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Police stations in Berkhamsted and Tring open for business
Residents and business owners in Berkhamsted and Tring have been reassured that their police stations are ‘open for business’.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd attended a stall outside the police stations in both High Streets, along with local neighbourhood officers and police staff.

Members of the public were able to discuss their policing and crime priorities while they were reminded they still have operational police stations.

“I wanted to come to Tring and Berkhamsted as there is a false public perception that neither of them have a police station anymore,” said Mr Lloyd

“A large part of this may be because, like some other stations in the county, the walk-in front counter service was stopped several years ago.

“This decision was taken because only a couple of people a day ever came in. This was not an effective use of officers or police staff so they were redeployed in more proactive roles.

Both Berkhamstead and Tring are operational police stations for the use of on duty officers 24 hours a day although mostly officers will be out on patrol or responding to calls.


“Residents can still see an officer but they just need to make an appointment beforehand. The police can be contacted and crimes can be reported by calling 101, the police website and via the Herts Police phone app.”
He added:  “It is important that that the pubic get ample opportunity to tell me of their concerns around how their area is policed and what crimes are affecting them.

“Lots of people have come to talk to me today, to tell us what we are doing right and where they think we are going wrong.

Among the issues raised on the day were fly tipping, speeding, shop and cashpoint robberies and county lines drug dealing.



Mr Lloyd also gave out draft copies of his refreshed Police and Crime Plan entitled ‘Everybody’s Business’ which is currently open for public consultation at http://hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation.

Dacorum Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Jeff Scott said: “The open days provided us with a great opportunity to meet the communities of Berkhamsted and Tring and remind everyone that there are locally dedicated police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) working from both the stations.


“It was a pleasure to speak face-to-face with the residents alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner, and some very positive discussions were had.”

 
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Prime Minister meets with David Lloyd
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has met new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss officer numbers.

The pair spoke at Downing Street about how many officers from the government’s promised 20,000 extra officers nationally would be coming to the county.

During the visit Mr Lloyd also had a round table discussion with Home Secretary Priti Patel about priorities in policing and the justice system.

   New Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed policing in Hertfordshire with Mr Lloyd

“One of the most important aspects of my job representing the people of Hertfordshire as their Police and Crime Commissioner, is that I can raise their concerns at the very top level of government.

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s promise to recruit 20,000 new officers in England and Wales over the next three years. He asked my views of how best they could be used and what difference they would make.

“Hertfordshire has not has not had a large cut in officer numbers as seen in some other parts of the country. The Chief Constable and I have been committed to maintaining a neighbourhood policing model.”
He added: “Last month our officer numbers went over 2,000 for the first time since 2011. In the intervening years it has never been lower than 1,911.


  Home Secretary Priti Patel chairs a meeting with Mr Lloyd (seated top left)

Earlier this year Mr Lloyd joined former Prime Minister Theresa May at Number 10 for a summit on serious youth violence and knife crime.

The proposed boost to police numbers comes as Mr Lloyd is consulting the public over his refreshed Police and Crime plan.

It is currently published in draft form and open for the public to submit their view on what priorities matter to them.

Residents, charities, businesses and partners are being encouraged to share their thoughts on how to make the county safer, including how it is policed and how the extra officers should be deployed.

  
   Mr Lloyd (far right) earlier in the year with former PM Theresa May

The consultation will run until Thursday August 29th 2019. Feedback can be given by email to the.plan@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or sent by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

After consultation the final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel and published in late September.

More information can be found by visiting the Public Consultation page. You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.
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A10 average speed cameras made permanent by Commissioner
The average speed cameras on the A10 have been made permanent after a successful two year trial.

In a £320,000 project by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Hertfordshire Police the temporary cameras have now been upgraded and will remain on the stretch of road between Cheshunt to Broxbourne.

They were first installed in July 2016 following a successful £128,000 bid to the Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund after reports of groups of motorists racing each other along the dual carriageway.

  Mr Lloyd inspecting the new cameras over the A10 in Broxbourne

Now another £202,000 has been spent from the fund by to upgrade the camera set up and fund future maintenance.

Visiting the site to inspect the new cameras Mr Lloyd said: “The trial of the cameras was a major success an there is no longer a problem with groups racing along that section of the A10.

“It was obviously very dangerous for themselves and other road users, as well as causing noise and anti-social behaviour for local residents.

“These successful bids to my Road Safety Fund show local people do have a say on the problems that affect them and can help me make a real difference to their lives.

Mr Lloyd added: “My Road Safety Fund will soon be opening for bids for its fourth year and we will be welcoming bids from across the county for schemes to make our roads safer.”

Broxbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Gerry Harrison said: “The safety of those who use our road networks forms part of our wider strategy to maintain a safe Broxbourne.
“We’re very pleased that the cameras, which have made a real difference to the safety of all road users on the A10 and the quality of life of the surrounding community, have been made permanent.”
 
    A total of £340,00 has been spent on the scheme - paid for by traffic fines

The Road Safety Fund uses money generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and been ordered to pay court costs following prosecution, or who have attended speed awareness courses.
Since the cameras have been installed hundreds of motorists have been fined for exceeding the 70mph limit.

For more details on the Road Safety Fund please visit the Commissioner’s website at http://www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund


 
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South Oxhey Community Connection Day
Residents and business owners in South Oxhey are invited to discuss local crime issues and get advice at their local police station next week.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd will be holding a Community Connection Day outside the station in in Oxhey Drive from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Wednesday August 21st.

Sgt Daniel Amos from the South Oxhey Safer Neighbourhood Team and some of his team will also be there along with Cllr Sara Bedford, Leader of Three Rivers Council.


   Mr Lloyd will be visiting South Oxhey police station to talk to residents

“I look forward to seeing members of the public at the police station to hear what concerns they may have about crime and policing in their area,” said Mr Lloyd.

“One of the key messages I want to get across is that South Oxhey still has a permanently staffed police station that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The decision was taken several years ago to close the front counter as only a couple of people used it a day. Those who want to speak to the police can call 101, contact the Constabulary online or arrange for a face to face meeting.”

The Commissioner will also have draft copies of his refreshed Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business which is currently out for public consultation. It enables people to have their say on what priorities they think the police should concentrate on in the county.

Also in attendance will be the Constabulary ECHO team who have recently launched a new paperless engagement platform for anyone to provide feedback on Hertfordshire Police.

 In the event of bad weather the event will be held inside the Parish Hall directly next to the station.

 
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Consultation on how to use extra officers and policing priorities
Keeping a local policing model and how to deploy Hertfordshire’s share of the proposed national 20,000 new officers are key parts of a refreshed Police and Crime Plan.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd wants to hear people’s thoughts on what priorities matter to them.

Before finalising an updated version of his Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan ‘Everybody’s Business’, a public consultation has been launched.

Residents, charities, businesses and partners are being encouraged to share their thoughts on how to make the county safer, including how it is policed and initiatives to tackle crime.

New proposals in the draft report include more mobile speed detection vans, the creation of a rape scrutiny panel and a crackdown on lorries driving through villages.

With a large influx of new officers proposed by central government across England and Wales, Mr Lloyd also wants to hear views on where the public wants them deployed.

Mr Lloyd said: “We live in a very safe county with an excellent police force. It is important to refresh the current Plan to ensure we maintain and build on that success.

“This refresh ensures the Plan remains fit for purpose and relevant to changes in demand and resources. My main concerns are the same as when I came into office in 2012 - putting the victim first and keeping crime low.

“I am in constant communication with the public, communities and partners across the county about what kind of police and criminal justice service they would like.
“Maintaining the local neighbourhood policing model is still a top priority, with at least one 24-hour operational police station in every borough or district.

“The government recently announced funding for an extra 20,000 officers in England and Wales over the next three years. The actual number coming to Hertfordshire is yet to be announced, but I will need to decide on the priory areas for their deployment.

“I would like to hear the public’s views on what is important to them, what is working and also where they feel improvements need to be made.”


The full draft of the Plan is available at the Public Consultation section of the Commissioner’s website at http://hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation .

The core of the plan is centred on four themes: Building on Success, Putting Victims at the Centre, Public Focus and Business Sense.

The Plan backs the continuation of the neighbourhood policing model, which is more expensive neighbourhood and only a handful of forces across the country have maintained. This involves the protection of the current local policing model of ten district teams, led by a senior officer.

The Business Sense theme is about working more closely with local businesses, efficiency and taking a more business-like approach to Constabulary and partnership use of resources and assets.

Some of the new initiatives in the Plan include using road safety funding to pay for a pilot scheme for more community safety vans to combat motorists speeding, using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt.




With rape prosecution levels remaining low across the country, a new Hertfordshire Rape Scrutiny Panel is proposed to introduce more transparency and scrutiny into the system.
 
The panel will look at rape case files where it has been judged that no crime has been committed, or which were said not to have achieved the required threshold of evidence to be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. This will provide an insight into the effectiveness of the police investigation and identify lessons-learned for the future management and investigation of cases.
 
A number of residents have raised concerns regarding the volume of lorries that are travelling through their villages that ignore signage around weight restrictions. A pilot scheme is to monitor lorries and heavy goods vehicles in residential areas which misuse weight restricted routes and frequently exceed the maximum load (7.5 tonnes).

The consultation will run until Thursday August 29th 2019. Feedback can be given by email to
the.plan@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or sent by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

After consultation the final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel and published in late September.

More information can be found by visiting the Public Consultation page. You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.
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New police recruit wears number 2001 with pride
As the latest Hertfordshire Police new recruits embark on their training, PC Daniel Prisecaru wears a very special warrant number with pride – he’s the county's 2,001st police officer.
 
To mark Hertfordshire Constabulary’s police officer numbers topping 2,000 for the first time since 2011, Daniel, 35, who started training last week, has been given collar number 2001.
 
“I am so proud to be training as a police constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary, it is the job I have always dreamt of,” said Romanian-born Daniel, a father of three.
 
“I was brilliantly supported during the application process, as English is my second language. The mentoring I received from the Positive Action team helped me a huge amount. I would encourage anyone from a different background to consider applying for a job in the force.”
 
    PC 2001 Daniel Prisecaru and his class meet Mr Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

On Friday 26 July, Hertfordshire’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall and Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd visited Letchworth Police Station to meet Daniel and 28 other trainees.
 
“Meeting our new recruits at the start of their journey with the force is always a genuine pleasure,” said Chief Constable Hall. “Daniel has been incredibly hardworking, dedicated and committed to becoming a police officer so I am thrilled he has the warrant number 2001.”
 
Mr Lloyd said: “I am delighted to welcome Daniel to the Constabulary, I wish him all the best for his training and look forward to seeing him and his fellow trainees graduate in the autumn.
 
“Hertfordshire residents have told me that they want to pay for more officers on the streets, and that is what they are getting.
 
“The Council Tax precept was increased by £24 a year for the average Band D home. This was used to fund an extra 75 officers this year. I have ensured that our county has maintained a neighbourhood policing model, with local police stations in every district.
 
“Here in Hertfordshire we have not seen the reduction in police numbers that some other forces have. Since I have taken office in 2012 they have remained broadly the same.
 

“But we have seen an increase in demand and more complex crimes being reported so it is right to ensure as much of the budget as possible is spent on front line officers.”
 
If you are interested in following in Daniel’s footsteps and finding out more about joining our policing family, visit our recruitment page here.
Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to recruiting a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and protect. We provide advice and support, including mentoring, to candidates from under-represented backgrounds through our ‘positive action’ scheme.
 
If you think you’d benefit from positive action support through your recruitment journey, you can email positiveaction@herts.pnn.police.uk to find out more.
 
 
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Special Police Dog Training Facility funded by PCC
A Police Dog Enrichment and Odour Identification Training Centre has been opened by the Hertfordshire Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.

The bespoke training area received the support and backing of the commissioner after an application was made to a special project fund for innovation that he manages. The new £15,000 facility has been designed to support the development of all the force’s dogs which includes young potentials, serving general purpose and specialist search dogs.

Police Dog Instructor PC Jim Hoare, who is based with Joint Protective Services, has led on the project from research to implementation. His dedication, commitment and motivation has seen the initial plans and ideas come to fruition, regenerating a disused area within HQ grounds.

(L-R) Superintendent Mark Greenhalgh from the Joint Protective Services command which manages the Dog Unit on behalf of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire police forces, PC Jim Hoare, PC Andy Brigland, Police Dog Obi, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

Previously the area was used for firearms training but had been out of service for more than a decade.

Jim explained: “It’s been my ambition to improve and modernise the training facilities for the department and allow us to enhance the service that the Dog Unit offers. While there is definitely a place for the traditional agility equipment, we need to ensure our dogs and handlers are ready to support colleagues and serve the public in a range of different operational situations.

He added: “This unique area allows training and environmental exposures to be conducted in a safe controlled manner at all times of the day and night.”





Hertfordshire PCC David Lloyd said: “Our police dogs do a fantastic and invaluable job, whether it be tracking down suspects or sniffing out concealed drugs. We owe it to them and their handlers to provide the best training and exercise facilities available to enable them to carry out this work.

“The dog unit is one of the resources that is operated in partnership with neighbouring forces in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. This enables an efficient and effective service for the Constabulary, while allowing them to call on extra resources if required.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “It’s great to see this space regenerated into something that adds real value. Increasingly we are responding to different types of complex incidents that require a broad skill set. By creating such a diverse training environment we are up skilling our dogs and their handlers to respond in a variety of different scenarios.”

 


 
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"Captive and controlled" domestic violence victims in rural Herts urged to seek help
Domestic violence victims in rural communities across Hertfordshire are being urged to seek help.

Those who live in the countryside and are being abused by their partners stay longer with them, for an average of three years before seeking help, compared to 2.6 years in urban areas.

Victims are also half as likely to report their suffering as those living in towns and cities. The figures come from a recent report from the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN).

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd is a founding member of the NRCN, and is urging those in need to get the help they need.

Mr Lloyd said: "The majority of our county consists of rural areas and I am aware how isolated rural victims can feel. This report is clear – domestic abuse is hidden under our noses, hidden by abusers who like to keep it that way and on a scale of abuse hitherto unseen.


   Mr Lloyd at Beacon - Hertfordshire's Victim service hub

"All parties have a duty to help victims; the police, support services, charities, Police and Crime Commissioners, health services and many others.

"Victims and improving services for them remain at the core of what I stand for. Our flagship Beacon victims centre is available to any resident in an abusive relationship to contact and get help.

"It is totally confidential, there are trained advisers available in person, on the phone or via the website. You do not need to have filed a police complaint or intend to do so to access the service.

"Also anyone concerned about abuse can contact the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline where anonymity is also assured."

Research for the report took place over 18-months across the country with 67 victims taking part and gave their accounts of their abuse, its impact and how it was dealt with.

The study analysed available evidence, spoke in depth to victims of abuse, assessed local support services and looked at the approach of the police.

Among the key conclusions:

•          Domestic abuse lasts, on average, 25% longer in most rural areas – the report finds that exiting abuse is harder, takes longer and is more complex for rural victims as there are significant additional barriers in rural communities compared to urban areas.

•          Rurality and isolation are used as a weapon by abusers - with evidence that abusers specifically move victims to rural settings to further isolate them, or systematically use the isolation to their advantage should they already be there. It not only facilitates abusers controlling their victims whilst in the relationship but makes it harder for victims to escape that abuse. Physical isolation is the arguably the best weapon an abuser has; and has a profound impact on making the victim feel quite literally captive.

•          Close-knit rural communities facilitate abuse - strong community spirit is one of the joys of rural life, but it can be equally powerful in keeping domestic abuse hidden and in facilitating abuse – not knowingly, not willingly, but by virtue of the way communities are in rural Britain.

Julia Mulligan, Chair of the National Rural Crime Network and also the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, added:

“I have spoken to many people about the emerging themes and everyone has nodded and said, yes we know there is domestic abuse in rural areas, yes we know there are problems for victims. This report must surely be a catalyst to help us better protect the women, children and men in rural communities who suffer daily at the hands of calculating, manipulating, controlling and violent abusers.”

The National Rural Crime Network has issued six recommendations including Chief Constables to assess and improve their service provision in rural areas  and for the communities to challenge the status quo and societal ‘norms’ in rural communities to redress inequality between women and men.

All ten conclusions, and the full research which led to them, can be found at www.ruralabuse.co.uk.

The Beacon Victim Care centre is based at Hertfordshire Police Headquarters and was established by the Commissioner four years ago. Their website is http://www.hertfordshirebeacon.org/ and they can be contacted on info@hertfordshirebeacon.org or by calling 0300 0115 555.

The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline is a registered charity: https://www.hertsdomesticabusehelpline.org or call 08 088 088 088
 
BACKGROUND:
About the National Rural Crime Network

The National Rural Crime Network is working to see greater recognition and understanding of the problems and impact of crime in rural areas so more can be done to keep people safe and make them feel safe too.

Established in July 2014, the Network is supported by 30 Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across England and Wales.

In addition to PCCs and the police, the Network is supported by a wide range of other bodies with a deep interest in community safety and rural affairs. These include the Country Land and Business Association, the National Farmers Union, Neighbourhood Watch, Crimestoppers, Historic England and the Countryside Alliance.

Together, these members and supporters represent millions of people and as such the Network is uniquely placed to champion the needs of rural communities.
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Expanded Gangs and Schools Team hold knife prevention and information event
Young people and their parents and guardians were invited to an information evening, organised by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Children and Young Persons Gangs and Schools Team about the risks of getting involved in gangs.
 
The Lives not Knives event was held at Hertfordshire University on Tuesday 16 July, and is the latest in a series of events planned to make young people in the county aware of the terrible consequences of getting involved with gangs and violent crime.
 
The evening began with a talk by Mr Martin Griffiths, trauma surgeon from St Barts Hospital and Violence Reduction Chief for London, who spoke about the traumatic injuries he had seen first-hand.

 
Chief Insp Steve O’Keefe, Sergeant Rachel Brown, PCC David Lloyd,  Detective Insp Anna Borella, Chief Constable Charlie Hall

Legal expert Peter Shaw QC then discussed how joint enterprise can mean that by being present during a violent crime you can be convicted even if you took no part in the crime, and explained the sentences handed out in murder cases. 

Ex-gang member Gavin McKenna from Reach Every Generation spoke about his previous gang affiliation and how he now works with young people providing training and coaching. 
 
The evening was brought to a powerful and poignant close by Tracey and Brooke Hanson from The Josh Hanson Trust. Tracey’s son, Josh, was murdered in an unprovoked knife attack in 2015. Tracey recounted the traumatic experience of losing a child to knife crime and the devastating effect that this has had on her family.

The event was also attended by Chief Constable for Hertfordshire, Charlie Hall, and Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, who provided extra funding to grow the Constabulary’s response to gang and violent crime.
 
Detective Insp Anna Borella, Sergeant Helen Croughton, Brooke Hanson, Gavin McKenna, Tracy Hanson, PC Claire Jones, PS Pete Kendall and PCSO Lindsay Cunningham.

After the event refreshments were provided thanks to Broxbourne Borough Council and Herts Sports Partnership, YC Herts and Fearless were there to offer a variety of positive activities for the young people to engage with and to empower them to make change.
 
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “We know that intervening early and preventing people from entering the criminal justice system is key to reducing demand and achieving better outcomes for individuals and families.
“Knife crime is relatively low compared to neighbouring areas, but it is not something that our communities are immune too. It is an area that we have to tackle and I have made it a priority for the constabulary this year.

Brooke Hanson and Tracy Hanson who lost family members to knife crime

“Through additional investment, a larger team of police officers are being deployed to work in schools and with young people to address serious violence. Each district and borough will have at least one named police officer to provide early intervention work.”

Sergeant Helen Croughton from the Gangs and Schools team said: “These events inform young people about the reality of knife crime and gang related violence, which can often be conveyed as glamorous. By hearing first-hand accounts of how devastating the lifestyle has been to other people’s lives, the young people attending are shown the reality rather than the facade.  The speakers all have first-hand experience of knife crime or gang violence which really has an impact on young people and encourages them to make positive choices and recognise dangerous situations and friendships.
 
“Once again I would like to thank every speaker who attended and shared their story, Hertfordshire University and our partner agencies who made this event possible. We would also like to thank the young people who attended the event. We will continue to work with those at risk of gang affiliation and associated criminality to help them achieve positive change.”
 
Anyone who is concerned about gang or knife crime can call the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101. Young people who need help and advice about these issues can visit: www.herts.police.uk/cyp.
 
 
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Commissioner's scheme pays for flytip clear-up
Three more districts have joined a scheme where farmers and land owners who are the victims of fly tipping can have the rubbish cleared up for free.

Stevenage, North Herts and East Herts have joined the pilot set up by David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire for those whose green and open spaces have been contaminated.

Two farmers in the new areas have already taken advantage of the scheme. These before and after pictures show the fly tipping sites where the rubbish was taken away.


   Before: Flytipped rubbish at Little Wymondley                                                                    After: Clear up was paid for by Commissioner's fund from criminal's money

Criminals dumped tonnes of aggregate on a private roadway near Hertford Heath, East Herts, and the clear-up cost £550.The second was dumped in Little Wymondley, North Herts.

Both of the clean-up operations were paid for by the PCC using a £20,000 fund that was generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). This is money that has been confiscated from criminals and is put back into crime fighting and victim initiatives.

Existing District Councils taking part include Broxbourne, Three Rivers, Welwyn Hatfield, St. Albans, East Herts and North Herts. They take the lead in investigating and prosecuting fly tipping offences in their areas.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Most of the councils have now joined the scheme which shows how committed all parties are to tackling fly tipping.
“It is a serious crime and it has a significant impact on our community. It blights the countryside and causes substantial costs for farmers and landowners to clear the waste and poses a danger to livestock and wildlife.

“I do not believe it is fair that farmers and landowners are left to pick up a bill, which can run in to thousands of pounds, because someone else has fly tipped on their property.

“Our relentless drive to support bringing offenders to justice by funding enforcement measures, making improvements to security and educating the public on responsible waste disposal, saw a 17.9 per cent drop in fly tipping across Hertfordshire.”
“As part of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan I pledged to investigate the potential of using money recovered from criminals to be put to good use in this way.

Duncan Jones, Partnership Development Manager and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group, said: “This latest initiative is another good example of how the relevant Hertfordshire agencies such as local authorities and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner are working together to deliver new initiatives to tackle fly tipping.”

   Before: This aggregate was dumped on land outside Hertford                                      After: £550 clear up was funded under new scheme

To be eligible for the funding farmers or green space landowners will have to prove they already have a waste disposal contract in place with an authorised collection firm.

The scheme is part of the county wide multi-agency and multi- channel campaign being run by the Herts Fly Tipping Group - #SCRAPflytipping.

Anyone interested in making a claim or finding out more information can contact the Environmental team at one of the four district councils and mention the Police and Crime Commissioner’s private land fly tipping pilot.

In North Herts call 01462 474000 ext 4298 and East Herts call 01992 531528.

Rosalind David, Hertfordshire NFU representative said: “The NFU supports the expansion of the pilot into two of the more rural. The impact of this serious crime not only causes upset and inconvenience, but also leaves a considerable bill for those left to deal with the clean-up operation."

The CLA (Country Land and Business Association) represents farmers, landowners and rural businesses across Hertfordshire.

CLA Regional Surveyor Tim Woodward said: “With almost two-thirds of farmers and landowners affected by fly-tipping each year, with some targeted multiple times each month, we need to take stronger action against this serious crime. It is encouraging to see that landowners in Stevenage who are victims of fly-tipping can now apply for grants to help cover the cost of clearing up rubbish left on their land.”

Land covered by the fund, includes; privately owned woodland and forestry land, land that was formerly used for agriculture parking, land used for horticultural purposes and tree nurseries.

Over the last two years the PCC has committed over £130,000 through his Local Partnership Fund to help local authorities tackle fly tipping on public land across Hertfordshire.
The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy which has come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping.

The on-going work programme is resulting in improvements in enforcement capability across the county as well as the rollout of new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly tippers. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping
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Increase in the number of front line officers in Hertfordshire continues
The increase in the number of front line officers in Hertfordshire continued this week as fourteen new police officers were welcomed into the Constabulary.

The seven men and seven women graduating having completed a 16-week training course at Longfield Training Development Centre in Stevenage, and the officers will now start their first shifts at their local stations across the county, putting into practice all they have learned.

The new recruits include five former Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), an ex-aircraft technician and a former teacher who will be based across the county.

  New recruits are pushing officer numbers to their highest in seven years

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 they paraded in front of Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Assistant Commissioner Stuart Nagler and their soon to be chief inspectors as well as family and friends.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “After a vigorous recruitment process these new officers have 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 very pleased to welcome them to the Constabulary.”
 
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Assistant Commissioner Stuart Nagler told the new officers: “It is an honour to welcome you to Hertfordshire. You are part of the extra 75 officers being recruited this year who have been paid for by the £2-a-month Council Tax rise.
 
    The intake include five previous PCSOs

“We police by consent in this country, and out on the streets you will have challenges every day. Members of the public can be very demanding, you need to remain strong, civil and firm while also showing compassion and understanding.
 
“Hertfordshire is one of the safest areas of the country, but there are dangers out there which you will be called on to protect the public from and I wish you the best in your careers.”
 
The officers who graduated will be in the following area:

Broxbourne – PC Nicole House and PC Denese Stainfield-Bruce
Dacorum – PC Lucy Hodgson and PC Kenia James
Hertsmere – PC Tommy Hopkins
St Albans – PC Andrew Moir
Stevenage – PC Natasha Angwin, PC Chloe Dagless and PC Andrew Kerr
Three Rivers – PC Mark Whyte
Watford – PC Ryan Bailey and PC Sam Symons
Welwyn and Hatfield – PC Ashley Masters and PC Chloe Roberts

 

Earlier this year the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd increased the Council Tax policing precept by an average of £24 a year to fund an extra 75 front line officers.

The additional constables that are now being recruited and graduated are on course to boost the force officer numbers over 2,000 for the first time since 2011.


 
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Hertfordshire Constabulary joins firearms surrender campaign
Hertfordshire Constabulary is taking part in a national drive to reduce the number of unwanted firearms and ammunition that could potentially fall into criminal hands.
 
During the two-week campaign, which runs between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August, members of the public are encouraged to surrender any unlicensed firearms and ammunition to the police by calling 101.
 
Chief Superintendent Catherine Akehurst, Firearms Surrender Campaign Lead for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces, said: “We are pleased to be supporting this important national campaign which is an opportunity to dispose of weapons safely and with peace of mind. Any firearm in the wrong hands can have a devastating impact. If you or a family member has an illegal or unwanted firearm please take this opportunity to hand it in to the police.”
 
Anyone handing over firearms during the campaign will not face prosecution for possession of a weapon at the point of surrender. They can also remain anonymous if preferred. However, any surrendered weapons found to be linked to criminal activity will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Fortunately there is very little gun-related crime in Hertfordshire, but that does not mean we can be complacent about this. As part of wider crime prevention and reduction initiatives, this firearms surrender campaign can only help make the county safer and continue to keep this type of crime low.”

Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls, for Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “we are joining forces across the country to help people dispose of guns safely. The amnesty provides an opportunity for people who are in possession of a weapon they should not have or no longer want to dispose of them, without fear of prosecution for possession of a firearm.

"It is likely that there are people who are in possession of a firearm that they have inherited or that they have overlooked or forgotten about. Whatever the circumstances, the amnesty provides the opportunity to dispose of these unwanted firearms safely and with peace of mind. The more weapons we can take out of public circulation the safer our streets will be and it makes it less likely that they will fall in the wrong hands.”
 
The campaign is also an opportunity for members of the public to call 101 and find out how they can apply for certification in order to own a firearm legally.
 
The national firearms surrender campaign is being coordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).
 
Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Clews, Head of NABIS, added: “Even though UK firearm offences remain at relatively low levels compared to other countries, we cannot be complacent and this surrender will help remove further potential harm from our communities.”         
 
If you suspect anyone is involved with illegal firearms please call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Advice and support for young people is also available at www.fearless.org.
 
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