Residents sow the seeds for Safer Streets
Residents have taken part in a community scheme to make their neighbourhood safer.

Those living on the Coopers Walk estate, in Cheshunt, got involved in the Safer Streets initiative which aims to improve residents’ knowledge of how they can reduce crime and generate closer communities.

Other measures at the site in Davison Drive include improved street and carpark lighting, new communal entrance systems and live monitored CCTV.  Around 450 properties across seven streets in Cheshunt are benefiting from free security upgrades from the Safer Streets funding, which was secured by David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.


Pictured (clockwise from top left) Residents get involved in planting; Landcape gardener John Van hague and horticulturalist Antony Henn; Broxbourne Council Leader Lewis Cocking.

A range of crime reduction measures are being installed to help ‘design out crime’ and prevent victimisation by reducing the vulnerability of properties, making it harder for offenders to commit crime.

The scheme is being run by Hertfordshire PCC along with Broxbourne Borough Council, B3 Living, Hertfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Recently Coopers Walk residents joined in the creation of a new communal garden to plant flowers, vegetables and herbs.

They were joined by Cllr Lewis Cocking, Leader of Broxbourne Council, who said: “It was wonderful to see so many residents of Coopers Walk taking part in this initiative. The communal garden has been designed with residents in mind and will help them take ownership of the area they live in.”

The allotment garden is part of a wider landscaping scheme across the estate which involves the introduction of defensible planting of spikey bushes around properties to deter burglars, and a rejuvenation of the main communal green space.

Hertfordshire’s award-winning landscape gardener John Van Hage and horticulturalist Antony Henn both volunteered to work on the community project.


Pictured (clockwise from top left) Willing helper getting her hands dirty; Antony Henn and another resident; John Van hague and Lewis Cocking; communal areas on the estate are being improved.

The families and householders who took park in the day used the ‘planting by numbers’ system where they laid out a bio-degradable paper plan, matched and planted ‘lettered’ plants.

Hundreds of individual properties are receiving free security upgrades including ‘Secured by Design’ front and rear doors, window locks, floodlight cameras, garage defenders and garden gates as part of the Safer Streets initiative.

At the second project site, properties in Shortmead Drive, Limes Road, Springfield Road and Northfield Road are benefiting from upgraded doors and locks, smart video enabled doorbells and video-recording security lights and garden security. The streets are also being revamped with alley-gates and new solar lighting.

Hertfordshire was one of 35 PCC areas 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. The project is set to be completed by next month.
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David Lloyd sworn in as Police and Crime Commissioner
Re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd has been sworn for another term in office.

The ceremony took place yesterday (Monday) evening shortly after Mr Lloyd was announced as the winning candidate following last week’s vote.

Mr Lloyd received a total of 167,875 votes, up from 126,069 in 2016. Turnout across the county increased to 37 per cent, compared to 29 per cent for the previous election and 14 per cent in 2012.


   Mr Lloyd reading the oath                                                                                                            Signing the oath before taking up his next term of office

In a short speech Mr Lloyd said: “I would like to thank the other two candidates, we have had a good election and discussed the issues with honour.

“I am looking forward to getting on with the job, as I have promised it is about more police officers and lower crime. In addition, as I have always said, it is putting the victims at the centre of everything that we do.”

Mr Lloyd was re-elected to the role which he has held since he won the inaugural election in 2012. He is only one of four PCC’s in England and Wales to have continuously held the position since its introduction.

Police Area Returning Officer, Broxbourne Borough Council's Chief Executive Jeff Stack, conducted the ceremony at the Spotlight Theatre, in Hoddesdon, after declaring the winner.


   PARO Jeff Stack witnessed the signing                                                                                  Mr Lloyd and Mr North after the election result was announced

Reading the oath out loud he said: ‘I David Lloyd do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.

‘In making this declaration, I solemnly and sincerely promise that during my term of office:

‘I will serve all the people of Hertfordshire in the office of Police and Crime Commissioner.

‘I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.

‘I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime, and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.

‘I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.

‘I will not interfere with the operational independence of police officers.’

Mr Lloyd will officially take up his next term of office on Thursday 13th May.

As no candidate received more than 50 per cent of the first preference votes, David Lloyd and Sam North progressed to the second round, as they had accrued the most first preference votes. The total number of valid first and second preference votes cast for these candidates is shown below.

David Lloyd
1st preference votes: 155,114
2nd preference votes: 12,761
Total votes: 167,875

Sam North
1st preference votes 87,524
2nd preference votes 48,172
Total votes 135,696

Mr Philip Ross got 76,941 votes in the first round.

 
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David Lloyd re-elected as PCC
The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has been announced as David Lloyd.

The turnout across Hertfordshire was 37.4 per cent. This compares with 29 per cent at the last PCC election in 2016.

The results were announced by Police Area Returning Officer, Broxbourne Borough Council's Chief Executive Jeff Stack, at the count at the Spotlight Theatre in Hoddesdon at 5.15pm.

The three candidates who contested the election were David Lloyd (The Conservative Party Candidate), Sam North (the Liberal Democrat Party) and Philip Ross (The Labour Party candidate).

Under the supplementary voting system, voters were asked to indicate both a first and second preference from the three candidates.

Mr Lloyd revived a total of 167,875 votes, up from 126,069 in 2016.

As no candidate received more than 50 per cent of the first preference votes, David Lloyd and Sam North progressed to the second round, as they had accrued the most first preference votes. The total number of valid first and second preference votes cast for these candidates is shown below.

David Lloyd
1st  preference votes: 155,114
2nd  preference votes: 12,761
Total votes: 167,875

Sam North
1st preference votes 87,524
2nd preference votes 48,172
Total votes 135,696

Mr Ross got 76,941 votes in the first round.

The PCC is responsible for the way policing is delivered in the county. They decide how funding related to policing and crime reduction is allocated and set a Police and Crime Plan which sets the strategic direction and objectives of the force. They also bring together community safety and criminal justice partners to ensure local priorities are joined up.

For further information on the work of the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire visit the website https://www.hertscommissioner.org/.
 
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Mr Lloyd supports changes to strengthen PCC role
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed Home Office plans to strengthen the role.

David Lloyd reacted after the Home Secretary Priti Patel yesterday (Tuesday) outlined the recommendations of Part One of the PCC Review.

Along with many other PCCs nationally Mr Lloyd and his office contributed suggestions on how improvements could be made.

Mr Lloyd said the report recognised Commissioners’ roles in ensuring the public’s voice is heard, holding the Chief Constable to account, providing victim services and efforts to tackle the court backlog.

Reacting to the report Mr Lloyd said: “I was elected as Hertfordshire’s first ever Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012 and I am pleased to see the recommendations set out in the first phase of the review.

“PCCs across England and Wales have made a real difference to reducing crime and keeping people safe. In Hertfordshire our award-winning victim care centre, Beacon, has helped thousands of people and is recognised as one of the best in the country.

“Regular consultation with the public on my Police and Crime Plan ‘Everybody’s Business’ ensures the people have a real say on the policing they receive.

“Recently residents of Hertfordshire overwhelming told me they wanted more money to be raised through the Council Tax to pay for more officers, and Hertfordshire will soon have its largest force ever.”

He added: “I have a positive and constructive relationship with the Chief Constable, and work closely with partners in local and national government plus Criminal Justice to keep people safe.

“With the leader of the County Council I have created the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board to ensure a closer working relationship and shared facilities between police and fire. This has already brought real benefits in terms of improved public safety, and this work is set to continue with the report’s recommendations.”

 The initial recommendations will enhance the role of the PCC by:

-  changing the PCC voting system to first-past-the-post
- making sure PCCs provide the public with clear information on their force’s performance
- mandating the appointment of deputy PCCs to ensure continuity in unforeseen circumstances
- making changes to ensure more effective and consistent relationships between PCCs and chief constables

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Police and Crime Commissioners play a crucial role as the elected voice of the people for crime and policing, which is why I am committed to ensuring they are accountable to the communities they serve and are strong, visible leaders in the fight against crime.

“These recommendations, once implemented, will strengthen and potentially extend the role of PCCs and help them deliver the safer streets that the British public deserve.”
The 2-part review was announced in July 2020 and delivers on a manifesto commitment to strengthen the accountability of PCCs and expand their role.
 
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Safeguarding Hub extended to help more domestic abuse victims
A highly successful pilot scheme to support more victims of domestic abuse across the county has been expanded and extended.

The Beacon Safeguarding Hub will run for a second year, after it was established by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire to offer enhanced support.

Since its formation the unit has contacted an average of 340 medium risk domestic abuse victims every month.

The Beacon Safeguarding Hub, an extension of the Beacon victim care model, is situated in the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) at Hatfield Police Station.

The Hub’s original five-strong team is set to expand following approval by the Police and Crime Commissioner to introduce additional funding to support this scheme. This will allow it to extend support to all victims of Domestic Abuse who report to the police as well as victims of rape and exploitation.

Agreeing the changes PCC David Lloyd said: “Preventing crime and helping victims will always be at the centre of everything we do, and the Beacon Safeguarding Hub is an excellent example of what can be achieved.

“They have already supported thousands of victims, providing them with access to help and preventing repeat victimisation.

“The evidence has shown that it has improved the conviction rates for offenders by supporting victims throughout the criminal justice process.

“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. The Safeguarding Hub has been reaching eighty per cent of medium risk victims, but with today’s increased investment we are aiming to support everyone in this category.

“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.”

Working with Safeguarding Command staff at the Beacon Safeguarding Hub make proactive calls and contact with medium risk victims to offer and assess additional support they may need. This can include emotional and practical support, with those identified to be most in need offered a complete support plan.

The uptake of support surpassed expectation with 49 per cent of those contacted accepting onward assistance. The typical uptake rate is 25 per cent.
The rate of Hertfordshire domestic violence victims and witnesses disengaging from magistrate court cases also dropped from 17 per cent in 2019 to just three per cent in 2020.
 
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PCC’s latest Road Safety Fund opens for bids
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 four years the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd’s Road Safety Fund has awarded over £1.2m to more than 70 schemes to improve safety in Hertfordshire.

Now Mr Lloyd has launched the fifth year of the scheme. It is funded from surplus generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and been ordered to pay court costs following prosecution, or who have attended educational diversionary courses, such as a speed awareness course.

Successful previous applications have included speed indicator signs in villages, a project to support families affected by a fatal accidents and older drivers’ awareness courses.
Public sector organisations, voluntary sector, community groups, parish councils and businesses are eligible to apply.


   Mr Lloyd is inviting ideas from groups on how to make roads safer

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.

The fund focuses on a mix of enforcement and education.  It is used to raise awareness, educate people and correct dangerous behaviour.”

The Road Safety Fund is now open for expression of interest until on Friday 2nd April 2021.  Organisations will then be invited to complete a full application form.

More details about the fund can be found on the PCC’s website: www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund
 
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How PCCs are ending the revolving door of reoffending
As the Government introduces a new Bill to bring about sentencing reforms, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, (APCC) has launched a new report which demonstrates how Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are ending the revolving door of crime by ensuring those offenders who want to turn their lives around and stay out of prison get the help and support they need to do so.

As the APCC Criminal Justice Lead David Lloyd has written the foreword to Reducing Reoffending In Focus and contributed a section on the work undertaken by his office in Hertfordshire to prevent the cycle of reoffending.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire said: " “Although a prison sentence punishes the offender and prevents them from reoffending whilst they are incarcerated, we know that to end the revolving door of crime PCCs need to work with key partners, both in the criminal justice system and more broadly to rehabilitate offenders back into society effectively. Helping offenders is not always a popular cause, but no-one wants to see them return to prison leaving even more victims behind them.”

The report features the Oxygen Gateway Hostel, in Welham Green, Herts, which provides accommodation for prison-leavers, to prevent homelessness and returning to crime. After my office provided kick-starter funding the project is now self-funding and reoffending rates for those who have been residents are much lower than average.



The report features the work of 26 cross-party PCCs from all over England and Wales with initiatives such as:  
Addressing the complex needs of women offenders - offering specific support for them and their families.
Community Sentence Treatment Requirement orders for offenders with mental health problems, addictions, or other substance-abuse issues.
Providing training, new life skills and community development courses to increase employment opportunities.
Offering refreshed and enhanced integrated offender management programmes.
Domestic abuse perpetrator programmes. 

Other key contributiors include the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, said: “Reoffending is a pervasive issue and accounts for around 80% of cautioned or convicted crime. It is a top priority for this Government to break the cycle of reoffending by ensuring offenders can access the services they need to change their ways and turn their backs on crime. I am most impressed and grateful for the work of PCCs and their dedicated staff across our country for their engagement with their partners and local communities to help divert offenders away from crime.”
 
Director General of Probation and Wales, Amy Rees said: "PCCs have been absolutely integral to our partnership working for many years and we really value the strong relationships we have developed which have led to important successes in reducing reoffending, protecting the public and supporting vulnerable groups. Integrated Offender Management is one of the best examples we have of partners coming together, pooling their strengths and expertise to find solutions to reducing reoffending in communities and PCC colleagues have been central to many successful previous and ongoing initiatives."  
 

 
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PCC provides two new community road safety camera vans
Two new road safety camera vans are to be deployed across the county where communities raise concerns over speeding.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has funded the vehicles in response to public requests for more action to be taken against motorists who break the law.

The vans will be sent to sites identified as areas of concern by local residents, businesses and partner organisations. They will particularly operate in 30mph zones, and locations where speeding is an issue but which have not necessarily involved deaths or serious injuries.


   Mr Lloyd with the new vans at Police HQ

Launching the vans Mr Lloyd said: “My role is to keep the public safe and reduce crime. Speeding and road safety is one of the topics of concern I hear about most from the people of Hertfordshire.

“The public want a flexible and robust approach taken to speeding on all roads across the county; from remote villages to city streets and from rural roads to motorways.
 
“These vans are a response to that demand for action. They will provide a supplementary reassuring high visibility presence and improve the quality of life for local communities.
 
“They will be deployed at sites where the public have raised concerns, and in areas which may not have had a camera van before. They will work alongside the usual speed management measures including the existing speed camera vans, officer enforcement and my Community DriveSafe scheme.”

Assistant Chief Constable Genna Telfer added: “These vans are an excellent resource to support our efforts to improve road safety and reduce the number of casualties on Hertfordshire’s roads. The fact that the public has a say in how they are deployed is a really positive step forward.”


   Asst Ch Constable Genna Telfer, Mr Lloyd and Mr Bibby

The Commissioner’s latest Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan set out his ambition to provide the vehicles as a dedicated proactive and preventative resource that responds to community concerns around road safety.

Recently more than 10,000 Hertfordshire residents responded to a survey calling for more action against speeding and anti-social driving. More than two-thirds (70 per cent) reported seeing traffic offences, such as speeding or using a mobile phone, on a daily or weekly basis.

Three members of staff will crew the vans, which will be based at Hemel Hempstead and Hitchin Police Stations, but will cover the whole of the county.

They will support the existing volunteer-led DriveSafe scheme and additional locations will be selected according to information gathered through local priority setting forums, barn meetings and other engagements with the police.
The use of the vans will complement County Council and the Constabulary’s joint Speed Management Strategy, which underpins the county’s approach to interventions on the highways.


   The vans will be deployed across Herts

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We want Hertfordshire’s roads to be safe for all road users. In particular we want people to feel safe walking and cycling, and to make sure that residential areas and town centres feel like safe and pleasant places.

“Our Speed Management Strategy set out how we’re going to make sure we have the right speed limits in the right places, and we know people want to see those limits enforced. That’s why these new camera safety vans are so welcome. By targeting the areas where residents have raised particular concerns, they can help manage traffic speeds and reassure people thinking of walking, cycling or driving in an area that their local roads are safe.”

The refreshed strategy recognises the need to take a whole systems approach to the management of speed, and includes the need to address the publics’ road safety concerns before they materialise into collisions and deaths.

The Road Safety Camera Vans will 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.

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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Congratulations to first officers to pass out in 2021
Today sees 15 new trainee Police Officers of 2021 starting their careers with postings to police stations across Hertfordshire following their graduation last week.

The cohort, who range from school leavers to those swapping professions, including a former physiotherapist, an electrical engineer and an aircraft engineer, start their first postings on today  (8th March), with five PCs based in Stevenage, four officers in Welwyn Hatfield, three in North Herts, two in East Herts and one in Watford. Two of them are ex-Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), two are former Special Constables and three were police staff members, including two who worked in our control room taking 999 calls.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “Thousands of members of the public responded to my policing survey earlier this year, with the majority asking for more money to be spent on more frontline officers.  This is exactly what is happening and we are on course to have the largest force ever in Hertfordshire by the end of the year.

“Congratulation to these new officers. I and the public look forward to seeing them patrolling our streets very soon.”


   Herts 15 newest officers celebrate their graduation

Chief Constable Charlie Hall gave a big virtual welcome to the nine men and six women thanking them for the hard work and commitment already shown.

He said: “It’s not been easy for this cohort, the first to undertake our new 20-week training course under lockdown conditions. With a couple of them testing positive for coronavirus during their training, some of the course was delivered online rather than in person, making it even more of a challenge, but these recruits took it all in their stride and I am very proud of them.

“I am always happy to welcome new police officers to our force and know that they will find their chosen career challenging and rewarding, as I have.”

Their training included a mixture of classroom based and practical sessions, covering a vast range of topics including law and powers, personal safety and dealing with volatile situations, first aid and safeguarding vulnerable victims.  On-the-job training continues for many months until officers are declared fit for independent patrol.

It’s all change later this year, with these new entry routes to become a police officer:
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – join as a police officer and achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice. This is a three-year, work-based, practical and vocational degree;
Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) – aimed at those who have a degree in any subject. In your first two years, you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice whilst you train as a police officer.If you feel inspired to become a

Hertfordshire police officer, visit hertspoliceofficer.co.uk to find out how to apply.

Through our ‘Positive Action’ scheme, Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to building relationships with under-represented groups and encouraging them to join our policing family. For more information and support visit hertspoliceofficer.co.uk/diversity.
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Herts OPCC recognised for providing clarity of information
Hertfordshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has again been nationally recognised for the clarity of information on its website. 

The office has been awarded the CoPaCC Open and Transparent Quality Mark for 2021 for the fourth year running.   CoPaCC conducted an assessment on all OPCCs in England and Wales.  

The assessment was carried out by judges from CoPaCC who use Home Office guidelines to check what information PCC offices should publish and how it is presented. This includes clarity over how public money is spent, policing and crime priorities and decision making processes.  



This year CoPaCC also added further criteria to the judging process - how easy the website is to use and navigate. CoPaCC undertook a ‘mystery shopper’ transparency assessment of every OPCC website in England and Wales.

Bernard Rix, Chief Executive Officer of CoPaCC, said: "It’s no longer acceptable to ‘tick the box’ of technical and legal compliance but then hide the required disclosures through unclear jargon and complex navigation; clear, non-technical language and simple navigation should be the aim to ensure true public transparency.

"These OPCCs present key information in an accessible format on their websites.  I was particularly gratified to see, after seven years of assessments and awards, such high standards delivered by almost all OPCCs."
 
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PCC's message to explain how businesses can prevent cyber crime
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has recorded a message for local businesses to explain how they can prevent cyber crime.

Many small and medium sized firms do not believe they will be targeted by online criminals and therefore do not take the proper precautions.

But thousands of business in the county have money or information stolen every year, despite the simple steps they could take to protect themselves.

“Many small businesses don’t think they are at risk, but SMEs have to understand: you are a target, you must take the threat seriously, you need to take action,” says Mr Lloyd in the video.

“I have created a scheme which provides a free cyber health check for your business. If you have fewer than 50 employees, you can have an hour-long, 1:1 consultation with a Government accredited IT company.

“They will provide you with an action plan identifying any risks to your business and how you can put it right.

“Over one hundred Hertfordshire SMEs have taken part in the scheme so far and none of them have fallen victim to cybercrime in the 12 months since taking part,” he adds.

The Cyber Basics Review scheme has recently been renewed for a second year.

Run jointly with Hertfordshire County Council Trading Standards, any of Hertfordshire’s small or medium-sized business can apply for an appointment with an accredited computer security provider.

To secure your free CBR simply email CyberProtect@hertfordshire.gov.uk with your contact details and request a review. 
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Have your say on volunteering and improving community safety
Volunteers who want to get involved in policing and community safety are being urged to comment on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s new strategy.

David Lloyd is encouraging everybody to have their say on how they can contribute to keeping Hertfordshire a safe place.

Schemes already run by the PCC include members of the public ensuring the rights of detainees in police custody; scrutinising the use of Stop and Search powers; checking on the welfare of police dogs and tackling local speeding.

Other programmes supported include the Special Constabulary, Employer Supported Policing, Police Support Volunteers and Police Cadets.


Mr Lloyd with Sue Thompson, Chair of Herts Watch (picture taken pre-Covid)

Now Mr Lloyd is refreshing his Volunteering Strategy for the next five years and wants to hear from residents and organisations about what work they would like to undertake.

“Keeping Hertfordshire safe is something we all have a stake in and to which we can all make a contribution. Volunteering underpins the central values which lie at the heart of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business.

“I want to maximise the opportunities available to volunteers who want to get involved in policing, crime reduction and community safety.

“This strategy sets out how we will continue to develop a stronger public focus – one which keeps the public at the centre of our thoughts, our plans, and our services,” he said.

The consultation comes as Hertfordshire Constabulary launch their transformative ‘Prevention First’ programme, which sets out an approach to intervening early to: prevent harm; prevent crime; prevent offending; increase trust; and work together.

Mr Lloyd added; “It opens up the opportunity for the creation of different volunteering and scrutiny roles across policing and community safety. I look forward to continuing the dialogue with the public on how we can work together to cut crime and create fewer victims.”

Read the draft Volunteering Strategy and comment on the plans by visiting www.hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation. The consultation closes on Sunday 21st March.

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