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PCC welcomes new Special Constables into Herts Constabulary
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomed seven new Special Constables into Hertfordshire Constabulary at their Attestation Ceremony at Knebworth House on Thursday, May 17th.

During eleven weeks of training, the new recruits learnt about basic law around theft, public order, assaults, traffic, powers of arrest and Stop and Search.

PCC for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: 

“We’re very fortunate to have such a dedicated team of Special Constables in Hertfordshire and they bring a different and valuable perspective to our policing.

“Our Specials have in the past provided specialist knowledge to some of the most challenging policing situations, including during major cyber-attacks, and we want to build on this by recruiting even more people to the role.”

Over the next 12 months, they will continue their training, allowing them to pass out as substantive Special Constables once they are assessed as fit for independent patrol.

The Police and Crime Commissioner encouraged the new recruits to look for support from their employers in their new role through the Employer Supported Policing (ESP) scheme.

David Lloyd said:

“The ESP scheme is a brilliant way for employers to support Specials by giving them agreed paid or unpaid leave to carry out duties or training. The scheme also brings trained and experienced professionals into the Constabulary whose skills benefit and enhance key areas in policing.

“Keeping Hertfordshire safe is everybody’s business and this is one of the ways that organisations in Hertfordshire can play their part – and benefit from it through proactively working with the police to assist our local communities.”

Stevenage Borough Council and St. Alban’s based company, Borras Construction recently signed up to Employers Supported Policing. More details about the scheme can be found here: https://www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk/employer-supported-policing.php

Those that graduated were:

Steven Luker, who will be based at Broxbourne Police Station
Thomas Maddison- Neil, who will be based at Hemel Hempstead Police Station
Gareth Jones, who will be based at a police station in East Herts
Geanina Purtan, who will be based at Borehamwood Police Station
Darren Laverack, who will be based at Watford Police Station
Robert Sprigens, who will be based at Watford Police Station
Jessica Penny, who will be based at Hatfield Police Station

Recruitment of Special Constables

Hertfordshire Constabulary is actively recruiting Special Constables.  It is looking for motivated team players wanting a challenge. Special Constables have full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular force.

If you would like more information on becoming a Special Constable, visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk and click on ‘apply online’ or browse the pages to find out more.
 
 
 

 
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PCC invests in Community Safety Projects for 2018/19
Almost  £900,000 is being invested by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, into community safety projects across the county. The funding supports the work of partners across Hertfordshire who help to keep communities safe.

This year the Commissioner is supporting projects targeting violent crime, providing support for victims of domestic abuse and those with mental health needs.

David Lloyd has also committed over a quarter of a million pounds to a project in Broxbourne to help  schools prevent young people being drawn into violent gang activity and knife crime.

The Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“Community Safety is at the very core of my policing strategy and this grant will support the work of local partners to address public safety priorities in Hertfordshire.

“While Hertfordshire remains a low crime area, we are seeing a rise in demand on our police service. Crime is changing and there are areas that require additional resources to ensure the right service is delivered to support victims and reduce pressure on frontline services.  

“I have provided more funding towards projects that will help tackle the recent growth in violent crime and provide early intervention to help prevent vulnerable young people from getting caught up in criminal activity. Funding will also help support victims of domestic abuse and programmes that will help to raise awareness around the risk of child sexual exploitation.”

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.

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 applied to the grant.

A table of all the Community Safety Grant recipients for 2018/19 can be found here: http://www.hertscommissioner.org/community-safety-grants-allocation-2018-19
 
 
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Working Together to Stop Violent Crime
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is working with partners to form a new strategy to combat serious crime in the county.

Speaking at a conference of leading agencies this week, David Lloyd said they must work together to get to the heart of the recent rise in serious crime, which has been seen locally and nationally.

The PCC has been appointed to the government’s Serious Violence Taskforce in his capacity as chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

 David Lloyd said:

“Hertfordshire is a safe place to live, work and study in but we’ve seen an increase in reports of robberies, knife crime and in gang activity.
“In order to make a real difference to our communities, we need a multiagency response to prevent young vulnerable people from becoming exploited by criminal gangs and forced into crime.

“The work being undertaken now must involve schools, local councils, the police and other agencies to change behaviour at an early age and stopping young people from committing crimes in order to prevent them from being dragged into this awful cycle of violence.”

The event was attended by Hertfordshire Police, the County Council, Youth Justice Services and leading authorities, as well as guest speakers with specific experience in this area.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall QPM said:

“We have organised this event as we recognise crimes involving knives are increasing across the country and we have already seen an increase in these types of crimes in Hertfordshire. It is important that we look at effective ways of working with our partners, agencies and charities who can positively impact on this trend.  
 
“We are listening to different voices and ideas to form a proactive problem solving approach, to ensure that young people in Hertfordshire are given the information, guidance and support they need to prevent them from being sucked into these kinds of crimes and to ensure they do not become exposed to gang culture.”

Alison Cope – a mother whose 18 year old son was stabbed to death at a party in 2013 – is now a passionate anti-knife campaigner.

“Our job as professionals is to educate people - working together can save lives,” she said.

The government launched its Serious Violence Strategy earlier this month, with a focus on early intervention and targeted help for young people at risk of becoming involved in gangs.

David Lloyd recently committed over a quarter of a million pounds to the Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership to help prevent young people from being drawn into violent crime. This project will underpin a wider Constabulary initiative on gang and knife crime across the County.
 
Picture L to R:

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services, Hertfordshire County Council
Ian Butler, Chief Inspector of Broxbourne
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd
Alison Cope, Knife Campaigner
Chief Constable Charlie Hall QPM
Sheldon Thomas, Founder and CEO of Gangsline

 
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Environment Minister Praises Hertfordshires Fly Tipping Campaign
Environment Minister Therese Coffey has praised Hertfordshire’s ongoing partnership work to tackle fly tipping across the county.
 
During a parliamentary debate on fly tipping this week the Minister said:
 
“Let me single out and praise certain councils across the country that are excelling.
 
“In Hertfordshire, for example, funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner has enabled the County Council to set up an effective partnership group that is starting to see results.”
 
 
Since 2016 Hertfordshire’s PCC, David Lloyd has  committed over £130,000 of funding to help local authorities tackle fly tipping across the county. 


This funding has supported a wide range of initiatives, including: the purchase of new CCTV cameras for use at fly tipping hotspots and resources to educate residents about their duty of care when disposing of their waste through a county wide campaign put together by the Hertfordshire Fly tipping Group*.
 
The number of fly tipping incidents has dropped by over 16% in Hertfordshire since April 2017. In addition during the last 12 months there have been 36 prosecutions for fly tipping with a number pending.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

“I am really pleased with the multiagency approach to tackle fly tipping across Hertfordshire, which is yielding positive results. However, there is more work to be done in changing attitudes and behaviours around duty of care.

 “It’s important that residents and businesses carry out the necessary checks to ensure contractors are properly licensed so they don’t end up in court being prosecuted for fly tipping.”

Hertfordshire’s residents and businesses are being encouraged to follow the campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code, which provides a check list to follow when arranging one-off collections of waste.

 
  • Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.
  • Check their waste carrier’s registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency or by calling 03708 506 506.
  • Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away.
  • Ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
  • Paperwork should be obtained. Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal – this should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details
Last February the Hertfordshire Fly tipping Group won the Best Partnership Award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards for its work in bringing together a wide range of partners to tackle fly tipping in the county and has also recently been shortlisted for an award from the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transport .
 
Hertfordshire’s residents are reminded that if they see fly tipping in progress they should call 999 immediately, as well as reporting the incident to local councils at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping.

Local Borough and District councils can also give help and advice to residents who may be unsure of how to arrange for their waste disposal needs.


*The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (FTG) 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.

The FTG 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.
 

Picture: Courtesy of airqualitynews.com
 
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Hertfordshire PCC Welcomes National Violent Crime Strategy
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has welcomed the UK Government’s Serious Violence Strategy as an “important and necessary step” in the drive locally and nationally to address the recent rise in violent crime.

The Government’s 2018 Serious Crime Strategy is published today at an event with the Home Secretary, senior police and PCCs in London.
David Lloyd, who also chairs the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said:

“The terrible increase in knife crime, gun crime and homicides over recent years is understandably a key public concern, shared by everyone I meet in policing, and the Serious Violence Strategy published today is an important, necessary and timely step forward in the national drive to reverse this deeply troubling trend.”

“The government’s strategy looks to bring together effective interventions rooted in enforcement, prevention and regulation to tackle the key drivers behind the recent growth in violent crime. The commitment to a balanced approach is important, as is the clear recognition that this is a task that cannot be left to policing alone.”

“In Hertfordshire, we have kept neighbourhood policing and investment in PCSOs in place, meaning our officers have excellent knowledge of their local area and have good relationships with communities.”

An updated strategy on dealing with violent crime is already well into development in Hertfordshire and a special partnership event is being held on knife crime later this month.

David Lloyd has recently provided a grant of over £250,000 to a project in Broxbourne which will work with schools to prevent young people being drawn into violent crime.

He is also supporting the Hertfordshire Youth Justice Service which has been successfully working with young offenders to prevent further violent behaviour.

He said: “Police and Crime Commissioners have a strong record of working closely with local partners in health, education, local government, businesses and charities, to meet the public’s priorities in policing and crime.

“We’ll already doing this in Hertfordshire, and I’ll be working with senior partners inside and outside Government as we carefully consider the proposals in this Strategy and how we can most effectively protect the public and see less lives tragically lost to violent crime.”
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PCC Funding Targets Online Child Abuse
Two innovative projects in Hertsmere that will help to raise awareness around the risk of child sexual exploitation and provide support for people with drug and alcohol dependencies, and mental ill-health, have received more than £45,000 of funding from Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Hertsmere Borough Council, in partnership with national charity Crime Stoppers, has secured the funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner‘s Community Safety Grant. 

This fund is provided to support work with partner organisations that play a vital role in keeping Hertfordshire’s communities safe.

The Be Fearless Against Abuse initiative is a two-year project that aims to educate professionals who work with young people on the dangers of online grooming. It will also fund an outreach programme to 11 to 16 year olds in Hertsmere schools, to help youngsters learn how to better protect themselves online.

This initiative follows on from a series of e-safety workshops last year held in Hertsmere schools, run by the council in partnership with Herts Schools Partnership with funding from the PCC.

In addition, a two-year initiative will also be delivered by Herts Mind Network to provide practical support for victims with drug and alcohol problems and those suffering from mental health issues. A support worker will provide services and liaise with appropriate partners in order to make real lifestyle changes.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “These two grants really support my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan. We’ve seen an increase in reports of offences involving vulnerable victims – such as child abuse. Therefore it is vital that all children are educated about the dangers of online media as much as possible.

“The purpose of the Community Safety Grant is also to put the victim at the centre.  Any provision that will help them from being destructive to themselves and indeed others will reduce strain on other services and also make Hertfordshire a safer place to live.”

Valerie Kane, Community Safety Manager, said: “We’re delighted that these two very worthwhile projects have been awarded funding for the next two years.

“The all-pervasiveness of social media means that children now spend large amounts of time online, which can put them at risk of abuse.

“While it may not be possible to prevent or limit internet use, it is possible to equip young people with the information and skills they need to navigate that world and stay safe.

“We also want adults to understand the risks, so they can spot the signs that a child they work with or are responsible for may be in danger of becoming a victim or has already been targeted.”

The Safer Minds initiative will enable a full-time community support worker to be based at the health and wellbeing centre, Number 10, in Leeming Road, Borehamwood, as well as fund outreach support to other parts of the borough.

Ms Kane added: “The Safer Minds initiative is about helping people who are really struggling to cope, and as a result represent a burden to front-line services such as the NHS, police or fire and rescue service.

“The community support worker will work with these individuals, who may be referred to the programme through the police, the council or charities, or can be self-referred, to develop a support plan that is tailored to their needs.

“By providing this level of intense, holistic support at this stage, we can prevent their problems escalating further and reduce the costs to already over-stretched public services.”
 
 More information on the Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Safety Grants can be found here.
 
 

 
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Youth Violence Intervention Project gets Significant PCC Funding
Over a quarter of a million pounds is being invested by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to help prevent young people from being drawn into violent crime.

The Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership will receive a grant of £256,675 over three years*, the largest ever provided to a Community Safety Partnership by the PCC, underlining the commitment to dealing with the rise in violent crime among young people.

This project will underpin a wider Constabulary initiative on gang and knife crime across the County, and it comes amid the launch of a Home Office campaign on knife crime.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “Hertfordshire remains a low crime area, but we’ve seen an increase in reports of robberies and knife crime, and some rises in gang activity more generally across the County.

“I’ve put more funding into specialist intervention teams to help meet these challenges, however we need to prioritise ways to safeguard vulnerable young people and empower them to make better choices.

“This programme will help educate young people, their parents, guardians and teachers about the consequences and effects of crime and assist them in identifying any safeguarding issues at an early stage”.

Support workers will provide educational workshops on topics relating to criminal activity including drug dealing, knife crime, violence and child sexual exploitation.

Youth diversionary activities will be provided for those at risk young people and weapons bins will be located in the borough for local residents to dispose of unwanted knives.

Broxbourne Safer Neighbourhoods Team Inspector, Roy Stammers, said: “We are hugely grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for providing this funding which will enable the Community Safety Partnership to orchestrate a multi-agency and partnership approach to this problem, which blights many including one of the most vulnerable sections of our community – our children.

“We will be able to create a comprehensive strategy using subject matter experts who help to educate, safeguard and where appropriate proactively target those willing to carry knives and engage in violent crime.

“This project will also provide a series of longer term interventions and diversionary work which will help our children to change the path of their lives.”

Chair of the Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership Jeff Stack, said: “Working in partnership with local agencies to protect our most vulnerable residents is a key priority for the Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership. 

"This funding will go towards providing a holistic approach to tackling a number of issues that have increased in the Borough whilst identifying those most at risk of becoming involved in crime. The Community Safety Partnership will work hard to ensure that the safety of our residents, particularly our youth, is preserved”.

The Community Safety Grant, awarded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, supports work with partner organisations that play a vital role in keeping Hertfordshire’s communities safe.

The project is a partnership of local police and community safety partners, both Broxbourne and Hertfordshire Councils and schools across the Borough.

*The fund of £256,975 will be spread across a three year period, equalling £85,658 a year

Details about the PCC’s Community Safety Grant can be found here: http://www.hertscommissioner.org/community-safety-fund
 

 
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PCC Welcomes New Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners
In response to today's announcement from the Home Office that three more PCCs are to be allowed to take on the governance of their local Fire and Rescue Service, David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said:
 
“I want to send my congratulations to the PCCs who will become Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners, and are taking forward this important piece of government legislation.
 
“I await the decision from the Home Office on my proposals for joint governance of police and fire services in Hertfordshire. My view remains that we can only achieve the benefits of closer joint working and the best shared use of resources through a single strategic body.
 
“I hope this can be resolved soon and we can start making the improvements to public safety set out in my business case.”

Link to the Home Office announcement on the latest Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner appointments.
 
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Good Rating for Hertfordshire Constabulary
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the ‘Good’ rating given to the Constabulary by the independent police inspector.

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published its Effectiveness report, which shows an overall improvement on last year’s inspection.

The force is good at preventing and investigating crime and tackling anti-social behaviour and serious and organised crime.

HMICFRS says the force “acted decisively” since the last inspection, and quickly addressed the failings it identified last year.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd says:

“This is overall a good result and I’m pleased to see HMICFRS acknowledge the hard work the Constabulary has put in to address the areas of concern in the previous inspection.

“There has been significant investment into the Force Control Room and investigation teams this year, and I hope to see even more progress in the next inspection.

“There are some areas which will need further work and I’ve met with the Chief Constable to discuss how we ensure these are addressed as soon as possible.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall says:

“I am pleased that the report recognises the improvements that have been made as a result of the hard work and dedication of the Constabulary’s officers, staff and volunteers. 

“I am determined that this upward trend will continue.”

HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoë Billingham said:

“I commend Hertfordshire Constabulary for the progress it has made in addressing the areas for improvement we identified last year.

“The force has taken prompt and effective action to address problems that we found last year in how it supported vulnerable people. It is improving many aspects of this vitally important area of policing, although there is still more to do.

“I am pleased that the force is good at investigating crime. Initial investigations are sound, incidents are attended promptly, the force makes good use of intelligence and victims receive regular updates.

“Hertfordshire Constabulary has also made progress in improving the supervision and quality of investigations involving some rape victims and domestic abuse.

“I recognise the considerable efforts that Hertfordshire Constabulary has made to address areas for improvement and commend it for the quick progress it has made. I am confident that the Chief Constable and his top team will continue to ensure that the areas for improvement that we have identified will be acted on.”

You can read the full inspection report on the HMICFRS website.
 
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PCC Supports Youth Bereavement Education Project
“Losing people close to me made me feel a huge loss of control of everything around me. One day I can be perfectly fine and there are others when I feel overwhelmed.”
Sameera aged 16, lost her mum to cancer when she was just 12 years old. Her father then sadly passed away a year later.

She is one of six Youth Ambassadors who made short films on coping with childhood bereavement, which were recently shown and celebrated at a public film screening in Letchworth Garden City.

The Youth Ambassador programme, set up and run by bereavement charity Stand By Me, received a £5,000 grant from Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner as part of the national #iwill programme.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. It provided grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 for each project and was managed and distributed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF).

This funding supported the training of the young ambassadors in skills that they can use to reach out to their peers, professionals, potential service users and funders about the effects of childhood bereavement.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “This project fits brilliantly with the purpose of the #iwill programme, which provides grants to encourage young people to get involved in social activities and make a positive difference to their communities.

“Sadly, it is estimated that over 4,000  school age children in Hertfordshire have been bereaved by a parent or a sibling at some point in their childhood.* In some cases, bereaved young people are more likely to engage in negative coping strategies such as self-harm, substance abuse and anti-social behaviour.

“It is therefore vital that the correct support, like that provided by Stand By Me, exists to give these young people the tools to cope and grieve properly and openly.”

Sandra Blacker, Clinical Lead Trustee at Stand By Me said: “We are incredibly grateful for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s support which enabled us to develop this programme and work with these remarkable young people on their journey to becoming Young Ambassadors. The self-belief, confidence and skills they have acquired whilst working on the project has been immense and is evident their own video stories of bereavement.

“It wasn't too long ago when these young people first attended Stand-by-by with many worries about life and death, a feeling of isolation and often finding it hard to talk, smile or even give eye contact. Now they want to help make changes for others whilst managing their own grief and impart hope to other bereaved children and families at a time when it can feel like all hope is lost.”

Helen Gray, Director at Hertfordshire Community Foundation said: “We were very grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner whose support of the #iwill programme last year enabled us to make twice as many grants to great youth social action projects like this one. 

“We would love to hear from more groups with good social action ideas this year including volunteering, campaigning and fundraising which help to make a positive difference to their communities.’’  

The #iwill programme is currently open for applications until April 9th, 2018. More information can be found on the HCF website - http://www.hertscf.org.uk/grant-making

*Childhood Bereavement Network 2016


About Hertfordshire Community Foundation

Hertfordshire Community Foundation is a registered charity which aims to tackle need and deprivation in Hertfordshire and to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives here. They do this by providing grants to enable Hertfordshire charities and voluntary groups to tackle identified needs of the communities of Hertfordshire. The Foundation also manage funds for people and organisations wanting to support local causes.

Since inception in 1988, they have awarded over £12 million in support to local communities. The Foundation currently manages over 100 funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and other organisations. During 2016/2017 we awarded £467,682 in direct grant aid to charitable projects working to tackle identified need in Hertfordshire.
 

 
 

 
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PCC Urges Public to Dispose of Waste Responsibly
A county wide campaign supported by Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner launched this week with an aim to reduce the number of fly tipping incidents across Hertfordshire.

The campaign, organised by the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group*, encourages Hertfordshire’s residents and businesses to follow the campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code, which provides a check list to follow when arranging one-off collections of waste.

 
  • Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.
     
  • Check their waste carrier’s registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency or by calling 03708 506 506.
     
  • Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away.
     
  • Ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
     
  • Paperwork should be obtained. Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal – this should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details.
     
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “The public has a duty of care to ensure that their waste is disposed of responsibly and failure to do so could result in an unlimited line.

“It’s important that residents and businesses carry out the necessary checks to ensure contractors are properly licensed so they don’t end up in court being prosecuted for fly tipping.

“This year I have committed over £50,000 of funding to help local authorities tackle fly tipping across the county. This grant will be used to cover a wide range of initiatives, including the purchase of new CCTV cameras for use at fly tipping hotspots and resources to educate residents about the their duty of care when disposing of their waste.”

FTG Chairman and Partnership Development Manager for the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, Duncan Jones, said: “Analysis and research shows that approximately two thirds of the fly tipping  incidents reported each year are as a result of normal household waste that has ‘leaked’ from established waste disposal routes.”

“Leaving waste items on the street for others to take, outside charity shops and next to street litter bins are all examples of fly tipping. These contribute to the thousands of fly tipping incidents reported in Hertfordshire each year and in 2016/17, cost tax payers over £1 million to clean up and investigate.” 

Since April 2017, 35 people have been prosecuted for fly tipping offences in Hertfordshire and over 100 fixed penalty notices worth £300 have been issued.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall, said: “Fly tipping is a serious concern which can blight our communities across Hertfordshire. I therefore welcome the launch of this campaign as it is very important the public is more aware about its responsibilities when disposing of waste.

 “It is surprising to see how much fly tipped waste comes from normal households - remember we all have an obligation to dispose of our waste responsibly.  

 “The police will continue to work alongside local authorities and will not hesitate to use our resources and skills to help prosecute serious and serial fly tippers.”

The campaign will also be reminding Hertfordshire residents that if they see fly tipping in progress they should call 999 immediately, as well as reporting the incident to your local council at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping.

Local Borough and District councils can also give help and advice to residents who may be unsure of how to arrange for their waste disposal needs.
 
Background:

*The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (FTG) 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.
The FTG 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.
 
 
 
 
 

 
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PCC Provides Funding to ASB Prevention Drive
The Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council £26,000 from his Community Safety Grant to help tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough.
 
The Community Safety Grants supports work with partner organisations that play a vital role in keeping Hertfordshire’s communities safe.
 
The money will fund a new officer for one year, based at the council offices. The role will focus on early intervention with young people in both Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, and will work with their families to signpost them to the right support.
 
This grant is in addition to a grant awarded last year by the PCC, which is helping to fund projects and professional training on spotting the early signs that young people are at risk of involvement in serious crime or gang activity.
 
Welwyn Hatfield’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) will also provide funding of £2,000 to contribute towards projects and activities that help deter young people away from crime and ASB, and remove any potential barriers they may face when trying to access these.

David Lloyd said: "This grant supports my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan as early intervention will help tackle anti-social behaviour and hopefully deter young people from crime in Welwyn Hatfield.

“The purpose of the Community Safety Grant is to focus on the needs and the safety of the public. Any provision that is made to educate young people around the effects of serious crime and to spot the signs of anti-social behaviour at an early stage, is a step closer to making Hertfordshire a safer place to live.”
 
Councillor Roger Trigg, Executive Member for Community Safety said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in securing funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner – this money will go a long way in helping us tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough through early intervention, youth engagement, and training people on spotting signs that young people could be involved in criminal activity.
 
“It’s also important that we monitor and support young people that have previously been involved with anti-social behaviour to prevent any reoccurrence.”

If residents witness anti-social behaviour, they should report it to the police by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.  
 

 
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