Watford police set to move to new station
Watford Police Station is set to relocate to a modern building in the centre of the town.

The new premises at 3 George Street ensures that officers will remain in Watford, following the planned closure of the current station in Clarendon Road.

 The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire Constabulary have agreed to buy the three-storey building, on the condition planning permission is given for its change of use.

The search for a station was undertaken several years ago as the current building has reached the end of its economic life with high maintenance costs and it is no longer fit for modern policing needs.


3 George Street is set to be the new Watford Police Station

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, who signed off the purchase this week, said: “This is a positive step for those living and working in Watford. It also ensures officers and staff will benefit from having modern fit-for-purpose facilities in this new station.

“Throughout this process it has been crucial to find a suitable property which maintains a police station in the town centre.

“The location means it is close to the High Street ensuring officer foot patrols can be conducted easily, while it is also close to the ring road enabling a rapid vehicle response.

“The new site also has provision for a front counter service to be maintained. It will also mean more environmentally friendly measures can be installed such as charging points for electric vehicles.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “The facilities at Watford Police Station no longer meet the requirements of a modern police service and this move presents the force with many exciting opportunities. The location of the new station is also ideal and will ensure that we maintain our strong visible presence in the town and surrounding areas.”



A planning application has been submitted to Watford Borough Council to seek permission to use the building as a police station, rather than the previous office use. If it is successful, work will be undertaken internally to make the property fit for use, with it expected to open in a year’s time.

Once the move is agreed, ways of disposing of the Clarendon Road site will be explored to ensure the maximum amount of money is generated to enable it be put back in to policing in Hertfordshire.
 
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PCC funds support for victims and families of road accidents
Funding has been given to support the victims of serious road accidents and their families, by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.

A grant of £60,000 has been made to the Roads Victims Trust to support the needs of families and individuals who are bereaved or otherwise affected by a traumatic or fatal road collision in Hertfordshire.

This is the sixth year the charity, which works across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, has been granted an award. During this time they have helped hundreds of people offering a bespoke counselling service and support through court cases and coroner hearings.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “This charity offers a vital level of support for people at their lowest - when they have been seriously injured or lost a loved one through a traffic accident.

“All fatal collisions in the county are automatically referred by the police to the Trust so help can be given to all those involved.”



The money was awarded from the Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund which is comprised largely from fines imposed on speeding motorists and is strictly ring-fenced so it can only be spent on road safety projects and road victims in the county.

“This is another example of my ‘offender pays’ strategy in action. People can see exactly how the money raised from those who flout the law is being reinvested into local road safety activity and to help victims,” added Mr Lloyd.

Those eligible for support from the Road Victim Trust include drivers, passengers, witness’s family members and those who administer first aid to road casualties.

The Road Safety Fund invites groups and organisations to apply for funding to help develop and design local solutions where a need has been identified, supporting projects that will assist in the delivery of Hertfordshire’s Strategic Road Safety Partnership’s vision. 

The aim of the Road Safety Fund is to find new and innovative ways of improving road safety, supporting a holistic mix of education and enforcement to achieve sustainable behaviour change solutions and interventions which focus on reducing road casualties and antisocial road use.

Since 2016 the Commissioner has awarded over £1.5m of Road Safety Funding to some 80 projects, more details are available at Police and Crime Commissioner's Road Safety Fund (opens new window)
 
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Flytipped rubbish cleared up by PCC fund
Residents in Watford have had fly tipped rubbish cleared-up for free using money confiscated from criminals.

The service road between Hazel Tree Road and St Albans Road was blighted by repeated dumps of rubbish on the forecourts of garages belonging to residents.

Various white goods, household waste, black bags and demolition materials were left behind.

The Fly Tipping on Private Land Fund, run by the office of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, covered the £735 cost of clearing the site.

As the flytipping was on an unregistered road, the cost of the clear-up would have fallen to residents and business.


Before and after the rubbish was cleared

Watford Borough Council investigated the waste for clues of those responsible for the tip and found evidence which could be used in a prosecution. Penalties include imprisonment, fines, orders of compensation for waste removal and seizure of the vehicles used to tip.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Fly tipping is one of the crimes I hear most from the public. It blights our communities and causes substantial cost to innocent people, poses a danger to road users, livestock and wildlife.

“The fund was set up as I believe it is not right that businesses who are the victim of fly tipping are liable to pick up the considerable costs involved.”

The clean-up operations were paid for by the PCC using a fund that was generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). This is money that has been confiscated from criminals and put back into crime fighting and victim initiatives.

Private landowners are also eligible for the funding and will have to prove they already have a waste disposal contract in place with an authorised collection firm.



The scheme is part of the county wide multi-agency and multi- channel campaign being run by the Herts Fly Tipping Group - #SCRAPflytipping.

Anyone interested in making a claim or finding out more information can contact the Environmental team at their district or borough council and mention the Police and Crime Commissioner’s private land fly tipping pilot. All contact details are available the PCC website https://www.hertscommissioner.org/fly-tipping.

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Over the last two years the PCC has committed over £130,000 through his Local Partnership Fund to help local authorities tackle fly tipping on public land across Hertfordshire.

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group is a multi-agency taskforce including the Borough, District and County councils 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 which 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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New detectives welcomed to Herts police
Herts Constabulary has welcomed 17 student police officers who have joined the Accelerated Detective Constable Programme.

The student police officers welcomed to Hertfordshire by Chief Constable Charlie Hall at their passing out ceremony last Friday 25 June.

Family and friends had to watch proceedings online rather than visiting police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City because of coronavirus restrictions.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “It is fantastic to see even more officers joining Hertfordshire Constabulary. We already have more officers in the county than ever before and the numbers are continuing to increase.

“Our police force needs to reflect our communities and the accelerated detective constable programme attracts candidates into policing, who may not have previously considered it as a career.

“Congratulations to those who have graduated and I look forward to seeing the difference they will make to reducing crime in Hertfordshire.”


Chief Constable Hall said: “It was a pleasure to welcome such a diverse group of individuals to the constabulary. This cohort has an incredible mix of people bringing their different life experience to the job – the list of former professions was inspiring and the people of Hertfordshire can only benefit from having these people in policing.”

The student detectives, who start at their initial postings across the county on Monday 5 July, also include a former financial analyst, a recruitment manager, an ex-Cabinet Officer advisor, a church youth and outreach worker and a number of graduates. Two start work in Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Stevenage and Watford, with one off to Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Cheshunt, Hertford, Rickmansworth and St Albans police stations.

Their 20-week training included a mixture of classroom based and practical sessions, covering a vast range of topics including law and powers, personal safety and dealing with volatile situations, first aid and safeguarding vulnerable victims. They also undertook the College of Policing’s national investigators’ exam. On-the-job training continues for many months until officers are declared fit for independent patrol.

Canadian-born singer Daniel Auchincloss, 48, who was one of 17, who said the COVID-19 pandemic inspired him to change professions: “I had always been interested in working for the police, and when the pandemic completely decimated the arts, with months of booked work disappearing overnight, it gave me the incentive to explore a new path. When I learned of the Accelerated Detective Constable Programme, it seemed to be the right move for me and so I decided to take the plunge.
“My friends and family have all been extremely supportive of this change. It came as a bit of a surprise to some, but everyone has been encouraging, and my 8 year old daughter is extremely proud of me and my new career. Funnily enough, I know two other singers who have taken a similar path, and they’ve been a great help to me.” 



He said: “Training has been demanding and enjoyable in equal measure. It’s been fascinating to be introduced to the various specialist units throughout the county, and it’s given me some ideas of where I might like to end up. I’m looking forward to putting my training into practice, and having the opportunity to help people and make an important contribution to the community.”

If you feel inspired to become a Hertfordshire police officer, visit hertspoliceofficer.co.uk to find out how to apply.

Through our ‘Positive Action’ scheme, Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to building relationships with under-represented groups and encouraging them to join our policing family. For more information and support visit hertspoliceofficer.co.uk/diversity
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PCC appoints new Deputy
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd has appointed Lewis Cocking as the new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mr Cocking, who is currently Leader of Broxbourne Borough Council, will assist Mr Lloyd in holding the Chief Constable to account for how Hertfordshire Constabulary is run, and working with partners to prevent crime.

He will also assist the Commissioner to formulating the up-coming new Police and Crime Plan and carrying out public duties.

Former Deputy David Gibson decided to stand down following Mr Lloyd’s re-election for a third term in May earlier this year.



Following the decision Mr Lloyd said: “I am delighted to have Lewis working beside me as his interests and strengths complement my own.

“He will be particularly useful in engaging with younger people across Hertfordshire. This is important for me as they are disproportionately involved in the Criminal Justice System, both as victims and perpetrators.

“Given his expertise and involvement in Local Government, he will also play a key role in ensuring that we work in ever-closer collaboration with partners from District and Borough Councils, the County Council, Health and the Third Sector to reduce crime and put victims at the heart of everything we do.”

Mr Lloyd added: “I would like to thank former Deputy David Gibson for his hard work and unwavering support over the years. He played a pivotal role in keeping people safer and reducing crime in the county.”

Mr Cocking, who will be leaving his job as a policy, communications and funding manager in a global low-carbon energy and services company, said: “As a resident of Hertfordshire I feel extremely proud and privileged to serve the residents as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

“I’m excited to hit the ground running delivering on the Commissioner’s vision for Policing in Hertfordshire, putting the victims at the heart of everything we do and creating Hertfordshire’s largest ever police force ensuring that the County is an even safer place to live, work and visit.

“Practically I want to enhance the work of engaging with young people across Hertfordshire."

The appointment was endorsed last night (Thursday) by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel. The panel is made up of a cross-party collection of local councillors who scrutinise and support the work of the Commissioner.

Mr Cocking is expected to take up the new role by September.
 
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Free webinar for SMEs to prevent modern slavery
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire have organised an IBAG Webinar to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) prevent modern slavery.
 
The free, one hour webinar will be hosted by Shiva Foundation and STOP THE TRAFFIK on Thursday 8th July at 9am. They will introduce the “SME Toolkit” which has a range of valuable resources to support businesses in mitigating the risks of exploitation in their organisations and local communities.
 
Interested attendees are asked to register their attendance through Eventbrite, here is the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/helping-smes-prevent-modern-slavery-tickets-159967999593 

The Independent Business Advisory Group (IBAG) was formed by the Police and Crime Commissioner to support police efforts to tackle business crime and work with organisations to enable them to report how they are effected by crime. 



Anti-slavery organisations Shiva Foundation and STOP THE TRAFFIK have launched a free toolkit for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The toolkit is the first of its kind, being both free and specifically created for SMEs in consultation with business experts. Launched at a free webinar for SMEs and advisory groups, the toolkit includes key features such as a simple risk self-assessment, practical steps to protect employees, and clear guidance on how to report modern slavery concerns.

The UK Modern Slavery Act was enacted in 2015, giving larger businesses a legal responsibility to report on what steps they are taking to address modern slavery in their business and supply chains. The focus on larger businesses meant that those turning over less than the £36 million threshold would fall out of scope of the Act. While the intention was to have a trickle-down effect throughout larger business supply chains, the evidence of this result is not there.

SMEs make up 99% of all UK businesses and employ 16.8 million people. SMEs are also more restricted in terms of resources they can dedicate to mitigating the risk of modern slavery in their operations. The toolkit comes from this knowledge and has been created to make the process as simple and effortless as possible.

The download is availeble by following www.stopthetraffik.org/sme-toolkit/ (opens new window)
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PCC's Community and Criminal Justice Fund open
This year’s Community & Criminal Justice Fund has been launched and is looking for proposals which promote crime reduction and support victims or witnesses in Hertfordshire.
 
Previously David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has allocated approximately £1m annually  to a range of projects, which are available to view on this page (opens new window).
 
There is particular interest in schemes that pilot early intervention activities through out of court disposals, deferred prosecutions or court orders. A core commitment of the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan is partnership working to reduced the overall level of reoffending by addressing the underlaying causes through continued collaboration and new innovative reponses.
 
This opportunity is aimed encourages applicants to come up with proposals that strive to work with Criminal Justice partners. One year of funding is available to pilot new programmes, and there needs to be a strong emphasis on evaluation.
 
District or County Community Safety Partnerships, statutory organisations including Hertfordshire Constabulary, third sector organisations and businesses/profit making enterprises are eligible to submit proposals.
 
The deadline for proposals is Friday 23rd July 2021.

Guidance Notes and Proposal Form plus more details are available on our Community Safety & Criminal Justice Fund 2021/22 webpage (opens new window)
 
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Herts hits record high number of officers
Hertfordshire Constabulary now has more officers than at any time in its history.

The latest intake of 18 new recruits means there are now 2,212 officers in the county, the previous high was 2,202 in 2007.

To mark the milestone Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall welcomed the latest student officers at Police Headquarters in Stanborough, Welwyn Garden City.



Mr Lloyd said: “The public are always telling me they want a more visible police presence on our streets. One of the main things that I promised is that we would have more officers than ever before, and I have now delivered on that.

“People feel safe by having a larger police force and in Hertfordshire we now have the greatest number of officers we have ever had.

“The Constabulary have done a great job in recruiting new officers ahead of schedule, while working to ensure we have a force that is diverse in terms of age, gender and ethnicity.

 “These extra officers will be deployed in front line and neighbourhood roles, where the public want to see them. The police in Hertfordshire will always turn out if you have been a victim of a burglary or when they are needed by the public.”



Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “It’s always a pleasure to meet our new recruits and I know that as well as residents welcoming the boost in officer numbers, serving officers will also welcome the uplift as we work to keep our communities safe.

“Thanks to the hard work of our Positive Action team and our many mentors, who support candidates through the application process, I was pleased to meet this really great diverse group of trainees.

“Having taken the demanding application process in their stride, these officers will now undertake their 20-week training course preparing them for the on-the-job training. Policing is a challenging and rewarding career and I’d recommend it to anyone who would like to make a real difference.”



Earlier this year Mr Lloyd increased the policing precept by £1.25 per month, for an average Band D council tax property.

The precept increase is paying for 77 extra officers, on top of the 90 who are being recruited as part of the government uplift. These 167 new officers are set to increase the ranks to 2,267 by the end of March 2022. The final target at the end of the uplift is planned to be even higher with 2,314 officers in post by April 2023.



The Constabulary are now offering these new entry routes to become a police officer:

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – join as a police officer and achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice. This is a three-year, work-based, practical and vocational degree;

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) – aimed at those who have a degree in any subject. In your first two years, you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice whilst you train as a police officer.If you feel inspired to become a Hertfordshire police officer, visit hertspoliceofficer.co.uk to find out how to apply.

Through our ‘Positive Action’ scheme, Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to building relationships with under-represented groups and encouraging them to join our policing family. For more information and support visit hertspoliceofficer.co.uk/diversity
 
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New high-spec drone to keep people safer
A new higher-spec drone is to be deployed across Hertfordshire to help keep people safer.

Purchased jointly between Hertfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service it will be used to find missing people, photograph crime scenes and monitor major incidents.

Operated by Fire and Rescue officers, based at Potters Bar, it can be deployed across the county.



It is an upgrade on the current drone, which has been credited with saving several lives during searches for vulnerable people.

The new Sky Mantis can fly in any weather for an hour, reach an altitude of 100m and be operated from 400m away. It is equipped with two HD 30X zoom cameras which also have thermal imaging capabilities.

It was put through its paces at a training exercise at the Hertfordshire Police Headquarters, in Stanborough, Welwyn Garden City, where the Fire and Rescue Service has also recently moved their senior officers on to the site.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “This new drone is another example of how closer collaboration between Police and Fire and Rescue Services can deliver benefits and keep the people of Hertfordshire safer.

“There are clear benefits of closer integration between our blue light services and we have established a strong partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to continue to make this ambitions programme happen.”



Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, Richard Roberts, said: “This fantastic new drone, which will be operated by crews from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and used by firefighters and police officers to tackle a range of incidents, is an exciting new step in our journey of collaboration with police colleagues. We are committed to working together across many areas to improve the safety of Hertfordshire residents.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “The capacity of this new drone is very impressive and it promises to be an invaluable asset to those colleagues working on the ground.

“As technology continues to improve, drones are becoming an increasingly important asset to policing, for example assisting missing person searches or aerial photography of crime scenes. My thanks to everyone involved in getting this latest drone up and airborne.”

Chief Fire Officer at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Darryl Keen, said: “The fire service will use this drone to give Incident Commanders an overview of the scene they are attending. Having an aerial view of a fire scene can help us gauge the size of the emergency, help us decide whether we need more firefighters to support our response, as well as assisting in identifying what tactics to use to tackle the incident.

“Firefighters at Potters Bar have specialist training to operate the new drone, and as part of an agreement between the county council and the constabulary, we are happy to assist police colleagues in their important work to locate missing persons and other life-saving activities alongside our own vital work to keep the public safe during a range of emergencies.”



The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) search an area seven times quicker than officers on foot. It can also be used in conditions where it is unsafe for helicopters or crews to go.

It was purchased after a decision at the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board which was created to enable the two services to collaborate more extensively.

Both the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire County Council are constantly exploring opportunities for further collaboration to provide a better service for the public. This includes better use of estates, including the building of a new police and fire headquarters, a joint training base and a better response structure in cases where both services are needed.
 
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Crime reduction project leaves residents feeling safer
The pioneering Safer Streets project has made residents feel safer by increasing home security and encouraging community relations.

Those living in two areas of Cheshunt covered by the £821,000 initiative met with leaders Saturday 22nd to celebrate the final phase of the crime prevention measures being installed.

Around 450 individual properties were eligible for free security upgrades to reduce offending including burglary, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour.
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd initially secured £618,629 of funding from the Home Office last year.



The government contributed a further £83,000 and Mr Lloyd gave an additional £119,983 from the Commissioner’s Prevention and Innovation Fund.

The project was run by the PCC along with Broxbourne Borough Council, B3Living, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Enfield Council.

The Coopers Walk Estate gained improvements including new front garden fencing and gates; defensible landscaping; intercoms on communal doors and upgraded lighting. Plus additional live monitored communal CCTV cameras have been financed and installed by social landlord B3Living.



Other streets covered by the scheme were Davison Drive, Rowley Gardens, Shortmead Drive, Limes Road, Springfield Road and Northfield Road. Properties benefited from upgraded high security ‘Secured by Design’ external doors and locks, smart video enabled doorbells and video-recording security lights. New alley-gates are being installed to prevent access to back gardens.

After visiting both sites Mr Lloyd said: “I was really excited when my office secured this substantial Home Office grant for Cheshunt which brings together various levels of local governance with residents.



“The really important aspect is that Safer Streets has made these areas much better places to live. It is working, all the measures which have been put in place to improve security are making people feel safer. The focus has been on designing out crimes such as burglary, anti-social behaviour and vehicle crime.

Valuable lessons have been learnt here which can be rolled out across the whole county.”

Leader of Broxbourne Borough Council Lewis Cocking said: “Broxbourne Council has been actively working with key partner organisations, the homeowners and the leaseholders to ensure the productiveness of this whole community project.



“Residents have stated that the progress made has been absolutely phenomenal. Hertfordshire is already a fantastic place to live and work, however this project has been about making our streets safer for current residents and future generations, so it’s great to see the scheme has been a fantastic success.”

Steve Woodcock, Chief Executive of B3Living; “We are here today to celebrate all the hard work over the past year following the investment of the grant to make a real difference to local people.

“The aim is to make it a safer environment for everyone to live in. The idea is to reduce low level crime in the area, but the real benefit is creating a greater sense of community with people talking to each other, and from that that a lot of other positive aspects have emerged.”

During the day local police officers gave out crime prevention advice and carried out bike security marking.



Charlie Hall, Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Safer Streets fits very well with our new Prevention First strategy. Peoples’ homes have benefited from upgraded security and surveillance.

“Clearly our aim is to reduce crime, we have put these measures in place to help do that. It is always far better to prevent crime than to deal with it afterwards. It is a win win for the communities and all the partners, which will pay dividends for years to come.”

Hertfordshire Home Security Service carried out hundreds of assessments of residents’ properties and helped install additional locks. Their spokesperson Area Commander Steve Holton, from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The Safer Streets project has been a real success. It’s brought all of the partners together to work for the benefit of the residents to ensure their safety. The whole estate has changed: it’s opened up, and is much more welcoming.”

Hertfordshire was one of 35 counties across the country to receive money from the Home Office Safer Streets fund to invest in targeted measures to design out and reduce acquisitive crimes.

Future crime levels in the streets covered will be monitored to assess the impact the measure have had.
 
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PCC announces pledges for third term
Record officer numbers, maintaining local policing and putting victims first are key pledges of newly re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd.

This year as the county is set to have more front-line officers than ever, additional themes Mr Lloyd is promising to tackle include criminal justice, public complaints and disproportionality.

Mr Lloyd is now working on producing a new Police and Crime Plan which will set out the strategic priorities for Hertfordshire Constabulary, and ways of working with partners to reduce crime and keep people safe.

“More than 300,000 voters across Hertfordshire have had their voices heard in the PCC election and I am listening to what they are saying. I will also be consulting with the other two candidates to get their views of issues which require attention,” he said.

“Since I was elected in 2012 I have protected police officer numbers, so they have never been severely cut. Building on this we are on course this year to have the highest ever number of officers in Hertfordshire’s history.



“The Constabulary has also maintained a strong neighbourhood policing model, which ensures that every one of our ten boroughs or districts has at least one fully operational police station.

“The extra officers will not just be used to catch more criminals. The Chief Constable is developing a transformative ‘Prevention First’ strategy across the organisation which will shape policing in the county for years to come.

“I will continue to ensure that areas of concern including road safety, theft, anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and cyber crime are addressed.”

New projects underway or planned include additional PCC road safety camera vans, a race disparity panel, further research around stop and search tactics and more electric police cars.

Mr Lloyd continued: “A key themes of the next term will be how the Constabulary and partners can better serve the public.

“This includes those in the criminal justice system; saving tax-payers money through efficient and effective collaboration; plus dealing quickly and fairly with complaints made to and about the police. Plans are also being made to create a new racial disparity panel to address concerns from all our communities.

“Rightly there is an overwhelming demand to ensure the Constabulary is as environmentally friendly as possible. Changes will be made to our stations and vehicles to ensure their carbon footprint it reduced.”



The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is also responsible for commissioning victim services, through an almost £1.4m grant from the Ministry of Justice.

In Hertfordshire this service is offered through the award-winning Beacon Victim Care Centre.

“I will ensure that victims remain at the centre of everything that we do. Not only to reduce the number of people becoming a victim of crime, but also offering one of the best victim care services in the country.

“We also need to support our officers and staff, ensuring they have the best facilities, equipment and training to do their jobs. Consultation on the redevelopment of the current Police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City has just begun. It is a major investment and it will provide an environmentally friendly, flexible and high-quality office space for the Constabulary, as well as partners, such as Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.”

Two weeks ago Mr Lloyd was re-elected for his third term in office. Mr Lloyd received a total of 167,875 votes, up from 126,069 in 2016. Turnout across the county increased to 37 per cent, compared to 29 per cent for the previous election and 14 per cent in 2012.
 
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Public consultation on plans to redevelop police HQ
A public consultation has been launched to gather the public’s views on plans to redevelop Hertfordshire Constabulary’s headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

An information leaflet has been sent to local residents and businesses providing details of the proposal which will provide staff and officers with modern, flexible and high-quality facilities. It will also allow office space for our partners, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Under the plans several modern buildings will be retained on the Stanborough Road site but three of the large administration blocks and five smaller buildings, some dating back to the 1960s, have reached the end of their economic life, are inefficient and not environmentally friendly to run. They require a backlog of repairs costing £15m.


Impression of one of the main new buildings

The aim is to replace these old buildings with two new buildings, one of four storeys and one of three, which will be less expensive to run than the cost of keeping the existing buildings.

It is a planning requirement when undertaking such a large-scale project to consult the local community and give them an opportunity to respond prior to a formal planning application being submitted to the borough council.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Working closer with partners will keep the people of Hertfordshire safer. I am working with the county council to redevelop the police HQ to create the Hertfordshire Community Safety Hub. It will be the joint headquarters for both the police and fire service, and support many of their other functions as well.

“We want to work with local residents and businesses near the Stanborough site, and explain to them what our current plans are.”

As part of this PCC Mr Lloyd along with Chief Constable Charlie Hall will host a public webinar from 7pm on Tuesday 25 May 2021.


Inside one of the proposed new blocks

Hertfordshire Constabulary Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “We are pleased to be able to share our plans with the local community and invite their views.
“These proposals will provide my staff and officers with much improved working conditions and facilities that will be fit for purpose and improve our efficiency for many years to come. The redevelopment will also allow us to work more effectively with partners to ensure Hertfordshire remains a safe and pleasant place to live and work.”

Full details of the public consultation, which closes on 4 June 2021, the webinar and an online survey to capture views can be found at http://www.vincent-gorbing.co.uk/consultation.
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