PCC launches consultation on the new Police and Crime Plan
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd is encouraging the public to share their views on policing and what they consider to be priorities over the coming years to help shape his new Police and Crime Plan.
It sets out his blueprint for delivering the future of policing in Hertfordshire, and outlines his vision for community safety and criminal justice for the next five years.

In his 2021 Manifesto, David Lloyd outlined the challenges and opportunities for policing, community safety and criminal justice across the county. This includes redoubling efforts to improve the safety of women and girls by focusing on crimes that affect them and continuing to address hidden crime including sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and modern slavery. There is also a focus on addressing neighbourhood crimes including burglary and anti-social behaviour, the scourge of fraud and those crimes that affect the rural community.

Mr Lloyd is committed to ensuring the largest number of police officers in Hertfordshire’s history are used to maintain the local policing model and ensure each district or borough has at least one police station housing neighbourhood, response and investigation teams.

Building on the achievements of previous Plans, the new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan will take an evidence-based Prevention First approach, focusing on preventing issues arising in the first place by working closely with communities and partners to get at the root causes of issues. This aims to reduce organisational and operational demand, and achieve better outcomes for the individual and the community.

The top priorities of the Commissioner remain to: Keep Crime Low, Focus on Victims, Recruit More Officers, Protect Local Policing, Increase Efficiently and Keep Tax Low.



Mr Lloyd said: “I am one of the longest serving PCCs in England and Wales, and Hertfordshire remains one of the safest counties with one of the most highly regarded constabularies. Priorities and demands change over time and I believe there are always different ideas which can be adopted to reduce crime and make communities safer.

“Recent events have shown us there are national concerns around violence against women and girls, officer conduct and vetting, as well as issues of fairness and disproportionality within the Constabulary and our communities.
“The public will want these issues addressed alongside other criminal behaviours that people want tackled from anti-social behaviour and road safety, to terrorism, serious violence, burglary, drug dealing and cybercrime.

“All of these areas, and more, need strategies and resources to ensure they are policed effectively and efficiently. They also need the support of the public and key partners such as the criminal justice system, local councils, health authorities and the other emergency services. I want to ensure that all those involved in community safety and criminal justice play their part – not just the police - and that victims remain at the heart of all that we do.”

The evidence-based aspect of the Plan proposes taking a new approach with data being analysed at a very small geographical spatial level. This enables ‘similar’ characteristics of crimes to be noticed, and an exploration of factors that generate and attract crime around ‘harm spots’. This approach would represent a significant departure from the traditional approach that sees a focus primarily on the ‘high harm’ crimes and would represent a transformational change in the way the Constabulary view early intervention and vulnerability through a structured process.

Mr Lloyd added: “My new Plan sets out how I propose to bring everyone together so real progress can be made. However, if it is to truly reflect the policing and crime reduction priorities in Hertfordshire it is vital that the public tell me what they think.”

The information booklet about the Plan is available at www.hertscommissioner.org/Plan2021-consultation on the Commissioner’s website at and you can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DFB7JGY.

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 The consultation will run until December 1st and anyone who lives or works in Hertfordshire is invited to have their say. Recognising the diversity in languages spoken in Hertfordshire, the consultation survey has been translated into the most commonly languages spoken in Hertfordshire, outside of English, Polish, Urdu, Gujarati and Italian.

The new Police and Crime Plan is set to be published in February 2022 once it has been considered by the Police and Crime Panel.

Respondents can complete the online survey or email their comments to: the.plan@herts-pcc.gov.uk or write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.
 
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Two thirds feel safer after crime reduction scheme
A year on from the start of a Safer Streets project in Cheshunt two thirds of residents have said it has made them feel more secure in their homes and community.

Around 450 individual properties were eligible for free security upgrades to reduce offending including burglary, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour as part of the scheme run by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.

Following the £821,000 project, mainly funded by the Home Office, one resident said the work “has changed my life.”



The Coopers Walk Estate gained improvements including new front garden fencing and gates; defensive landscaping; intercoms on communal doors and upgraded lighting. Live monitored communal CCTV cameras have also 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 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.

The project was organised by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner along with Broxbourne Borough Council, B3Living, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Enfield Council.

In a recent survey of residents 66 per cent reported feeling safer a year on from when the work began. Comments included one householder saying: “The cameras are everywhere, which is a great idea to protect the car park, and the lighting makes it much safer than it was years ago.” While another reported: “Disruption in the stairwells by young people drinking and urinating in them has stopped since the introduction of the stairwell intercom doors.”



Others reported that fly tipping had been dramatically reduced and that the project had helped community relations between neighbours.

Safer Streets enabled the installation of 109 new Secured By Design doors; 76 internet camera enabled Ring doorbells and 94 Ring flood lights. There was also Improvements to gates and fences at 64 properties, 131 door locks and 138 window locks put in along with and 40 gate locks.Mr Lloyd’s office initially secured £618,629 of funding from the Home Office. The government then contributed a further £83,000 and Mr Lloyd gave an additional £119,983 from the Commissioner’s Prevention and Innovation Fund.

After visiting both sites Mr Lloyd said: “It is gratifying to see that all the hard work is paying off and improving people’s lives. Many people are feeling safer in their homes and more secure in their streets because of the scheme.

“Money has been invested in these areas to make real changes which will reduce crime and the demand on police service. Not only will this mean fewer victims of crime but the cost of investigating and prosecuting offences in these areas will also go down.”

“We will continue to monitor the lessons which are being learnt here to see how they can be successfully implemented in other parts of the county.



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 of the measures.

Anyone in the eligible project area who completes the survey will be entered into a random draw to win a £50 crime prevention gift voucher courtesy of the OPCC. It is just 10 questions and shouldn’t take any more than around five minutes. The link to complete the survey is here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SaferStreetsImpact
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PCC Statement - Sir David Amess MP
 
I am shocked and saddened by the death of Sir David, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this terribly difficult time. He was a highly respected and dedicated politician who died while meeting and trying to help other people.

A true public servant until the end, he will be remembered for the countless lives he improved through his tireless work in serving his constituents.

We must not allow our hard won democratic freedoms and rights to be hampered or curtailed by the fear of violence or intimidation. Across the country, including in Hertfordshire, there will be many who are concerned for the safety of our MPs.

I wish to reassure them that Hertfordshire Police have contacted every Hertfordshire Member of Parliament individually to review their security arrangements and provide advice and reassurance around public events. The personal and direct communication between the public and Members of Parliament is a cornerstone of our democracy and must be preserved.

David Lloyd
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
 
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Community road safety camera vans available for public to request
New road safety camera vans are being across Hertfordshire in response to community concerns over speeding.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has funded four of the vehicles which are available for the public to request to visit roads where they are worried about speeding.

Last week Mr Lloyd toured much of the county including Harpenden, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City and Ware to see the vans in action. He met up with MPs including Sir Mike Penning, Dean Russell and Bim Afolami in addition to several County Councillors who had asked for the vans to be deployed.



The sites visited with the vans were those identified as an area of concern by local residents, businesses and partner organisations. The vans operate particularly in 30mph and 40 mph zones, and locations where speeding is an issue but which have not necessarily involved deaths or serious injuries.

Mr Lloyd said: “One of the main issues I hear from the public is about road safety, and particularly speeding on residential roads. My job is to listen to those concerns and find ways of addressing them and changing behaviour to make everyone safer. These vans are a direct and innovative response to that call for action.



Mr Lloyd and Sir Mike in Hemel Hempstead                                                                    In Harpenden with Bim Afolami MP

“The community needs to have a voice around where action should be taken, not least because they are sometimes the earliest predictors of issues and risk. This scheme has been paid for by my Road Safety fund which collects money from those caught breaking the speed limit. However, these vans have been deliberately set up to issue educational advisory letters, rather than issue fines. Repeat offenders will get a visit at home by an officer and be spoken to about their driving.

“The vans complement the work of the Constabulary’s camera vans and local neighbourhood officers with speed guns, with data collected being used to inform on hotspots which require further enforcement action.”


Beside the A405 in Watford with Dean Russell and Cllr Andrew Williams     On location in Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City with Cllr Marios Artemi
        

Those interested in requesting one of the vans to visit a location can do so by via the Commissioner’s website page at www.hertscommissioner.org/camera-vans. In some circumstances deployment of the van to a location is not always possible due to a variety of reasons, including the absence of an adequate and safe parking position. When such instances occur other options of speed enforcement will be considered.

The Road Safety Camera Vans currently issue advisory letters for non-compliance in an attempt to educate drivers and change behaviour. But they are built to the same standards and specification as those currently used by the Constabulary’s Cameras Tickets and Collisions Department.


Mr Lloyd with Deputy Commissioner Lewis Cocking                                               Out with the van on Cambridge Road, Wadesmill

The project is being run as a one-year pilot paid for by the PCC’s Road Safety Fund, which collects money from fines and court costs generated from motorists who have committed driving offences.
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Partners redouble efforts to tackle violence against women and girls
As public attention has focused on violence against women and girls in recent weeks, Hertfordshire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire County Council have been redoubling efforts to tackle these issues. 

While instances of stranger attacks remain relatively rare in the county, there is determination to ensure that everyone feels safe in our streets and public places.

The constabulary, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire County Council have already been working to fully understand communities’ concerns following the murder of Sarah Everard in London earlier this year.

The County Community Safety Unit – a joint unit between police and county council – has conducted work to better understand the needs and views of women and girls. This included a personal safety survey undertaken in June which attracted more than 13,000 public responses. The results are now being carefully considered by police and partners. 

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has also recently secured more than £500,000 for safety measures including improving lighting in underpasses in Hatfield.* The personal safety survey identified underpasses and subways among the top locations that women and girls felt at risk. It is hoped pedestrians using the area will feel safer as a result.

The national pilot StreetSafe scheme also provides a means by which the public can report locations in their neighbourhoods where they feel unsafe. In Hertfordshire, these reports are reviewed by local police alongside relevant partners to consider what preventative action can be taken to make the areas safer. Reports can be made anonymously at police.uk/streetsafe.

The constabulary also continues to work with partners to prioritise the protection of the most vulnerable in society and works closely with the county council for example to protect women and children from domestic and other kinds of abuse.

Assistant Chief Constable Genna Telfer said: “The public can be reassured that we take violence against women and girls very seriously and are committed to working with the public and our partners to reduce these awful crimes.

“The Sarah Everard case has left many of us feeling shocked and we recognise that women in particular will have been greatly shaken by what happened. We want to enhance trust between the public and the police by continuing to listen to concerns so we can address them.

“It is vital that everyone feels safe using our streets and everyone feels like they can approach a police officer knowing they will be safe and will receive appropriate help and support. We have asked our officers to consider how people are feeling and in particular when stopping a lone female to consider how they might be able to offer reassurance.”

David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “I have been speaking to the Chief Constable Charlie Hall and partners to ensure the very real public concern of violence against women and girls is addressed with a cohesive and comprehensive approach. We now have a good evidence base following the results from the personal safety survey assessment to understand the perceptions of safety across public spaces.

“My office has just secured over £500,000 in Safer Streets funding from the Home Office for a project in Hatfield, which will make physical changes to the environment to make it safer for women and girls. We will then look to see how the positive outcomes from that scheme can be rolled out across the county and how changing the physical environment can improve safety.”

Jo Fisher, the newly appointed Chair of the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Board, said regarding the funding for Hatfield: “This funding and what is stands for is a critical element of our shared commitment with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, towards eliminating violence against women and girls, in all its forms.

“In my new role, I am looking forward to continuing to build on this existing partnership and working towards identifying resources to develop these vital services across the county.”

Anyone affected by issues such as sexual violence or domestic abuse can access help and support through a number of support services in Hertfordshire. The support given is free and can be accessed independently of reporting to police.

Any victim of crime can access support services through Hertfordshire’s victim care centre, Beacon. Call 03000 11 55 55 or visit hertfordshirebeacon.org for more information.

The Herts SARC offers free support and practical help to anyone in Hertfordshire who has ​experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. ​If you would like to speak to someone, please call ​0808 178 4448 or email herts.sarc@nhs.net.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, call IDVA services on 0300 790 6772 for advice and support. Or for more information go to hertssunflower.org.  
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PCC gets £500,000 to make streets safe for women and girls
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has secured £548,176 in Home Office funding to make streets safer for women and girls.
The Commissioner secured funding for the county as part of the government’s latest round of Safer Streets funding.

The money will be used to support the refurbishment of five underpasses in Hatfield to address street harassment, stalking and sexual assault, plus also secondary crimes including ASB, verbal abuse, robbery and drug dealing.

This will include environmental improvements including new lighting, cutting down overgrown vegetation, mirrors and the removal of graffiti.



Mr Lloyd said: “The safety of women and girls is a real concern to many in Hertfordshire and it is one that I am determined to address. I want to ensure that real changes are made so they can walk our streets and public spaces without fear.

“This scheme will directly improve the safety of thousands of residents in Hatfield, and we will also use the lessons learned from it to see how they can be applied to other parts of the county.

“The funding will also give greater confidence to all members of the public using these spaces and deter all crime from occurring in the underpasses and surrounding areas.”

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will also work with the University of Hertfordshire to provide students with personal attack alarms and subscriptions to a personal safety app.

Wider work will also be undertaken to help build an evidence base for what works on reducing VAWG crimes and increasing women and girls’ feelings of safety in the public spaces.

Nationally, the Government is allocating £25m to PCCs across England and Wales to tackle street safety and reduce violence against women and girls in public spaces.

Crimes which take place in public places such as sexual harassment disproportionately affect women, which is why this latest investment largely focuses on making spaces safer for women and girls.

Since its inception, the Government has committed £70 million to the Safer Streets Fund to support local areas across England and Wales to introduce initiatives aimed at stopping offences happening in the first place.
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PCC funds mental health help for offenders
Funding to increase the uptake of mental health treatment for offenders is being provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.

An award of £57,958 has been made from the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Fund for the two-year project. The money will be used to pay for clinical psychologists to work with and counsel offenders across the county.

This money will be matched by NHS England and provide sessions for those perpetrators with mental health issues who are given court orders to get assistance.

David Lloyd said: “This is an example of how we as Police and Crime Commissioners can reduce crime by tackling offenders, often before they graduate to more serious crimes.

“This funding ensures partners including the criminal justice system and health care services work together on practical solutions to meet a need which may not previously have been met. 

“Such interventions are a long-term investment which will pay dividends in reducing crime, reducing demand and thereby reducing costs.”

The service will be operated by the Hertfordshire Partnerships Foundation Trust and involves increasing the uptake of mental health treatment by male offenders as part of a Community Sentence Treatment Requirement (CSTR) court order.  It will complement the existing drug/alcohol treatment delivered within a CSTR.

More than £1m of funding has already been allocated from the Community Safety and Criminal Justice budget by the Commissioner. The initiatives funded align to the aims of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan which encourage partnership working to support victims, reduce crime and reoffending by addressing underlying causes through collaboration and new innovative responses.
 
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Commissioner defends the Hertfordshire policing of Insulate Britain protesters
Hertfordshire Constabulary’s handling of the Insulate Britain protesters has been defended by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

David Lloyd has responded to criticism that officers were too slow to react and have been too lenient with those blocking the road.

He called for more powers to deal with disruptive protests and for people to support the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that is currently going through Parliament.

“I share the anger of thousands of people who have been inconvenienced and, in some cases, suffered terribly because of these protesters. There is the terrible story of the woman who was left paralysed by a stroke, and those who have missed funerals and long-standing medical appointments.

“There has been a lot of anger and criticism directed at the police during this time due to perceived slow responses and apparent lack of direct action. We must focus on the harm and that is not being caused by the police, but by the demonstrators.”

Speaking about the arrest procedure Mr Lloyd added: “I have been assured by the chief constable that they have used the lawful methods at their disposal to remove and detain the protesters.

“They must use the appropriate force during an arrest. If someone is glued to the road then they needed to be de-bonded from the surface before they are removed.”

Questions have also been raised about the conduct on an officer in a widely-viewed video telling protesters ‘If you are in any discomfort or need anything let me know’.

Addressing the issue Mr Lloyd said: “I personally know the Inspector and she has been a fine leader of the constabulary’s victim services team. If you watch the video in its entirety it starts with her telling them they are going to be arrested.
 
“This means the police have a duty of care, the same as they do for all those who are taken into custody. She has shown them compassion in the same way I believe anyone of us would expect to be treated if we were arrested. I want a police force where officers are admired and not feared by the population.

Mr Lloyd also backed the Chief Constable saying the national media response was being coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and their lead spokesperson for protest had been available for interviews.

He added: “I have previously voiced my support for the measures in the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will give the police additional powers to deal with issues such as this. It would put public nuisance on a statutory footing and give the police more powers to detain people and hold them on remand.

“In the meantime now that National Highways have been granted an injunction to stop Insulate Britain blocking the M25, I hope that will be that end of the matter.”
 
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PCC encourages police to 'take firm hand' with protesters
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has released a statement on the protests which have shut several motorways in the county this week.

Following the third protest today he said: “The police have a difficult job to do and I support officers taking a firm hand in dealing with these protesters. I believe those obstructing a major highway should always be removed as quickly as possible.
 
“Swift action at today’s attempted blockade meant it was resolved within 20 minutes with 11 people arrested. This is the type of reaction the vast majority of people expect the police to take in these circumstances.
 
“My job is to stand up for the public and hold the Constabulary to account for their actions. Whilst, I am not happy that the public have been inconvenienced to such a great extent by these protesters, I am not convinced that the police were able to do much more under the current circumstances.
 
“Many people and organisations, including the Constabulary and my office, are committed to reducing their carbon footprint. But Insulate Britain are hitting the wrong target, and turning the public against them. They are of course free to protest, but not in such a way where it disrupts the lives of thousands of other people who are trying to get on with their daily lives.”
 
“It is unforgivable that their actions have meant people have missed family funerals and cancer patients haven’t been treated. They are putting lives at risk and that cannot be tolerated.
 
“I will be doing my upmost to ensure that the Constabulary deal with highly disruptive protesters in a robust manner. I repeat my support  for the measures in the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will give the police additional powers to deal with issues such as this.”
 
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Commissioner funds speed camera for Barley
A speed camera is to be been installed in a North Hertfordshire village to address the long-running concerns of residents.

David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has awarded £20,000 of Road Safety Funding to pay for the device and three years of operating costs in Barley.

Barley Parish Council submitted a Road Safety Fund application following a history of speed related issues in and around their village including on the B1368 and B1039.

The camera is being installed following a long campaign by the Parish Council and residents. Over the years data captured by the Drivesafe volunteers, Speed Indicator Devices and during enforcement operations has supported the need for a more permanent solution.

A Truvelo VIA-Cam will alternate between two locations with 30mph speed limits, and will be installed in the next few months.  Drivers of excessively speeding vehicles will be sent advisory letters, with any persistent offenders receiving a personal visit from police officers.  Data recorded by the cameras will also be used to enable additional targeted speed enforcement action.



Mr Lloyd said: “Speeding and anti-social driving remains a serious concern of many rural communities across Hertfordshire.

“The aim of the Road Safety Fund is to change behaviour to make the roads safer. These cameras will remind drivers they are entering a residential area and encourage them to slow down.  The letters which are sent out will educate drivers, rather that penalising them with fines.

“Barley has had a long-standing problem with speeding vehicles and I am pleased my office has been able to help. The cameras will be reinforced by other speed enforcement tactics including the new speed camera vans provided by my office.”
The initiative is a partnership project between the Commissioner, Hertfordshire County Council and Barley Parish Council.

A spokesperson for Barley Parish Council said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Commissioner and HCC to pilot a new device to reduce speeding through the village and we look forward to a successful outcome.”

The funding will pay for the scheme for three years, after which Barley Parish Council will pay the ongoing cost of the camera.

The Road Safety Fund invites groups and organisations to apply for funding to help develop local solutions where a need has been identified.  The aim is to find and fund new and innovative ways of improving road safety, supporting a mix of education and enforcement with a focus on achieving behaviour change and reducing road casualties.

The monies within the fund come from the surplus generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and been ordered to pay court costs following prosecution or who have attended a speed awareness course.  Over £1.4m has been awarded to over 70 projects since 2016.  Further details can be found at www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund.
 
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Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board to hold meeting in public
Questions can be raised on how the criminal justice system is run in Hertfordshire when its leaders hold a board meeting in public this month.

The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board will be answering questions from the public during the virtual meeting.

The Board is made up of key agencies and individuals within the local Hertfordshire criminal justice system, including the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Assistant Chief Constable and the Chief Crown Prosecutor.

The meeting will focus on looking at what more can be done to prevent people from coming into the criminal justice system and creating fewer victims.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, who is also Chair of the Board, said: “My role involves giving the public a democratic involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as policing.



“The meeting in public will provide the wider community with an insight into the challenges in the system and how partners are working together to address them. The aim of the CJB is to get all parties following one plan and to improve the journey and outcomes for victims.

“This meeting will look at how criminality and the subsequent number of victims can be reduced by tackling issues and behaviour at an early stage. Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new Prevention First strategy sets out how they are aiming to achieve this.

 “A key part of making progress is to better understand how the system can be improved. I hope the public will take the time to come and tell us and listen to what the Board is aiming to achieve.”



The meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams between 1-4pm on Wednesday 29th September with a link on how to join is available at www.hertscommissioner.org/herts-cjb. If you are unable to join the meeting by computer then you can dial 020 3443 9187 and enter the conference ID 859 848 030#. This will give you access to hear the meeting but you won’t be able to view proceedings.

If you wish to submit a question to the Board, please send it in advance so that it can be answered in full to your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk.

Background:

Local Criminal Justice Boards were introduced by the government in 2003 to improve the delivery of justice, secure better outcomes for victims and witnesses, and increase public confidence in the system.

Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board (HCJB) is a partnership of agencies working to achieve these aims. It aims to create the best environment for victims and witnesses, whether that is improving opportunities for reporting crime, providing support or making sure the court process is effective at holding offenders to account.

The Board is made up of key agencies and individuals within the local Hertfordshire criminal justice system.

The Board comprises Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), Judiciary, Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS), National Probation Service (NPS), Hertfordshire County Council Children’s Services, the Youth Offending Service, NHS England, East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group, Legal Aid Agency, Local Authorities, Witness Service, Citizens Advice and an Independent Member.
 
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Businesses reminded PCC will pay for fly tip clearance
Hertfordshire businesses which have rubbish illegally dumped on their land can apply to have it removed for free.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire runs the Fly Tipping on Private Land Fund which can pay the cost of having the waste removed.

The scheme covers both rural and urban areas across all ten of the county’s District and Borough councils.

The cost and impact of fly tipping on firms and property owners has been raised at the Independent Business Advisory Group. IBAG, which is also run by the PCC, gives Hertfordshire businesses the opportunity to raise and discuss the crimes which most affect them.

The group holds quarterly meetings to discuss police approaches to tackling business crime, and changes in policy that affect commerce. Members are encouraged to put forward items for discussion in advance of the meetings.

 
Flytipped rubbish at Wyddial, East Herts, before and after clear-up

One recent success of the flytipping scheme was a farmer in Wyddial, East Herts, who had tonnes of green waste, vehicle parts, white goods, construction and household waste dumped on their land.

The fly tip was blocking access to the farm and posed a danger to wildlife. It was cleared thanks to an award of £948 from the fund.

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.

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

Any firms or business who want to get involved in preventing crime can find out more details at www.hertscommissioner.org/IBAG.
 
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