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PCC Supports Youth Bereavement Education Project
“Losing people close to me made me feel a huge loss of control of everything around me. One day I can be perfectly fine and there are others when I feel overwhelmed.”
Sameera aged 16, lost her mum to cancer when she was just 12 years old. Her father then sadly passed away a year later.

She is one of six Youth Ambassadors who made short films on coping with childhood bereavement, which were recently shown and celebrated at a public film screening in Letchworth Garden City.

The Youth Ambassador programme, set up and run by bereavement charity Stand By Me, received a £5,000 grant from Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner as part of the national #iwill programme.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. It provided grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 for each project and was managed and distributed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF).

This funding supported the training of the young ambassadors in skills that they can use to reach out to their peers, professionals, potential service users and funders about the effects of childhood bereavement.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “This project fits brilliantly with the purpose of the #iwill programme, which provides grants to encourage young people to get involved in social activities and make a positive difference to their communities.

“Sadly, it is estimated that over 4,000  school age children in Hertfordshire have been bereaved by a parent or a sibling at some point in their childhood.* In some cases, bereaved young people are more likely to engage in negative coping strategies such as self-harm, substance abuse and anti-social behaviour.

“It is therefore vital that the correct support, like that provided by Stand By Me, exists to give these young people the tools to cope and grieve properly and openly.”

Sandra Blacker, Clinical Lead Trustee at Stand By Me said: “We are incredibly grateful for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s support which enabled us to develop this programme and work with these remarkable young people on their journey to becoming Young Ambassadors. The self-belief, confidence and skills they have acquired whilst working on the project has been immense and is evident their own video stories of bereavement.

“It wasn't too long ago when these young people first attended Stand-by-by with many worries about life and death, a feeling of isolation and often finding it hard to talk, smile or even give eye contact. Now they want to help make changes for others whilst managing their own grief and impart hope to other bereaved children and families at a time when it can feel like all hope is lost.”

Helen Gray, Director at Hertfordshire Community Foundation said: “We were very grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner whose support of the #iwill programme last year enabled us to make twice as many grants to great youth social action projects like this one. 

“We would love to hear from more groups with good social action ideas this year including volunteering, campaigning and fundraising which help to make a positive difference to their communities.’’  

The #iwill programme is currently open for applications until April 9th, 2018. More information can be found on the HCF website - http://www.hertscf.org.uk/grant-making

*Childhood Bereavement Network 2016

About Hertfordshire Community Foundation

Hertfordshire Community Foundation is a registered charity which aims to tackle need and deprivation in Hertfordshire and to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives here. They do this by providing grants to enable Hertfordshire charities and voluntary groups to tackle identified needs of the communities of Hertfordshire. The Foundation also manage funds for people and organisations wanting to support local causes.

Since inception in 1988, they have awarded over £12 million in support to local communities. The Foundation currently manages over 100 funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and other organisations. During 2016/2017 we awarded £467,682 in direct grant aid to charitable projects working to tackle identified need in Hertfordshire.


PCC Urges Public to Dispose of Waste Responsibly
A county wide campaign supported by Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner launched this week with an aim to reduce the number of fly tipping incidents across Hertfordshire.

The campaign, organised by the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group*, encourages Hertfordshire’s residents and businesses to follow the campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code, which provides a check list to follow when arranging one-off collections of waste.

  • Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.
  • Check their waste carrier’s registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency or by calling 03708 506 506.
  • Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away.
  • Ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
  • Paperwork should be obtained. Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal – this should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “The public has a duty of care to ensure that their waste is disposed of responsibly and failure to do so could result in an unlimited line.

“It’s important that residents and businesses carry out the necessary checks to ensure contractors are properly licensed so they don’t end up in court being prosecuted for fly tipping.

“This year I have committed over £50,000 of funding to help local authorities tackle fly tipping across the county. This grant will be used to cover a wide range of initiatives, including the purchase of new CCTV cameras for use at fly tipping hotspots and resources to educate residents about the their duty of care when disposing of their waste.”

FTG Chairman and Partnership Development Manager for the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, Duncan Jones, said: “Analysis and research shows that approximately two thirds of the fly tipping  incidents reported each year are as a result of normal household waste that has ‘leaked’ from established waste disposal routes.”

“Leaving waste items on the street for others to take, outside charity shops and next to street litter bins are all examples of fly tipping. These contribute to the thousands of fly tipping incidents reported in Hertfordshire each year and in 2016/17, cost tax payers over £1 million to clean up and investigate.” 

Since April 2017, 35 people have been prosecuted for fly tipping offences in Hertfordshire and over 100 fixed penalty notices worth £300 have been issued.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall, said: “Fly tipping is a serious concern which can blight our communities across Hertfordshire. I therefore welcome the launch of this campaign as it is very important the public is more aware about its responsibilities when disposing of waste.

 “It is surprising to see how much fly tipped waste comes from normal households - remember we all have an obligation to dispose of our waste responsibly.  

 “The police will continue to work alongside local authorities and will not hesitate to use our resources and skills to help prosecute serious and serial fly tippers.”

The campaign will also be reminding Hertfordshire residents that if they see fly tipping in progress they should call 999 immediately, as well as reporting the incident to your local council at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping.

Local Borough and District councils can also give help and advice to residents who may be unsure of how to arrange for their waste disposal needs.

*The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (FTG) is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy.
The FTG has come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping. The on-going work programme is resulting in improvements in enforcement capability across the county as well as the rollout of new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly tippers.

PCC Provides Funding to ASB Prevention Drive
The Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council £26,000 from his Community Safety Grant to help tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough.
The Community Safety Grants supports work with partner organisations that play a vital role in keeping Hertfordshire’s communities safe.
The money will fund a new officer for one year, based at the council offices. The role will focus on early intervention with young people in both Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, and will work with their families to signpost them to the right support.
This grant is in addition to a grant awarded last year by the PCC, which is helping to fund projects and professional training on spotting the early signs that young people are at risk of involvement in serious crime or gang activity.
Welwyn Hatfield’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) will also provide funding of £2,000 to contribute towards projects and activities that help deter young people away from crime and ASB, and remove any potential barriers they may face when trying to access these.

David Lloyd said: "This grant supports my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan as early intervention will help tackle anti-social behaviour and hopefully deter young people from crime in Welwyn Hatfield.

“The purpose of the Community Safety Grant is to focus on the needs and the safety of the public. Any provision that is made to educate young people around the effects of serious crime and to spot the signs of anti-social behaviour at an early stage, is a step closer to making Hertfordshire a safer place to live.”
Councillor Roger Trigg, Executive Member for Community Safety said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in securing funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner – this money will go a long way in helping us tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough through early intervention, youth engagement, and training people on spotting signs that young people could be involved in criminal activity.
“It’s also important that we monitor and support young people that have previously been involved with anti-social behaviour to prevent any reoccurrence.”

If residents witness anti-social behaviour, they should report it to the police by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.  

Police Dog Finn to be awarded animal George Cross
A Hertfordshire police dog, who sustained near-fatal stab wounds when apprehending an armed suspect while on duty, is to receive the PDSA Gold Medal – known as the animals’ George Cross – for his bravery and devotion.
Police Dog Finn, who is now retired from service with Hertfordshire Constabulary, almost died from the stab wounds he sustained. His actions protected the life of his handler, PC Dave Wardell, who was also injured in the incident.
The formal presentation of Finn’s PDSA Gold Medal will take place on Sunday 6 May, at the charity’s PetLife ’18 festival at Cheltenham Racecourse: the first ever public presentation of such an award.
David Lloyd, the PCC for Hertfordshire, said:
“Finn’s horrific injuries and the bravery he showed that night lit a fire in the hearts of the British public. Attacking a police animal should not be treated in the same way as damaging a police car. The public clearly think the same, and the fact PD Finn’s actions have prompted this response shows how much the public care about our animals important contribution to policing.
“Finn’s award is a fitting recognition for his heroic actions that night. I very much look forward to seeing Finn formally presented with his PDSA Gold Medal, later in the year.”
Finn’s Story
On 5 October 2016, Police Dog Finn and handler Police Constable Dave Wardell from for the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit were called to an address in Stevenage. The dog unit was instructed to give chase to a suspect who was evading arrest and who was believed to be armed with a baton or stick.
During the pursuit, PC Wardell released PD Finn with a command to detain the suspect. The suspect attempted to jump over a fence but Finn kept pace and was able to take hold of his leg, foiling his escape.
PC Wardell explains, “I joined Finn, grabbing his collar and straddling his back to give him support as he held the suspect. In a split second, I saw the man lunge at Finn’s side with a weapon. As he pulled away, I saw a 10-inch blade, covered in Finn’s blood.
“The man then lunged at me with the blade but Finn, despite being seriously hurt, grabbed hold of the suspect and stopped him from landing a fatal blow. My hand was cut in the struggle and Finn’s head was sliced open.
“Despite suffering two serious stab wounds, Finn’s grip on the suspect remained – pulling at the suspect’s leg to stop him from jumping the fence.”
Finn’s constant grip enabled PC Wardell to wrestle the assailant to the ground, where he eventually dropped the weapon. Other officers joined the team to assist and Finn was rushed to the nearest vet for life-saving treatment.
PC Wardell continues; “Finn’s determination, even after he’d been seriously hurt, was absolutely faultless. He definitely saved my life that night and stopped an armed criminal from posing a threat to other officers or the public.
“I am bursting with pride that Finn is receiving this award – he is a true gem and embodies everything that is special about police dogs in this country. He is my best friend and I owe him my life.”
PC Wardell also needed medical treatment for a stab wound he sustained to his hand.
Following the attack, Finn made a miraculous recovery and was back on active duty just 11 weeks later.
PDSA’s Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said: “Finn displayed outstanding devotion that night, both to his duties and to his handler. For his actions, Finn is an extremely worthy recipient of the PDSA Gold Medal.”
Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who, alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner nominated PD Finn for the award, said:
“Our Police Dog teams perform outstanding work and are a great source of pride for the Force. Finn’s story highlights the vital role that these animals play in our society and the dangers that our officers face on a daily basis. I am thrilled that Finn’s actions are being recognised.”
The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit is one of the teams which make up the Joint Protective Services (JPS) Command for the three forces.
ACC Paul Fullwood who leads JPS said:
“This award highlights the brilliant work our police dogs deliver across Beds, Cambs and Herts and UK police forces. The extreme danger faced by Finn and his efforts to protect PC Dave Wardell is just amazing and the award is so well-deserved. I am so pleased and proud that Finn has been recognised by such a prestigious award”.
#MeToo Film Winners Celebrate International Womens Day
This year on International Women's Day, women are being urged to #pressforprogress. Campaigns like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more have stirred a global momentum to strive for gender equality. A team of students who made a film about the #MeToo movement were one of the winners at this year’s Beacon Film Festival - an event which was organised by students from Oaklands College and Beacon, Hertfordshire’s victim care centre.In this short interview the young filmmakers talk about the importance of International Women’s Day and look at ways women can #Press for Progress.
What did winning the Beacon Film Festival award mean for you and the message you are sending out to the public?

Winning meant a lot to us as a team because it demonstrated that our film was taken seriously and our hard work paid off. It also showed that our intention of contributing to the #MeToo movement was successful and recognised. 
What message would you like to send out as young women on International Women’s Day?
An overall message that we would like to send out to young girls is that you are capable of achieving anything and being a woman is not a restriction but an empowerment.

What steps do you think employers could take to ensure women are progressing in their careers?
We think that they should not take gender into account when hiring and that women and men should both be offered equal opportunities. 

What changes would you like to see happen to ensure that women do not become victims of sexual abuse / harassment in the film industry and indeed other industries?
We would like the movement of solidarity amongst women to continue and for victims to be assured that they are not alone. We also hope that the message of the campaign and support on the back of it will continue and not fade away. It is vital that young people are educated at school around areas of sexual abuse and they are taught how to treat people with love and respect.

What help do local authorities need to provide in your view to support women who are affected by sexual abuse / harassment?
Local authorities need to reassure victims and make them feel safe from both the perpetrator and the repercussions of the crime. Victims should also be offered ongoing support and continue to be treated with respect and patience.
You can watch the winning film - #Metoo here

If you have been a victim of crime – you can contact Beacon on 03000 11 55 55 or send an e-mail to info@hertfordshirebeacon.org

The Winning students were:
Megan Thomas
Jake Cortgrove
Tia Fields
Josie Lyddon
PCC Praises Constabulary Work with Diverse Communities
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, recently praised Hertfordshire Constabulary for its ongoing commitment to eliminate discrimination and build and maintain good working relationships with all of the county’s diverse communities.

An engagement conference was recently held by the Constabulary as part of (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender+) LGBT History Month (February) to bring police officers and staff up to date with the current issues affecting LGBT+ communities and to encourage victims to report homophobic or transphobic incidents to police.

It was attended by a large number of the force’s Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs*) - who have been specially trained to support people from LGBT+ communities  - and officers and staff who are likely to work with, are part of, or have an interest the LGBT+ community.

David Lloyd said: “Our police force must reflect the society it serves and Hertfordshire Constabulary has taken great steps to eliminate discrimination, prejudice and offer equal opportunities to all.

“Hearing from victims who have experienced hate crime, and from experts from voluntary organisations, will enable officers and staff to understand the needs of all our communities in Hertfordshire as well as their colleagues.

“I encourage this work to continue so that the force can provide an exceptional service to all residents, no matter what their background or circumstances.” 

Hertfordshire Constabulary has dedicated teams which represent the county’s wide ranging communities covering sexual orientation and transgender, age, religion and belief, race, disability and gender.

The conference was organised by the Force LGBT Development Team, the group that represents sexual orientation and transgender.
*What do LAGLOs do?
The Constabulary’s 80 LAGLOs are police officers and staff who have been specially trained to support people from LGBT communities.  All police officers are able to support the LGBT+ community, but LAGLOs are in place to provide additional support and understanding.

LAGLOs aim to: 
 - encourage the LGBT+ community to report homophobic incidents to police and to give information, advice and support to victims and witnesses of crimes
 - positively engage with LGBT+ communities and develop good working relationships with relevant partners and key community groups dedicated to LGBT issues
 - advise and support fellow police officers dealing with homophobic incidents
 - raise awareness amongst colleagues and promote understanding about the needs of the LGBT community
The force’s 80 LAGLOs consist of police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PSCOs) and are based all over the county.They can be reached by calling the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency or if a crime is on-going, report it immediately via 999. The support of a LAGLO can then be requested if required. Further information about the LAGLOs can be found on our website: www.herts.police.uk/laglo
Money Seized from Criminals Helping Reduce Crime
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is putting £150k of money recovered from criminals back into community projects which reduce crime.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Action Fund, to support community and voluntary initiatives which tackle crime and make Hertfordshire a safer place to live.

David Lloyd said: “This fund, created from the proceeds of crime, enables local groups to find solutions to community safety problems.

“I’ll be working with a range of organisations from the community who want to create better services for residents and work with our partners to make the county safer.”

Last year a wide variety of community groups applied for funding to support projects to help tackle issues within their communities.
These projects included education and training programmes to protect vulnerable people and provide community reassurance, anti-social behaviour prevention projects, support for domestic abuse victims and even an after school club which trained students to develop apps for mobile phones.*

Who can apply?  

The fund is open to voluntary and community groups, charitable and not for profit organisations, Community Safety Partnerships and Parish, Town and District Councils.

The PCC particularly wants to support innovative projects formed from local collaborations and partnerships and can make a lasting difference to communities in terms of safety and crime prevention. 
The fund is open for applications until March 30th.

Applications to the fund can be made through the Hertfordshire Community Foundation website: www.hertscf.org.uk/pcc-action-fund

*More information on the projects that received funding can be found here.
Background to the Fund:

One of the priorities of the Commissioner’s plan is that crime does not pay.  The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Action Fund is made up from funds recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).

This piece of legislation was created to tackle organised crime, giving police officers the power to seize cash and recover assets such as cars and houses bought by criminals through the proceeds of their crimes.

POCA strikes directly at the main motive for crime, deterring offenders, disrupting organised crime, and shows the public that crime doesn't pay.
The money recovered and made through the sale of the criminal's assets can then be put back into community projects and helps to fund further investigations.
PCC Funded Fly Tipping Group wins Prestigious Award
A Hertfordshire fly tipping initiative that receives support and funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner has won the Best Partnership Award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards at this year's annual awards ceremony.

Hertfordshire’s Fly Tipping Group (FTG) – part of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership – is a multi-agency taskforce made up of Hertfordshire’s local authorities, as well as the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, the Police, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers Union.

Since 2016/17 the PCC has been working with the FTG providing funding support for new initiatives to tackle fly tipping. These include a range of schemes from the installation of new convert cameras at fly tipping hotspots through to enhance training for frontline officers to improve the quality of enforcement action against fly tipping.

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group was recognised for its work bringing together a wide range of partners to tackle fly tipping in the county. So far during 2017/18 the task force has overseen a reduction of over 19% in the number of fly tipping incidents reported across the county.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said:  “I’m very pleased to see the hard work of the Fly Tipping Action Group recognised at these prestigious awards.

“Fly Tipping is a crime which has a very real impact on the community and on landowners. It’s a highly visible crime and one which has seen considerable investment from this office and from our partners. It is great that we are seeing positive results and the work of the group in tackling this menace is bearing fruit.”

Mr Duncan Jones, Partnership Development Manager for the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership and Chairman of the FTG said:  “It’s wonderful to have the work of the FTG recognised at a national level and reflects the hard work of the FTG’s Partner organisations in combating fly tipping”.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton said: “Each year, our award winners show just what is possible when people have the passion and commitment to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. This year is no exception and I would like to congratulate the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group including all of its partner organisations and thank them all for their incredible work.”


The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (FTG) is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy.

The FTG has come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping. The on-going work programme is resulting in improvements in enforcement capability across the county as well as the rollout of new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly tippers.

Beacon Film Festival Shines a Light on Victims of Crime
Films about the #MeToo movement and the devastating impact crime has on victims, were this year’s  winners at the Beacon Film Festival, which took place in Welwyn Garden City on Friday, February 9th.

Students from Oaklands College teamed up with Beacon – Hertfordshire’s victim care centre – for a second year to host the event with an aim to bring awareness to victims of crime and highlight the services offered by Beacon.  

Over 100 students aged 16+ from Oakland’s’ BTEC Creative Media and Foundation Degree courses, produced the films which were shown to an audience of 300 people. Some of the students even reflected on their own experience of being a victim of crime as the theme for their film.

The judging panel included BBC Three Counties radio presenter, Roberto Perrone, Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd and Hertsmere Councillor Pervez Choudhury.

David Lloyd said: “I was really impressed by the high standard of films shown this year. Film is a great medium to tell a story and this festival has provided an opportunity to engage with younger people and understand the issues of crime from their own experiences and those of their peers.

“Students used their creativity and expertise to really reach out to the community and demonstrate crimes like cybercrime, domestic abuse and hate crime are happening, whilst also highlighting that there is support available through Beacon to help victims on their journey to recovery.”

The winning films announced were; #MeToo from Level 3 students and Vicious Circle produced by Level 4 and 5.

The winners of the Level 4 and 5 category were awarded a grant of up to £1000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner to make a film about modern slavery. The film will be used to inform the public of how this crime impacts our communities and society.

Oliver Samuel, Lecturer and Filmmaker, Oaklands College, added: “I am really proud of all the work the students put into producing these films which covered a wide range of topical issues.

“This year also saw the addition of filmmaking and photography workshops that gave more of an insight into themes like modern slavery, cyberstalking and the impacts of crime on victims.”
Lynne Sparks
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has expressed his sadness at the passing of the Mayor for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Lynne Sparks, who died over the weekend.

“Lynne was a passionate supporter of victims’ rights and was an enthusiastic champion of Hertfordshire’s victim care centre Beacon, based in Welwyn Garden City.
“Her support in helping to promote and publicise the service meant more people were aware of Beacon.

"My thoughts, and the thoughts of the Beacon team, are with Lynne’s family and friends.”

Panel Approves Extra Funding for Herts Police
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel has approved a £1 a month increase on the average household’s council tax to fund additional officers and more staff for the Constabulary.

The decision was unanimously approved by the panel members, a group of local councillors and independent members of the public whose job it is to scrutinise and support the work of the PCC.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd says the money will be used to protect neighbourhood policing teams, investing in additional officers from the Operation Scorpion units to help tackle burglary, anti-social behaviour and drug-related crime.

Additional funding will also be placed into the Force Control Room, where 999 and 101 calls have risen dramatically since the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Increased support for victims will be providedthrough the expansion of the Constabulary’s victim services team and an enhanced Beacon Victim Care Centre, delivering greater and specialised support to victims.

David Lloyd said:

“I’m pleased the panel has approved this budget as it provides long-term security to our local policing teams as well as investing to meet the increased demands on the force.

“The increase will provide more officers on the streets, more staff answering your calls, more staff for investigations, more investment in community safety, criminal justice and police innovations and at the same time allowing more savings and efficiency to take place.”

Residents will start to see the increase in April’s council tax bills. The average increase on a weekly bill will be 23p.

You can read the full budget report presented to the panel.
Film Festival puts Victims Rights in the Spotlight
A film festival to raise awareness of Beacon - Hertfordshire's Victim Care Centre - and the impacts of crime on victims will take place in Welwyn Garden City from the 7th to the 9th of February.

Beacon has teamed up with Oaklands College for a second year to deliver a dynamic programme of filmmaking and victims’ awareness workshops to highlight the impact crime has on its victims.

An awards ceremony and screening of the student films from Oaklands College and the best of this year’s international films – all of which have a focus on victims of crime - will close the festival on the evening of Friday, February 9th at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “Film offers a very powerful way to tell a story and so this festival will really highlight the awful consequences crime has on its victims. Last year the standard was very high with some remarkable films that covered a wide range of subjects, including domestic abuse, hate crime and sexual assault.

“This year, there are a variety of workshops which will provide more information on issues like modern slavery, cyberstalking and the impacts of crime on victims. This festival is a great opportunity to put victims at the top of the agenda, allowing them to take back their lives.”

BTEC Creative Media and Foundation Degree students from Oaklands College have been tasked with creating films for the festival as part of their on-going course assessments.

Oliver Samuel, Lecturer and Filmmaker, Oaklands College said: “We’re all really excited about the second Beacon Film Festival. Students have been working hard producing a range of different films and we have had lots of international submissions too. 

“We are hoping to build on last year’s success and looking forward to delivering a number of exciting filmmaking and photography workshops which will focus on the impact crime has on victims and indeed the broader community.”

All events are free of charge and open to anyone apart from the film screenings which are 15 or over.
Awards & Prizes

Short-listed films will receive a BEACON Film Festival 'Official Selection' laurel leaves award and one overall winner will receive a 'Best International Film' laurel leaves award.

The film festival will start at 7pm, tickets are free and if you would like to attend, please register your interest by following this link and further details will be sen


Beacon was set up in 2015 as Hertfordshire’s Victim Care Centre. Anyone who has been a victim of crime is entitled to free support through Beacon – irrespective of whether a crime has been reported to the Police.

Beacon is a partnership organisation created by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Constabulary and (currently) Victim Support staff. The Constabulary’s Victim Service Team makes initial contact with a victim of crime and provides a crime reference number. They also update the victims of crime on their case. This will be followed by an offer of victim support, and those who accept are handed over to the Victim Support team.

Last year, Beacon introduced dedicated Victim Case Managers for vulnerable victims of crime. This service is for people who have been persistently targeted and require very specialist care.

You can contact Beacon on 03000 11 55 55 or send an e-mail to info@hertfordshirebeacon.org.