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Commissioner's Daily Telegraph Article on Fire Governance
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has written in the Daily Telegraph that the governance of our fire services needs to change.

The articles, published below, cover the arguments made in the Commissioner's recent consultation into the future of the governance of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The consultation closed on the 14th August and can be read in more detail at the dedicated website.

Links to the articles:

News article
Telegraph leader comment
David Lloyd’s opinion piece (This article is behind a paywall and is published for transparency below)
'Fire service money is being used to quietly prop up other council-run services' 
It looks as if Essex will be a safer place to live from the autumn. I hope the same will be true of many more parts of the country as Police and Crime Commissioners start to take on responsibility for Fire and Rescue. There has never been a more important time for this to happen with public safety and the fire service at the forefront of our minds at the moment.

The changes that have occurred in police governance, with a directly elected commissioner accountable to the public for the planning, provision and budget of the police service, is desperately needed across emergency services and there is a real appetite for the general public to be able to influence the debate.

The Government’s direction of travel is crystal clear: responsibility for the fire service has been transferred to the Home Office and is overseen by the Policing and Fire Minister.

The body which inspects our police forces has just been expanded to include fire and rescue services. It makes sense to have our emergency services more closely aligned, with an accountable leader who is solely focused on ensuring an effective and efficient police and fire service prioritising public safety.

We need a more co-ordinated way of working from the moment 999 is dialled. I believe the call should go to a joint control room and from there the operational response would come from a local joint service community safety hub. This would work well, for example, with road traffic collisions and the rescue of missing people.

However it must go further in areas such as crime prevention and community reassurance. The list of potential areas for better collaboration is long and when it has happened the public will be safer.

Unfortunately the argument still needs to be won in some places. In some areas, including Hertfordshire, those who currently have control want to keep it.
I can understand why – fire service money is being used to quietly prop up other council-run services, although the service is hardly acknowledged either during an election or after it. In areas which have stand-alone fire authorities their representatives are reluctant to lose significant allowances.

This has left the service having to cope with a little less money every year, leaving the IT system creaking and the buildings in need of major refurbishment. I don’t think that is what the public expect. Opponents say this is all about money and in some ways they are right, but not as they imagine.

We can raise enough money for the fire service to ensure that there is the right cover to keep the public safe; but they want to know that money raised for their fire and rescue cover can only be spent on that in a way that the public can scrutinise. I agree, and I think that PCCs are the only people who can guarantee that.
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire

Commissioner praises Success of A10 Cameras
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd has said the introduction of average speed cameras on a section of the A10 in Broxbourne is a major success in addressing residents’ concerns about road safety.

The cameras were installed in July 2016 following a successful bid to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund.

The Road Safety Fund seeks to fund new and innovative ways of improving road safety – and responding directly to road safety concerns raised by local communities.  The grant has been created by using funds generated around the administration of motoring offences and speed awareness courses.  It is part of the Commissioner’s Offender Pays strategy.

The A10 cameras were put in place to address recurring incidents of groups of drivers meeting to race on the road between Broxbourne and Cheshunt.

There have been no recorded incidents of racing since the cameras were introduced – though 404 people have been caught speeding.

Mr Lloyd who visited Broxbourne on an annual district day visit last week said: “The A10 camera bid demonstrates how the road safety fund can empower local communities and help them to identify and address road safety issues of most concern to them.

These cameras have made a real difference to the quality of life and safety of local residents and drivers.”

Inspector for Broxbourne, Roy Stammers added: “The cameras have had a significant impact on the anti-social and dangerous behaviour of drivers using the road.  Racers would gather in Enfield, North London and drive dangerously down the A10 from the Brookfield area.”
Dates for the next round of applications for funding for the Road Safety Fund will be announced in the Autumn.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd also met with local councillors, police and community safety partners during his visit to Broxbourne.

He used the opportunity to answer questions around the current consultation on taking on the governance of Herts Fire and Rescue.
Under this proposal, there would be a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner setting the strategy for both services and holding both chief officers to account, as happens with the police at the moment.

The Commissioner explained to local councillors: “It’s really important to get the views from people in Broxbourne and across Hertfordshire on this proposal. As part of the consultation, I will reflect those views in the final submission to the home office for review.”

A full business case explaining the local case for bringing both services to working closer together can be found on the Commissioner’s website - www.hertscommissioner.org/fire

The consultation is open until August 14th and comments can be sent to your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk.

Mr  Lloyd also heard how funding that the council received through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Grant earlier in the year, is being used to benefit young people in the Borough of Broxbourne.

Weekly youth diversionary projects using sporting activities to engage with large numbers of young people, including those at risk of involvement with ASB or crime are being set up and targeting locations identified as ‘hot spots.’

The Commissioner was delighted to hear of these projects and 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 remains a safe place to live.”

PCC Calls for Further Criminal Justice System Reform
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has called for an overhaul of the criminal justice system, calling it “dysfunctional” and still failing victims of crime.

David Lloyd is asking for the PCC model to be replicated in the criminal justice system.

Mr Lloyd, who is the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ lead on Criminal Justice, told the National Police Chiefs’ Council Conference in Stratford Upon Avon that greater local oversight of criminal justice would lead to swifter high quality justice and improve the experience for all involved.

You can read the whole speech given to the conference.

“I think that the PCCs should have the same powers over the criminal justice system that they currently have over their police force: set the plan, set the budget, appoint a chief and hold to account.”

“This will provide transparency, accountability and local democratic oversight.”

He said the way the system is run lets victims and witnesses down, and doesn’t take into account their entire journey from the crime being committed to the court case and after care support.

“Criminal justice agencies are being pulled in different directions. I want to see local accountability and direction, which will maintain the independence of the judiciary and rule of law, whilst placing local victims at the centre of our priorities.”

His speech focussed on how local partnerships and a more joined up criminal justice system will better meet the needs of the Hertfordshire area:

“Victims must remain at the heart of everything we do. At present, some would say our criminal justice system is a coalition of competing interests. How can this possibly lead to quality justice for the victim, witnesses and those accused?”

“The courts frequently over-list cases, which means victims and witnesses will turn up uncertain their case will be heard. This places undue stress on them at an already difficult time.”

David Lloyd is the chair of the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board, a panel of senior leaders from the agencies and bodies working in criminal justice in the county. He says he wants these boards – which are in place across the country – to have real responsibility and not be a “toothless tiger”.

He welcomes the government’s commitment to promoting better local ‘join-up’ of criminal justice agencies, and thinks this will enable a real ‘end-to-end’ approach, meaning the victim won’t be passed on from one body to another.

PCC to Hold Live Internet Radio Broadcast on Fire Governance
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, is holding a live radio broadcast to answer some of the key themes arising from his proposal to govern the county’s Fire and Rescue Service.

Members of the public and stakeholders will be able to put questions to him and hear his response on the PCC’s Mixlr page.

Mr Lloyd would like to bring the governance of police and fire services under the same roof.

Under this proposal, there would be a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner setting the strategy for both services and holding both chief officers to account, as happens with the police at the moment.

David Lloyd says:

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to speak directly to people across Hertfordshire and to answer the questions they’ve sent me through this consultation period.”

“It’s really important that people know they can help to shape the proposal and as part of the consultation I must reflect those views in the final submission.”

You can listen to the broadcast on Thursday 3rd August at 16.00h or on Facebook.  The audio will made available on the PCC’s website afterwards – www.hertscommissioner.org/fire.

You can email questions to the PCC at your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk.
David Lloyd Elected Chair of the APCC
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has been elected as the new Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

David Lloyd said:  “This is a crucial time for the APCC and I am delighted to be able to take on the position of Chair for the next year.
Through its portfolio approach the Association is now better placed than it has ever been to drive forward our policy agenda and speak out on the issues that matter to our constituents.

In particular, and in my role as criminal justice system portfolio lead, I will be working to give greater local oversight of criminal justice, which would lead to swifter high quality justice and improve the experience for all involved.

It is my firm belief that PCCs should have the same powers over the criminal justice system that they currently have over their police force: set the plan, set the budget, appoint a chief and hold to account.”

Commenting on the work of the previous Chair, Dame Vera Baird QC, David Lloyd said:  “Vera has been a brilliant Chair of the APCC over the last year - raising the profile of the work of PCCs and driving the Association forward. It is a great privilege to take on this role and it is one that I am relishing.”

About David Lloyd

David Lloyd was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire in 2012, and was re-elected again in 2016. He is also a member of the National Criminal Justice Board, chair of the Hertfordshire Local Criminal Justice Board and leads on the criminal justice portfolio for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Prior to his election as PCC, David was the deputy leader of Hertfordshire County Council, alongside a role as borough councillor in Dacorum. His first elected position was as a borough councillor in Milton Keynes.He has served as chair of the Hertfordshire Police Authority and as the executive member for Fire.

Letter from MPs on Fire Governance
The eleven Hertfordshire MPs have written a letter to the Home Secretary and leader of the County Council in support of the Police and Crime Commissioner's proposals for a change in the governance of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire says:

“I welcome the support of all of Hertfordshire's MPs in holding this consultation into how we run our fire and rescue service. The government wants our emergency services to work more closely together and the business case suggests a number of benefits and I welcome the public's views on this important decision.”

You can read the whole business case on the dedicated page.

PCC Response to County Council Objection on Fire Governance
Hertfordshire County Council has said it is considering an objection to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposal to take control of the governance of the fire service.

David Lloyd said in response:

“It is disappointing that the County Council is considering an objection to this proposal.  I fully understand their concerns that the budget raised for the fire service may no longer be available to support some of the council’s other functions including social work and public health.  However, in the end I think it must be right that money raised to fund the fire service should be used to fund the fire service and not diverted into other areas of the county council.

The business case I have put forward requires me to take account of the potential impact on the County Council of losing control of the fire service. I am convinced that if Hertfordshire County Council are prepared to engage in discussions around this we could find a way of minimising disruption to them whilst achieving a better service for the public.

What I hope and expect this business case to deliver is a strong, independent fire service, with modernised equipment and buildings working more closely and innovatively with colleagues in police and ambulance to deliver a higher quality service to the public.

The council’s alternative proposal to allow the PCC to sit on the County Council cabinet is rejected in the business case on the basis that it is unworkable.  The Commissioner would be one member of a 9 person cabinet appointed by the council leader with no real power.

PCC governance will greatly improve public accountability around the fire service and provide improved focus and prioritisation – which would be of real value.  At the next election the people of Hertfordshire will be presented with some substantial and specific choices about how they want to see their fire service developed and will get to vote on them.  This is in stark contrast to the recent County Council elections where the future of the fire service hardly made it onto an agenda packed with other issues.”

You can read the full business case on the dedicated web page.

The County Council's statement can be read on its website.
Commissioner Meets Minister over Fire Governance Plans
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has met with the new Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd MP to discuss plans to take on the governance of the fire service.

They met at the Home Office to talk about the proposals and the importance of placing victims at the heart of PCCs work.

David Lloyd is conducting a consultation on a plan to bring the governance of the fire and police services in Hertfordshire together.

The business case, suggests keeping both services independent, with a separate Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer, but having a strategy and budget set by the PCC.

David Lloyd said:

“I had a very productive meeting with the minister about the governance plans and the benefits closer emergency service working could bring to Hertfordshire.”

“This change would allow much closer working between police and fire and improve public safety.  It would also support efficiencies which could be used to develop and modernise our fire service and protect it from the budget pressures it currently faces under County Council control.  I believe the people of Hertfordshire want to see a properly funded fire service fully focussed on its role as an emergency service rather than being used to support other council services.”

You can see the whole business case and respond to the consultation at the dedicated page on the Commissioner’s website.

Police Cadets feel the heat at Annual County Competition
Last weekend 120 volunteer Police Cadets from around Hertfordshire came to Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City to take part in the 5th Annual Police Cadets County Competition 2017.

There are almost 300 young people signed up to the police cadets in Hertfordshire across the ten districts and each region sent 11 cadets to participate.

The cadets aged between 14 and 18 years, had 12 scenarios and team building exercises to complete. These included a road traffic collision, a hostage rescue assault course, a 500 metre shield run, where the cadets had to run with heavy riot shields wearing a riot helmet, arresting suspects in a mock shoplifting scenario as well as giving evidence in court in front of real life magistrates and lawyers, who volunteered their time to help the cadets.

They participated in air rifle shooting, a search using dogs to find drugs, radio communications and also handled firearms – which they had to break down and re-build a handgun in the fastest time possible. Six fire cadets also ran a fire hose scenario – which the police cadets had to use to shoot at targets.

Over  80 volunteers gave up their free time to assist with running the weekend including many of the cadet leaders themselves; undertaking tasks that need to be completed to make sure that the weekend runs smoothly and also assisting with scenarios.

On Sunday (July 9th) the cadets were joined by over 200 family and friends where they paraded and were inspected by Chief Constable, Charlie Hall, Hertfordshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, David Gibson and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Will Hobhouse Esq.  They were also joined by Mayors from the majority of the county's boroughs. This was followed by presentations and awards.

The overall winners were the St Albans police cadets, with Hatfield and Hertford coming second and third.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, David Gibson, congratulated the cadets and praised them for a splendid display. He said: “The Commissioner, David Lloyd is a huge supporter of the police cadets and is committed to developing and expanding the number of cadets in Hertfordshire.

Cadets exemplify the key principles of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan – which is based on the belief that keeping Hertfordshire safe is everybody’s business and volunteers who are part of schemes like the police cadets are a big part of that.

Now is a brilliant time for young people to join the scheme because there are great opportunities, such as the young leader role and the cadet to Special Constable fast track route, which currently has its first applicant going through the process in Hertfordshire.”

Chief Constable, Charlie Hall added: “The police cadets who attended this weekend should be very proud of themselves.

By being put through their paces in testing scenarios, they displayed both mental and physical strengths and acquired great experiences which they can put to use if they wish to pursue a career in the police force or as life skills for the future.

I am pleased that Hertfordshire is one of the leading counties in the UK with one of the highest number of police cadets and I’d encourage anyone who is interested in joining to find out more.”

Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District, Cllr Jamie Day, praised the drive and commitment shown by the overall winners, the St Albans Cadets. He said: “All the police cadets approached the various testing scenarios with great professionalism.

I congratulate them all for rising to the challenge and demonstrating the skills they have learned to help keep the community safe.”

The cadets get involved in summer camps, community events, fitness activities, take part in parades, volunteer in their local community and learn about police procedures and the law throughout the year. Specialist departments such as the tri-force Armed Policing Unit and Dog Unit also give regular talks to the group.

If you are interested in joining the police cadets, are aged between 14 and 18 and interested in helping your local community, visit the Constabulary's website.

Commissioner Launches Annual Report 2016-2017
The Commissioner, David Lloyd, recently launched his Annual Report which covers the period March 2016 to April 2017. The report highlights progress and key achievements made over the past year against the previous Police and Crime Plan and the new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business (2017-2022).

Every PCC is required by law to produce an annual report and to share it with the Police and Crime Panel for consideration, which was done at the local meeting in Hertfordshire in June.

The report shows that over the last year, significant progress has been made in key areas relating to the plan’s key strands of: Putting victims first; keeping crime low; protecting local policing; increasing efficiency and keeping tax low.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said; “This Annual Report supports my belief that keeping people safe is ‘Everybody’s Business’ and one which is achieved by collaboration right across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.  The report gives details of what has been achieved during 2016/17 and a picture of how the Constabulary is performing.

Over the last year I have continued to make great efforts to protect local policing in Hertfordshire and build on the strong and successful model already in place based around the 10 districts. This good work will continue through the delivery of the new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan throughout 2017/18 and beyond.”

Chief Constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary, Charlie Hall, who was appointed in October 2016 contributed to the report. He added: “Officers and staff from the Constabulary, our policing volunteers and our partners across the county have worked tirelessly during the last year to deliver against the Commissioner’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan to keep people safe, reduce crime and catch criminals. 

We continue to work together to ensure we are tackling problems in innovative ways and adjusting to changing policing demands such that Hertfordshire remains a very safe county. I would like to thank the OPCC for their support and strong working relationship we have developed and will continue to build upon.”

Key Highlights

For the first time in six years the police precept for Council Tax for 2017/18 was raised by the equivalent of £5.00 or 3.4 per cent per annum for an average household, due primarily to a delay in achieving the expected savings through our regional IT collaboration programme across seven forces. 

The Commissioner has taken forward his role as “Victim’s Champion” by building on the success of Beacon, Hertfordshire’s victim care centre, including introducing the innovative “Vulnerable Victim Case Worker,” which other areas are now looking to adopt.

This year, following reforms under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 to strengthen the role of PCCs in police complaints, the Commissioner set up a new Customer Response Team for Hertfordshire based within his office. This service will triage and resolve low level dissatisfaction enquiries; avoid unnecessary referrals to Professional Standards and avoid unnecessary recording reports of ‘dissatisfaction’ as a complaint and improve customer service and satisfaction across the Constabulary.

The PCC has also begun the process of delivering on one of his key pledges - putting victims’ needs at the centre of criminal justice system. The Commissioner is now chairing the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board and is working with partners to develop plans to make the service more efficient and supportive of the needs of victims.

There has also been notable progress and successes this year with partners dealing with complex and high demanding areas including responding to those in mental health crisis.

The Street Triage Scheme expanded on a trial basis to include a paramedic working alongside a mental health clinician and a police officer. All three agencies can make an on-street assessment of an individual, helping to avoid preventable detentions under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, reduce demand on services, including A&E, and importantly, provide the best possible outcome for the individual.

During 2016/17 £80,000 was awarded from the ‘Partnership Fund’ to Districts and Borough Councils across the county to support local solutions to address fly-tipping through a range of enforcement and campaigning activities.

Over £400,000 was also awarded from my Road Safety Fund to 14 community groups and Parish and Town Councils to support a range of road safety interventions across the county including speed indicator devices, feasibility surveys and improved road signage.

The Commissioner has allocated £783,393 from his annual budget to for the Community Safety Grant, supporting the work of partners across Hertfordshire who help to keep communities safe. 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.

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.

Further details of the report can be found on the Commissioner’s website.

PCC meets Victims' Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd recently met Baroness Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, to discuss ways in which to better support victims of crime.

The Victims’ Commissioner visited Hertfordshire as part of her commitment to visit every Police and Crime Commissioner, to see how each area is delivering victim services and addressing the needs and requirements of the victims in their region.

During this visit the Commissioner and Baroness Newlove discussed how the criminal justice system could do more to support people through what for some can be a daunting and traumatic experience.

Baroness Newlove expressed interest in a new initiative where vulnerable victims are appointed their own case managers to support them in the aftermath of a crime. Unique to Hertfordshire, the vulnerable victim case managers are already demonstrating the benefits of this new approach.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “I was delighted to welcome Baroness Newlove to Hertfordshire and demonstrate the steps we are taking to help support victims of crime here.

Putting victims at the centre is a key facet of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan and this meeting gave us an opportunity to highlight the progress we have made from the creation of Beacon, the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre to the implementation of case managers to address the needs of vulnerable victims.”

The Victims’ Commissioner spent time with a focus group, made up of victims of crime from Hertfordshire and also learned about plans to develop services for victims of so-called ‘Honour’ Based Abuse (HBA), which will address their specific needs from next year.
Baroness Newlove said: “I was pleased to learn about the vulnerable victim case manager service that they have recently put in place and look forward to seeing how that expands. 

I am also very keen to see how the Police and Crime Commissioner develops its service for victims of so-called honour based abuse and violence following the study commissioned and undertaken by  the University of Roehampton and the University of Essex. The study has highlighted a few further issues for the Police and Crime Commissioner to consider and take forward, and I will follow the developments as they take place.”

Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims’ Commissioning commented: “The visit afforded the opportunity to highlight some innovative work to better support vulnerable and intimidated victims and our plans for the future. I am especially pleased that Baroness Newlove offered her help and support for our vulnerable victim case workers as we seek to develop the service.”

If you’ve been impacted by crime, Beacon – the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre is available to offer support to anyone who has been a victim of crime in Hertfordshire, regardless of whether you have reported the incident to the police.  You can contact the centre via the website, www.hertfordshirebeacon.org or by calling 03000 11 55 55.
If you’ve been a victim of crime and you’re interested in taking part in future focus groups, please email: contact@victimsvoice-herts.info. You can also complete the Victims’ Voice Consultation survey to share your experiences, available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HGTD9WB
Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Service Receives Funding Boost
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has been successful in a bid to government for domestic abuse funding.

The £436,000 grant, awarded by the Home Office, will be used to transform support service for all victims of domestic abuse in the county.

The funding will lead to a creation of a ‘Sunflower Hub', providing a single point-of-access so victims can receive expert advice or practical support. This will include locally based caseworkers.

Commissioner David Lloyd welcomed the grant:

“This grant will bring real benefits to victims of domestic abuse in Hertfordshire.”

“I have made tackling domestic abuse a key priority in my Community Safety and Criminal Justice and we have seen many more victims gaining the confidence to come forward as a result.”

“The new services we will now be able to provide will go a long way to providing them with the support they deserve.”

Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims’ Commissioning for the PCC, said this would vastly improve the service to victims:

“To have been successful in this highly competitive bidding process highlights the quality of the initiative we want to introduce.”

“This funding will enable a real step-change in the county achieving its ambition of providing accessible and high quality services for victims of domestic abuse.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“Tackling violence against women and girls is everyone’s business. It needs a joined-up, collaborative response locally, providing support to victims through health, education and social care, as well as the police.
“These projects will help ensure that victims and survivors get the right support at the right time, as well as intervening early to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place.
“Violence Against Women and Girls devastates the lives of victims and families and this Government will continue to do all it can to protect people from these horrendous crimes.”  
The funding has been awarded through the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Service Transformation Fund, which is designed to support earlier intervention and prevention so that fewer victims reach crisis point.