Commissioner gives update after a month of lockdown
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has given an update on policing and criminal justice in Hertfordshire after a month in lockdown.

He thanked residents and business for following the government advice and expressed his gratitude for emergency workers, frontline personnel and the volunteers working through the crisis.

Officers have enough supplies of PPE equipment and priority court cases are still being heard, using remote video facilities.

“This has been an extremely difficult time, most of all for those who have lost loved ones to this terrible virus, but I have been hugely impressed by how Hertfordshire has come together as a community to fight it. 

“I would like to thank all residents and businesses for the outstanding way they have followed the government’s advice to stay home.

My heartfelt gratitude extends to the dedication of our emergency workers, frontline key personnel and volunteers, who are pulling together to keep us safe,” said Mr Lloyd.



“I can reassure you all that our police force is standing up well to the pressure. Officers have sufficient supplies of PPE equipment and they are continuing to respond to emergency calls and investigate offences.”
Crime is generally down by a third across the county, and the police are aware on areas of concern including shop burglaries, excessive speeding and fly tipping.

Officer absences due to the virus have been kept to a minimum and thanks to the dedication of our officers and staff, he said.

“Each week I chair a meeting of the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board where, together with the CPS, courts, prison, probation and youth justice services, we address coronavirus issues. Everyone is working incredibly hard to keep the justice system functioning, including using video conferencing to enable priority hearings.


We are aware of many of the issues and concerns that victims of crime and witness may face and are offering support to those in need.”

He added: “The message in Hertfordshire is a positive one and it's a tribute to the fact that we have a police force which is fully part of its community and in turn is embraced and supported by it. 

“However, we have many challenges to face as the lockdown continues.  It’s therefore vital that we all approach these next few weeks with same spirit and discipline as we have done for the last month.”

Hertfordshire Police are asking residents who want to report a COVID-19 related incident, such as a mass gathering, to use the online methods of reporting where possible, which can be found at https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/About-us/Contact.

If you have any queries, please visit our website for more information at https://www.hertscommissioner.org/coronavirus.