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Community Payback Pilot Scheme Rejuvenates Watford Housing Estate
A Community Payback Pilot project which was commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner in partnership with BeNCH CRC (the Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Community Rehabilitation Company) has successfully been completed at the residential housing area of Boundary Way in Watford.
 
Following a partner consultation earlier this year, the Police and Crime Commissioner asked the ten District and Borough Community Safety Managers (CSMs) of Hertfordshire to have their say in the areas they feel would benefit for unpaid work to be undertaken by offenders.
 
Three feasible projects from across Hertfordshire were selected following a short-listing process. Boundary Way was put forward by the Watford Community Housing Trust to have the estate’s railings revamped and painted black. The residential area is currently undergoing work to rejuvenate housing and attract new residents.
 
Community Payback is one of the priorities outlined in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s draft plan, “Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business,” to put in place a system for offenders of low-level crimes to pay back in kind – where appropriate using their skills to provide meaningful payback.
 
Rehabilitation gives offenders an opportunity to recognise the harm that they have caused the community and provides learning opportunities for the future.
 
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Community Payback has real value: not only does the public benefit from the unpaid work undertaken by offenders for the crimes they have committed, but it has a positive impact on offenders, often instilling a sense of structure and value that is often missing in their lives.”
 
“It gives the public and local businesses a direct say in determining the kinds of unpaid work offenders should do. I will continue to work with the Constabulary and partners, including Probation, Trading Standards and other local authority services, to help develop these plans and vision for how offenders can pay back their time in-kind.”
 
Ali Hancock, Director, BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Company said: “Our Community Payback scheme is all about making amends. It allows those who have offended to ‘pay back’ their local communities by being involved in projects just like this one. It has been great to see the improvements to the Boundary Way estate take shape and those working on the groups have been able to take real pride in their work.”
 
Dave Fayer, Chairman of the Boundary Way Community Group said: “The Boundary Way residents committee was really pleased that we were selected for improvement works on the railings around our estate. Many areas on the estate have fallen into poor condition over the last few years and any work to improve the visual feel of the estate is welcome."
 
For more information on how to put forward an area for the Community Payback Scheme - details are available on the BeNCH CRC website:
http://benchcrc.org.uk/what-we-do/community-payback/

 
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Sherma Batson MBE
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, would like to send his condolences to the family and friends of Sherma Batson MBE, the Stevenage councillor, former mayor and member of the Police and Crime Panel who died on Sunday.

 “I’m deeply saddened to hear of Sherma’s death. She was a good friend and formidable colleague who was a passionate public servant and a valued member of our Police and Crime Panel.

 As a councillor she was respected and well-liked by her constituents who will miss her terribly.

 My thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues at the council at this difficult time.”
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Police and Crime Commissioner's Blog on Ten Districts in a Day Tour
Sometimes you forget just how big Hertfordshire is, but when you spend a day driving around it you soon realise its real size. I did just that recently, when I spent a day crossing the county visiting all 10 districts promoting my new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan.  

We covered 150 miles and made 15 visits, mainly to key stakeholders and partners to discuss themes from the new plan which is currently in its consultation period until January 16th, 2017.

By law I have to produce a plan within the first year of being elected as PCC. This is the third version of the strategy, called “Everybody’s Business”. It’s named this, because I think we all have a responsibility to help keep our beautiful county safe, and I was pleased to meet so many people doing just that.
An early morning drive along misty roads took me to the village of Little Gaddesden in Dacorum, who’ve recently had a Speed Indication Device installed through the Road Safety Fund.

I had a chance after that to meet with the new Governor at the Mount Prison in Bovingdon. I want local people to have a greater say in how offenders are managed and I’m proposing local oversight of how rehabilitation works in Hertfordshire. A quick car journey through Watford into South Oxhey and I had a quick chat with one of the projects, called ‘ You Can,’  which help adults with complex needs – people who can often end up in contact with the police, but with the help of projects like this, can be given the support to transform their lives.

In a visit to Kingfisher Court, in Radlett which is run by the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), I met the managing director, Sandra Brookes. The Trust provides mental health services in Hertfordshire and we work very closely with them around providing support for people in mental health crisis, to whom the police are often asked to respond. 

We have a proud record in Hertfordshire of not putting such people in police cells and Kingfisher Court provides a superb health-based facility where the appropriate care can be provided.  We are also working with the Trust on expanding street triage services across Hertfordshire where police and mental health professionals respond jointly to people in crisis.

I then travelled into St Albans and visited the local Fire Station. An important part of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan is to improve the ways in which blue light services work together so we can provide a better service to the public. I met fire fighters to discuss the work they are already doing to improve community safety and the opportunities we have for the future.

Staying in St Albans, I paid a brief visit to the Crown Court.  A major new focus of my second term in office will be on the criminal justice system and particularly how it can provide a better service to victims.  There are too many delays and inefficiencies at the moment and I want to encourage all the agencies involved to work more closely together to tackle some of the problems.

I visited the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, to speak about the partnership work we do there, particularly around restorative justice and then moved on to Welwyn Garden City to visit  Beacon, Hertfordshire’s victim care centre. While there I met staff who have been doing brilliant work in supporting many thousands of people since I launched this service 18 months ago.  I now want to build on the success of Beacon and expand the range of services it can provide.

My journey continued to Stevenage to visit BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Services (CRC) and the National Probation Service, to discuss ways of working more closely together to reduce re-offending. We need to make sure offenders get the right support and supervision so that they are not drawn back into criminal behaviour.

Another purpose of this engagement day was to highlight my commitment to protecting local policing, and I saw a great example of this in Hitchin when I met Chief Inspector Julie Wheatley at the local police station.  Julie is one of 10 Chief Inspectors running local policing teams in each borough and district in Hertfordshire. They are all committed to providing an excellent policing service in their local patch and because they are local, they can be accountable and visible to their local community for how they do it.

Next it was on to East Herts and a local business which is doing its part to promote community safety. Insurance brokers, Daines Kapp in Ware, have signed up to my Employer Supported Policing scheme which encourages people to join the Special Constabulary by ensuring they are given some additional paid leave each year to do policing duties.

I then found time for a meeting with local councillors in Hertford before moving on to see a further example of the success of our volunteering strategy in action when I met our local police Cadet group in Turnford.

My whirlwind tour concluded in Watford where I took a look at its thriving night time economy and some of the policing challenges it poses. It was a long day but a very rewarding one and a reminder not only of what a great place Hertfordshire is in which to live and work, but of the great people who are doing their bit to keep it that way.

My draft plan is now out for consultation and I want to know what your views are on it.  I urge you to have your say and share your comments through the online survey on the PCC website www.hertscommissioner/plan.  You can also send your comments to the.plan@herts.pnn.police.uk or by letter to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ by 16th January 2017.

Finally, I would like to finish by wishing you and your families a very peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017.
 
 
 
 
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PCC's Tour of Hertfordshire
To launch the new draft Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, the Police and Crime Commissioner toured the county in a day meeting partners and organisations working to make Hertfordshire safer.

You can read the plan and take part in the consultation by clicking here.

This film gives you a flavour of some of the groups working together.


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Commissioner Protects Local Policing
A need to protect local neighbourhood policing has led the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, to propose a rise in the police section of the Council Tax bill for the first time in 6 years.

The increase – which is around £5 a year for the average household in Hertfordshire* – is necessary following new challenges to the police budget.

A collaborated IT programme which was due to deliver several million pounds worth of savings has been delayed and there was a reduction in Government grant of £1.5 million. Without an increase, savings will need to be found in local policing.

In an open letter to the residents of Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said policing was going to be protected: “Local policing lies at the heart of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, and is the very bedrock of keeping Hertfordshire safe. It is something the public have consistently told me they value and wish to see preserved.”

“If the precept does not rise, the Chief Constable tells me he can only reach the required savings by reducing local policing teams.”

“This is the first time I’ve proposed an increase in the precept in my time as Police and Crime Commissioner, and I do not do so lightly. I’ve said I will never ask the public to pay any more for policing than is absolutely required – which is why there has been so much work done on improving the efficiency of the police service, and why I was able to make a modest reduction in last year’s tax level.”

Hertfordshire currently has the fourth lowest police tax in the country and as a result the Government assumes that this increase will be made when it calculates the support given in central funding.

The Commissioner would like to hear the views of residents who can contact the office on 01707 806 100 or emailing commissioner@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

*It equates to £5 per year for a Band D property – around 10p per week on top of the current levels of taxation for the police.

The figure of 6 years mentioned in the first sentence reflects the period of time where David Lloyd was chair of the Police Authority prior to election as PCC.

This proposal would come into effect from April 2017 and forms part of the whole Council Tax bill for Hertfordshire.

Click here for the link to the Open Letter.

 
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Road Safety Fund reopens
Bids for new road safety projects helping to protect communities are now being accepted by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.

The Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund is paid for from the proceeds of motorists who break the law and has allocated more than £422,000 since its introduction earlier this year.

Communities which have benefitted from the scheme include the village of Little Gaddesden, in Dacorum, which was awarded over £9,000 to install a Speed Indication Device to reduce speeding.

The A10 average speed cameras installed in Broxbourne have helped catch nearly 150 motorists since the summer, with one driver clocking an average of 131mph through that section of the road.

The Commissioner, David Lloyd, said the projects paid for by the fund help to improve road safety:

“This fund has already helped dozens of communities across Hertfordshire and the new round of bidding will provide more opportunities to make Hertfordshire’s roads safer.”

“It’s about changing the behaviour of drivers, by drawing their attention to hazards in the road or how fast they are going. As the next round of bidding begins, I welcome applications from groups across Hertfordshire to take advantage of the fund.”

Funding can provide solutions to immediate problems, but also those which require a longer-term approach to help prevent road deaths and injuries.The second round of the Road Safety Fund opened this month and closes on the 22nd January 2017. Public sector organisations, voluntary sector, community groups and businesses are eligible to apply. More details can be found at the Commissioner’s website.
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Police Commissioner extends A10 camera funding
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has announced that funding for the average speed cameras on the A10 in Broxbourne has been extended.

The cameras were due to be dismantled last Monday (December 12th) following the end of a six month pilot to reduce illegal road racing and anti-social driving.

During the pilot almost 150 speeding offences were recorded by the cameras, with 18 of those caught driving in excess 100 mph. The highest recorded average speed over the kilometre distance was 131 mph.

David Lloyd said: “This has been a highly successful trial and at first glance of the data suggests it has reduced the problem of road racing in this area.  However, in order to fully understand the data collected and what the next steps should be, the cameras will remain in place.”

The average speed cameras were approved by the Strategic Road Safety Partnership following a successful bid to the Road Safety Fund from Hertfordshire Constabulary.

The Commissioner added: “The Road Safety Fund is a key part of the Offender Pays theme in my new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan. It uses income generated from motorists who break the law to help change behaviour and make improvements in road safety.”

The second round of the Road Safety Fund opened this month and closes on the 22nd January 2017. Public sector organisations, voluntary sector, community groups and businesses are eligible to apply. More details can be found at the Commissioner’s website.
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New Guidance for Victims of Crime
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s office has put together a new draft Victim's Information Booklet,  that offers advice to people who have been a victim of crime.

It gives vital information about what support and help is available and also what to expect if you have to go through the Criminal Justice System.

The aftermath of a crime can be daunting time and the booklet has been created to guide you on that journey and offer advice. You also don’t even need to report a crime to the police in order to access support from Beacon, the dedicated victims care centre in Hertfordshire.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Being a victim of crime is an overwhelming experience. In line with my new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody's Business,   I want to ensure the most useful information is on hand to help people cope and recover in the aftermath of a criminal event against them.”

“This booklet is full of helpful advice but we would like to know what you think of it and how we may improve it.”

You can download the draft brochure here, and let us know your thoughts via a short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/victimInfoBooklet. You can also share your comments through  our social media channels - @HertsBeacon on Twitter, on our Facebook page or by emailing commissioner@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk.
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Commissioner Welcomes New HMIC Report
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has welcomed several reports from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.

The inspectors looked at the leadership of the organisation and also the way the force behaves ethically.

It was graded as ‘Good’ for the “legitimacy” (ethical behaviour) strand of the inspection.

Reacting to the report, David Lloyd said: “I’m pleased to see HMIC score Hertfordshire as a good force overall in this inspection.”

“HMIC is a useful tool for us as it provides valuable insight into our operations and structures, enabling me to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the people of Hertfordshire.

This report has highlighted several areas for improvement, including in our Professional Standards Department, and I will be ensuring the Chief takes these recommendations forward.”

“Work had already begun to improve that area of the force at the point of the inspection though as this department is shared with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire forces and I will be speaking to my fellow commissioners to ensure those issues are rectified.”

“It’s encouraging to see HMIC also commend the force’s leadership, so I expect the areas highlighted by the inspectors to be addressed quickly.”

More details about the report can be found here. You can also read Hertfordshire Constabulary's response to the inspection here.
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Commissioner Welcomes Joint Approach to Emergency Break-Ins
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has hailed a new agreement between the three emergency services in Hertfordshire

Ambulance, Fire and Police services will now work together on the forced-entry of properties in life-threatening situations.

Before now, when an ambulance could not gain access to a property the police were contacted.

Now, in a six month pilot, the fire service will respond to these situations as the agency supporting the ambulance service. In the last year, the police responded to 272 requests to gain entry to properties by the ambulance service.

The arrangement will improve the service of all parties, says the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd:

“The Fire and Rescue service are the experts at entering properties in an emergency. It makes sense for them to provide this valuable service and help free up police officers at the same time.”

“My new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan is looking at way we can extend the level of cross-service working, and this is a wonderful example of something which will deliver a better service to Hertfordshire’s residents.”

Additional benefits include the fire staff being able to offer medical assistance, with fire crews trained in trauma medicine, so would be able to care for people whilst the ambulance arrived.

The pilot is due to start in the next couple of weeks after the operational chief officers of the three services signed the agreement.
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Launch of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan
The consultation process for my new Police and Crime Plan has begun - and I am now describing it as a Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan.

The name change reflects the new emphasis I am intending to bring to the criminal justice system as a whole during my second term as Police and Crime Commissioner, in order to provide a better service to victims. 

I've published a draft of the new plan, which builds on the work of the previous plans and aims to deliver on the programme I set out in my election manifesto last May. Like the previous plans, it is called Everybody’s Business, because at its heart is a conviction that keeping Hertfordshire safe is the business not just of the police, but of our partners in the public and private sectors and of each of us as ordinary citizens – we all have a role to play.

I would invite you all to look at the draft plan and tell me what you think – are there any changes you would like to see or additions made? You will also have the opportunity to take our survey, which just has 6 questions and a comment text box at the end for you to input your thoughts on what matters to you. Your views matter and the plan is available for viewing and comment over the next few months on this page.

You can also send your comments to me via email to: the.plan@herts.pnn.police.uk or by post to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ. The consultation period is open from today until 16th January 2017.


I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

David Lloyd
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

 
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16 Days of Action Against Domestic Abuse
Police, the County Council and their partners in Hertfordshire are joining forces to raise awareness of domestic abuse for the upcoming international “16 days of action” campaign.

A number of events are being held around the county raising awareness of domestic abuse, and in particular this year’s theme in Hertfordshire is of abuse against older people, be it from their partners or family members.

Hertfordshire Constabulary will be supporting the campaign by posting campaign messages on social media as well as updates from the Force’s Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) giving an insight into their daily work to protect victims and their families. The posts will be brought together with the hashtag #16days.

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “Domestic abuse spans genders, backgrounds and importantly generations too. Older people are not immune to abuse from partners or even younger family members.

“This year has seen record investment in tackling domestic abuse in Hertfordshire and in October I approved a further £700,000 to meet the current demand on DAISU. Victims should have greater confidence than ever that their reports will be taken seriously and that help is available.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Ball, Chair of Hertfordshire’s Domestic Abuse Partnership Board, said: “The priority for officers working in our specialist unit, DAISU, is to safeguard victims from abuse. There are a range of steps we can take to support victims and give them the information, time and safety they need to protect themselves and their families.

“All generations need to know this so that no one feels that they cannot reach out for help to protect themselves from coercive, controlling or violent behaviour.”

This year’s campaign, run by the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership, has the theme of abuse against older victims. To get this message across, the Partnership will be distributing specially created refreshment packs at care centres and other venues with advice and guidance for potential victims. These packs contain a mug, coaster and tea and coffee set. Branded as “SafeTea in Numbers”, they contain discrete information about where they can find support in times of need.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Older victims of domestic abuse are believed to wait longer before seeking help*. Furthermore many people don’t consider that older people can be victims of domestic abuse and therefore wouldn’t know to lookout for the signs. This could make them more vulnerable and isolated as a result.

“The work we are doing within the 16 days and beyond that is to raise awareness that there is no shame in asking for help, and support is available from services such as through the Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline 08 088 088 088 or by visiting the Herts Sunflower website www.HertsSunflower.org.”
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