services, enabling savings by maximising the collective buying power where operational requirements allow.
  • Increased accountability from the public, with a directly elected person accountable for their actions.
  • A unique identity for both services. This is not a merger and both services would remain independent, with a Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer in charge of their own operational matters.
A full public consultation into the governance proposals began on the June

David Lloyd says this proposal would bring benefits to both services and to the safety of public:

"I believe it makes sense for the fire and police service to work more closely together. Having joint governance improves efficiency, provides exciting opportunities for collaborating and making the best use of our existing resources."

"It’s important to remember this will not affect the operational control of either Hertfordshire Constabulary or Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. There’ll still be a Chief Constable and a Chief Fire Officer - the services will remain distinct."

"By bringing the strategy and governance closer, it will speed up the pace of better collaboration between all our emergency services, which is great news for the public."

The Fire Service budget would remain separate from the Police, and removing it from the County Council would, the Commissioner says, protect it from being diverted into other non-fire related services.

You can read the full business case and see a helpful summary of all the main points at the dedicated consultation page. You can also comment on the proposals and ask questions.
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Fly-tipping and Hare - Coursing Concerns at North Herts Barn Meet
Fly-tipping, hare coursing, anti-social use of vehicles and damage to crops were the main issues raised by the local farming community at a recent barn meeting in Royston, North Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, and representatives from North Herts Council and the NFU were joined by members of the public at the rural gathering.

Nina Villa, Deputy Chief Executive for the Police and Crime Commissioner said: “We know fly-tipping is a significant issue and we are keen to hear your views on the best way to tackle this problem.

The Commissioner has provided a grant of more than £80,000 to help local authorities tackle fly-tipping across the county. This grant will be used to cover a wide range of initiatives including launching a public relations campaign to remind residents to check the official credentials of companies disposing of their waste.”

Chief Constable, Charlie Hall added: “We are doing a lot to address rural crime concerns. However, it is also important that you the community continue to engage with us.

We also have the Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) who provide assistance on rural issues and also help and support police officers working in this area.”

Chief inspector for North Hertfordshire Julie Wheatley acknowledged that fly-tipping and hare coursing are on-going issues and the profile of these crimes has changed.

Mrs Wheatley said: “These are anti-social behaviours causing you angst and you need a proper response from us. My job is to have resources in the right place at the right time.

Part of the challenge for North Herts is our criminality is not home grown – there are criminals crossing the border, who aren’t known to us and are difficult to pin-point.”

Crime Prevention Officer, Ian Dowse reminded attendants to make vehicles secure and advised that all plant machinery and agricultural equipment should have ‘CESAR’ marking. This allows vehicles to be uniquely identified through markings, some overt and others covert, reducing the risk of equipment being stolen. It also allows easy identification on its return to the owner.

Those who attended the meeting were also reminded of ways to contact the Constabulary if they wished to report a crime.
Dial 999 in an emergency, when a crime is in progress or someone suspected of a crime is nearby, for example if you see someone in the act of fly-tipping or anti-social driving - causing damage to crops.

To report a crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response, for example if a vehicle has been stolen or there has been damage to your property, you can also now report crime directly to the Constabulary’s website: https://www.contacthertspolice.uk/Report/Crime/, where you can conduct a live webchat with the Force Control Room or call 101.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new mobile phone app is available on iPhone and Android devices and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

 
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PCC and Chief Constable address Fly-tipping Concerns at St Albans Barn Meet
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd and Chief Constable, Charlie Hall, have met members of the rural community at a Barn Meet in Redbourn, St. Albans.

A gathering of around 60 people, including local landowners, members of the county council, the Constabulary, Herts Fire and Rescue and the waste management company, Veolia, came together for this annual meet to discuss rural crime matters.

Fly-tipping, anti-social use of vehicles and damage to crops were the main concerns from the local farming community.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “We know fly-tipping is a significant issue and we understand the impact, cost and frustration that it has had on this community. We are working with the Constabulary and local authorities to try and find a solution to this problem.

I have provided a grant of more than £80,000 to help local authorities tackle fly-tipping across the county. This grant will be used to cover a wide range of initiatives including launching a public relations campaign to remind residents to check the official credentials of companies disposing of their waste.”

Farmer Bill Barr, who has been hosting the barn meet for the past five years, and other local farmers explained their frustration with the fly-tipping incidents in the area, which can occur up to twice a week.

Chief Inspector Shane O’Neill responsible for the St Albans area said: “In the St Albans district there have been nine police prosecutions in the last six months.

Four arrests for fly-tipping offences were made last week and fines of £500-£3,500 have been handed to those who have been prosecuted. In addition to this, there are four cases waiting to go to court.”

Chief Constable, Charlie Hall urged community representatives to engage with the Constabulary and let them know of criminal incidents when they happen.

He said: “Rural crime is high on the agenda and criminals need to be aware that if they get caught – they will be prosecuted.
We have made some arrests and there have been successes through the courts. To continue this success going forward, we need to work closer together and across communities.”

Those who attended the meeting were also reminded of ways to contact the Constabulary if they wished to report a crime.
Dial 999 in an emergency, when a crime is in progress or someone suspected of a crime is nearby, for example if you see someone in the act of fly-tipping or joy-riding causing damage to crops.

Dial 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response, for example if a vehicle has been stolen or there has been damage to your property.

You can also now report crime directly to the Constabulary’s website.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new mobile phone app is available on iPhone and Android devices and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

 
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Commissioner Praises Volunteers
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, took the opportunity of National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7) to thank the contribution that volunteers make keeping Hertfordshire the safe county that it is today.

Mr Lloyd said: “National Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity to celebrate our volunteers and I would like to thank them for their invaluable contribution and continuous support.

Crime reduction and community safety is a shared responsibility for us all. A big part of my role is to provide people with the opportunity to do their bit both by working with the police and developing a wider volunteering agenda.

Currently we have around 400 volunteers that operate across schemes that are directly co-ordinated by my office, such as; Drivesafe, Independent Custody Visiting, the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel and the Independent Dog Welfare Scheme.”

In addition Hertfordshire Constabulary  has more than 200 Special Constables and 234 civilian volunteers as well as people volunteering for organisations, such as Neighbourhood Watch, who work alongside police to help keep our communities safe.

Commissioner Lloyd has also recently reiterated his intention to work with local businesses to encourage them to sign up to Employer Supported Policing (ESP), which sees employers support their staff to train and patrol as Special Constables.

He said:“In my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business, I outline how I would like more businesses to also get involved and to play their part in helping to keep crime low in the county.

Their highly trained employees can bring vital skills to the policing and community safety arena and I would urge more businesses to play their part in supporting employees through Employer Supported Policing.”

For more information about volunteering opportunities within the OPCC and Hertfordshire Constabulary, visit www.hertscommissioner.org or www.herts.police.uk/volunteers
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Firearms Officer Numbers To Increase
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has welcomed the announcement that the force has met its target of increasing firearms capacity across the county.

Following directions from the Home Office last year, it was agreed that the number of officers trained in the use of firearms would increase by 50%.

This has now been done and the officers are available for operational use.

David Lloyd, the PCC for Hertfordshire, said this would be of reassurance to people in the county.

“The increase in officers who can use firearms is welcome and the recent incidents in London and Manchester are a reminder that our force must be prepared for anything.

The intelligence we have does not suggest the county is at any greater threat of an incident than anywhere else.

Having more officers available to use firearms will only help in our response to the general threat level.

I’ve seen robust planning by the Constabulary covering a range of situations, and the public should be confident their emergency services are capable and well-trained.”

For more information about the increase in firearms officers, please read the Constabulary’s press release.
 
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PCC Response to London Attacks
Statement from David Lloyd, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner:

“My thoughts and those of all in the Constabulary and in my office are with the victims of the attacks in London, as they were with the victims of the attacks earlier on in Manchester.

I also want to pay tribute to the incredible bravery of the emergency services. We say that so often but it is so much the case that it’s the emergency services who are going in when everyone else is running away, and thankfully they acted quickly and went well beyond our expectations of them – as they always do.

I’d like to reassure people in Hertfordshire that we have no knowledge that there’s likely to be an attack taking place. We’ve got robust measures in place to deal with attacks were they to take place. The likelihood of an attack in Hertfordshire is low.

But I’d ask you all to be vigilant and if you suspect something or there is something unusual you should contact the police, either on 999 or on the anti-terrorist hotline which is 0800 789 321.

These are cowardly attacks on defenceless people and they will never succeed.”
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PCC Praises Specials following NHS Cyber-Crime Incident
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has praised the work of nine Special Constables who recently lent their skills and support to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage in response to the cyber-attack on the NHS in May.

Dedicated cyber-crime units including a group from the Herts Constabulary’s Special Constabulary Leadership Group, offered assistance to the Lister Hospital with their recovery from the computer virus that affected the NHS and other organisations around the world.

Special Constables worked with the hospital’s networks team on site to ensure that their network environment was protected. They also worked alongside the IT team, offering advice on build management, as a significant number of computer devices were found to be infected and required security updates.
David Lloyd said: “I commend the collaboration work that ERSOU and the Constabulary have been doing, which helped them to deliver swift assistance during this National Emergency.

A number of these Specials had specific IT skills to offer, which were of value to the NHS. This is a brilliant example to all national and local businesses in Hertfordshire of how their highly trained employees can bring vital skills to the policing and community safety arena and I would urge more businesses to play their part in supporting employees to become Special Constables.”

Special Constable, James Hyde, who works for digital communications giant EE, part of the BT Group, explained how the team assisted at the Lister hospital: “We helped by diagnosing and cleaning computers that had been affected whilst applying the latest security patches from Microsoft to other machines to ensure they could not succumb to the ransomware attack.”

When the team of Specials was released from their duties, some chose to stay on in their civilian capacity.

James explained: “Due to the nature of the computer virus, each computer had to be visited in person and with several thousand computers on site; it soon became apparent that it was going to take some time to get through them all. A few of us voluntarily returned in a civilian capacity the next day to continue the efforts of helping the Hospital get back to normal.

It really was a team effort and the IT skills of the Special Constables who attended added reassurance and support to the NHS staff who were working flat out to resolve the situation.”

Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mark Kendrew said: “If there is one positive to be drawn from the experience it was that we can mobilise a team at speed with a skillset that most large IT organisations couldn’t. The deployment of the Special Constabulary provided our regular colleagues with access to scarce, specialist resources not widely available within the Constabulary or at ERSOU.

This mobilisation also demonstrated the partnership we are building with our regular colleagues in Herts Constabulary’s Cyber Fraud Investigation Unit (CFIU) and ERSOU that enables us to deploy appropriately structured and properly resourced teams. Moreover, we are able to achieve this without depleting the operational capabilities required to support operations elsewhere.

Hertfordshire Constabulary and its Special Constabulary are ahead of others in the country who are seeking to utilise specialist Special Constables in this way and I would like to thank all those officers involved, as well as those who deploy routinely in support of their regular colleagues.  I am constantly being amazed by the fantastic and dedicated work of our Special Constabulary. We are truly leading the way for others to follow. I am proud to be their leader."
 
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Support for Manchester Victims
Anyone from Hertfordshire who has been a victim of the terrorist attack in Manchester – or who is related to a victim - can receive support from the county’s dedicated victim care centre Beacon.

The horrific incidents of Monday evening will have a lasting impact on families across the county and beyond.

If you or your family have been affected and need support, you can contact Beacon for help and advice.

Beacon has a team of highly trained professionals who can provide individual support.

You can contact the team via the website – www.hertfordshirebeacon.org or by calling 03000 11 55 55 or Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.

 
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PCC Raises the Rainbow Flag for IDAHOBiT Day
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire raised the rainbow flag at his office on May 17th to show his support for IDAHOBiT Day (International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia).

IDAHOBiT Day was created in 2004 and is celebrated on this date every year to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia unfortunately still exist and raising the flag at my office shows my support for these groups. I commend the Constabulary’s continued positive engagement with the LGBT community, particularly through the work of LAGLOs.

Victims are at the heart of my new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan and I find it unacceptable for people to be treated unjustly because of who they are or what they believe in. I am pleased to underline the great work of our trained officers who provide round the clock, tailored, practical and emotional support via services such as Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre, Beacon.”

As part of this important date on the LGBT calendar, Herts Constabulary is taking the opportunity to remind the public about its Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs).

What LAGLOs do

The Constabulary’s 80 LAGLOs are police officers and staff who have been specially trained to support people from LGBT communities.  All police officers are able to support the LGBT community, but LAGLOs are in place to provide additional support and understanding.

LAGLOs aim to:

 
  • encourage the LGBT community to report homophobic incidents to police and to give information, advice and support to victims and witnesses of crimes
  • positively engage with LGBT communities and develop good working relationships with relevant partners and key community groups dedicated to LGBT issues
  • advise and support fellow police officers dealing with homophobic incidents
  • raise awareness amongst colleagues and promote understanding about the needs of the LGBT community
     
LAGLOs can be reached by calling the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency or if a crime is on-going, report it immediately via 999. The support of a LAGLO can then be requested if required. Further information about the LAGLOs can be found on the Herts Constabulary  website: www.herts.police.uk/laglo
 
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been a victim of crime, you can speak with a member of the Beacon victim service team on 03000 11 55 55 or submit an email to info@hertfordshirebeacon.org

For more information about how to report hate crime, please visit:
http://www.herts.police.uk/advice/hate_crime.aspx
 

 
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Commissioner Welcomes New App for Herts Police
Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new mobile phone app will make them even more accessible to the public.
 
The Hertfordshire Police App, which can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, is available on iPhone and Android devices.

As well as providing up to date information on news and policing in local areas, users can also directly link through to the forces new online crime report and live web-chat.
 
The ability to report crimes online and increase the ways the public can contact the police is a central part of the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd’s, Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire.
 
PCC David Lloyd said: “The app is yet another way of contacting the police and gives the public more options and an alternative to using the phone.
 
“I want to make it as easy as possible to contact our officers and not everybody wants to speak to an officer – being able to use web-chat on their phone, or report crimes via the app is a great service.
 
“I’m also encouraged that since we launched the online services at the beginning of the month, we’ve seen a 53% increase in our web-chat and 44% increase in crimes being reported online.”
 
A video, showing the public how to use the new services was made available earlier this month and can be viewed on the Constabulary and Commissioner’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
 
Other online services include Online Intelligence which enables information to be digitally reported directly to the police, information on how to apply for a range of services and details on how to contact various departments within the force.
 
Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “I am really pleased to see the use of these new online services increasing. By expanding our online services we’re reducing the pressure on our control room, which means that they can focus on those truly urgent 999 calls.”
 
These online services are available as an alternative to calling 101 for non-emergency matters. Please remember that you should always call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.
 
We welcome any feedback from the public using our new services to help improve development in the future.

 
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Hertfordshire Constabulary Recovers 1.34 million For Victims
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has praised the efforts of the county’s police officers who’ve successfully seized more than £1.34 million worth of assets from criminals in the last financial year.

This revenue, which is generated through offender confiscations, will be returned to victims of crime in compensation.

The offences include fraud, theft, rogue trading, theft from employer and romance fraud, which often involves online dating scams.

David Lloyd said: “Since I took office in 2012 I’ve put the principle of Offender Pays at the heart of my strategy, including in my recent Community Safety and Criminal Justice plan. Here is one great example of this action in practice.

This result is testament to the hard work of Hertfordshire’s officers. They took swift and effective action to seize criminal funds, which will rightly go back to the victims of crime.”

This has been part of a pan-regional operation involving forces across the East of England.

Detective Inspector John Tacey of the Regional Economic Crime Unit - part of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit said: “The Financial Investigators based at ERSOU remain committed to ensuring that victim compensation is one of the main priorities.

Using the powers available to the Investigators under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, we will continue to strip offenders of their ill-gotten gains, ensuring that they do not benefit from their crimes and that their victims are compensated”

The victims will be notified and will receive their compensation directly from HM Court Services once the assets confiscated have been realised. They will also be offered continued support via the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre, Beacon.

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The full amount recovered to date for Hertfordshire victims is £1,346,615.00. The purpose of a confiscation order is to deprive the defendant of the proceeds of his or her crime, is only fulfilled once the order is paid. A confiscation order is a debt owed by the defendant to the Crown. The defendant can choose to pay the order voluntarily, but if he or she fails to pay the order, compulsory enforcement action can be taken. ERSOU will usually obtain compensation for victims through confiscation which allows the courts to hand down a prison sentence if the order is not paid within a specific time.
 

 
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Cyber Crime Prevention Officer Funded by PCC
A Cyber Crime and Business Scams Prevention Officer and an operation to prevent vulnerable people from becoming victims of crime are some of the most recent recipients of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has allocated £783,393 from his annual budget to for the Community Safety Fund, supporting the work of partners across Hertfordshire who help to keep communities safe.
 
This year the Commissioner asked partners from Community Safety Partnerships, the County Community Safety Unit, Hertfordshire County Council and other organisations, that provide crime reduction and intervention services for children and young people to apply to the grant.

The main criteria for the bids is to ensure that the funding provided fits with the aims of the Commissioner’s new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which sets out the strategy for protecting Hertfordshire.

The Commissioner David Lloyd said: “In delivering against my new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, I want these grants to contribute towards reducing crime and making sure that Hertfordshire is a safer place to live.”

“These grants will ensure their activities focus on the needs of the public - particularly victims of crime, ensuring that offenders make amends and pay back for the cost of crime.”

A table of all the Community Safety Grant recipients for 2017/18 can be found here: http://hertscommissioner.org/community-safety-grants-2017-18.

A number of conditions are attached to the grants, which help the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to oversee how the money is being spent on behalf of local communities and to ensure that there is transparency and accountability. 

Full annual reports will be requested to provide information on progress and evidence of effectiveness.
 
Background

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) provides a Community Safety Grant [1] for Hertfordshire. This has historically been divided between the ten district councils and departments within Hertfordshire County Council.

In 2017/18 the practice switched to a bid based process to encourage Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to focus on their main priorities and demonstrate evidence of need; providing the transparency required by the PCC in relation to auditing of accounts.

All approved grants will be delivered and monitored by the relevant organisation. CSPs will be held to account by the OPCC through each district’s RAG meetings and through the reporting requirements stipulated in the terms and conditions of grant.
 


[1] In Hertfordshire the Community Safety Fund is called the Community Safety Grant.

 
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