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Commissioner calls for digital evidence consent forms for rape victims to be withdrawn
A call to withdraw digital evidence consent forms for rape victims has been led by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.
Mr Lloyd has said the decision should be reversed or it could lead to a “loss of confidence in the police, the CPS and the criminal justice system.”
The Commissioner, who also leads on Criminal Justice at the national Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, responded after last week’s announcement of a new document that rape victims would have to sign.
It would require complainants to either agree to the download and search of a wide range of their digital personal data or face the threat that their case will be discontinued.
Elected Police and Crime Commissioners have a key role as local victims’ champions within the Criminal Justice System.
Mr Lloyd said: “We have no doubt that this form, as it currently stands, should be withdrawn, or it is likely to result in a loss of confidence in the police, the CPS and the criminal justice system more broadly.

“Many technology companies have made clear that technology can help us with this issue – allowing prosecutors and police to have access only to relevant information on mobile devices.
“We are ready to work closely with the DPP, police chiefs and Attorney General to ensure that any work to improve the system around disclosure is appropriate and has the confidence and safeguarding of victims at its centre.”
APCC Victims Lead, Dame Vera Baird PCC said: “In our communities, rape and sex offence complainants are telling us that unless they grant unfettered access to their mobile devices, they are told that their case will not be proceeded with.
“There are also a large number of examples where material unconnected to the facts of the case and sometimes months or years before on entirely different topics has been handed by CPS to the defence and used at court to try to discredit the complainant. These examples are all from sexual assault and rape cases.
“Whilst we recognise that police must pursue all reasonable lines of inquiry and disclose anything that may undermine the prosecution or assist the defence, this form has been called a digital strip search by campaigners.
“CPS policy officials have admitted that demands for this kind of material have gone too far in the past. The way to get balance is surely to consult with victims’ representatives as well as those who defend.”
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Commissioner awards £260,000 for 1000's of residents targeted by scammers
Thousands of residents being targeted by scammers will be helped to avoid becoming victims with a £260,000 grant from the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.
The money will help deliver two of  his key ambitions - to keep crime low in Hertfordshire and to focus on victims.
The Community Safety Grant is for the Herts Scams Support and Prevention Project, which will be run by Citizens Advice Hertfordshire for the next two years at a cost of £130,000 a year.
Funding will be used to employ three full-time scam advisors who will train 600 volunteers and other workers across the county to focus on fraud prevention and repeat victimisation.

Mr Lloyd says: “This is one of the biggest single awards I have made from my Community Safety Grant but cyber-crime and fraud is the most prevalent crime in Hertfordshire.
“I have always promised to keep crime low and help crime victims – this project will help do both and benefit at least two thousand residents.
“My role does not just involve policing, I have a responsibility to tackle the causes of crime and focus on changing lives for the better. These despicable scams often target elderly and vulnerable citizens. I want to take the embarrassment and shame out of being a victim of fraud so that we can provide support.”
Statistics from Action Fraud reported that in 2018 over six months 6,272 frauds were reported in Hertfordshire costing victims £12.9m.
A Hertfordshire Citizens Advice spokesperson said: “Citizens Advice provide free, confidential advice to anyone who needs it and we have a presence in every community in Hertfordshire.
“We regularly provide advice to vulnerable people who are in danger of becoming, or who already victims, of scams. We are hugely grateful to the Commissioner for his support for our work to combat this horrible crime and provide confidential and impartial support to those who affected by ruthless scammers.”
Advisors and workers in the scheme will be trained to spot the signs of scam victims and offer face-to-face support for those who are being targeted. They will also work with partners across the County to raise awareness and help prevent people becoming victims
They aim to reach at least 2,000 over the three year period and help them recover any loses.
The grant follows a successful pilot last year in Three Rivers where over 400 people were supported and helped to avoid having money fraudulently taken.
Types of crimes they dealt with included internet pop up scams for diet pills, a pop-up stall at a supermarket selling kitchens which never arrived and cold caller on the telephone asking for money.

Last month Mr Lloyd approved another £140,000 Community Safety Grant for a major new initiative to tackle knife and serious violent crime across the county.
It will be used to recruit additional SOS St Giles’ Trust youth project workers over the next year who will focus on early intervention and targeted help for young people at risk.
It aims to safeguard 200 children and young adults in Hertfordshire who are at risk of being drawn into gang activity and other serious offending.
 
BACKGROUND:
The Police and Crime Commissioner oversees a Community Safety Grant which supports work with partner organisations (such as community safety partnerships) that have a vital part to play in keeping Hertfordshire’s communities safe.

Grant applicants are asked to consider how their proposed projects align with the aims of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, as well as with local priorities.

The Commissioner attaches conditions to the grant, which help him oversee how well the money is spent on behalf of local communities and to ensure that there is transparency and accountability. Annual reports are requested which provide information on progress and evidence of effectiveness.

Grant recipients need to make sure their activities focus on the needs of the public, particularly victims of crime, ensuring that offenders make amends and pay back for the cost of crime, including setting out plans to apply greater business sense. In delivering against the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, the Commissioner envisages that these grants will contribute towards securing crime and disorder reduction in Hertfordshire.
 
Click the link here to see how the grants were allocated from this fund for the 2018/19 financial year.
 
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Have your say on rural crime and how it is policed
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has launched his first rural crime survey.
He is asking all residents and business owners for their views on how the countryside is being policed and where they want the priorities to be focused.
The results of the consultation will be used to formulate his updated Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan later this year.
Mr Lloyd, who last week attended a Barn Meeting at Samuels Farm, in Coleman Green Lane, Wheathampstead, said: “As I hold an elected role I represent everyone who lives in Hertfordshire. I am here to hear your views and concerns and to use them to inform the Chief Constable of your priorities.

“Rural communities are a really important part of the county for both residents and business. My job is to ensure that policing funds are spent efficiently and effectively to keep crime as low as possible.”
 “I have provided funding for extra officers plus other initiatives including covert cameras, dash cams and to clean-up fly tipping.
“I will continue to listen to ensure those issues which the public consistently tell me are of concern are listened to, and where appropriate, action is taken.
“This survey is the public’s opportunity to help me make a real difference in how we reduce crime and the fear of crime in the more remote parts of the county.”
The consultation can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/92LMX95 in 20 minutes. It is not just open to farmers, but also encouraged to take part are residents who live in or visit rural communities as well as other business owners.
Questions or topics include any crimes that have affected you, was it reported to the police, what police response did you receive and do you feel safe?
This year’s average £2 a month Council Tax precept increase will be used to pay for 75 extra officers and the Commissioner has backed a scheme for Specials and volunteers who work just in rural areas.

Last month a pilot scheme to help victims of fly tipping including farmers and landowners was extended from two districts to four.
Landowners can apply for cash grants to clear up the rubbish left behind in St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield alongside existing members Broxbourne and Three Rivers.
His office has also funded 30 dash cameras for farmers to put in their vehicles, including tractors and all-terrain vehicles. They enable the drivers to report anything suspicious they see with video footage, and it also allows officers investigating crimes to visit them to see if they caught anything on camera around the time of the offence.
Mr Lloyd attended the Barn Meeting with Hertfordshire Chief Constable Charlie Hall and they heard how rural officers have given out their mobile numbers to farmers to improve communication.
Supt Ken Townsend also demonstrated the What3Words technology used by the Force Control Room that can locate any area in the world to the size of 9 square metres.
NFU County Adviser Rosalind David said: “The NFU welcomes this survey and I would urge our members, and the wider rural community, to take the opportunity to comment on rural crime and policing in Hertfordshire.
“Rural crime is a major concern for farmers across the county. Whether its fly tipping, hare coursing, burglary or theft, it all impacts on the daily lives of farming families and businesses in far-reaching and costly ways.
“These survey results can help ensure that police resources are targeted in the right way, and that rural communities receive the level of service they expect and deserve.”
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New system to pinpoint crime and help rural residents is demonstrated at a Barn Meeting
A new location service to “revolutionise” rural crime and help residents in remote parts of the county was demonstrated at a Barn Meeting this week.
Members of the public can now report locations of crimes and call for assistance with pinpoint accuracy of within a few metres with the app What3Words.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Hertfordshire Chief Constable Charlie Hall unveiled the simple system to an audience of 80 farmers, residents and business owners at a public meeting at Samuels Farm, Coleman Green, Wheathampstead on April 11th.
“This system can revolutionise the reporting of crime and calls for assistance in rural areas, such as Hertfordshire,” said Mr Lloyd.
“It is good to see that the Force Control Room is now using this system so residents can call up 999 or 101 and get a quicker response to an exact location. This is real cutting edge new technology the Constabulary are introducing, which will make a real difference to residents.”
Supt Ken Townsend said: “What3Words is an online application which allows officers to find your exact location to within 3x3 Sq m by using a different combination of three words for anywhere in the world.
“Every frontline police officer has been issued with a smartphone and it has the app installed on it. When a call comes in it is not always easy to provide a precise location so this system is a life-saver.”
Chief Inspector Lynda Coates said: “What3Words was invented by a Hertfordshire man who was fed up with not getting deliveries to his farm. So it is the perfect fit for us to use.”

The app is free for the public and emergency services but it is being used by firms such as Dominos pizza and Mercedes.
Fly-tipping, anti-social motorcycle riding, dogs off leads posing a danger to horse riders were issues which were also discussed.
Addressing the meeting Chief Constable Charlie Hall said:  “Our relationship with the rural community is really important to us and I value our Barn Meets. Policing any community is based on the relationship between the people and other agencies involved.
“We recognise at times how isolated people in rural communities can feel at time, but we recognise that you still suffer from crime.
“I am 100 per cent committed to neighbourhood policing with dedicated rural officers and this will continue.”
Fly-tipping, anti-social motorcycle riding and dogs off leads posing a danger to horse riders were issues which were also discussed.
Additional covert cameras are going to be deployed at crime hot spots around the area, plus there was a demonstration of drones that are being used to track offenders.
Mr Lloyd added: “Rural crime including hare coursing, fly tipping and machinery theft are often raised by businesses and residents.
“I have provided funding for extra officers plus other initiatives including covert cameras, dash cams and to money clean-up fly tipping.
“I will continue to listen to ensure those issues which the public consistently tell me of concern are listened to, and where appropriate, action is taken.”
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A video showing how the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire forces are using the new technology 
 
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Rising police numbers and serious crime initiatives outlined to police watchdog authority
Rising police officer numbers and serious crime initiatives were outlined at the latest Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel meeting.
Last night (April 11th) the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd addressed issues that had arisen since the last PCP meeting in January.
He highlighted his meeting with the Prime Minister Theresa May at the Serious Youth Violence Summit and the £280,000 of funding he secured for an anti-knife crime initiative in the county.
At the two-hour public meeting at North Herts District Council offices in Letchworth, Mr Lloyd also covered the roll out of a fly tipping clean-up scheme and the opening of the joint JESIP Academy for training emergency services.
In addition he called for contributions from the public, the Panel and other organisations on what should be in his refreshed Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which is due to be published later this year.
Mr Lloyd said: “Reflecting on the start of 2019 important and lasting projects and plans have been agreed or put into practice.
“Using extra money from the Council Tax precept rise I have instructed the Chief Constable to recruit an extra 75 police officers. When they are all in post it will take the establishment figure over 2,000 for the first time since 2011.
“Knife crime has been very much in the news, but put simply I do not want to see London’s knife crime travelling over in to Hertfordshire.

“Last week I was invited to 10 Downing Street to discuss with the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary at a round-table meeting how to tackle this issue.
“While knife crime remains very low in Hertfordshire, I am determined to get it ever lower. I have given a £140,000 Community Safety Grant, which has been matched by Hertfordshire County Council, to recruit additional youth project workers.
He added: “On a recent District Day visit in East Herts two huge fly tipping incidents in Barwick and Much Hadham involving 60 tonnes of waste. The scale and audacity of these crimes is shocking and there should be severe penalties for the offenders.
“I am glad to see that two more districts have joined the pilot where we will pay to clear up fly tipping on landowners’ property.
“Also last week saw the launch of my £25,000 Cyber Basics Review scheme to give small businesses a free security check to protect them against computer attacks.”

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The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel has been established to scrutinise and support the work of the Commissioner. The Commissioner is required to consult with the Panel on his plans for policing, as well as the precept (the money collected from council tax for policing) and certain key appointments. Broxbourne Borough Council is the host local authority for the Panel and provides administrative and other support to the Panel and its members.
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David Lloyd welcomes a national report calling for more help for fraud victims
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has welcomed a national report calling for more help for the victims of fraud.
Through Beacon, the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre which Mr Lloyd commissioned, a dedicated team has been set up to support those who have had money stolen by cyber crime and other scams.
Today (April 2nd) Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue (HMICFRS) published a report ‘Fraud: Time to Choose’ which called for better support for victims across the country.
After inspecting 11 Constabularies across the country, not including Hertfordshire, they concluded most victims of fraud are not receiving the level of service they deserve.
Mr Lloyd said: “I have always taken fraud and cyber crime very seriously in Hertfordshire. It is the crime you are most likely to fall victim to, particularly in the 45 to 55 age group.
“Direct mail, email, phone and door-to-door methods are often used to confuse and harass people and con them in to handing over their cash. This report highlights the need for the sort of victim services that I have put in place in Hertfordshire.

“I have ensured that all agencies, including the police, Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Bureau have work closely together to tackle this pernicious problem.
“In Hertfordshire we work closely with Action Fraud to have quicker access to victim reports. Specialist officers retrieve date from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to enable us to assess for vulnerability and loss before pro-actively contacting victims.”
“The new service offers a case managed approach to enable victims to cope, manage and move on with their lives. They develop a support and safety plan to reduce the harm as well as potential for repeat victimisation.”
This week also saw the launch of the Herts Cyber Basic Review for small business owners in the county. They are being offered a free security examination by a computer expert who will give advice about cyber crime in a £25,000 scheme funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council.

Commenting on the report HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said: “In a time of competing priorities for the police service, we understand that police leaders have difficult decisions to make. But during this inspection, one officer told us that fraud does not ‘bang, bleed or shout’ and, as a result, it is not considered a priority. Nonetheless, people are more likely to be victims of fraud than any other crime.
“The recommendations in this report highlight the areas where police forces and other organisations need to improve. In particular, there needs to be stronger strategic leadership to tackle fraud. Without that leadership the current situation will continue, with fraudsters feeling like they can act with impunity and victims feeling confused and disillusioned. This has to change.”
 
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Small businesses offered free help against cyber crime attacks
Small business owners in Hertfordshire are being offered a free protection service against the most common crime in the county.
A security expert will review their computer systems to give advice about cyber crime in a £25,000 scheme funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council.
The Herts Cyber Basics Review (CBR) is part of David Lloyd’s plan to protect the county’s 60,000 small and medium sized enterprises. Hertfordshire is one of the most targeted counties in the UK by cyber criminals.
“Tackling cyber crime is one of my top priorities for cutting crime and protecting businesses in Hertfordshire. It is the biggest risk they face and the crime they are most likely to suffer,” said Mr Lloyd.

“Small businesses really are at risk. The hackers are out there, it is real and if you don’t do something about it, you are likely to be a victim. It can hit you and it will take out your business.
“The CBR is a really important starting point. I have put money in so businesses can go and get free advice, with something that is targeted to their needs.
“This scheme aims to raise awareness of the risks of cybercrime, in the hope that all of Hertfordshire’s businesses will take the threat seriously.”
The scheme which will run for a limited time only, and is offered to any business in Hertfordshire that has five or fewer employees. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Participants will be able to have a free consultation with a Hertfordshire-based IT company, who will carry out a basic review of their cyber practices and advise them of the steps they need to take to make themselves cyber-secure.
The consultation is based on a ‘Cyber Basics Review’; a template set of questions developed by the Police’s Eastern Region Special Operations Unit and is based on the Government’s own more in-depth ‘Cyber Essentials’ programme.  Businesses will be provided with an action plan they can follow and progress on to Cyber Essentials.
Guy Pratt, Deputy Director of Community Protection at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Hertfordshire County Council is determined to create more resilient businesses in the face of cybercrime.  The Trading Standards Business Team is pleased to be leading this project and will ensure that the Cyber Basics Reviews scheme is a success.  Small businesses must understand that they are a target for cybercriminals and take what are often simple steps to protect themselves.”

Detective Inspector Marcus Bromley from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit said: “Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing issues that police forces across the country are currently dealing with. It costs the local economy and businesses hundreds of thousands of pounds every year and in many cases, simple crime prevention advice can help to prevent most cyber-attacks on business networks.
Head of Cyber and Economic Crime Directorate at the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) Chief Inspector Martin Peters: said “We’re really pleased that the PCC is supporting ERSOU Cybercrime Unit Protect Team to deliver and promote the ERSOU Cyber Basics Review tool by providing funding for this important piece of work. Cyber security is absolutely vital to any businesses, regardless of their size. We’re looking forward to working with Hertfordshire County Council to deliver this project, which will provide businesses in Hertfordshire with crucial knowledge and understanding as to how they can best protect themselves.”
To secure your free CBR contact https://www.hertsgrowthhub.com/cyber-security
 
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BACKGROUND:
Small and medium-sized businesses in Hertfordshire are falling victim to cybercrime which is costing them millions of pounds every year.
In December 2018 the Commissioner launched a joint strategy with Hertfordshire County Council to be the first in the country to focus on preventing cybercrime rather than just responding to it.
The impact of cybercrime is now reaching unprecedented levels. Tools that were once the preserve of highly skilled hackers and now available off the shelf on the Dark Web at little or no cost. The government has categorised cybercrime as a 'Tier 1' threat, the highest level available, the same as terrorism.
David Lloyd said at the launch: “Over ninety percent of Hertfordshire’s sixty thousand SMEs are ‘Micro’ businesses - meaning they have fewer than ten employees - and these are some of the most vulnerable to cyber risk.  These businesses do not have teams of IT staff to support them, and many believe either they are not at risk or that it is too difficult to do anything about it.
 
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Discussions with Prime Minister and Home Secretary at Serious Violence Summit
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner discussed knife crime with the Prime Minister at the Serious Violence Summit yesterday (Monday).
Mr David Lloyd was invited to the round table meeting at 10 Downing Street with Theresa May, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Cabinet members about serious youth violence and knife crime.
Proposals Mrs May put forward called for “a great cooperated long-term effort” from other bodies including NHS workers and teachers.
Speaking after the event Mr Lloyd said: “I am very supportive of the government proposal which says that we cannot just arrest ourselves out of this problem.
“During the discussions I made the point that knife crime is different in the rural areas, such as Hertfordshire, than it is in the urban areas, but the threat is still there.

  Mr Lloyd (far right) discusses knife crime with the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary at the Serious Violence Summit at 10 Downing Street

“We face the threat of travelling criminality from London and other areas spilling over into our county. Hertfordshire remains a very safe county but we all have work to do to tackle this menace.”
The two day summit was attended by more than 100 experts including Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Baroness Newlove, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales.
The government says its plan is intended to "help spot the warning signs that a young person could be in danger, such as presenting in A&E with suspicious injury, to worrying behaviour at school or issues at home".
Last month a major new initiative to tackle knife and serious violent crime across the county was to be funded by Mr Lloyd.
The £280,000 scheme aims to safeguard 200 children and young adults in Hertfordshire who are at risk of being drawn into gang activity and other serious offending.
He approved a £140,000 Community Safety Grant from his office which will be matched by Hertfordshire County Council and District councils.
The money will be used to recruit additional SOS St Giles’ Trust youth project workers over the next year who will focus on early intervention and targeted help for young people at risk.
 
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A record number of knives have been surrendered in Hertfordshire as the latest knife amnesty comes to a close.
The Force has been taking part in the national event which ran from March 11 to March 17. This latest amnesty has resulted in the largest haul to date of unwanted knives and other potential weapons in the county. 
The amnesty was part of a national campaign, Operation Sceptre, being run by police forces across the country to reduce the number of illegal knives in circulation. Due to an increase in knife-related incidents across the country over the last three years, the amnesty provided a great opportunity to issue some strong messages and advice about the risks of carrying a knife in public.
During the amnesty 680 knives were deposited in the bins at police stations in Hatfield (216), Stevenage (105) and Watford (78) which included swords, military knives, knuckle dusters and a large amount of kitchen knives. Over 250 items were surrendered during operations in Potters Bar, 21 were surrendered at bins in St Albans Civic Centre and seven knives were also surrendered in the permanent bins located in Waltham Cross.
Other activities carried out during the campaign included test purchasing operations with cadets, to ensure retailers were adhering to laws regarding knife sales to those under 18.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “These amnesties are an integral part of Hertfordshire’s Serious Violence Strategy to reduce the number of knives on the streets, but also to send the message out that carrying a knife won’t keep you safe.
“The response from the public has been very good and we have had some great feedback. However, we all need to continue to work together In Hertfordshire to ensure young people are aware of the risks of carrying a knives.”  
Inspector Andrew Palfreyman from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit who led the campaign, said: “Once again we’ve had a great response to the amnesty, with more knives handed in than during our previous amnesties. The amnesties not only reduce the number of knives in circulation but also gives forces a good platform to conduct a whole range of related operations including knife sweeps, knife arch detections and test purchase operations.
“The amnesties form part of our three year Serious Violence Strategy for dealing with knife crime in the county. As part of this strategy we are working with our partners in education, local government and social services to educate young people about the potential consequences of carrying a knife. We will also be looking at the impact that knife crime has on individuals, their families and communities and how knives are getting into the hands of under 18 years olds.  The unlawful use or possession of a knife is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire’ and we will continue to target those we know are carrying knives.”  
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Joint emergency training facility praised by Police and Crime Commissioner, Council Leader and Chiefs
​A positive and concrete achievement of getting police and fire services in Hertfordshire to work closer together has been visited by the leaders behind the project.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, County Council Leader David Williams, Chief Constable Charlie Hall and Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen toured the joint training facility today (Monday March 25th 2019).
They watched both emergency services take part in a simulated road traffic collision at the JESIP Academy in Hitchin Road, Stevenage.
The centre is one of the first in the UK which focuses on the blue light services working even closer together to improve performance for the public.
Last year Mr Lloyd and Mr Williams made a formal agreement that the emergency services will work closer together. This led to the formation of the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board.

After the two hour visit Mr Lloyd said: “It is great to see police and fire crews working so closely together. Training exercises such as this will produce a real benefit for them and the public of Hertfordshire who rely on their help.
“This is the first of many milestones of our new agreed collaborative vision to create even closer working relationships between the police and fire services.
“Today proves just one of the practical benefits of working together. There are clearly other positives to aim for including improved efficiency, effectiveness and public safety.”

Mr Williams added: “Last year I welcomed the agreement between us for the emergency services and the authority bodies to work closer together.
“What I have seen today shows what can be done to enhance practical, blue light collaboration.
“Whilst there is still a lot of work to do we have agreed fundamental areas which will be addressed by the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board.”
Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who leads nationally for JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles), said: “We know that the emergency services work best when they work closely together.
“This means training together, sharing the skills each service brings and developing joint operational plans.  JESIP has already proven that this approach leads to more lives being saved in major incidents and this academy is a natural evolution of that.”
Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen added: “I think that this is a really great opportunity to bring together the police and the fire service. Our joint officers will be able to provide an even better service to the public.”

Other areas of collaboration being discussed 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.
The JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles) Academy in one of few in UK and was created after a central government study recommended closer working relationships between emergency services.
The leaders also examined the Fire Service control room which dispatches rescue and emergency crews across the county, and were shown a simulation room to train senior officers for major incidents.
The centre, which is run by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and owned by Hertfordshire County Council, provides an authentic and realistic environment for practical scenarios and assessment. It also hosts role play scenarios, other training and graduation ceremonies.
Run by experienced police and fire and rescue training staff, the collision scenarios are a great way of gaining valuable learning for each service to incorporate into their current operational response.
 
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Longfield
To work in partnership to develop Longfield Training and Delivery Centre as a primary training facility for both Hertfordshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Inclusion of elements to support East of England Ambulance Service training will also be considered where appropriate.
The site will be designed to meet the needs of both services for classroom based and practical training.  This will include the development of additional specialist facilities (such as taser and breathing apparatus training) where practical.
Whilst the development will meet the existing training needs the key principle underlying its design will be the facilitation of joint training initiatives and this will be underpinned by the adaptation of existing training programmes.  This will involve exploring new opportunities to work and train more closely together as well as existing areas of overlap.
The long term aim is for the site to become a centre of training excellence for all of Hertfordshire’s emergency services and it will be developed with this in mind.
 
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Five new officers for Hertsmere as Police and Crime Commissioner tours district
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner welcomed the news five new police officers have joined Hertsmere during a visit to the district.
David Lloyd visited Borehamwood police station, Clarion Housing Association, Hertsmere Borough Council, Communities 1st and the Citizens Advice Bureau on Tuesday (March 26th).
The meetings were one of his regular district days around the county which give him an understanding of local issues and cross-agency measures that can be taken to reduce crime and improve the justice service.

David Lloyd with Ch Insp Clare Smith and Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Bilsdon

“These days are one of the most vital parts of my job. I am currently updating my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire, which will be out for consultation in a few months,” said Mr Lloyd.
“Today I have had discussions with the local Chief Inspector, charities that help those in need and housing associations who deal with anti-social neighbours.
“These all inform me of what needs to be in the plan to support the police and victims of crime. There are fresh ideas that need all agencies working together to deliver an even safer Hertfordshire.”
The Commissioner began by meeting with Hertsmere Chief Inspector Clare Smith and Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Bilsdon.
Last week five new officers joined the team, four constables and one PCSO.
Ch Insp Smith said: ““The extra number of officers coming in means more officers on the front line across Hertsmere and we are already seeing the benefit.  Hertsmere also has the most PCSOs in the county to help deal with low level crime and anti-social behaviour.”.
While burglaries have fallen considerably to a very low level, the area has seen the same increase as other parts of the county in thefts from unlocked vehicles.
“This is easily preventable by residents simply removing all their valuables and making sure they lock their vehicles,” said CI Smith.
Mr Lloyd then met a team from Clarion Housing Association, in Borehamwood, including Sarah Wells, Head of Operations East and Omojefe Agba, Neighbourhood Housing Manager.

Meeting two of the workers at the Community Shop in Leemington Road, Borehamwood

They manage over 7,000 properties in the district and discussed how we are cracking down on antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse and noise nuisance. Clarion also outlined the action it takes to support residents vulnerable to distraction burglary or having their properties taken over by drug dealers.
At a working lunch with Hertsmere Council Chief Executive Donald Graham he gave an update on the latest plans to get the police, fire and rescue service and the council working from one base.
Next was a visit to the Community Shop, in Leeming Road, Borehamwood, to hear how they work closely with the PCSOs with victims and low level offenders.
Last stop of the day was Carolyn Buller, Chief Executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau, in Allum Lane, Elstree.
She thanked Mr Lloyd for the funding his office has given to help CAB make more people aware of potential scams. They also discussed how victims of hate crime can be better provided for.
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New Special Constables join Hertfordshire Constabulary
Thirteen new Special Constables were warmly welcomed into Hertfordshire Constabulary during their Attestation Ceremony at Police Headquarters on Thursday (March 14).
 
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 who graduated are:
 
Broxbourne
  • Joseph O’Grady who volunteers at a charity.
 North Herts
  • Luke Balazy who works as an apprentice mechanical and electrical engineer.
  • Jack Nicol who works as a technical sales engineer.
 St Albans
  • Thomas Martin
 Stevenage
  • Hannah Draycott who works for an airline company.
 Watford
  • Christopher Larner who works as a telecoms engineer.
  • Paul Ferebee who works for a motor company.
  • Jamie Quinn who works at a trampolining company.
 Welwyn Hatfield
  • Michael Avery who works as a business analyst for an asset management company.
  • Robert Pitts who works as a paraplanning manager in the City.
  • Ellis Herbert who works in the Constabulary’s Force Communications Room (FCR) as a Communications Operator.
  • Christian Kirk who works for the ambulance service and is studying for his paramedic degree.
  • Samuel Moorby who works part time at an end of life care home.
 They were joined on the evening by family, 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.
 
Assistant Chief Constable Nathan Briant awarded the Specials with their certificates. He said: “It is a great honour to welcome these new Special Constables to the Constabulary. The work they do is vital in helping us to police the county. I want to wish them all well as they now move on to undertake this important role within the communities of Hertfordshire.”
 
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. They have been through a rigorous recruitment process and spent a number of weeks completing the intensive training required to fulfil the role of a Special Constable.
 
“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.”
 
Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims Services at Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's office said: ““As these new recruits embark on their journey with the Special Constabulary it was particularly pleasing to see the depth of support to wish them well, not only from friends and family but civic dignitaries and local councillors.

"This demonstrates the admiration of people in Hertfordshire for those individuals who have volunteered to help keep our communities safe”
 
A short film has recently been launched to showcase the exciting role of a Special Constable in the hope it will encourage more people to volunteer with Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary. You can view the video on the Herts Police YouTube channel at youtube.com/hertspolice
 
Recruitment of Special Constables
Hertfordshire Constabulary is actively recruiting Special Constables. It is looking for motivated team players wanting a challenge.  Special Constables have full police powers, uniform and protective equipment and work alongside the regular force.
 
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. Hertfordshire Constabulary are piloting ‘Career Pathways’ and have a number of specialist opportunities for officers.
 
Once initial training is complete, Specials are posted to local response or neighbourhood teams and 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. Once the officers are fit for independent patrol, they can apply for a posting to one of our specialist teams.
 
Aside from ‘response’ or local Safer Neighbourhood policing, there are constantly evolving opportunities to work within specialist policing environments, such as the investigation of modern slavery, human trafficking, cybercrime, domestic abuse, proactive units targeting local drug dealers, wanted persons, night time economy issues and prisoner processing.
 
Those with an interest or expertise in countryside and rural issues can become Rural Special Constables who are dedicated to the needs of rural communities. They work alongside our Rural Operation Support Team (ROST) and local police Safer Neighbourhood Teams investigating heritage crime or wildlife offences, tackling hare coursing or poaching, to dealing with fly-tipping or crop damage.
 
If you would like more information on becoming a Special Constable, visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk and click on ‘register your interest’ to receive an application form (please check your junk folder!) or browse the pages to find out more. You can also view our new video and read case studies from some of our officers who feature.
 
  • An information evening will be held at Police Headquarters on Wednesday, March 27 (7pm) for people to find out more about joining the Special Constabulary. If you wish to attend, please email specialsrecruitment@herts.pnn.police.uk

 
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Commissioner welcomes 29 new officers to Hertfordshire Constabulary

A graduation ceremony welcomed 29 new police officers into Hertfordshire Constabulary last week (Friday, March 15).

The new constables passed out after completing a 16 week training course and will now be deployed across the county.

During the ceremony, which took place at Longfield Training Development Centre in Stevenage, they paraded in front of Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall.
 
The latest recruits follow 32 other graduates who joined Hertfordshire police two months ago. Earlier this year Mr Lloyd promised to put 75 more police officers on the streets by using the money from the Council Tax precept, which increased by an average of £2 a month.


Addressing the new officers Mr Lloyd said: “You have exciting careers ahead of you. It is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do, but it can be difficult too and we recognise the sacrifice you are making.
 
“You are a police officer all of the time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 52 weeks a year. When you put the uniform on people will be drawn to you in their time of need. It will be a privilege and a challenge.
 
“Every day I know you will strive to uphold the exemplary standards expected from Hertfordshire Constabulary.”
 
Chief Constable for Hertfordshire, Charlie Hall said: “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than welcoming more officers in to the Constabulary.
 
“There is plenty of work for you to do out there and you will thoroughly enjoy it. You will have some wonderful opportunities available, if you chose to specialise it could be in departments including the traffic, dogs or firearms.

“Many of you want to be detectives, this is the second graduation we have had which includes entrants through our graduate accelerated detective scheme. The nature of crime is changing and we need people to undertake complex investigations.”
 

The training included a mixture of classroom based and practical sessions, covering a vast range of topics including law and powers, personal safety and dealing with volatile situations, first aid and safeguarding vulnerable victims.

Below is the number of officers that will deployed in the following districts -
Stevenage – 2
Watford – 4
Hertsmere – 4
North Herts – 4
Dacorum – 7
Broxbourne – 3
Welwyn Hatfield – 3
St Albans – 3
 

BACKGROUND:
Have you considered whether representing your community as a police officer is for you? The Constabulary offers career progression, personal development and a welcoming, supportive workplace to people with different life experiences and backgrounds.
You can register your interest or submit your application at www.hertspolicecareers.co.uk.
For more information please contact:
Nigel Atkins Senior Communications Officer, Hertfordshire PCC on 01707 806163 or email nigel.atkins@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk
Hertfordshire is a safe place to live and work but should you ever become a victim of crime then the Beacon team is available to help you. www.hertfordshirebeacon.org
 
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