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PCC Receives Transparency Award
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has received an award for transparency for the third year in a row.

CoPaCC, an independent organisation which compares the work of Police and Crime Commissioners and shares best practice, has presented the PCC’s office with its Transparency Quality Mark.

25 PCC offices received the award, which is given to those who are meeting and exceeding the statutory requirements of disclosing information to the public.

David Lloyd’s website contains a specific section for transparency, including details of decision making, finances and the workings of his office.

He said: “For five years now PCCs across the country have been holding police forces to account.

“It is important therefore that we lead by example and that our own offices and websites are open and transparent as well.”

CoPaCC's Chief Executive Bernard Rix said:  

"These OPCCs have all demonstrated that they are transparent in what they do, meeting relevant legal requirements.

“They present key information in an accessible format on their websites and I congratulate them all on their good work.

“I look forward to what I trust will be continued excellent work by each and every one of them in this area."

Read more about the award and the work of CoPaCC.
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Additional Pound a Month to Invest in Hertfordshire Police
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire is proposing an increase of £1 a month on the average household council tax rate to invest in more officers and additional investigation teams.

Following this week’s announcement by the Home Office, David Lloyd will be able to raise an additional £5.3m for policing in Hertfordshire in 2018/19.

Read the PCC's Open Letter

This will be spent on protecting 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.

There will also be more funding for crime investigation teams to make sure that victims of crime receive the best care possible.

David Lloyd said:

“This settlement is welcome and helps to secure funding for Hertfordshire in a year which has seen a significant rise in demand on our officers.

“I’ve always maintained I will not make the public pay a penny more for policing than they have to, and despite this increase Hertfordshire residents will still pay one of the lowest contributions for policing in the country.

“This is your chance to have a say on the amount you pay for policing in Hertfordshire. This will help to increase officer numbers and provide more resources into the areas of policing which really make a difference.”

If you would like to send me comments, please email them or write to: The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ by 31st January 2018.
 
Background

The government has provided PCCs with the ability to raise the police section of the council tax by an average of £1 per month.
This represents a 7.9% increase in Hertfordshire’s council tax precept, which equates to a £1 per month increase on current levels for the average household (Band D equivalent – the increase will be applied to all households proportionately).

The police precept accounts for just under 40% of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s budget. Just under 60% comes from central government grant which has been frozen for the next year, and the rest is from constabulary reserves.

For more details see the Home Office’s press release on this from Tuesday 19th December.

* Operation Scorpion is Hertfordshire Constabulary's initiative to relentlessly pursue criminals, bring them to justice and make Hertfordshire a more hostile place for them. It targets burglars, robbers, vehicle thieves and related drug crime. Activity will be focussed on those criminals causing the most harm to our communities through a wide range of proactive work carried out by police officers and staff across the Constabulary. Crime is low in Hertfordshire but there is always more we can do to help to keep you safe and your property secure. They act on information received from the public as well as other evidence we have gathered about suspected crime.
 
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Hertfordshire Constabulary rated Good by Police Inspectors
A report by the police inspector has judged Hertfordshire Constabulary to be good at how legitimately it keeps people safe and reduces crime.
 
Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) says in today’s Legitimacy report that the force is good at treating the people it serves with fairness and respect.
 
It has also been judged to be good at ensuring its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully.
 
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said:

“This is a positive report into the leadership of the Constabulary and it demonstrates that keeping people safe and reducing crime are at the centre of our priorities.

“A confident and well-run police service provides reassurance to the community and ensures officers act in the way our residents would expect them to, and I know this is the case in Hertfordshire.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said:

“I am pleased the report recognises our commitment to police Hertfordshire with respect and fairness as well as the importance we put on ensuring  we act ethically and lawfully at all times. 

“The report also recognises how we are always actively seeking to improve and we will act on the recommendations within the report to further develop fair and effective policing.”

According to HMICFRS, Hertfordshire Constabulary is good at providing training in effective communication skills, the appropriate use of coercive powers and what constitutes reasonable grounds for stop and search.

The Community Stop and Search Panel was recognised as performing an important function, though it was highlighted that there should be younger members on the panel. Anyone interested in the work of the panel should visit the website.

Background

View the inspection report.

Areas for improvement
 
  • The force needs to ensure that its data for use of force (including body-worn video footage) is monitored by an external group to provide additional oversight.
  • The force should ensure that it has a credible plan to comply with all aspects of the national vetting standards by December 2018, in line with HMICFRS’ nationwide recommendation in 2016.
  • The force should ensure that all allegations which meet the mandatory criteria for referral to the IPCC are so referred, and that it updates witnesses and subjects regularly.
  • The force should ensure that the grievance process complies with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service codes of practice and guidance, particularly relating to timescales, records, audit trails, and updates and support to witnesses and workforce members who have raised a grievance.
  • The force should ensure it develops and supports its supervisors and managers to conduct fair, effective and consistent assessments that support continuous professional development and manage poor performance, including establishing an effective quality assurance process. 
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PCC Concerned Inspectors Report Misses Point
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has expressed his disappointment at the independent police inspectors for “misleading” the public.

Whilst the Crime Data Integrity report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, shows significant improvement from the last inspection in 2014, it claims the police still need to improve the way crime is recorded.

David Lloyd, Hertfordshire’s PCC said:

“I’m concerned that HMIC are using sensationalist figures to mislead the public into thinking Hertfordshire Constabulary is not supporting victims of crime.

“This misses the point about ensuring all victims of crime are protected and supported, not whether the technical process of whether a crime has been recorded to the level set by the inspector.

“I’m confident that safeguarding measures were put in place, but HMIC seem to feel that the story is about more about their inspections and not the true picture of the service offered to victims of crime in Hertfordshire.

“I strongly disagree with this approach and am concerned that vulnerable victims may be put off from reporting crime if this report goes unchallenged.”
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Herts Special Inspector Recognised at National Awards Ceremony
A Special Inspector from Hertfordshire Constabulary and her employer were named runners-up for a national award in recognition for their contribution to volunteering policing in Hertfordshire on Tuesday, November 28th.

The 26th Lord Ferrer’s awards ceremony was organised by the Home Office and attended by the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP and the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd MP. It celebrated the outstanding contributions of special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets from across the UK.

Acting Special Inspector Bates and her employer, Royal Bank of Scotland were nominated and shortlisted for the Employer Supported Policing Award, which recognises the contribution of individuals and teams of employees who support their local police force through volunteering.

ASI Bates, who has served as a Special for 25 years currently receives 10 days paid leave from her employer to perform front-line duties and attend training through the Employer Supported Policing scheme*.

Together with her IT skills from her career and her experience as a Special Constable, ASI Bates was vital to Hertfordshire Constabulary during this year’s response to the heightened threat levels caused by the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

She was central to the planning and mobilisation of special constables across the county, enabling regular colleagues to provide protection and reassurance to the people of Hertfordshire.

The ESP scheme is being led by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, who wants employers across Hertfordshire to encourage, support and sustain their staff’s duties as a Special Constable alongside their day-to-day employment.

The Commissioner said: “This is a brilliant example of a successful partnership between employers, their members of staff and the Constabulary.

"By providing ASI Bates with paid leave to perform a role in the Special Constabulary, the RBS is directly contributing to the local community and playing a key role in making Hertfordshire a safer place to live and work.

"It also highlights to other organisations the simple and effective way in which this support can benefit the community and the police service.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “I am very proud of the work all our volunteers and Special Constabulary do on a daily basis. 

"I am especially pleased to hear Special Inspector Bates was runner-up in the Employer Supported Policing Category. 

"The Special Constabulary is vitally important in Hertfordshire and the value they bring to the organisation and the community cannot be understated. 

We all benefit from their policing skills, enthusiasm and commitment.  I would like to congratulate ASI Bates and thank her for all her hard work.”

* Employer Supported Policing (ESP) is a national and local national and local initiative that provides businesses with the opportunity to forge closer links with their local policing teams. As part of the scheme employers grant paid/unpaid leave for their employees to carry out necessary training or duties.

If you would like to find out more and share information about Employer Supported Policing  with your employer contact the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office ESP@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or call 01707 8061540.

More information is also available on our website: www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk
 
 
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Data Manipulation in Forensic Services
Statement about issues of data manipulation in forensic services
 
Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary instigated a review earlier this year after allegations came to light in connection with forensic toxicology tests carried out by Randox Testing Services.

This is a nationwide issue and the three forces are working with partners including, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Superintendent Russ Waterston, Deputy Head of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire’s Criminal Justice and Custody Unit, said: “We have reviewed samples dating from late 2013 to early 2017 and, to date, we have identified 129 criminal cases, which equates to 211 forensic samples across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, that may have been affected by this issue.

“These cases cover a wide variety of offences. The majority relate to road traffic offences but there are also cases relating to violent crime, sexual offences and sudden deaths.  In line with the national response, the most urgent cases, including those that are currently going through the Criminal Justice system, are being given retesting priority.

“To date 22 samples have been re-tested and the results have remained unchanged. As we progress with this review we will of course ensure that contact is made via the Crown Prosecution Service with anyone who has been affected by inaccurate samples.

“Understandably, this news will cause concern but I would like to reassure the public that it is very unusual that one single strand of evidence, such as toxicology results, would form the entire basis of a case. There is normally other significant evidence that supports the decision making of the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Courts.  

“We are continuing to work closely with the NPCC, the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service and our priority is to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire said:

“The police and CPS appear to be managing with this as well as they could have been expected to given the complexities of the forensics industry and the unexpected way in which the case has come to light. 

“I welcome the transparency shown by the police in this update, and for publishing all the relevant data. I will continue to liaise closely with the Chief Constable and others to minimise the impact of this case on victims."


Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's (APCC) Transparency and Integrity Lead, Julia Mulligan PCC said: 

“The impact of the police investigation into data manipulation at Randox Testing Services is profound.  Understandably, confidence in the criminal justice system will be rocked, but I am confident that Chief Constables and the CPS in particular are doing everything they can to deal with this unforeseeable challenge, affecting both live and historic cases. 
 
“I am sure PCCs will want to take steps locally to reassure themselves that local cases are being prioritised and resolved as appropriate. I will also work with partners nationally to make sure lessons are learned, and that this very serious matter continues to be managed effectively.
 
“The vast majority of the 10,000 cases called into question relate to drug-driving incidents, but some cases involve the most serious of crimes.  No doubt as I am in North Yorkshire, Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales will take steps to ensure any victims adversely affected by these developments receive the support they need.
 
“Both at a national and local level Police and Crime Commissioners will work with partners to understand the consequences of this police investigation, manage the fallout and ensure normal service is resumed as quickly as possible.”
                                                                                                                               
APCC Public Engagement and Community Confidence Lead, Mark Burns-Williamson PCC said:
 
“The seriousness of the situation involving Randox Testing cannot be underestimated.
 
“I know all agencies, including the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), and many others are working together to ensure we can maintain and sustain the confidence the public have in our criminal justice system.
 
“In my role as APCC lead on the Transforming Forensics programme I am working closely with my Chief Constable and the NPCC to ensure that we are doing everything we can to identify the most serious cases and we stand ready to support anybody potentially affected by this news.
 
“I know that is the case being replicated across the country with PCCs and CCs working together with partners to ensure support is available for those affected.
 
“Having a Criminal Justice System that is fair and transparent is paramount and we all need to collectively work together to ensure that remains the case and that we retain faith in our justice process.
 
“The developments in forensics has transformed the investigation of crime. Now working together we need to ensure essential forensic science work continues but with even stronger safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of data, that impacts on victims, witnesses and those accused of committing crimes, is never compromised.”




Here is a breakdown of the local figures:

Bedfordshire: Cases = 22, samples = 36

Cambridgeshire: Cases = 45, samples =66

Hertfordshire: Cases = 60, samples = 107
 
For further information regarding the national picture please contact the NPCC Press Office.

 
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Hertfordshire Spends More on Police Front Line
A report published this week by the independent police inspector shows Hertfordshire Constabulary spends more on frontline policing than similar forces.

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services Value for Money report showed more is spent on police officers, staff and PCSOs than in similar forces, despite receiving less money from central government.

The study also found demand is higher, including 999 call and emergency and priority incidents, though there are fewer victims of crime than other comparable forces.

Police and Crime for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said:

“The report recognises that in Hertfordshire more is spent on local policing than the average, which underpins the way we police the county as set out in my Police and Crime Plan.”

“It highlights how I have maintained the frontline of policing in the face of a challenging financial situation and a rise in the demand facing our officers.

“Hertfordshire remains a safe county and whilst we have seen more people reporting crime, the Crime Survey of England and Wales has shown an overall decline.

The PCC has given evidence this week to the Home Affairs Select Committee, setting out how he believes more flexibility should be given to Police and Crime Commissioners to set their own budget.

“This report shows policing in Hertfordshire already represents good value for money. I believe the ability to raise a little more in the council tax precept – even as low as £1 a week – would give us the potential to revolutionise policing in the county.”

You can read the report at the HMICFRS website.

 
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Volunteer Pilot Schemes Receive National Backing
Two voluntary policing schemes in Hertfordshire have successfully been selected as pilots in a nationwide competition.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and Hertfordshire Constabulary pitched two projects which encourage the public to take a more active role in policing.

These were presented in a Dragon’s Den style pitch at the National Citizens in Policing Transformation programme.

Employer Supported Policing (ESP) helps local businesses to bring vital skills to the policing and community safety arena, creating stronger links between the police and local businesses.

Employers support employees who volunteer as Special Constables and both the employer and their staff benefit from police training and experience - equipping both with transferable skills that can be used in the workplace.

The other project, Career Pathways, enables Special Constables to develop careers across a number of key areas of the policing business, including problem solving on safer neighbourhood teams, response policing, rural crime, safeguarding and cybercrime and roads policing.

This will help to develop longer-term opportunities for volunteers to strengthen their skills and knowledge and provide them with unique experiences, which they can transfer back into their day-to-day working environments.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, welcomed the outcome and said: “Specials provide a visible and reassuring policing presence in Hertfordshire and are able to engage directly with communities to help fight crime.

“My plan for policing Hertfordshire puts volunteers at the heart of our strategy. This pilot will help to strengthen these two schemes and will improve the communities of Hertfordshire.”

The bids were selected by the Institute for Public Safety Crime and Justice and the College of Policing from a number of applications from across the country.

The Institute will lead on the evaluation of both pilot projects. Dr Iain Britton, Head of Citizens in Policing, Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice said: “Our research work is focused on better understanding and improving how Specials are supported and enabled to contribute. These two projects in Hertfordshire are very exciting, and will make a significant contribution to that work.”

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Orton, from Hertfordshire Constabulary Crime Reduction and Community Safety Unit added: “I would like to congratulate my team for their hard work and commitment in collaboration with colleagues from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to secure the winning bids.

“The academic support and funding for the pilot projects will help us to create an interesting and rewarding volunteering environment that supports both the needs of individuals and businesses across the county.”  

Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mark Kendrew said: “I am delighted that Hertfordshire has been selected to become the centre of excellence for Employer Supported Policing and for creating effective Career Pathways for our Special Constables.

“These are essential capabilities we need to ensure our officers believe their Special contribution is needed, valued, developed, whilst also rewarding and enjoyable. In turn this will drive recruitment and retention, enabling us to keep our communities safe, prevent crime and catch criminals.”

For more information on Employer Supported Policing Scheme (ESP) or Special Constables in Hertfordshire, please visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk. Businesses can also contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner – ESP@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or 01707-806150.

You can read more about recent Employer Supported Policing event here.
 
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PCC to Appear Before Home Affairs Select Committee
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has been called to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s investigation into the future of policing.

He will appear on Tuesday the 14th November before the committee and alongside other PCCs.

The committee’s inquiry is looking at all aspects of policing, including the funding of forces, and levels of demand.

David Lloyd, who is chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, will make the case for greater devolution of the policing budget to PCCs.
“Currently, we are limited in what we can raise by a cap set by the government. I would like to see PCCs have greater flexibility to set a budget based on the demands of their area.

“PCCs are the democratically accountable representatives for policing, and should be able to make a case to local people in order to deliver the police service they expect.

“We have seen significant increases in investigations involving complex fraud, other types of cybercrime, child sexual abuse and exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery and we are dealing with these whilst trying to maintain community policing.

“We must ensure that we have the resources available to deliver those services, and this inquiry helps to keep that at the front of our minds.”

The Home Affairs Select Committee has already heard from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. 

 
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Become an ICV
Members of the public are being invited to join the teams who visit Hertfordshire’s police custody suites.

Independent volunteer inspectors can go and visit the cells and the custody unit to speak to detainees and make sure they’re being looked after.

The scheme, run by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, helps to ensure that custody is run professionally and within the guidelines.
Applications for this round of ICVs are open until the end of December.



The PCC said this was a great opportunity to volunteer in one of the most challenging areas of policing.

“Independent Custody Visitors perform a vital role in helping to hold the Constabulary to account and to make sure vulnerable people are looked after properly.

“I’m proud of the work of our custody officers, who work in sometimes very challenging situations and whenever I’ve visited our suites I’ve seen highly professional officers performing their duties.

“ICVs make sure we’re getting it right, and I’m pleased we’re able to increase our number of visitors.”

The ICVs receive special training to monitor the well-being of detainees in custody suites and can visit any time, day and night, across the two custody suites at Stevenage and Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

Chief Superintendent Nathan Briant, the head of Criminal Justice and Custody at Hertfordshire Constabulary said:

“ICVs are an important link between the Police and the public – they broker a relationship which we can’t always do.

“Custody visits are not just about scrutiny – detainees may welcome an independent face for a chat.”
 
You can apply to be an ICV here and see a film about the work of ICVs on the PCC’s YouTube channel.
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Good Rating for Hertfordshire Police Welcomed
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd says he’s pleased to see government inspectors place a ‘Good’ rating on the county’s police force.

The Constabulary has received the grading following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services [HMICFRS] under the Efficiency strand of its investigations.

The force was rated as ‘Good’ in all areas, including the understanding of demand, which is an improvement on last year’s inspection.

The report also praises the Constabulary for the leadership of the force and way it has improved the first point of contact for the public.

David Lloyd says he’s pleased progress has been made:

“This is a positive report which has underlined the good work of the Constabulary officers and staff at keeping the population of Hertfordshire safe.

“I’m pleased to see HMICFRS highlights the improvements which have been made in the last year, particularly in understanding the demand on our officers and how we are planning for the future.

“The report also recognises the pressures we are facing and makes several recommendations around how we resource the service in the future, and I’m in regular dialogue with the Home Secretary about how we meet those challenges.

“However, I believe there is a wider issue here about what it is that HMICFRS inspect. There remains a question over whether they really inspecting the things which matter to the public, which are set out in my Police and Crime Plan.”

You can see the report here.

 
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Commissioner meets Rural Community in Hertsmere
Fly tipping, anti-social behaviour and anti-social riding were some of the topics discussed by farmers, landowners and rural business owners and the police at the latest barn meeting in Shenley .
 
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd and representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary spoke to attendees about the work that is ongoing to resolve rural crime across Hertsmere. 
 
David Lloyd said: “Barn meets are a good opportunity for me to speak to rural communities and find out what is going on at a local level. 
 
"As Police and Crime Commissioners, we can take local peoples’ concerns and turn them into positive actions. We are seeing this for example around the good work we are doing with partners to help reduce fly-tipping and the benefits form the way we are policing local areas. These initiatives are set in my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which of course comes from direct engagement with the public.”
 
Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls said: “There have been prosecutions for fly tipping and associated offences and the seizure of off-road vehicles, but more needs to be done.” 
 
“We organise these annual meetings so we can find out first-hand the issues facing our rural communities and put plans in place to stop and deter criminals using farm land to dump their rubbish or ride bikes recklessly down footpaths, scaring sheep. 
 
“We are utilising advances in technology, including using drones to proactively patrol and deter criminals. We are also improving communication between forces and other agencies, so that we are better equipped to deal with the issues facing our rural communities.”
 
He added: “We recognise that there has been an increase in the number of calls into the force control room and I would like to encourage the public to call 999.  If it is not urgent, please use the online reporting system or webchat or contact officers who work in the community directly.”
 
The police work closely with Hertsmere Borough Council, the Environment Agency, the UK Border Agency, Trading Standards and HR Revenue and Customs.
 
Hertsmere Chief Inspector Steve O’Keeffe said “This was my first barn meet and I was really impressed with the joint working attitude presented by the different partner agencies present. We will continue a multi-agency problem solving approach towards the concerns highlighted during the meeting, including fly tipping, which blights our countryside and irresponsible and dangerous motorcyclists using land without permission. The rural community also expressed their appreciation of the on-going work completed by my rural team.”
 
The officers spoke about the use of Rural Special Constables (volunteers with full police powers) and regular operations including one that addresses off-road bikers who ride dangerously or illegally.  Offending riders are given Section 59 warnings.  If they are caught again, police have the power to seize their bikes.  He also spoke about a multi-agency operation to help combat the illegal transfer of waste. Officers regularly stop vehicles to check their licences and paperwork to find out what they are doing in the area.
 
To report information online, visit www.contacthertspolice.uk/Report/Crime 
 
Did you know?  Fly-tippers can receive an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment.
 
Did you know? Homeowners can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 if the waste that is collected from their home is disposed of illegally and they have failed in their duty of care.

 
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