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Consultation on policing plans for Broxbourne
Hertfordshire Constabulary are proposing a reorganisation of policing in Broxbourne which will see Cheshunt police station redeveloped as the new single command centre for the Borough and Hoddesdon station closed.  The changes will not see any reduction in the number of front line officers serving Broxbourne but will allow more effective management of the policing team and provide efficiency savings.  The force remains committed to maintaining its effective policing of Hoddesdon and will continue to have a high profile presence in the town and regular policing surgeries where the public can meet officers face to face.
 
The plans, which are subject to staff consultation, involve the co-location of all local services - neighbourhood policing, local crime investigation, response and the management team – to Cheshunt once the existing station has been overhauled to accommodate all the teams and senior managers. The plans aim to enhance effectiveness and put resources at the heart of the borough where demand is greatest.
 
Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: “As with many other public sector partners, demand for our services has not diminished despite the financial pressures and the Force is looking to be more innovative about how it delivers front line services in the future."
 
“The complexity of our operating environment remains challenging as we strive to meet the needs of emerging crime trends. We are totally committed to ensuring people continue to receive the high quality police service they deserve and that opportunities to investigate crime and bring offenders to justice are maximised. ”
 
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “This proposal is about maintaining an effective and resilient police presence in Broxbourne. There is no reduction of police officer numbers and it reflects my commitment to investing resources in keeping officers working on the front line rather than maintaining buildings.  The Chief Constable has assured me he can maintain the excellent policing service he provides in Hoddesdon under the new arrangements and I am confident he will deliver on that.  I am also aware that and the local Chief Inspector is exploring with partners the creation of a local base from which neighbourhood officers can work.”
 
The plans provide the Force with a ‘one-off’ opportunity to reinvest investigative expertise and staffing into tackling high priority crimes such as domestic and child abuse under the auspices of a new ‘Safeguarding Command’. This is an area of growth for the Constabulary.

David added: “This period of consultation will involve key partners and the public and  I am very keen to hear everyone’s views ahead of consultation closing on October 23rd."
 
The Safeguarding Command has been designed to enhance our response to domestic abuse, child abuse, child sexual exploitation, force marriage and human trafficking.
 
The period of consultation will last 30 days before a final decision is made.
 
Anyone wishing to make a comment on the proposals can contact the commissioner at Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden AL5 4GZ or email commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk by October 23, 2015.