Hert's Modern Slavery Partnership raises awareness
Hertfordshire’s Modern Slavery Partnership will join organisations across the country for UK Anti-Slavery Day this Sunday 18 October to help raise awareness of the crime.  
 
Anti-Slavery Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery and to also encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.
 
During the last quarter of 2020, the partnership has been particularly focussed on labour exploitation. Victims of labour exploitation can be any age, gender or race and are forced to work for nothing, low wages or a wage that is kept by their "owner".
 
Labour exploitation can and does occur in businesses of any size and in any country, including the UK. Modern slavery is surprisingly common and is frequently discovered within the supply chains of large, well-regarded organisations around the world. The National Crime Agency found that labour exploitation is the most common form of slavery in the UK and is increasing in prevalence.
 
Over the last two months police, local authorities and other organisations within the partnership have been raising awareness through social media campaigns and conducting operations to detect exploitation, as well as talking to businesses within the agriculture and food processing industries where this type of exploitation can occur.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “Tackling modern slavery is a key element of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire. It is an insidious crime that is happening across our county to vulnerable victims, often without members of the public realising it.
 
“My office is one of the few PCC offices to fund a dedicated Modern Slavery Coordinator who leads our partnership of over 60 agencies in Hertfordshire.  
 
“Hertfordshire’s Modern Slavery Partnership enables a coordinated strategy and increased awareness. I want to see the Constabulary targeting those who profit from enforced labour, while all businesses must show that it is not taking place in their premises or supply chains.”



Modern slavery can take many forms, including the coercion of people into forced labour, sex, criminality and servitude. It is a global problem that can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender and ethnicity.
 
The aim of the UK Anti-Slavery campaign is to alert local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to the signs of modern slavery and encourage them to report any concerns they might have. Possible signs listed on the partnership website: www.stopexploitationherts.org.uk.
 
Detective Chief Inspector Doug Black, from the Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Command, said: “Modern slavery and human trafficking is a growing problem in the UK and we know that there are a large number of offences that go unreported. Often victims are not able to come forward themselves or are reluctant or even afraid to engage with the authorities. Therefore it is important that the public are aware of this problem and know how to spot the signs.
 
“Victims can be forced to work for little or no money, be beaten, sexually exploited and have their lives controlled by others. However, they may still be living or working in plain sight of the public. Learn how to spot the signs and report any concerns you may have, and you could help free someone from exploitation and abuse.”
 
Chairperson of the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership, Jo Fisher, Operations Director for Services for Young People at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Modern slavery is an under-reported and a little understood crime, but it is happening in Hertfordshire right now. People from all sections of society can be affected or become victims of exploitation and it can have a devastating effect on their lives.
 
“Hertfordshire’s Modern Slavery Partnership brings together all of the county’s agencies to ensure that victims are identified and supported and offenders are brought to justice. Anti-Slavery Day is about raising awareness of this issue amongst the public and local organisations. Last month, we delivered training to local authority housing leads to help them identify and support potential victims. By helping people know how to spot the signs, we’ll be more likely to be able to help victims get the protection they need."
 
Anyone with concerns about exploitation should call Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number police 101 or the national charity-run 24/7 Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. In an emergency call 999.
 
Beacon supports victims locally and has a hotline: 03000 11 55 55 which is open from Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-5pm.
 
Follow the partnership on Twitter @HertsMSP or visit the website: www.stopexploitationherts.org.uk for more information and advice to accessing support.
 
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Burglaries down by a third in Herts as campaign launched
Burglaries in Hertfordshire are currently down around 30 per cent compared to the same period last year however, during the autumn and winter months burglaries tend to increase.

Autumn is here and the clocks will be going back at the end of the month. As the afternoons grow darker Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding residents to keep their homes secure and report suspicious behaviour.
 
Homes that are left unlit during the dark afternoons act as a signal to burglars that a home is empty, so residents are being urged to follow home security advice in the months leading up to Christmas.
 
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “Burglary is a particularly intrusive crime that is distressing for all its victims. Hertfordshire has relatively few home burglaries, compared to other parts of the country, but I will ensure that responding to and investigating them remains a high priority for the Constabulary.
 
“By following this simple advice you can reduce the likelihood of being targeted. Please also keep an eye out on behalf of your neighbours and report any suspicious activity to the police by calling 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.”
 


Inspector Nicki Dean from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit said: “Burglaries have been decreasing over the last couple of years in Hertfordshire, but there always seems to be an increase once the clocks go back. This year may be a bit different as more people are likely to be at home during the daytime due to Covid-19 restrictions, but criminals look for unoccupied homes and can tell if a home is empty if there are no lights on once it gets dark. If you give your home a lived in look by using a timer switch to turn on a light, radio or TV when it gets dark then criminals are more likely to avoid your home.
 
Local Safer Neighbourhood teams will be holding crime prevention events across the county, offering tips on keeping homes and valuables safe.
 
Residents are also being advised to consider installing some of the affordable security devices which are currently available. There’s a variety of inexpensive security lights and wifi-enabled doorbell and interior cameras, fitted with motion sensors, which enable you to monitor your home remotely using your phone. These kinds of devices can be easily installed for minimal expense and have helped to deter burglaries and in some cases led to offenders being arrested.
 
“Keeping your home lit and remembering to secure windows and double-lock PVCu doors by lifting the handle and turning the key to engage all the safety features are easy ways to secure your home. There are some great affordable home security devices on the market such as security cameras and lighting that can help to make your home even safer.”
 
Residents can make their homes more secure by following some basic crime prevention advice such as:

* Lock all doors and windows and ensure any PVCu doors are locked properly by lifting the handle and using the key to double-lock them 
* Consider installing a door bell camera, internal camera and/or monitored burglar alarm
* Install ‘dusk to dawn’ external lighting and use timer switches in your home to control internal lights, radios and a simulated TV
* Keep keys and valuables secure and out of sight
* Ensure boundary fences are secure with side gates locked. Keep tools and ladders in a locked shed
* Secure bins at night and put garden furniture away for the winter as these can be used by burglars as climbing aids to gain access to upper floor windows
* Ensure your vehicle is locked and remove all valuables as burglars often check to see if doors are left unlocked
* Join Hertfordshire’s Neighbourhood Watch for alerts and advice: www.owl.co.uk
* Visit www.owlprotect.uk for discounts on security products 
* For more crime prevention advice is available at www.herts.police.uk/protectyourhome and www.hertscitizensacademy.org.
 
You can report suspicious activity in your area or information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference
 
Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.
 
 
 
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Cyber security is ‘as critical as cameras and guards’
Every business in Hertfordshire will be targeted by online fraudsters and cyber criminals, they have been warned.

But simple steps to prevent attacks were given to dozens of attendees during a virtual breakfast seminar organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.

Police officers and council staff spoke at the event laid on through the Independent Business Advisory Group (IBAG), which was established by Mr Lloyd to help local firms tackle and discuss key crime issues.

Guests were told that while firms spend thousands of pounds on CCTV cameras and security guards, that cyber security was often overlooked.

Cyber fraud threats including phishing, malware and mandate scams and ways to defeat them were all covered at the virtual meeting last week (Thursday October 8th).



Opening the seminar Mr Lloyd said: “You are a target, you must take the threat seriously and you must take action. The purpose of today’s seminar, is to enable you to do that. We have some of the best people in the business online with us here to provide that support.

“Hertfordshire his home to a vibrant business community of over 60,000 businesses, with micro business accounting for more than 90 per cent of that total. Those micro businesses are the most vulnerable to cyber threats as they don’t have the access to IT staffing that large firms possess.

“Many believe that they aren’t at risk, or that it’s too difficult to do anything about it. That simply isn’t the case, the threat is real and there is real practical support available to help you mitigate the threat.”

“It is an astonishing fact that nearly a third of all crime is committed against businesses. We need to hear from businesses about the type of crime that is affecting you, so we can work in partnership to address is. IBAG is the perfect forum in which to address that, membership is open to anyone in the Hertfordshire business community, I urge everyone to get involved.”

Chief Superintendent Richard Liversidge provide an overview of fraud and cyber crime issues in the county.

The scale of the threat shows that last year there were 7,664 reports of fraud and cyber crime in Hertfordshire with £28.3 million in losses against individuals and companies. Of that businesses reported 873 of the crimes with £4.6 million stolen.

“All companies from large multi-nationals to hairdressers are targeted by fraudsters. The largest group of companies targeted, at 49 per cent is Limited Companies, followed by PLCs, charities, sole traders and partnerships.

“No type or size of company is immune from attack. Training and awareness are key. Companies spend thousands of pounds on physical security such as cameras and guards but less so around cyber threats.”

Hertfordshire Police’s Cyber Protect officer Phillipa Phipps, gave practical advice on how to spot and prevent common cyber-attacks.

Phishing is when attackers attempt to trick users into doing 'the wrong thing', and can be conducted via text message, social media, or by phone, but the term 'phishing' is mainly used to describe attacks that arrive by email.



In a typical attack, scammers send fake emails to thousands of people asking for sensitive information (such as bank details), or contain malicious links or attachments containing malware, such as ransomware.

Their motivations vary, from system sabotage and data theft, to financial gain; for example, encrypting your organisation’s data, and holding it to ransom.

Phillipa also spoke about Mandate fraud, and offered advice on how to protect organisations from this very current and damaging threat.

Mandate Fraud is when someone gets you to change a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by purporting to be an organisation you make regular payments to, for example a business supplier, customer, subscription or membership organisation.

To protect your organisation from this very current threat, verify all invoices, as well as requests to change bank account details using established contact details you have on file.

Have you spotted a suspicious email? If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk
For further information, please visit the National Cyber Security Centre’s website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/information-for/small-medium-sized-organisations

The Police and Crime Commissioner established IBAG so a range of businesses from sectors such as the rural community, retail, leisure, technology and professional services along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) can discuss key issues around business crime.
 
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Driver fines should increase to pay for more investment in road safety
Residents in Hertfordshire have called for fines for drivers breaking the law to be increased to pay for road safety improvements.

More than 10,000 people in the county responded to the survey by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), which attracted 66,000 replies nationally.

Locally over two-thirds (70 per cent) reported seeing traffic offences, such as speeding or using a mobile phone, on a daily or weekly basis. With the same number wanting fixed penalty notices for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt doubled to £200.

Nine out of ten respondents wanted money raised through fixed penalty notices to be reinvested into enforcement and road safety measures to deny criminals the use of the roads.

Presently money from speed camera fines goes to central government for general expenditure rather than directly to police.



Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete this survey.

“Road safety is a major concern to everyone in both urban and rural areas. This was an opportunity to ensure people worked with my office, and other Commissioners across the country, to ensure the Department of Transport heard their views.

“It is clear that people want tougher action taken against speeders, mobile phone users and those who don’t wear seat belts. They also want more money re-invested from fines to make further improvements to road safety.”

The survey, the largest ever conducted by the APCC, will be used to influence a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on roads policing which closed this week.

The results come as new DfT figures show that 1,752 people were killed in Great Britain last year in road accidents, of these 287 were children or young people.

Although a 2% drop on the previous year the number of fatalities has remained broadly similar year on year since 2010, which followed a period of substantial reductions in casualties.

Police and Crime Commissioners across the country are working with the Government through the Roads Policing Review to increase enforcement of road traffic laws. More traffic enforcement also tackles other crimes on our roads such as drug and weapons smuggling, people trafficking and other serious offences.
 
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Another 16 new officers join Hertfordshire Constabulary
These 16 new recruits took to the streets of Hertfordshire on the eve of their graduation, getting absolutely drenched in the process.

At the end of 15 weeks’ training course, the student police officers were sent out for their first public patrol in Letchworth during a deluge of rain, dealing with a number of incidents, including traffic issues created by flash-flooding and helping an elderly vulnerable man who needed assistance.

“I know local residents appreciated seeing these new recruits out on their first public patrol, providing high-visibility reassurance during terrible weather, as a number of people stopped to talk to the uniformed officers, giving them really positive feedback,” said Chief Superintendent Richard Liversidge, of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Local Policing Command.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “I would like to welcome these new officers to Hertfordshire Constabulary. For several years now, I have raised the council tax because residents have told me they want extra officers on the streets.



“This year it increased by an average of £10 a year to support the Government uplift in numbers. These new officers are a result of that and a vital part of the drive to provide Hertfordshire with its largest ever force.”

The five women and 11 men were formally welcomed to the force by Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who said: “I am always happy to welcome our new police officers to the force and know that they will find their chosen career challenging and rewarding, as I have.

“I am very proud of each of them and although they could not have family or friends watch their passing out parade, due to COVID-19 restrictions, I was pleased to formally welcome them to our policing family.”

Training includes 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.  On-the-job training continues for many months until officers are declared fit for independent patrol.



In their first postings four PCs will be based in East Herts, three officers in North Herts, two in Dacorum, Stevenage, Welwyn Hatfield, and one new officer based in Hertsmere, St Albans and Three Rivers.

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

Through its ‘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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Custody volunteers asked to come forward
New volunteers interested in making unannounced visits to police custody to check on detainee’s conditions are being asked to come forward.

In 2019/2020 13,792 detainees passed through Hertfordshire’s two police custody units, with 8,035 held in Hatfield and 5,757 in Stevenage.

During that time members of the Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) team made 129 custody visits and spoke to a total of 555 detainees.

The office of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner runs the ICV scheme which aims to safeguard the rights of suspects.



Now new members are needed for the ICV team and anyone over 18, who lives or works in the county is eligible apply to join. The team aims to have volunteers from all backgrounds to match the demographics of Hertfordshire.

Volunteers work in pairs, will be given full training plus expenses and are expected to do around eight to 12 visits annually. ICVs can visit custody suites at any time of day or night, seven days a week, so those with full-time work or study commitments are welcome to volunteer.

The Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme offers protection and confidentiality to detainees and the police, as well as reassuring the community at large.

The aim of the scheme is to enable ICVs to visit police stations in order to inspect the upholding of detainee rights, health and wellbeing, in addition to auditing the condition of custody suites.



Last year the Hertfordshire Police & Crime Commissioner office won a prestigious national award for the quality of its independent custody visiting scheme.
The inaugural Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) Quality Assurance awards granted the scheme a Silver Award for the way it was run.

To complete an application form to volunteer email pccadmin@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or visit http://hertscommissioner.org/ICV. For an informal chat, call 01707 806182. Applications close at midnight on 14th October 2020 with interviews on the week commencing 26th October 2020.

Background

Under the Police Reform Act 2002, all police force areas are required to have a custody visiting scheme in place. The scheme gives the public reassurance that detainees are being treated fairly by carrying out independent checks to ensure their legal rights and entitlements are given as well as checking their welfare and dignity are being maintained.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office (OPCC) manages and supports the running of the scheme including the day to day enquiries, recruitment of the volunteers and ensuring improvements and development of the scheme.
 
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Survey launched on police stations and contacting the Constabulary
Residents are being asked how they want to use their local police stations and their preferred way to contact the Constabulary.

To ensure the public know of the wide-range of options of how report crimes and ask for assistance they are being asked to complete a short survey.

Following the relocation of several police stations and the closure of under-used front counter services, a campaign is being launched to highlight their locations across the county.

It will focus on the extensive network of stations and bases in Hertfordshire as well as the availability of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams who work in every Hertfordshire District and Borough.

The survey will enable residents and business to feedback on if they know where their local station is and what is their preferred way of contacting the police in non-emergency situations which don’t require a 999 call.


Mr Lloyd with Chief Constable Charlie Hall at Hemel Police Station                            At St Albans Police Station in the city centre

Hertfordshire currently has 20 police stations which are available for members of the public to meet with an officer, if they call ahead to make an appointment.

The Commissioner and the Constabulary have also invested in enabling the public to engage via telephone on the 101 number, mobile phone, online and by virtual chat.

These can all be used to report matters such as: a crime, a concern, a vehicle collision, anti-social driving, fraud, certain lost and found property items, complaints and compliments.

Along with police forces nationally police are no longer taking reports of most reports of lost and found property, they now deal with official documents such as passports, suspected stolen items and illegal objects.

Reports of flytipping, lost or stray dogs, graffiti, noise nuisance and abandoned cars are dealt with by local authorities.

As well as ensuring police accessibility substantial investments have been made in mobile technology that helps frontline officers to stay out on patrol for greater periods, often only returning to a police station if they make an arrest.

The survey can be accessed and completed by following this link www.bit.ly/hertspolice-stations. It will close on October 18th.

Hertfordshire’s twenty police stations are: Abbotts Langley, Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Buntingford, Cheshunt, Hatfield, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Oxhey, Rickmansworth, Royston, St Albans, Stevenage, Tring, Watford and Welwyn Garden City.

More details here - https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/About-us/Police-stations
 
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Free fraud and cybercrime advice seminar for businesses
Hertfordshire businesses are invited to attend a free Fraud and Cybercrime Breakfast Seminar organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Lloyd.

It is being hosted by the Independent Business Advisory Group (IBAG) which was established by the Commissioner to help local firms tackle and discuss key crime issues.

The event is being held online from 8am to 9am with an opportunity for networking from 9 – 9.30am on Thursday 8th October and is open to all companies and businesses across the county.

Expert speakers will be offering advice on preventing cybercrime and foiling fraudsters who target commercial operations.



Virtual attendees will hear of emerging threats and which premises are most at risk of being targeted. They will also learn how fraudsters contact businesses via phishing emails, postal and telephone scams and what measures to take to mitigate becoming a victim of crime.

There will also be information of an additional scheme offering free cybersecurity checks by computer professionals to small and medium sized businesses.

Mr Lloyd said: “One in five crimes across Hertfordshire is committed against a business. This not only effects individuals such as owners and staff, but it can have a devastating impact on the financial viability of small and medium sized businesses.

“While many are experiencing tougher times due to the COVID-19 restrictions, any additional loss by fraud or cybercrime will exacerbate the tough times these companies are facing.

“Successful and viable firms are vital for the prosperity of the county, and I want to make sure that the simple and effective advice to protect themselves is easily and widely available.

“I trust that business owners will take this opportunity to invest ninety minutes of their time at this Breakfast Seminar to learn how to prevent their firms becoming victims of crime.”



There will also be an opportunity to network virtually on group discussions on the difficulties caused by COVID-19. Guests will be able to talk to other local business owners and representatives from Hertfordshire Police, the Chamber of Commerce, Growth Hub and Federation of Small Businesses.

Free tickets for the event can be obtained by visiting the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fraud-cybercrime-seminar-independent-business-advisory-group-ibag-tickets-120993080561

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner established IBAG so a range of businesses from sectors such as the rural community, retail, leisure, technology and professional services along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) can discuss key issues around business crime.

They also work together to share best practise to reduce and prevent business crime across the county.
 
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A thousand domestic abuse victims helped by Beacon Safeguarding Hub
More than 1,000 domestic abuse victims have been contacted across Hertfordshire by the new multi-agency team, with over half accessing further help and support.

Supported and funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner the Beacon Safeguarding Hub was launched in May as a pilot scheme and it is based at the Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) at Hatfield Police Station.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “This is excellent news that the hub is already making a real positive difference to people’s lives. Victims are being given practical help to enable them to escape the abuse, while more offenders are being arrested.

“The Safeguarding Hub is a further expansion of the services offered by our nationally recognised Beacon Victim Care Centre and delivers on the strong commitment in my Community Safety and Criminal Justice plan to improve the support available to victims of crime in Hertfordshire.

“This early success shows there is a need for this service, particularly as we have seen a rise in domestic abuse during the COVID-19 crisis.”



The Beacon Victim Care Centre, launched in 2015, offers support services to all victims of crime in Hertfordshire. Adding to this service, the new safeguarding hub now triages the majority of reports of domestic abuse to police and proactively contacts victims offering support. From there victims can be referred to an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, get advice on injunctions or refuges, or get other practical or emotional support.” 

Detective Chief Inspector Ben Wright who heads up the DAISU said: “Without a doubt, this unit has been a lifeline for many victims of domestic abuse who may not have contacted police or other support services."

“In all likelihood, they would have been exposed to further harm and repeat victimisation. The hub was launched during lockdown in May when victims may have been more exposed to controlling and coercive relationships with added pressures of lockdown putting more people at risk of abuse, including emotional and financial abuse.”

“The uptake of support has surpassed all expectations and is growing week on week. In the region of 125 more Hertfordshire domestic abuse victims are now benefitting from a dedicated, needs-assessed service every month.”

DCI Wright added: “We have already seen some excellent results from the pilot which has helped victims move on and recover from abusive relationships, whilst also reducing risk to the victim and improving attrition rates in prosecutions. 

“Our priority is safeguarding victims and although we will do everything we can to get offenders to court, it is not always possible. Despite this there are other avenues of support that can be offered to victims that can help change their lives for the better.”

Some examples of support offered to victims include:

A vulnerable victim was unable to seek help due to the controlling and coercive relationship but thanks to intervention from the hub she and her two children were taken to a place of safety.  She later disclosed that she had been forced to have sex with different men to conceive her second child. Her husband was arrested for coercive and controlling behaviour.  He is currently on police bail and the case is still being investigated.

A male victim of domestic assault had been living in his car for a week after his partner threw him out of their address. The victim tried to speak to the council to be re-housed however previous attempts made by the victim to be re-housed were unsuccessful. After contacting the hub, he was re-housed the same day. The victim was very grateful for the support and was referred to Mankind.  

A mother of two reported historic assaults by her husband. She was in fear and initially did not support a prosecution because she was financially dependent on him. Her husband was working from home due to lockdown and the victim felt trapped and was unable to speak with police as he was always present. She was able to arrange a time when it was safe for her to speak and provided a statement which resulted in her husband’s immediate arrest.  He was released without charge, however the victim accepted a referral to Catch 22 for ongoing emotional support and was planning separation from her husband.
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Commissioner comments on Extinction Rebellion protest
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has issued the following statement on the Extinction Rebellion protest in Broxbourne.

“I have always championed free speech, of which protest is a key part, but I am very concerned that the focus of this Extinction Rebellion action has been our free press.

“This will have dismayed most reasonable people, including me. The actions went beyond legitimate protest and Hertfordshire police rightly took firm action to end this blockade. 

“I was in contact with the Chief Constable during the events and understand from him that it was a difficult and complex operation which presented many challenges to our officers.  

“I am pleased that following robust action and dozens of arrests access, roads were successfully cleared and I thank our officers for their hard work in doing so.

“Clearly these are events we do not want to see repeated, and I will be talking to the Chief in the coming days about any lessons which can be learned.”
 
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Another 18 new police officers boost front line numbers
August is usually holiday season, but for these 18 new recruits it was time to start applying the skills they’d learned as Hertfordshire Constabulary student police officers.

The 14 men and four women – including a former teacher, an Army leaver and an IT worker – were officially welcomed to our policing family by Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

In their first postings there are three officers based in Stevenage, two PCs in Borehamwood, Broxbourne, Hatfield, Hemel, Watford, and one new officer based in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford, North Herts, St Albans and Three Rivers.




Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “Welcome and congratulations to all those joining one of the best constabularies in the country. The COVID-19 crisis has brought out the best in our officers, who have shown the upmost professionalism while keeping our communities safe.


“These new officers are joining during challenging times, but at a time when officer numbers are the highest they have been in a decade.”

Ch Constable Hall said: “I was delighted to welcome our new police officers to the force and know that they will find their chosen career challenging and rewarding.

“After 15 weeks’ training, socially distanced from their tutors and classmates, they are ready to start work and continue learning on the job. I am very proud of each of them and although they could not have family or friends to their passing out parade, as we maintain COVID-safe arrangements, I was pleased to welcome them to our policing family.”



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.  On-the-job training continues for many months until they are fit for independent patrol.

If you feel inspired to become a Hertfordshire police officer, visit hertspoliceofficer.co.uk/ to find out how to apply. You’ve got until the end of September to do so.

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 funding traffic calming measures in Aldbury
A village in Dacorum is to get a traffic calming scheme installed following safety fears being raised by residents.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd is using £75,800 from the Road Safety Fund to pay for the measures in Aldbury.

The award was made after 87 per cent of villagers backed plans to address pedestrian safety and reduce vehicle speeds.

Mr Lloyd said: “The community has been concerned for many years now about the safety of the village from speeding and anti-social driving.


The four areas in the village where work will take place

“These measures in Aldbury are being brought in after the vast majority of villagers backed the plans following extensive consultation. They have been carefully designed so they don’t alter the rural character of the village.

“My Road Safety Fund was created to support projects which use a mix of engineering and education to achieve sustainable behaviour change. Ultimately the aim is reduce road casualties and make people safer.”

Following a feasibility study, it was decided to install a new courtesy crossing outside Aldbury Church of England School, next to the Memorial Hall. The footway in Station Road is to be widened, plus new gateway features are to be installed there, and in Toms Hill Road.


Plans showing where measures will be put in place

Every year the Road Safety Fund invites local community groups and organisations to apply for grants to help develop and design local solutions where a need has been identified to improve safety.

Anti-social driving, such as speeding, those causing distractions such as mobile phones, drug and alcohol driving, and collisions and casualties on our roads, are frequently raised as concerns by the residents of Hertfordshire.

It is funded using the surplus generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and been ordered to pay court costs following prosecution, or who have attended educational diversionary courses.
 
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