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Police and Fire services working together to find missing people
Hertfordshire’s Police and Fire and Rescue Service are to work closer together to find vulnerable missing people.

This formal arrangement is the result of an agreement signed between the two services to collaborate more extensively.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and County Council Leader David Williams signed a protocol after a meeting of the recently formed Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board.

When asked by the Police, Fire and Rescue Service resources will be used to assist searches including specialist equipment such as thermal imaging cameras, drones, high level platforms, boats and the Service’s command vehicle.

Last week Police and Fire Service personnel and Mr Lloyd visited St Albans Fire Station to inspect and learn about the equipment.

David Lloyd said: “This collaboration on searching for vulnerable missing people, often children or the elderly, is a positive step forward which will make a real difference across the county.

“On average, two high- risk people go missing in Hertfordshire every day. Closer collaboration between the emergency services is one of our priorities.

"It makes sense for everyone that they are as effective and efficient as possible. We are starting to see the benefits and are working on other areas including a joint headquarters and training.”

David Williams said: "Our firegighters use a range of specialist equipment and technology, including drones, to respond to different emergencies.

“This is another area of collaboration where the Police and Fire Service continue to work together to improve how the county keeps its residents healthy and safe.

“At this time of year, as the temperatures plummet, missing people are more vulnerable than ever. That’s why it’s so important that we continue to support the police in resolving incidents that may pose a threat to life as quickly as possible.”

Last year to a total of 5,235 people were reported missing in the county, made up of 708 high risk, 4,114 medium and 413 low risk.

While the Police and the Fire and Rescue Service have been working together for several years on searches on an informal basis, this new agreement formalises the process, including further communication and training.

Many of the missing people reports come from calls from concerned family members, and in some instances external professional partners such as hospitals, social services and the East of England Ambulance Service.

The Fire and Rescue Service have a water rescue team, specialist water equipment, a command vehicle, thermal imaging, and rope access teams. Personnel are trained in search techniques to locate people who may have become trapped or lost within the confines of a building or other structure.

Last year an agreement on the future collaboration arrangements between emergency services in Hertfordshire was agreed by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the County Council.

The formal arrangement set out a number of principles to strengthen joint working which can be pursued under the existing governance structures.

Both the County Council and PCC agreed to explore opportunities for further collaboration including those presented through the next iteration of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s operational plan, known as the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).

These include better use of estates, including co-locating police and fire headquarters, a joint training base, shared use of drones and a better response structure in cases where both services are needed.
Refreshed Police and Crime Plan published
A refreshed Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire has been published by Commissioner David Lloyd.

Mr Lloyd decided to refresh the Plan halfway through its statutory four year cycle to reflect crime type changes and concerns from the members of the public.

Last month Mr Lloyd’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan ‘Everybody’s Business’, was signed off by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel.
The core of the plan is centred on four themes: Building on Success, Putting Victims at the Centre, Public Focus and Business Sense.

A full copy of the published report can be found here https://www.hertscommissioner.org/police-and-crime-plan-herts-pcc.
“Keeping people safe, putting victims first and cutting crime remain the priorities but we need to be flexible to raising crime types,” said Mr Lloyd.

“Cyber fraud is highlighted throughout this report as it remains to be a threat to everyone in Hertfordshire. I have committed resources to preventing it and helping those who have fallen victim to it.”

Hertfordshire’s victim service Beacon has been expanded with the addition of a Fraud Hub to help those who lose money in what is the most prevalent crime in the county.

He added: “My plan recognises that keeping Hertfordshire safe is Everybody’s Business, not just a job for the Constabulary. So throughout the plan I have asked for more - of the Police, of all public and private sector partners, voluntary sector, businesses and of the public themselves.

“Keeping people safe, putting victims first and cutting crime remain the priorities but we need to be flexible to raising crime types,” said Mr Lloyd.

“Cyber fraud is highlighted throughout this report as it remains to be a threat to everyone in Hertfordshire. I have committed resources to preventing it and helping those who have fallen victim to it.”

Hertfordshire’s victim service Beacon has been expanded with the addition of a Fraud Hub to help those who lose money in what is the most prevalent crime in the county.

He added: “My plan recognises that keeping Hertfordshire safe is Everybody’s Business, not just a job for the Constabulary. So throughout the plan I have asked for more - of the Police, of all public and private sector partners, voluntary sector, businesses and of the public themselves.

“I have focused on maintaining our strong position as one of the highest performing police forces in the country. We are second in the most similar group of areas for lowest overall recorded crime per 1000 head of population.”

The Plan backs the continuation of the neighbourhood policing model, which is more expensive neighbourhood and only a handful of forces across the country have kept.

“This involves the protection of the current local policing model of ten district teams, led by a senior officer.

Another part of the Plan sets out introducing a new rape scrutiny panel which will examine which cases are sent to court and those that are not.

“I am really concerned that when people find out the real low levels of conviction of rape, that they will be put off reporting incidents. It is something I am very passionate about and I want to see action taken.”

With rape prosecution levels remaining low across the country, the new Panel is proposed to introduce more transparency and scrutiny into the system.

The panel will look at rape case files where it has been judged that no crime has been committed, or which were said not to have achieved the required threshold of evidence to be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.

This will provide an insight into the effectiveness of the police investigation and identify lessons-learned for the future management and investigation of cases.

Other new proposals in the report include new mobile speed detection vans and the creation of and a crackdown on lorries driving through villages.

“A number of residents have raised concerns regarding the volume of lorries that are travelling through their villages that ignore signage around weight restrictions,” he said.

A pilot scheme is to monitor lorries and heavy goods vehicles in residential areas which misuse weight restricted routes and frequently exceed the maximum load (7.5 tonnes).

An increase in the Council Tax precept in January is already paying for an additional 75 officers this year, with the number already over 2,000 for the first time since 2011.

A printed copy of the report is available by emailing commissioner@pcc.pnn.gov.uk or calling the office on 01707 806 100.

Simple but effective crime and security advice given to local businesses
With a fifth of crime in Hertfordshire being against businesses simple but effective advice on prevention and security has been given to local retailers.

Shoplifting, cyber fraud, fake currency and burglary were all topics covered at a free breakfast seminar organised by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

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.

Representatives and owners of 25 retailers attended Aubrey Park Hotel, Hemel Hempstead Road in Redbourn last week.

The attendees were welcomed by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner David Gibson and among the speakers were Det Chief Inspector Jon Dick and Inspector Martin Turpin from the Force Control Room.

They spoke about the emerging threats to businesses across the county and what feedback and support will be offered for victims of crime.

The large supermarkets and high street chains made up the top ten most targeted business across the county, with food and alcohol making up more than half of the items stolen.

Retailers were urged to call 999 if the offence was in progress or the offender is still in the area.

Crime Prevention Officer Colin Mann told how crime prevention techniques, CCTV signage, window locks and forensic marking can cut the chances of being targeted.

This could include designing the store layout to deter criminals and ensuring staff only areas have locked doors.

Community Safety Manager Julie Lloyd encouraged attendees to be join the successful Business Watch scheme. She outlined benefits including creating alerts with local policing teams and getting local crime alerts.

Cyber and Financial Investigator Alan Mordey gave advice on phishing emails and postal and phone scams.

He advised that requests to change bank account details from suppliers should be followed up by a phone call and to shred confidential documents.

Computers should be backed up and have security software installed to foil a ransomware attack.

Closing the event Neville Rayner, CBE DL, President of Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Chair of IBAG, said: "Retail crime is one of the largest threats for businesses across Hertfordshire and one which we have only started to scratch the surface in terms of understanding the data and considering what the appropriate should be."

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.

Watch my BBC interview on how we are tackling knife crime in Herts
The BBC Look East -West TV took an in-depth look at the work of the  report on the work of the  Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Children and Young Persons Gangs and Schools Team about the risks of getting involved in gangs.
The Lives not Knives event was held at Hertfordshire University on last week, and is the latest in a series of events planned to make young people in the county aware of the terrible consequences of getting involved with gangs and violent crime.

The evening had to a powerful and poignant address by Tracey and Brooke Hanson from The Josh Hanson Trust. Tracey’s son, Josh, was murdered in an unprovoked knife attack in 2015. Tracey recounted the traumatic experience of losing a child to knife crime and the devastating effect that this has had on her family.

The previous event was also attended by Chief Constable for Hertfordshire, Charlie Hall, and Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, who provided extra funding to grow the Constabulary’s response to gang and violent crime.
Detective Insp Anna Borella, Sergeant Helen Croughton, Brooke Hanson, Gavin McKenna, Tracy Hanson, PC Claire Jones, PS Pete Kendall and PCSO Lindsay Cunningham.

After the event refreshments were provided thanks to Broxbourne Borough Council and Herts Sports Partnership, YC Herts and Fearless were there to offer a variety of positive activities for the young people to engage with and to empower them to make change.

Chief Insp Steve O’Keefe, Sergeant Rachel Brown, PCC David Lloyd,  Detective Insp Anna Borella, Chief Constable Charlie Hall 

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “We know that intervening early and preventing people from entering the criminal justice system is key to reducing demand and achieving better outcomes for individuals and families.

“Knife crime is relatively low compared to neighbouring areas, but it is not something that our communities are immune too. It is an area that we have to tackle and I have made it a priority for the constabulary this year.

Brooke Hanson and Tracy Hanson who lost family members to knife crime

“Through additional investment, a larger team of police officers are being deployed to work in schools and with young people to address serious violence. Each district and borough will have at least one named police officer to provide early intervention work.”

Sergeant Helen Croughton from the Gangs and Schools team said: “These events inform young people about the reality of knife crime and gang related violence, which can often be conveyed as glamorous. By hearing first-hand accounts of how devastating the lifestyle has been to other people’s lives, the young people attending are shown the reality rather than the facade.  The speakers all have first-hand experience of knife crime or gang violence which really has an impact on young people and encourages them to make positive choices and recognise dangerous situations and friendships.
“Once again I would like to thank every speaker who attended and shared their story, Hertfordshire University and our partner agencies who made this event possible. We would also like to thank the young people who attended the event. We will continue to work with those at risk of gang affiliation and associated criminality to help them achieve positive change.”
Anyone who is concerned about gang or knife crime can call the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101. Young people who need help and advice about these issues can visit: www.herts.police.uk/cyp.
Road safety ideas for our 4,000 miles of roads welcomed
Groups with innovative ideas on how to improve safety on Hertfordshire’s 4,000 miles of roads are encouraged to apply for funding.

Over the last three years the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd’s Road Safety Fund has given out over £1m for more than 60 schemes to reduce traffic casualties.

Now Mr Lloyd has launched the fourth year of the scheme, which is funded from court costs and fees paid by motorists attending speed awareness courses.

Successful previous applications have included the speed indicator signs in villages and a project to support families affected by a fatal accident.

Public sector organisations, voluntary sector, community groups, parish councils and businesses are eligible to apply.

Opening the fund Mr Lloyd, said: “The Road Safety Fund gives local people and organisations a say in developing and designing local solutions to make our roads safer.

“It is funded by people who have transgressed speed limits, but the Fund is not about further punishing the motorist but educating them to protect all road users.

“It is not used to fund more speed cameras to raise more money, we are looking for ideas to raise awareness and correct dangerous behaviour.”

He highlighted two ideas from the latest Police and Crime Plan. Lorry Watch to target large vehicles which are banned from certain smaller roads and a new speed camera safety van to send out advisory notices at hot spots around the county.

On Hertfordshire’s 4,000 miles of roads last year 26 people were killed, 2,881 injured including 418 with serious injuries.

Particularly vulnerable road users include cyclists, motorcyclists, those aged between 17-24 and pensioners.  

The Road Safety Fund is now open for bids and will close on Friday 8th November 8th at midnight. More details about the fund can be found on the PCC’s website: www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund
Open police stations and Welwyn and Hatfield crime issues discussed
Open police stations and crime issues across Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield were discussed with the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner last week.

Mr David Lloyd heard residents’ concerns at a stall outside Welwyn Garden City police station, in Rosanne House, at the junction of Parkway and Bridge Road, in the town centre.

It was set up to remind the community there is an operational police station in the town with facilities for interviews.

Mr Lloyd talking to residents and officers outside Welwyn Garden Police station

Mr Lloyd discussed local policing priorities with Chief Inspector Simon Mason, visited a new hostel for homeless ex-offenders and had a meeting with the District Council leaders.

He also met a SOS St Giles Trust Youth Worker, funded by his office to provide targeted youth support and early intervention to help those at risk of being involved in serious violence.

Mr Lloyd said: “We are here today to remind everyone that as well as the HQ site there are two police stations open for business in the district.

Passer-bys stop for a chat outside WGC police station                      With Chief Inspector Simon Mason at Hatfield Police Station

“Hatfield has a custody suite and a front counter service seven-days a week. There is also a strong neighbourhood policing team in Welwyn Garden City station who are there to react to the concerns of residents and businesses.

“Crimes and concerns can be reported online, and appointments can be made to see an officer there by calling ahead on 101.”

Chief Inspector Mason said: “We have had great success in reducing burglaries, they are down by over 20 per cent in the last year.

“Also there was a spate of thefts of high value 4x4 cars, such as Land Rovers, and while the issue has decreased, we recommend that owners use a Faraday signal blocking bag if they keep their keys near the front door.”

With workers and visitors to the Oxygen Gateway project

Mr Lloyd also heard about efforts to counter anti-social behaviour in King George V Playing Fields and surrounding roads, speeding in Cuffley and shoplifting in the town centres. There is also a continued effort to tackle County Lines drug dealing and associated violence.

At lunchtime Mr Lloyd visited the Druglink Oxygen Gateway Housing Pathway project in Welham Green.

Using funding from the Commissioner’s Criminal Justice and Innovation Fund the charity have set up a two year pilot operation to house 20 ex-offenders a year, to prevent them being homeless.
So far 17 residents from the scheme have progressed through the house and moved to settled accommodation and found employment.

“Schemes like this are about leadership and one of my main roles is reducing crime. Ex-offenders who leave prison with nowhere to live are a third more likely to commit more crime.

“This hostel plays a vital step in putting people back into the community where they belong. With the right support they can become productive and useful members of the public.”
UK Anti-Slavery Day: Raising Awareness in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire’s Modern Slavery Partnership joined organisations across the country for UK Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October to help raise awareness of modern slavery.  
Since 2017 the number of modern slavery offences has been steadily increasing in the county from 10 in 2017, to 55 in 2018/19 however, not all of these were offences committed within the county.
It has proven difficult to secure convictions against those involved in trafficking and exploitation, with just five arrests in 2018/19, compared with none in 2017/18. Victims are often identified as at risk of exploitation, but were not willing to engage with investigations, although many of them were removed from harm as a result of action taken by the partnership.  
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 Tracy Pemberton, 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 to this crime 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.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, who has pledged his support to the campaign said: “Modern slavery can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, nationality, gender or economic background. Victims are usually vulnerable, and criminals target them in order to coerce them into forced or exploitative work.
“We now have a countywide Modern Slavery strategy with a coordinated action plan to identify and reduce all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking by increasing awareness, better coordinating of operational activity, better sharing of information and ultimately providing a better service for victims.”
Recently appointed 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. Although difficult to detect, we know exploitation has a devastating and profound effect on the lives of the victims.
“The Hertfordshire 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."
Between 9 December and 13 December, the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership will be running a campaign to highlight the link between homelessness and modern slavery.
Anyone with concerns about exploitation should call Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number police 101 (ask for the modern slavery unit) 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.
Hertfordshire to get 91 extra officers from Government uplift
Hertfordshire is to get funding for an extra 91 frontline officers from the first stage of the Government’s uplift of police numbers.

When all are in post it will give the Constabulary a total of 2,100 officers, which will be the highest number since 2011.

The boost is the county’s share of the extra 6,000 officers nationally, and is the first target in a three year programme to recruit an additional 20,000 officers nationally.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I am delighted that the Government has provided further support to the strategy I have been implementing for the last seven years. Although we in Hertfordshire have not seen the cuts in numbers that other forces have, I welcome the news of these extra officers.

“Since taking office I have used past savings to maintain a high number of police officers, focusing on a more effective neighbourhood policing model.

“The public consistently tell me they want more officers on the street, and I raised the Council Tax precept by £2-a-month earlier this year to pay for them.

“We have been seeing those new officers coming thorough and making a difference, and now we can will see this uplift increase that further.”

The Government announcement today (Thursday) for the funding of 91 extra officers means the new permanent Establishment number of officers is set to increase from 2,009 to 2,100.

Setting the Hertfordshire policing budget earlier this year Mr Lloyd had already increased the Establishment by 50 plus another 25 funded for at least one year.

In August the Constabulary strength went above 2,000 officers as Mr Lloyd met new recruit PC Daniel Prisecaru, who was given the warrant number 2001.

Earlier this year Mr Lloyd asked for the public’s views on his bid to raise an additional £10.7m for policing in Hertfordshire in 2019/20.

A total of 827 people replied with 77 percent in favour of increasing the police element of the precept.
Hertfordshire Constabulary welcomes 11 new officers as part of graduate scheme
Hertfordshire Constabulary has recently welcomed 11 new officers to the force as part of the Police Now graduate recruitment scheme and they will begin their first shifts from today (Tuesday 8 October).

Friends and family gathered at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Friday 27 September to watch the new recruits graduate from the scheme and become fully warranted police officers.

The Police Now recruitment scheme was launched in 2015 and aims to help improve community safety and break the intergenerational cycle of crime in challenging areas, by recruiting bright and ambitious university graduates.

This year is the third time that the Constabulary has participated in the scheme.

Officers in this year’s cohort have degrees in a wide variety of subjects including Outdoor Leadership and Management, Criminology, Civil Engineering, Psychology and Sports Development and Coaching. Many of the officers have had previous careers in areas including the prison service, construction, the media and retail.

The graduation ceremony at Headquarters was attended by Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Dunn and Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, who both gave speeches welcoming them to the Constabulary and emphasising the importance of their new careers.

The following recruits will begin their first shift on frontline duties starting from today. They will all be working as Safer Neighbourhood officers.
  • PC Abigail Devane who will be based at Hertsmere
  • PC Natalie Fraser who will be based at Dacorum
  • PC Vlad Frolov who will be based at Welwyn Hatfield
  • PC Mike Holland who will be based at Stevenage
  • PC Manmeet Kaur who will be based at Welwyn Hatfield
  • PC Amy Lodge-Gray who will be based at St Albans
  • PC Fahamida Miah who will be based at Dacorum
  • PC Jessica Tanseli who will be based at Watford
  • PC Rory Farmer who will be based at Watford
  • PC Kirsty Smith who will be based at Broxbourne
  • PC Mark Williams who will be based at Stevenage
Syndicate Lead Sergeant Chris Rutter said: “The officers have been through vigorous training and have met every challenge with determination and enthusiasm. I have no doubt that they will be an asset to the Constabulary and will be committed to keeping the people of Hertfordshire safe. I would like to thank them for all their hard work so far and I wish them all the best in their policing service.”

Mr Lloyd said: “I promised extra police officers as part of this year’s raise in the Council Tax precept and it is great to see these new officers joining Hertfordshire.

“The projects they will lead in neighbourhood policing will strengthen ties with their local communities and make a real difference to people’s lives.”

If you feel inspired to start a career in policing, you can find out more on the following websites:
Local businesses offered crime advice at free breakfast seminar
Hertfordshire businesses are invited to attend a free breakfast seminar organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Lloyd.

It has been organised by the Independent Business Advisory Group (IBAG) which was established by Mr Lloyd to help local firms tackle and discuss key crime issues.

There are 30 places available for retailers at the event, which is being held from 8am-10am on Wednesday 23rd October at the Aubrey Park Hotel, Hemel Hempstead Road in Redbourn.

Over breakfast, retailers will be given the opportunity to hear from experts about the retail crime landscape in Hertfordshire, advice on how to prevent businesses from becoming a victim of cybercrime and the current legal obligations for businesses.

There will also be an opportunity to network with local business owners and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Growth Hub and Federation of Small Businesses.

Mr Lloyd said: “I am well aware that crime does not just effect individuals and that it can have a devastating impact on small and medium sized businesses.

“These firms are vital for the prosperity of the county and so the consequences of business crime affect us all. It wastes working time, leads to financial losses and, most significantly, affects staff health and wellbeing.

“It can range from complex online fraud to criminal damage and shoplifting. It is only through working in partnership that we will have the capacity to deal with this multi-faceted threat.”

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.

Free tickets for the event can be obtained by following this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hertfordshires-retail-crime-breakfast-seminar-tickets-74943182075
Free fly tipping clear up scheme extended to Dacorum
Land owners and farmers in Dacorum who are the victims of fly tipping can now apply to have the rubbish cleared up for free.

Dacorum District Council have joined the scheme set up by David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire for those whose green and open spaces have been contaminated.

The clean-up operations are paid for by the PCC using a £20,000 fund that was generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). This is money that has been confiscated from criminals and is put back into crime fighting and victim initiatives.

Existing District Councils taking part include Broxbourne, Three Rivers, Welwyn Hatfield, St. Albans, Stevenage, East Herts and North Herts. They take the lead in investigating and prosecuting fly tipping offences in their areas.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Most of the councils have now joined the scheme which shows how committed all parties are to tackling fly tipping.

“It is a serious crime and it has a significant impact on our community. It blights the countryside and causes substantial costs for farmers and landowners to clear the waste and poses a danger to livestock and wildlife.

“I do not believe it is fair that farmers and landowners are left to pick up a bill, which can run in to thousands of pounds, because someone else has fly tipped on their property.

“Our relentless drive to support bringing offenders to justice by funding enforcement measures, making improvements to security and educating the public on responsible waste disposal, saw a 17.9 per cent drop in fly tipping across Hertfordshire.

“As part of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan I pledged to investigate the potential of using money recovered from criminals to be put to good use in this way.

Cllr Alan Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: "Dacorum Borough Council are delighted to be part of the PCC's fly tipping on private land fund. Our borough covers a significant area of rurality which suffers from fly tipping on the land.

“This costs a great deal of money for private land owners and farmers to clear. Whilst the Environmental Enforcement Officers are always willing to visit these fly tips to look for evidence for prosecution, we have been unable to offer assistance with clearing the fly tip, up until now.
“This will also help with intelligence gathering as we can share this information across the borough with our colleagues in the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group".

To be eligible for the funding farmers or green space landowners will have to prove they already have a waste disposal contract in place with an authorised collection firm.

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

Anyone interested in making a claim or finding out more information can contact Dacorum’s enforcement team at environmentalenforcementofficers@dacorum.gov.uk or by phoning 01442 228000.

Land covered by the fund, includes; privately owned woodland and forestry land, land that was formerly used for agriculture parking, land used for horticultural purposes and tree nurseries.
Over the last two years the PCC has committed over £130,000 through his Local Partnership Fund to help local authorities tackle fly tipping on public land across Hertfordshire.

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy which has come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping.

The on-going work programme is resulting in improvements in enforcement capability across the county as well as the rollout of new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly tippers. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping

Inspector commends Hertfordshire Police for keeping people safe while reducing crime
Hertfordshire Police have been commended by an independent inspector for its ‘positive performance for keeping people safe and reducing crime’.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has welcomed the improved standards recognised in the annual report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue (HMICFRS).

The PEEL inspector praised the Constabulary for increasing officer numbers, improving victim services, tackling knife crime and how senior leaders have met complex demands.

After reading the report, published today (Friday) Mr Lloyd said: “Firstly I would like to commend the chief officer group, as well as all the police officers and staff for their achievements.

“These reports enable the Constabulary, the public and me to see how well Hertfordshire police are performing. I welcome the improvements that have been made to ensure our force remains one of the best in England and Wales.

“Our police force is succeeding in its overarching duty to reduce crime and to keep residents and businesses safe and secure. I am particularly pleased to see that the effort to ensure victims are put first in our county has been recognised by the inspector.

“She has also highlighted how the Constabulary have continued to increase officer numbers, drive down burglary and our initiatives to tackle serious violence.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “I am pleased that the report recognises Hertfordshire as a good force and acknowledges the continuous improvements we are making to improve policing services to the public. This is in no small part due to the professionalism and dedication of Constabulary officers, staff, volunteers and partners. We will be looking to improve services further, building on the good practise outlined in the report.”

The county’s Constabulary is now rated as ‘Good’ in every section and subsection of the PEEL report which assesses Police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy.

This includes looking at how well the force does in areas including preventing and investigating crime, tackling anti-social behaviour, armed policing and planning for future demands.

Introducing her report HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoe Billingham said: “I am pleased with Hertfordshire Constabulary’s performance in keeping people safe and reducing crime.

“Since our last inspection the force has improved how it handles victims’ reports of crime. It now receives and investigates these reports better. It has also improved how it identifies and supports vulnerable people.

“Senior leaders understand well the complexity and scale of current and future demand. The force has worked to be more efficient. It has reorganised officers and staff to better meet demand. Sustainable financial plans are in place, including to increase its officer numbers.

“The force is consulting widely with its communities to better understand their concerns. It continues to uphold an ethical culture and promote standards of professional behaviour well.

“Overall, I commend Hertfordshire Constabulary for sustaining its positive performance over the past year. I am confident that it is well equipped for this to continue.”

In the 2017 Effectiveness report in one of the sub-categories for vulnerable people, Hertfordshire Police were rated at Requires Improvement. This has now been upgraded to Good.

The report also compares Hertfordshire against the 42 other police forces in England and Wales. It shows our Constabulary have 49 per cent of officers in a neighbourhood or response function compared to 40 per cent nationally. It is also cheaper to run with the spend per head of population being £30 lower than the national average of £192.

Compared to the most similar seven forces Hertfordshire’s crime rate recorded crime per 1,000 population is 72, while opposed to 74.

The report said burglary in Hertfordshire has been reduced by 11 per cent ‘due to the force’s detailed understanding of crime series and its targeting of resources in hotspot areas. It gives all burglary victims practical help to improve their home security, including SmartWater marking and doorbell cameras. These measures have been effective in significantly reducing crime.’

Also noted is ‘Hertfordshire Constabulary continues to recruit to meet the optimum numbers of personnel for its policing model.

Significant investments include the recruitment of 75 officers to local policing roles.’ Including how office numbers have increased by four percent compared to five years ago
The report went on: ‘The force is well organised in the way it allocates and investigates crimes. However, in our 2017 effectiveness report, we noted that the quality of its investigations was variable. This has since improved. It robustly monitors incidents where a victim may be vulnerable. We are impressed by the support it gives to repeat victims of low-level domestic abuse in particular.

‘Following a peer review, Hertfordshire Constabulary has increased the number of investigators who deal with rape and other serious sexual offences. It is also analysing how it can better serve victims. The force is highly effective in pursuing suspects of crime.

‘Under the banner of Operation Sceptre, it has adopted a noteworthy approach to preventing knife and gang-related crime. It also seeks to prevent the unnecessary criminalisation of young people in Hertfordshire.’

In relation to the victims the report noted Hertfordshire police are ‘Particularly strong at identifying and protecting vulnerable people, It robustly monitors incidents where a victim may be vulnerable. We are impressed by the support it gives to repeat victims of low-level domestic abuse in particular.

‘Good victim care was evident during our inspection. We were impressed with the level of support the force gives to victims.’

The full report is available here https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/peel-assessments/peel-2018/hertfordshire/