The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, has published the first draft of his refreshed Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business 2015-2020, and is asking for feedback before it is finalised.
At the core of the revised plan is the protection of the current local policing model of ten district teams, led by a senior officer. Hertfordshire is one of only a handful of forces that has been able to preserve a full ‘neighbourhood’ model for local policing.
The new plan which has been developed in consultation with the police and other experts in the field of crime reduction, safety and criminal justice, also focuses on the changing nature of crime.
It prioritises the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, as well as tackling the growing menace of cybercrime.
It also contains a new section outlining some of the Commissioner’s proposals for putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system and outlining new services which are being commissioned to support them.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “Hertfordshire is a very safe county with an outstanding police force and we need to work together to maintain and build on that success. Neighbourhood Policing works. It creates a police force that is embedded in, and supported by a community working together to cut crime, rather than a force that is distant and engages only when they are called in to clear up the damage. Members of the public and the Chief Constable tell me that it is the best way to cut crime – so I have put it at the heart of the police and crime plan.
“I’d like to know what you think. Does the plan reflect your needs and concerns? What would make you feel safer? Please read the plan and tell me what you think.”
Everybody’s Business 2013-2018 had three main themes – Public Focus, Offender Pays and Business Sense - the revised plan has a fourth new theme of ‘Putting Victims at the Centre’ to reflect the Commissioner’s new role in providing support services and to ensure that victims are put at the heart of the criminal justice system.
The final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel which meets on 11th June. The Plan will then be formally published and becomes the overarching strategy for the years ahead.
Read the full plan and feedback via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Plan c/o the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ. Submissions should be made by Monday, May 25th.