Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  
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Engaging and Campaigning
My busy schedule showed no signs of letting up this week. I had constructive sessions with victims of crime and young people, as well as local leaders in criminal justice and local government. I also launched my first formal campaign – Operation CallBack – in Hertford Town Centre.

On Tuesday, I met with members of Hemel Hempstead’s Youth Council at the XC youth centre. I decided to give the skate park and lively music a miss in favour of an interesting discussion with engaged young people and Youth Connexions staff.

They helped me understand the issues that young people in Hertfordshire face, for example, concerns about their personal safety. Although I was keen to reassure them that crime figures show that they should feel safer than they do, it was clear that they remain concerned. So I will be working with local leaders and the public to reduce the gap between actual crime and the perception of crime in the county.

I again made listening to the experiences of survivors of crime a priority. However, I want to do more than listen – I want to make sure their voices are heard by all the local leaders who can help to do something about it. This is something I will be working with the local leaders of the justice agencies on. We had a productive first session together this week at the Herts Criminal Justice Board.

[Operation Callback] Friday saw the launch of my first formal campaign: Operation CallBack. As your commissioner I want to see a crack down on dangerous and anti-social driving in the county. This Constabulary-led initiative is aimed at doing just that. The message is simple: taking calls in the car is dangerous and unnecessary – just Call Back.

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service is a key road safety partner; they often pick up the pieces when things go wrong. After the launch of CallBack, I met with Chief Fire Officer and Director of Herts County Council’s Community Protection department, Roy Wilsher to discuss common goals. Roy and other partners in local government will be vital in pushing forward the road and community safety agendas.

Looking ahead, highlights include the first meeting of the Police and Crime Panel on Thursday, as well as talking rural crime in Stanstead Abbotts. Also meeting the Home Secretary at the start of the week.

I want to know what you think about policing and crime in Herts. Please use the contact me link to find out how to get in touch.