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Barn Meet Held in South Herts
Farmers and local landowners from across South Hertfordshire met up to chat through rural issues at a special barn meet yesterday (Monday November 12).
More than 60 rural residents met with the Chief Constable, Charlie Hall; Police and Crime commissioner, David Lloyd and senior police officers from Hertsmere, Welwyn and Hatfield and St Albans, at Crossoaks Farm near Borehamwood.
They were also joined by Sergeant Jamie Bartlett from the Rural Operational Support Team (ROST), Ros David from the National Farmers Union and officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Sergeant Bartlett said: “The barn meets are popular events which enable the rural communities of Hertfordshire to meet with police and partner agencies to discuss issues which affect them on a daily basis.”
The Chief Constable and the PCC addressed the attendees, talking about what the police and partner agencies are doing to tackle rural crime.
The audience then had the opportunity to ask questions and the subjects covered included fly tipping, reporting and responding to rural crimes and rural police resources.
Sergeant Bartlett added: “The meeting is also a chance for partners to catch up and learn about new rural initiatives to tackle not only crime but any rural issue.
“Our rural communities are very important to us and we understand that they have specific policing needs. It was great to see so many people at the event.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd added: “The barn meet is a good opportunity to hear from the general farming community on the rural crime issues affecting them.
“My office takes these matters very seriously and provides funding to support partnership schemes around fly tipping and other problems including the purchase of new cameras for deployment at fly tipping hotspots across the county.
“We recognise that there remains a lot more work to be done and we will continue to encourage and work with the Constabulary and other partners on tackling these challenges.”
PCC Honoured to take part in 100th Anniversary Remembrance Commemorations
The Commissioner was honoured to take part in the 100th anniversary Remembrance commemorations by laying a wreath at a ceremony at Police HQ.

Sixteen new Special Constables join Hertfordshire Constabulary
Sixteen new Special Constables were warmly welcomed into Hertfordshire Constabulary during their Attestation Ceremony at Police Headquarters on Thursday, November 8.
Special Constables have full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular force.
During eleven weeks of training, the new recruits learnt about basic law around theft, public order, assaults, traffic, powers of arrest and Stop and Search. They also used a virtual learning environment which trained them in legislation.
Each graduate went through a rigorous selection process and had to pass a final exam and practical assessments to enable them to qualify for the role of Special Constable.
Those that graduated are:
  • Daniele Occhibianchi, who will be based at Hertford Police Station
  • Chloe Capp, who will be based at Hertford Police Station
  • Jamie Collins, who will be based at Hertford Police Station
  • Daniel Wood-Costa, who will be based at Hatfield Police Station
  • Sophie Cook, who will be based at Watford Police Station
  • Thomas McAulay, who will be based at Watford Police Station
  • Tushar Mody, who will be based at Rickmansworth Police Station
  • Rhys Folly, who will be based at Stevenage Police Station
  • Richard Liversidge, who will be based at Stevenage Police Station
  • James Blackley, who will be based at St Albans Police Station
  • Alessia Nannini, who will be based at St Albans Police Station
  • Jack Draper, who will be based at Hitchin Police Station
  • Daniel Jones, who will be based at Hitchin Police Station
  • Emanuel Garcia, who will be based at Borehamwood Police Station
  • Gregory Jones, who will be based at Borehamwood Police Station
  • Viktoriya Demetriou, who will be based at Cheshunt Police Station
They were attested in front of their family and friends, and local dignitaries.
Over the next 12 months, the new recruits will continue their training, allowing them to pass out as substantive Special Constables once they are assessed as fit for independent patrol.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Gibson said: “I am delighted to welcome our new Specials into what is an expanding police team in Hertfordshire. Not only are our number of Specials going up, but this week I was pleased to attend the passing out of 29 new regular officers. We are well on track with our target to increase police numbers in Hertfordshire and I believe all of our districts and boroughs will soon be seeing the benefits.”
Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mark Kendrew said: “I was delighted to meet our new Special Constables and I am very proud to welcome them to our dedicated team. Becoming a Special Constable brings with it the promise of being involved in something exciting, worthwhile and that makes a real difference in the local community as well as having the chance to learn new skills. I have no doubt they will make a significant contribution to policing in Hertfordshire.”
Recruitment of Special Constables
Hertfordshire Constabulary is actively recruiting Special Constables. Special Constables get involved in all areas of frontline policing - from high visibility patrols around pubs and clubs at the weekend and being called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision or burglary to arresting offenders or reassuring and advising residents after a crime has occurred.
Aside from ‘response’ or local Safer Neighbourhood policing, there are constantly evolving opportunities to work within specialist policing environments.
Once initial training is complete, Specials are coached by regular officers to complete their Police Action Checklists and are then deemed fit for independent patrol. On average this can take around 12 months.
If you would like more information on becoming a Special Constable, visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk and click on ‘apply online’ or browse the pages to find out more.
PCC welcomes a week of new recruits for Hertfordshire Constabulary
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has welcomed a seven day period when the Constabulary’s contingent of Officers, PCSOs and Specials were noticeably increased. 

Following the graduation of 11 new PCSOs on Friday 2nd November, on Monday 5th November 29 new police constables attended a graduation ceremony at Headquarters and are now working across the county.  On Thursday 8th 16 new special constables, along with their families and employers attended their attestation ceremony.

David Lloyd said, “I am delighted that we now have 56 new constables, special constables and PCSOs working on our streets in Hertfordshire and I would encourage people thinking about a career or volunteering with Hertfordshire Constabulary to visit our recruitment pages or attend one of our open days.”

The next recruitment open day is being held on Saturday, November 17 from 10am to 2pm at Police Headquarters in Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6XF.

We are currently recruiting for a number of both paid for and volunteering roles:
  • Police Officers
  • Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
  • Volunteer Sepcial Constables
  • Police Now Graduates
  • Communications Operators in our Force Communications Room
During the day, you’ll be able to speak to officers and staff who are already doing the jobs that we’re recruiting for, learn more about what the roles involve, try out the police fitness test and watch displays by members of our Personal Safety team.

There will also be advisors on hand to provide support on application writing and they will be able to answer any questions about the application process and eligibility criteria.

Or visit www.herts.police.uk and click on Apply
The Commissioner's response to the Home Affairs Select Committee Report on Policing

"The picture painted by the committee is not one that wholly represents the siuation in Hertfordshire. I have ensured that local policing has not been cut as it has in other parts of the country and this year I have been able to invest additional resources in it. However, we are facing extra policing pressures and funding issues; though I remain confident that the Home Office and the Chancellor are aware of these and will seek to address them."

New website launched in Hate Crime Awareness Week

A new website providing information about how and where to report hate crime has been launched in Hertfordshire.
The website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hertsagainsthate provides key information about what a hate crime is and how to access support if you have been affected by it. It has been launched in National Hate Crime Awareness Week (which runs from October 13 to 20).
A hate crime is any criminal offence that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.
The County Community Safety Unit (CCSU) created the website in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council’s Web Team at no cost. 
It includes details of third party reporting centres in Hertfordshire, where victims can report hate crimes or hate incidents, anonymously if they prefer. Details are then passed onto police.
The website is designed to be easy to read and pages can be translated using a Google Translate feature. There are plans to develop the site further including the addition of hate crime awareness promotional materials that can be downloaded.
Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Hate Crime lead, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Treadwell said: “We take reports of hate crime very seriously but also understand not everyone will feel comfortable reporting to police. The website provides information online to better understand what hate crime is and where they can get support if they need it.”
Colin Woodward, Hertfordshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Hertfordshire is a safe and tolerant county but like in other areas, hate crimes can occur. It is important that when they do, people know what options they have available to them. I welcome the launch of this website which provides information and advice to people living in the county about hate crime.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, whose office leads the Hertfordshire Hate Crime Partnership Board, said: “Hate crimes can have a severe impact on the victim themselves and the wider community can also suffer as hate can breed fear and suspicion. We are united in Hertfordshire in our commitment to tackling hate crime and improving outcomes for victims. This website will provide a useful resource for people affected by hate crime.”


Local Partnership highlights how Agencies can come together to Tackle Modern Slavery
Multi-agency partnership working is vital at a national and local level to tackle the growing problem of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK.

That’s the message MPs, Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Police and Shiva Foundation delivered at the Strengthening Partnership Working to Fight Modern Slavery Seminar which took place at the Houses of Commons on Monday, October 15th , the same week as UK Anti-Slavery Day (Oct 18th).

The event invited MPs, statutory agencies and local organisations to learn about and engage with their local modern slavery partnerships while highlighting the partnership work taking place in Hertfordshire to address this crime.

In 2017, over 5,000 people were referred to British authorities as potential victims of slavery, including 2,000 children.

The Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership (HMSP) has been working over the last year to coordinate work to tackle these crimes, raise awareness of modern slavery and bring offenders to justice and support victims.

Among other activities, the Partnership has developed training, coordinated multi-agency operations, and is developing a victim pathway so public sector professionals can refer potential victims to the correct channels of support.

Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said:
“It is horrendous that victims of modern slavery have their freedom and fundamental human rights denied, but I am encouraged to see the commitment being made by the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership to tackling the issue.

“This Government is absolutely determined to do all we can tackle this crime and help potential victims and so far this year, nearly 900 police investigations to disrupt offenders have taken place, compared with 188 in 2016.”

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden added:
“Modern slavery is a despicable crime that exploits some of the most vulnerable in our society. Tackling it is a major priority for the Government and the Prime Minister personally.

“I support all the good work of the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership and commend their strong partnership work to date to raise awareness of modern slavery in Hertfordshire.”

Sue Darker, Chair of the Partnership’s Steering Group, said:
“I am very proud of the strong partnerships that we have created in Hertfordshire over the last two years. Through the partnership more than 500 local authority, NHS and law enforcement workers in Hertfordshire have been trained on how to spot the signs of human trafficking and modern slavery.

“All agencies have worked tirelessly to educate and train not only their staff, but also the general public via awareness media campaigns and bespoke training sessions.

“The work we have done so far has undoubtedly increased the number of potential victims identified and made Hertfordshire a harder place for criminals to exploit people.”

Anyone with concerns about modern slavery or human trafficking should call police via 101 or the national Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. In an emergency call 999. The Beacon hotline 03000 11 55 55 is open from Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-5pm or visit the website www.hertfordshirebeacon.org for information and advice to access support.
HRH Princess Anne Visits Beacon Victim Care Centre
The Princess Royal visited Beacon Victim Care Centre, Hertfordshire’s victim care service in Welwyn Garden City on September 26th. She met with the team supporting victims of crime and opened The Beacon Lodge, the county’s newest facility for providing 1:1 support to victims of crime. The visit was made in her capacity as Patron of Catch22, the charity running Beacon Victim Care on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Princess Royal met with Beacon team members and civic figures from across the county including Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield and Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

Beacon Victim Care has a primary focus to help victims cope and recover from their experience of crime. Its team of dedicated and trained professionals create personal plans of support which could include emotional support, practical support or advocacy.

The Shining Light awards celebrate Beacon’s success delivering support across a broad range of specialities. The Princess Royal presented certificates for achievements including: establishing a restorative justice provision, supporting child victims of crime, providing exceptional office support and outstanding support for individual victims, including a gang related incident.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to officially open The Lodge- a newly refurbished support facility on constabulary grounds. The Lodge acts as safe space for more vulnerable victims of crime to receive support, near to but distinct from police headquarters. The space is shared with Hertfordshire’s domestic abuse service- who also deliver discreet support to those who may not be able to meet in the community or their home.
Emma Jones, Head of Service for Beacon Victim Care says:

 “We are delighted that our Patron HRH Princess Anne has visited us at Hertfordshire Beacon today, and helped us celebrate the team’s commitment to serving victims of crime in Hertfordshire. It was made even more special by having someone who had used our service present to tell his story. Seeing them tell the audience how much Beacon has changed his life showed what a difference we make through our work.”

Speaking after the visit, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

“I’m very proud to welcome The Princess Royal to Beacon and I know she was impressed by the hard work of Constabulary staff and the team from Catch 22.

“Beacon has made a huge difference to the lives of people affected by all sorts of crime in the county, and earlier this year we were able to increase the support available to cover even more crimes, which is excellent news.”

Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims and Commissioning at the Herts PCC office said:

“This marks a fantastic milestone in the history of Beacon. Three years on from its launch, the service has grown from strength to strength and the visit of Her Royal Highness recognises how important the team’s work is, and I thank staff and Catch 22 for that.

“I’m delighted that the Beacon Lodge has also been officially opened as it represents an important development in providing even greater level of support including those who seek support including mediation.”


About Catch22 (www.catch-22.org.uk)
Catch22 is a social business, a not for profit business with a social mission. As a social business we have the heart of a charity, and the mindset of a business. For over 200 years we have designed and delivered services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities.
Our 1600 colleagues work at every stage of the social welfare cycle, supporting 40,000 individuals from cradle to career. Today we deliver children’s social care, alternative education, apprenticeships and employability programmes, justice and rehabilitation services (in prisons and in the community), gangs intervention work, emotional wellbeing and substance misuse programmes.
About Hertfordshire Beacon

Hertfordshire Beacon Victim Care Centre offers a complete ‘wrap-around’ provision for victims of crime. The service is available free to all victims of crime, including those who have decided not to report the matter to police, or who have changed their mind about needing support and choose to make contact in the weeks or months after the incident.

Beacon is a partnership organisation created by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Constabulary and delivered Catch 22 staff.
Visit the website at www.hertfordshirebeacon.org for information and advice to access support or call 03000 11 55 55​ (option 3).
Herts Businesses warned of Growing Cyber Crime Threat
“You are much more likely to be a victim of an attempted cyber-attack than an offline crime”– that was the message small to medium-sized business professionals heard at the recent cyber security seminar hosted by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

In association with his Independent Business Advisory Group* and the Hertfordshire Growth Hub**, the event was organised to inform local small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of potential cyber threats and share advice on how they can raise defences against the UK’s fastest growing crime type.

Attendees heard how SMEs are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks with 71% of companies with up to 10 employees becoming victims of cyber scams, compared to 13% of larger organisations.

The Police and Crime Deputy Commissioner, David Gibson, who spoke at the event, said:

“We know from speaking to businesses in Hertfordshire – cybercrime is a big concern. Businesses need to understand the threat of cybercrime and look at the options available to them to increase their cyber security. Small changes to password and internal security can protect businesses from a vast number of threats.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner and County Council have jointly funded a Cybercrime Programme Manager to develop and implement a cybercrime strategy for Hertfordshire.

Michael Nadasdy, Cybercrime Programme Manager, said:

“An unprotected computer with access to the internet will be attacked approximately every 40 seconds. The scale of cybercrime is something that we haven’t seen against real life crime, but businesses can take quite simple measures to protect themselves against most threats.

“The Cybercrime Strategy will raise more awareness, signpost businesses to support and help reduce the likelihood of businesses becoming a victim again.”

A consultation for the new Cybercrime strategy is open and available to view: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/consultation

If you are a business, charity or other organisation which is currently suffering a live cyberattack (in progress), please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 immediately. Specialist advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other reports can be made using the Business Reporting Tool or by calling 0300 123 2040
*The Independent Business Advisory Group was set up by the Commissioner to better address the specific concerns businesses in Hertfordshire have in relation to a wide variety of issues including cybercrime and fraud. Membership includes Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Herts Local Enterprise Partnership as well as other Hertfordshire business owners.

**The Hertfordshire Growth Hub help established businesses with real potential for growth to access the support they need to achieve even more. FREE impartial support www.hertsgrowthhub.com.

PCC puts Cash from Speeding Motorists back into Road Safety Projects
The Police and Crime Commissioner has announced the launch of the third round of his Road Safety Fund.

The grant is paid for by people who have committed driving offences. This money is put back into the community to fund new and innovative ways of improving road safety and changing road-users' behaviour.

Since 2016, the Police and Crime Commissioner has put £712,000 into the Road Safety Fund and supported 48 road safety initiatives across Hertfordshire, including; speed indication devices, signage, education schemes and support for road traffic collision victims.

The Commissioner, David Lloyd, said:

“The Road Safety Fund gives local people and organisations a say in developing and designing local solutions where a need has been identified.

“It funds projects that will assist in the delivery of Hertfordshire’s Strategic Road Safety Partnership’*s vision to support a holistic mix of engineering, education and enforcement activity that is focused on reducing road casualties and antisocial road use.

“I am looking forward to receiving innovative and new ideas in this round of bidding, which will help to identify and address local road safety problems in Hertfordshire.”

Public sector organisations, voluntary sector, community groups and businesses are eligible to apply.

In the 2017 round of funding, grants were awarded to road safety schemes in Dacorum, Stevenage, East Herts, St Albans, Welwyn/ Hatfield, Hertsmere, North Herts and Watford.

The Roads Victims Trust received £55,000 to help support the needs of families and individuals who are bereaved or affected by a sudden, violent and traumatic fatal road collision.

Chief Executive of the Trust, Mark Turner, said:

“The Road Victims Trust are hugely appreciative of the funding provided by Herts PCC that provides some certainty and sustainability to our longer term future, and cements the already excellent working relationships with the Police.

“The Road Victims Trust is a small charity and very unique to the UK. My ambition for the next five years would be to say that we are firmly embedded with the Police and Fire Services, the Road Safety Partnerships and the community to provide the service.”

The Road Safety Fund opens for bids on Friday, September 28th for a period of six weeks. The closing date for applications is November 9th. More details about the fund can be found on the PCC’s website: www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund

A Road Safety Information Event, organised by the Commissioner and the Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership, will take place on October 11th, to help groups who want to apply for funding. It will share ideas on putting together innovative bids that will help to address and solve local road safety problems in communities across Hertfordshire. You can download a FREE ticket to the event from the Eventbrite website – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/road-safety-fund-information-event-tickets-50442425653
More Cash from Criminals Used to Help Vulnerable People
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has used money recovered from the criminals to fund several projects helping vulnerable people and improve the criminal justice system.

The projects include those at risk of homelessness and problem gamblers, who could potentially be drawn into criminality.

The Criminal Justice Innovation Fund, set up by PCC David Lloyd, will use £150,000 of cash generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), to support projects which reduce offending and promote innovation in the criminal justice system in Hertfordshire, including in our courts, probation services and other areas.

David Lloyd, the PCC for Hertfordshire said:

“I’m passionate about improving the criminal justice system and setting up this fund puts money recovered from criminal activity back into the community to do good and help steer people away from criminal involvement.”

“The purpose of this fund is to enable new and innovative initiatives that will enhance criminal justice and community safety in Hertfordshire."

This is the first time money from the Commissioner’s Criminal Justice Innovation Fund has been awarded to bidders.

It helps to support the priorities of Hertfordshire’s Criminal Justice Board which aims to make the criminal justice system more efficient, drive greater innovation and support victims and witnesses of crime.

The fund is open to public and private organisations, criminal justice and community safety partners working in collaboration with the voluntary and community sector.

The schemes which have received funding to date are:

Hertfordshire Community Rent Deposit Scheme (£30,000)
St. Mungo’ Community Housing Association will seek to give people starting their life away from crime the best chance to make a success of their resettlement by supporting them to find suitable accommodation through a rent deposit scheme.

GamCare – Hertfordshire CJS Problem Gambling Programme (£55,000)
Current evidence highlights that gambling related harm can be a factor within the criminal justice system (CJS) in Hertfordshire. GamCare has identified opportunities where problem gambling could recognised, and rehabilitative support introduced for the CJS cohort to reduce the impact on both the system and for individual offenders, victims and families.

Integrated Offender Management (IOM) (£20,000)
To provide a review  of the current IOM scheme in Hertfordshire and deliver an update of strengths an areas for development.

Hertfordshire Constabulary - Out of Court Disposal* Review (£6,000)
Fund a detailed analysis of Hertfordshire’s Constabulary Out of Court data since October 2016. It will also assist the Constabulary in planning for the future provision of rehabilitative programmes and support the delivery of Out of Court Disposals across the county.

The next deadline for the fund is September and further details about the scheme is available at the PCC’s website: http://www.hertscommissioner.org/cj-innovation-fund

The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Innovation Fund uses the proceeds of crime to ensure the journey for the victim through the criminal justice system is as easy as possible. It supports projects which reduce offending and prevent people being drawn into criminal activity. The fund will support innovative ideas which help victims and ensures Hertfordshire’s criminal justice system works well for everybody. It will look to develop ideas which are in the early stages or have been found to work elsewhere and have the potential to do the same for Hertfordshire. The fund is worth £150,000 and is open to public and private organisations, criminal justice and community safety partners working in collaboration with the voluntary and community sector in Hertfordshire.

* Out of Court Disposals
Out-of-court disposals allow the police to deal quickly and proportionately with low-level, often first-time offending which could more appropriately be resolved without a prosecution at court. (Source, Ministry of Justice)

Positive Deal Reached on Future of Police and Fire Collaboration
An agreement on the future collaboration arrangements between emergency services in Hertfordshire has been reached by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the County Council.

The formal arrangement means a number of principles which will strengthen joint working can now be pursued under the existing governance structure.

The next stage of the agreement will be to set up the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board, which will ensure the collaboration agreements can be delivered by all partners.

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire said:

“There are clear benefits to both police and fire having a strong and positive working relationship and this agreement between the two governing bodies will allow existing progress to accelerate.

“I want the best for police and fire services, and together with the County Council, we recognise a number of important areas for collaboration which can improve efficiency, effectiveness and public safety.

“Whilst we would have liked a speedier resolution to the process, I believe this constructive step forward with the County Council will bring about significant improvements to the way our emergency services work together.

“As a result of this, I’ve agreed to suspend my business case on the understanding we can make significant and speedy progress on exploring the objectives set out in the Memorandum of Understanding.”

David Williams, the Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said:

“I welcome this agreement between the emergency services to work more closely together.

“This decision provides clarity for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service so that we can continue to enhance practical, blue light collaboration.

“We remain committed to seeking opportunities to improve the Fire and Rescue Service’s efficiency and cost effectiveness. This will include an assessment of the financial and operational benefits of co-locating Police and Fire and Rescue Services Headquarters at Stanborough, Welwyn Garden City and a joint control room.”

Both the County Council and PCC have agreed to explore opportunities for further collaboration including those presented through the next iteration of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue’s operational plan, known as the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). These include better use of estates, including co-locating police and fire headquarters, a joint control room and training base, shared use of drones and a better response structure in cases where both services are needed.

Memorandum of Understanding  - Future of Emergency Service Collaboration in Hertfordshire

David Lloyd clip on Emergency Collaboration

David Williams (
Leader of Hertfordshire County Council) clip on Emergency Collaboration