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Commissioner discusses rural policing and crime in North Herts
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd discussed how the rural community can play a role in keeping Hertfordshire safe recently at a meeting with parish council representatives in North Herts.
 
The Commissioner spoke at the North Herts Association of Parish, Town and Community Councils’ Annual Conference on Wednesday (October 22) held at North Herts District Council offices in Letchworth Garden City.
 
Mr Lloyd discussed his own role as well as rural policing and crime in Hertfordshire with an audience representing councils across the district.
 
Commissioner Lloyd said afterwards: “I am always keen to engage with parish communities as I take rural policing very seriously. I am proud to live in a Hertfordshire village myself and I know that sometimes a different approach to policing is required in a rural area as opposed to a town or city.
 
“I was keen to explain my role as Police and Crime Commissioner setting the policing priorities for Hertfordshire. I wanted them to know about the exciting possibilities we have for developing policing across the whole county, particularly by giving a stronger voice to victims of crime and making sure they are at the heart of everything the criminal justice system does.”
 
He discussed his police and crime plan, Everybody’s Business, with the audience and its key theme of the whole community having responsibility for tackling crime. He also took questions from the audience following his talk.
 
He added: “My deeply-held belief, that all parts of the community from the largest organisations down to the individual can play their part in keeping us safe, is particularly pertinent in rural areas where there is already a strong sense of community.
 
“Tackling crime is something we can all get involved in for example through volunteering with the police, which is something I have been keen to promote since becoming Commissioner. Volunteering opportunities in Hertfordshire range from giving up just an hour or two every month through to becoming a Special Constable with full police powers or even setting up a DriveSafe scheme to tackle speeding drivers where you live.”
 
The Commissioner is a founding member of the National Rural Crime Network – a new initiative designed to develop ideas on tackling rural crime issues, such as fly grazing and fly tipping.
 
Anyone interested in volunteering, or wants to find out more, should visit www.herts.police.uk/volunteer or http://www.hertscommissioner.org/.