Get involved in making your county safer
To celebrate National Volunteers Week Hertfordshire citizens are being asked to get involved in making their county safer.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire administers four main volunteer schemes and during this week we celebrate the many dedicated volunteers that make these schemes work.
 
The commitment and contribution our volunteers give to these schemes is never taken for granted and is vital to their success and we take this opportunity in particular to highlight the schemes and what the volunteers do.
 

   Two members of the Independent Custody Visitors inspect one of the Hertfordshire Police police custody suites 

We have a highly dedicated team of volunteers, many of whom have been with us for a number of years and are split between the following schemes:
   
Please follow the links for more information about these schemes and details about the work our dedicated volunteers do.

Commissioner Mr David Lloyd said: "Keeping Hertfordshire safe is something we all have a stake in and to which we can all make a contribution. More than 40 per cent of the county’s residents regularly lend their time to support others.

"I want to build on this excellent record of civic participation and explore how we can draw on the skills, energy and commitment of the public – whether that be individuals, organisations or local businesses - to make things better."


   Volunteer Philip Jerred receives the PCC Team of the Year Award on behalf of the Dog Welfare Visitors

If you or anyone you know might be interested in becoming an independent Custody Visitor we are looking to increase the number of volunteers in this role. An application form can be found at the following link How to Apply or contact us for more information.
 
Volunteering Administrator
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
15 Vaughan Road
Harpenden
AL5 4GZ
 
Email: pccadmin@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk
 
 
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Thanks to PCC and Constabulary volunteers
Things may be a little different this year but the Commissioner and Hertfordshire Constabulary are still taking time to celebrate the fantastic contribution its Police Support Volunteers make, as part of National Volunteers’ Week 2020 (1-7 June).

There are around 270 Police Support Volunteers across a number of roles, as well 269 Volunteer Police Cadets, 210 DriveSafe volunteers and 236 officers in the Special Constabulary. Between them, they contributed an impressive 16,500 volunteer hours last year.

The opportunities for volunteers at Hertfordshire Police and the OPCC are varied and range from placements within Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Local Crime Units to more specialised units, such as the Rural Operational Support Team, missing persons unit and Sexual Offences Investigation Team.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “My Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire is titled Everybody’s Business as I believe we all should all play our part in keeping communities safe.

“Nothing exemplifies this more than the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to help with policing and criminal justice issues. I would like to commend and thank them all for their efforts.

“From my office we not only have the DriveSafe scheme, but also the independent custody visitors who check on the condition of those detained at police stations.

“The dog welfare volunteers ensure the Constabulary’s animals are being looked after properly. While those on the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel ensure the police powers are being properly implemented.”

For details on any of the schemes and how to volunteers please visit https://www.hertscommissioner.org/



Here are just some of the highlights from the past year:
  • 16 volunteers assisted with the Constabulary’s biggest ever policing operation back in December, namely the NATO leaders’ meeting at The Grove in Watford.
  • 153 deployments were completed by the RAPPAW team - RAPPAW volunteers and their dogs give their free time to provide aftercare and support to vulnerable victims within the community.
  • 126 speed monitoring sessions were carried out by DriveSafe volunteers across the county, which resulted in more than 3,000 letters of advice being sent out to speeding drivers.
  • 282 businesses signed up to the Business Watch scheme, thanks to the hard work of 12 new volunteers. The scheme keeps businesses up to date with any advice or crime alerts in the local area, through the OWL messaging system (visit www.owl.co.uk to find out more).
  • 79 schools have now completed or started the Mini Police scheme since it launched in the 2018/19 academic year (the 2019/20 programme is currently on hold due to COVID-19).
Superintendent Dean Patient, from the Constabulary’s Workforce Development department, said: “Whilst sadly we are unable to celebrate our fantastic volunteers in the usual way this year, we would still like to recognise the vital contribution each and every one of them makes to the constabulary. Their support is invaluable as it allows frontline officers to concentrate on operational tasks, knowing work behind the scenes is in safe hands. We are so grateful for their continued support.”

He continued: “There are many benefits to volunteering; it offers the chance to give something back to the community and make a difference to the people around you. It also provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on your existing experience and knowledge. New opportunities arise frequently, so if you are interested in volunteering with us, then please get in touch.”

For more information about the Constabulary’s Police Support Volunteer Scheme and how you can get involved, visit herts.police.uk/PoliceSupportVolunteers
 
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£20m open to Herts domestic and sexual abuse support services
Hertfordshire groups and charities that support domestic abuse and sexual abuse victims can apply for their share of a new £20m COVID-19 fund.

The money is being made available by the Ministry of Justice to support vulnerable people, and is being distributed via Police and Crime Commissioners.

Under the plans there is £10m available in England and Wales to boost the domestic abuse services that are already funded by PCCs, plus £5m for new providers.

Another £5m will be awarded to current and new sexual violence service providers.

Funding applications must be made by Friday May 29th to the office of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner. For full details and an application form visit https://www.hertscommissioner.org/coronavirus. Complete the form and send it back to commissioner@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk. 

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I welcome this opportunity to boost the help available both to victims and to the third sector. It will provide further support to the groups we already fund, on top of which it is open to those we have yet to work with.

“The lockdown has been tough for everyone, but especially so for those who are vulnerable to domestic or sexual abuse. As we emerge from this crisis there will be an increased demand upon those who care and support for these victims.

“This help is needed now, so I would urge those eligible groups or charities to apply for extra funding through my office as soon as possible.”

As part of the process PCCs must conduct an assessment of need for COVID-19 related emergency funding in relation to both sexual violence and domestic abuse support services in their local area.

The COVID-19 extraordinary funding is from 24 March to 31 October 2020 to meet the additional costs registered charities or social enterprise have incurred or will incur whilst adapting their services during the pandemic, and to cope with demand increases resulting from it, during this time period.

For example, funding may be used to:
 
  • meet essential costs of sustaining current activities, such the purchasing of assets to support the move to remote and digital working, and additional staff to cover those unable to work for reasons related to the pandemic; and
  • address increased demand.
  • address short term distuption
This process is be open to all relevant support organisations in the county – and encourages funding requests from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics characteristics (BAME, LGBT, disabled victims).

More details on the fund can be found at The Ministry of Justice website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-funding-for-domestic-abuse-and-sexual-violence-support-services
 
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Specials work 589 hours over the bank holiday
Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary completed a total of 589 hours on duty over the bank holiday weekend.

Between Friday 8 and Sunday 10 May, the officers provided key support across the county, helping to tackle crime and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A Special Constable is a part-time, voluntary police officer with all the same powers as regular police officers. Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. In return, they receive first class training, support and the uniform and equipment to carry out the role.

During a typical weekend, Hertfordshire’s Specials contribute around 200 hours of policing.

Across the bank holiday weekend, the Specials conducted high visibility foot and cycle patrols, ensuring that the public were adhering to social distancing. In Welwyn Hatfield, incidents they dealt with included locating an elderly person who was missing and reports of criminal damage where they arrested and charged a man. In Dacorum, officers seized a vehicle that had no insurance and dealt with a male who was seen writing graffiti on a wall.

The county’s rural Specials were also out on patrol following reports of stolen fishing rights and they found two fishing rods, suspected to have been left behind by offenders. They are continuing to patrol the area and deal with the issue.



Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: "We need the whole community to pull together in a crisis, and nothing epitomises this spirit more than the Special Constabulary. These men and women with normal every day jobs, put in the extra hours to give back to society and keep us all safe.

"I would like to thank each and every one of them for their exceptional sacrifice during this difficult times.  Many have been volunteering for extra shifts for the past few months, and I am also grateful for their employers who have be willing to give them more time to carry out their duties."

Assistant Chief Constable Nathan Briant, who is leading the Constabulary’s response to COVID-19, said: "Our Special Constabulary provides excellent support all year round and are a vital asset in helping to keep the residents of Hertfordshire safe. Their dedication over the bank holiday weekend was certainly impressive and I would like to congratulate them on their hard work.

"This is a challenging time for us all and the fact that we could rely on them to provide nearly three times the amount of usual support is fantastic. I would like to thank every single one of them who gave up their time to help keep Hertfordshire safe. I would also like to thank the many employers who have temporarily released our officers from their day jobs to assist on the front line. The sacrifice is truly appreciated by all of us at Hertfordshire Constabulary."

You can find more information about Special Constables and the requirements of being one by visiting the FAQ on our website. If you’re interested in becoming a Special Constable, please visit hertspolicespecials.co.uk.
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More residents urged to join crime alert system after three arrested
More residents are being urged to sign up to Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Online Watch System (OWL) after an existing member’s quick thinking led to three arrests.

A householder in Stevenage contacted police after they were targeted by suspected fraudsters in a scam they had been previously alerted to.

They have received two unexpected packages from a delivery firm and a short while later received a call from a fraudster explaining there had been a mistake and they would come and collect them.

The victim had previously seen a message about the scam OWL and called the police prior to the suspect attending.

One man was arrested and later a man and a woman in Kent were also detained in connection with nine fraud offences. They have since been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “This is a perfect example of how we can all work together to tackle crime and make our communities safer.

“We already have the best supported Neighbourhood Watch scheme in England and Wales, and OWL is a tremendously useful and successful part of that.

“I would urge everyone who is not already part of it to sign up so they can get these alerts and help themselves and the police.

“The more residents and business that join the more effective the messaging is. This ultimately leads to an increase in arrests and a decrease in victims of crime.”

To sign up or get more details visit https://www.owl.co.uk/herts/ or email
wlo@herts.pnn.police.uk

Hertfordshire Constabulary offers the following crime prevention advice:
  • If possible, don’t accept or sign for parcels you haven’t ordered.
  • If a parcel you have received is not something you have ordered, you should not hand the parcel over to someone calling at your door unless you have made a prior arrangement for its collection and you are able to check the identity of the caller.
  • If you realise a parcel you have received is something you have not ordered, you should immediately contact the company to arrange for its collection.  Remember to ask how to ensure the identity of the person collecting it.
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Road safety funds announced to help older drivers, schools and speeding
Road safety funds to help the elderly, school children and to reduce speeding through villages have been announced by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Eight villages around the county are to get money to introduce measures to reduce speeding and make their roads safer.

A county-wide scheme to assess and update the skills of older drivers has received a £5,000 grant from the Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund.

Run by the Hertfordshire Road Safety Fund Partnership it will help drivers who have lost confidence or who have developed bad habits. Up to 100 drivers will be offered free refresher courses, conducted by a national organisation, to encourage resilience, restore confidence and update their skills.



Commissioner Mr David Lloyd said; “There are not enough schemes to support the older driver, so I have approved the county-wide bid to encourage them to have their driving reviewed.”

“I have also approved the potential development of schemes to improve safety outside three schools which have a problem with speeding and inconsiderate driving.

“Finally funding has been granted for another eight Speed Indicator Devices, which will bring the total I have approved since the fund was created in 2016 to over 50 SIDS.”

Funding was also given for the first step of making the roads outside two schools in Woolmer Green and Oaklands, near Welwyn, safer for children and parents.

Bids of £10,000 each were approved to design schemes for Great North Road, outside Oaklands Primary School and London Road, outside St Michaels Woolmer Green Primary School.

A similar amount has been given to Bayford Parish Council, in East Herts, to address speeding and introduce road safety measures in the village.

In addition bids for eight 8 Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) were approved in Dacorum, Hertsmere and East Herts.



The £8,000 devices warn drivers they are exceeding the limit and show them how fast they are going. The bids are subject to a suitability check by Hertfordshire County Council, and if they are all agreed it will take the number of SIDs installed by the Commissioner to over 50 since the fund began in 2016.

Those granted funding are two each for East Herts Parish Councils in Hunsdon, for approaches on B180; and Little Hadam for the C15 and Albury Road. Shenley Parish Council, in Hertsmere, will get one each for Black Lion Hill and Bell Lane.

There will also be one each for two Parish Council areas in Dacorum with Northchurch proposing to place theirs in New Road and another one for Chipperfield to be put in either Tower Hill, Dunny Lane or Bucks Hill.

Background
In September 2015 Mr Lloyd proposed the Road Safety Fund, setting out his ambition to provide an opportunity to find new or innovative ways of supporting measures that lead to social, environmental and behaviour change.

In 2016 it was established to deal with these issues using new money generated through ‘offender pays,’ specifically the surplus generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and ordered to pay court costs following prosecution or who have attended educational diversionary courses.

The RSF was designed to be responsive to community concerns and needs, giving local people / organisations a say in developing and designing local solutions where a need has been identified, particularly those that may not attract ‘core funding.’

It was agreed that the multi-agency Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership should be part of the decision making process, since they have the relevant expertise on what works to prevent collisions and casualties, and can oversee and coordinate the commissioning of a range of complementary targeted activity.

Over 70 projects have been awarded roughly £1.4m since 2016.This includes over 45 education / prevention projects including road safety / cycling workshops, education for deaf people and more than 40 Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs).
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Constabulary welcomes 18 new officers
Eighteen new police officers – including an ex-veterinary nurse, an ex-estate agent and two former Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) – have recently been welcomed into Hertfordshire Constabulary.

The new recruits’ graduation ceremony took place at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Friday 1 May.

The special occasion was different from planned, with no parading and no family or friends invited, in order to comply with the social distancing guidelines and ensure everyone’s safety.

Nevertheless, it was still an exciting event as the new PCs met with Chief Constable Charlie Hall following a vigorous 15-week training schedule at Letchworth Police Station.

The 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.

The officers – nine men and nine women - have now started shifts at local stations across the county, putting into practice all they learned, with two PCs based in Broxbourne, Dacorum, Hertsmere, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield, and one based in East Herts and Three Rivers.


   New recruits with Chief Constable Charlie Hall

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I congratulate every one of the new recruits into a challenging and very rewarding career. They are joining one of the highest regarded police forces in the country.

"We are continuing to increase the number of frontline officers in Hertfordshire, and there are now more than there were a decade ago.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Despite the celebration being scaled down, it didn’t hamper the news recruits’ spirits and I am confident that they will deliver a brilliant policing service to the residents of Hertfordshire.

“It’s a unique time as officers across the county work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our usual police response is still running smoothly and efficiently in these challenging circumstances. Our new officers will receive extensive support and I wish them all the best in their new career.”

If you’re interested in becoming a police officer, please visit herts.police.uk/Apply/Work-for-us/Police-officers/Police-officers. The application process will go live later this month.
We are also currently looking for volunteer police officers – Special Constables. If you’re interested register your interest at hertspolicespecials.co.uk/.
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New Safeguarding Hub launched to help more domestic abuse victims
A new care hub to support more victims of domestic abuse across the county has been launched this week.

The Beacon Safeguarding Hub is based at the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) at Hatfield Police Station. The five-strong team includes three police officers and two specially trained civilian support workers from the victim service provider Catch 22.

The Beacon Safeguarding Hub is a 12-month pilot to enhance the support offered to domestic abuse victims.

They will triage and make contact with an estimated 300 victims every month.

Agreeing the one-year pilot Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Preventing crime and helping victims will always be at the centre of everything we do.



“This new hub aims to provide more people with access to help and to prevent repeat victimisation. It will also offer more support throughout the criminal justice process to raise convictions levels. Practical help includes a caseworker for each victim to support them through the process, as well as giving advice on benefits, alternative accommodation and liaising with investigating officers.

“This enhanced programme for Hertfordshire residents goes beyond current government legislation, which says this level of service only has to be offed to high risk victims.

“In Beacon, Hertfordshire already has one of the best victim care centres in the country, and this new Safeguarding Hub further builds on their outstanding work.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ben Wright, who leads the DAISU, said: “The aim of the new hub is to offer an even greater level of support to victims of domestic abuse in Hertfordshire. It is hoped that this increased support will help them move on and recover from abusive relationships, while also reduce the risk of further harm coming to them.”

He added: “While this pilot has been in the planning for some time, its launch is well-timed given the increased concern nationally about domestic abuse as a result of the current lockdown and social distancing measures.

“I would like to reassure the public that, as this announcement shows, we are continuing to respond to domestic abuse reports and are even enhancing our ability to support and protect victims. If you are suffering abuse at this time, we are here to help.”



The opening of the new service comes just two months after another pilot scheme to support every victim of fraud in Hertfordshire was extended.

The Beacon Fraud Hub is the first enhanced scheme of its kind in England and Wales. It has four members of staff with specialist knowledge, who contact all those in the county who have reported having money fraudulently taken.

News of the creation and extension of both hubs comes during the Year of Beacon – which in 2020 is marking the fifth anniversary of the creation of Hertfordshire’s victim care service centre.

Anyone in immediate danger should call 999. However if you feel you cannot speak because you are with the perpetrator, you can alert police silently by dialling 999 then pressing 5 5. Non-urgent matters can also be reported online at www.herts.police.uk.

Background:
Beacon - The Beacon team will contact all victims of crime and, where appropriate, work with specialist case managers to provide a complete wrap-around service to help victims to cope and recover.

The team has direct access to Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust Single Point of Access team (Mental Health services), Hertfordshire County Council Social Care Access Team and Hertfordshire Home Security Service to ensure that they can provide assistance quickly and seamlessly. 

Hertfordshire Beacon is staffed by Victim Service Team each day 8am – 8pm, in addition, Catch22 employees work Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm & Saturday 9am – 5pm. By phone: 0300 011 55 55 by email beacconvictimcare@herts.pnn.police.uk or info@hertfordshirebeacon.org
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Officers each walking 14 miles a day during lockdown
Four St Albans Scorpion officers have been commended for walking the equivalent of 21 marathons over two weeks to support colleagues and protect thepublic during coronavirus lockdown.

They have covered 560 miles in the past two weeks – over 14 miles each a day – to be a visible police presence ​across the St Albans district.
 
The Operation Scorpion team patrol the county to support the work being carried out by the district’s Safer Neighbourhood teams and intervention officers.
 


Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “This is just one example of how our tremendous officers across Hertfordshire are going the extra mile and more, to keep us all safe during the lock down.
 
“I would like to thank these officer and all our front line staff on behalf of the public for their dedication to duty. I have been very proud how Hertfordshire Police have handled the lock down measures, they have taken the approach to educate people, and only enforce as a last resort.
 
“Sickness levels have been comparatively low and alongside resilience planning it has ensured the force has continued to respond to emergency and non-urgent calls, while continuing to investigate and make arrests.”

St Albans Chief Inspector Lynda Coates said: “I’m really proud of these officers who have made great strides in making themselves visible in the community and encouraging residents to stay at home where possible - except to buy food or for daily exercise.  I’m told my officers did not need to go out separately for their daily exercise after a day at work.
 


“I’m pleased to report that the majority of residents are complying with the Government’s measures, which is helping to keep residents in the St Albans safer and is reducing unnecessary strain on the NHS. Please be reassured that we are still here to help.” 
 
“Domestic abuse remains a top priority for us and we have specially trained officers to help anyone who feels trapped/not safe at home during the lockdown period. We understand that it is more difficult to reach out for support when the perpetrator is in the home, but the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership is working with services to create more discrete options for victims,” CI Coates added:
 
If you need to report a crime or incident to us, you can report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report, use online web chat at www.herts.police.uk/contact or call our non-emergency number 101. Please only dial 999 in an emergency, where there is a threat to life or property.
 
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Commissioner gives update after a month of lockdown
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has given an update on policing and criminal justice in Hertfordshire after a month in lockdown.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

If you have any queries, please visit our website for more information at https://www.hertscommissioner.org/coronavirus.
 
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PCC provides trusted volunteers for residents in coronavirus isolation
A network of trusted volunteers to help high risk residents isolating during the coronavirus lockdown has been provided by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The new group has been drawn from volunteers the Commissioner’s office already uses to carry out other duties, who have been police vetted.

Now a small army of individuals have stepped forward to help out during the crisis and provide services for some of the most vulnerable in the community.

They are being used to collect and deliver prescriptions for high risk residents in Hertfordshire with pre-existing medical conditions who have been advised to take extra care under the government’s Operation Shield.


Some of the Commissioner's ICV volunteers before the lockdown

There are 28,000 especially vulnerable residents in the county, with at least 1,500 who do not have access to family or friends to get supplies for them.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Our volunteers can fulfil a crucial role, as they area already police vetted for the other work they undertake for our office. They can operate as trusted volunteers by those who may be weary of accepting help from strangers.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers, including two members of staff from my office, who are going out of their way to ensure others do not go without.
“We are gearing up for the short to medium term as this sort of assistance may be required for some time, but so far the response for extra help has been excellent.”

The volunteers have already begun running errands by working in partnership with those from the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Duties normally undertaken by the trusted volunteers include monitoring speeding, visiting those in police custody to check on their well-being and scrutinising the Stop and Search policies of Hertfordshire Police.

So far the 39 volunteers are made up by 16 Police Support Volunteers, 12 from the Independent Custody Volunteers, seven from the DriveSafe scheme, two from Stop and Search and two staff from the OPCC office.

Those in need, who had a letter from the Government advising them not to venture out due to their illness or particular vulnerability, should call the phone number on the communication to get help in Hertfordshire.

If you have any queries, please visit our website for more information at https://www.hertscommissioner.org/coronavirus.
 
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Residents urged to observe lockdown rules over Easter
Residents are being urged to carry on following the coronavirus lockdown rules over the Easter Bank Holiday.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has commended both the public and police for the way they have responded to the emergency laws, while reminding everyone they still need to follow the guidelines.

“Hertfordshire residents and business have responded very well so far for the call to action to stay at home and save lives, and now is not the time to let our guard down.

“I would urge people to remember that nationally we have more people dying from COVID-19 every day. We still need to relieve pressure on the NHS. Early signs are the infection rate is levelling off, that is because of the lockdown laws.



“It is going to be a hot Bank Holiday Weekend, and while I appreciate it is not easy for everyone, especially those without a garden or outdoor space, we all need to stay at home.”

Mr Lloyd is in daily contact with the Chief Constable and has welcomed the Constabulary’s policy of educating and encouraging compliance with the new laws, over enforcement.

“So far only a small number of fixed penalty notices have been given out in Hertfordshire for those who have disregarded the advice.

“Officers will be out this weekend for additional patrols in parks and recreation grounds to reinforce the messages.”

Individuals are currently only permitted to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:
• Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
• One form of exercise a day - for example, a run, walk or cycle - alone or with members of their household
• Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
• Travelling to and from work, but only where they cannot work from home.
Remember, gatherings of more than two people are only permitted in very limited circumstances, such as:
• If they are of the same household
• If it is necessary for work purposes
• To attend a funeral
• If it is reasonably necessary for some situations, such as providing care and assistance to a vulnerable person.

This means that families should not be travelling to the homes of other family members, or friends, for gatherings over the weekend.

Mr Lloyd is particulary concerned over a rise in Domestic Violence in the county since the lockdown begun.

“Confidential support and advice is available through the Beacon, the county’s Victim Care Centre. Visit their website at www.hertfordshirebeacon.org or call 03000 11 55 55 in confidence if you are victim, or suspect someone is being abused.”

This week has also seen an increase if flytipping across the county as recycling centres are closed. Residents should keep waste that can’t be collected kerbside on their property and not leave it outside recycling centres or by the roadside. This is fly tipping, which is illegal.

Private landowners who have rubbish dumped on their land could have it removed for free, thanks to a scheme introduced by the PCC. Visit the Commissioners website for more infor https://www.hertscommissioner.org/2019-07-three-more-districts-join-fly-tipping-clean-up-scheme  or www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping

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

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