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Planning, praising and mince pies
Just a short one this week as I am sure you all have better and more festive things to do than read my musings.

It has been a week of two halves. I started the week engaging with the public and partners and ended it rolling up my sleeves to work with the Chief and our respective top teams to set out the direction for my first Police and Crime Plan.

I started the week dropping into Cornwall House, a managed housing scheme in Bishop’s Stortford, and spent time chatting to older residents over some rather good mince pies. We had a lively debate and good exchange of views. I want to hear from people from all ages and all walks of life – that’s why I have been criss-crossing the county in these first weeks.

On Monday night I presented an award to the Hertfordshire Horizons team, who are doing great work on offender management. This team of police and probation officers have been running a pilot, tracking offenders using GPS which won the Guardian newspaper’s Digital Innovations Award 2012.

I want to see innovation across the criminal justice system in this county and I am proud to be associated with this work, which is making real strides in helping offenders to give up a life of crime and reducing the number of victims.

Later in the week, I had a really positive session on the first Police and Crime Plan - testing my ideas and ambitions with the Chief.

I will be saying more about the shape of the plan in the New Year but the big areas of focus are becoming clear. For instance, I will be developing ways for active citizens to get involved across the criminal justice system and I will want to build on our success in rehabilitating offenders, exemplified by the Horizons scheme.

There is much to do. Have a safe and merry Christmas.