Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has presented his draft refreshed Police and Crime Plan ‘Everybody’s Business 2015-20’ and his 2014-15 Annual Report to Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel.
The panel will meet next week (11th June) to discuss the Plan and to consider the Report. It may question the Commissioner on the Annual Report. The Plan will be published formally once the Commissioner has considered any recommendations in the Panel’s report following the meeting.
The Panel meeting includes time for the public to attend, or write in, and ask questions relating to the draft Plan or Report.
The refreshed Police & Crime Plan has been through an extensive consultation process (which began in January and went on until May 25th) and the Commissioner is confident that it reflects the current needs and wants of the communities of Hertfordshire.
He said: “I have listened to what people have told me about how safe they feel in the area they live or work, and I have consulted with those who job it is to keep people safe and prevent crime. I have spoken to victims of crime about their experiences and I have had expert opinions on all manner of issues around the criminal justice system and community safety.
“I believe my refreshed plan continues to reflect what local people want, along its original themes of Building on Success, Public Focus, Offender Pays and Business Sense, but it also captures the changing face of crime, ensuring that new and emerging threats, including cybercrime, child sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery, are adequately dealt with by the police and partner agencies.”
The commissioner has pledged to maintain Hertfordshire’s local policing model and continue with collaboration with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire forces, providing that any new programmes deliver appropriate value and no lesser service for Hertfordshire.
The Commissioner’s Annual Report highlights key achievements made over the past year (April 2014 to March 2015) including the extensive review of domestic abuse services in the county, his Victims’ Voice survey that has helped to shape the new Beacon Victim Care Centre and improvements in transparency and the scrutiny of Constabulary performance and crime recording.
Chief Constable Andy Bliss added: “The Annual Report is a great reflection of the hard work of my officers and staff and policing volunteers, working with the public and our partner agencies to reduce crime, catch criminals and keep people safe. Together we maintain Hertfordshire’s place and position as one of the safest counties in the country.
“The refreshed Police & Crime Plan recognises the changes the force is making to deal with new crime challenges and now, more than ever, it is vital that we work together across different organisations and agencies to tackle these. The plan gives the county strategic direction and I am committed to delivering against the policing objectives.”
“Hertfordshire is a county where true and effective partnership working does exist and this plan will help harness the energies of all those who have a role to play in keeping Hertfordshire a safe and low-crime county.”
Both documents will be published in full on www.hertscommissioner.org.
If anyone wishes to contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner they can email: firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 01707 806100 or write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.
You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.
Annual report: http://www.hertspcp.org.uk/Papers/2015-06-11/Item%208%20-%20PCC%20annual%20report.pdf
Police and crime plan: http://www.hertspcp.org.uk/Papers/2015-06-11/Item%209%20-%20PCC%20draft%20Police%20and%20Crime%20Plan.pdf