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Commissioner discusses policing in Watford with Mayor
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has reaffirmed his commitment to local policing in Watford – including keeping a police station in the town – at a meeting with the Mayor of Watford.

The Commissioner met with Mayor Dorothy Thornhill on Thursday December 10 to discuss policing and future partnership opportunities between police and Watford Borough Council.

The pair also discussed the closure of custody facilities at the town’s police station and the Commissioner told the Mayor that he has requested a report on how the closure is affecting policing in the borough from the Chief Constable.

Following the meeting, Commissioner Lloyd said: “Both the Mayor and I are keen to see that the communities of Watford continue to receive an excellent standard of policing from Hertfordshire Constabulary. I was delighted to meet with her and be able to emphasise my commitment to local policing throughout the county and specifically in Watford as well.

“While the decision to close custody was taken by the Force rather than me, I reassured Mayor Thornhill that I will be holding the Chief Constable to account on this matter. This is why I have asked for a detailed report on how the closure will affect policing in Watford in the coming months.”

He added: “As part of my commitment to local policing, I have pledged to keep a police station in every borough and district in the county, including Watford. While the current station needs updating, I am excited by the possibility of working with Watford Borough Council in the future to make sure police officers in the town are provided with the best facilities possible.”

Baroness Thornhill, Elected Mayor of Watford, said: “We all know that police budgets are very tight and the Chief Constable is looking to make savings, but Watford is the largest town in the county and we need a proper police presence here.
 
“I’m grateful that the Commissioner promised me that the new custody arrangements will be monitored to make sure that officers aren’t taken away from frontline policing. There will be reviews in February and May. I hope that the new system works, but if it doesn’t I will do everything I can to make sure the Watford custody suite opens again.”