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Additional 2pounds a Month proposed to Invest in Hertfordshire Police
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire wants to hear your views on his proposal for an increase of £2 a month on the average household council tax rate to build on his investment in more officers, bringing the total to over 2000.

Following last week’s announcement by the Home Office, David Lloyd will be able to raise an additional £10.7m for policing in Hertfordshire in 2019/20.

The proposed increase of less than 50p a week per average household will help protect neighbourhood policing teams and investment in services for victims.

David Lloyd said:

“Unlike many police forces that have been cutting back their frontline, I have continued to invest heavily in preserving and strengthening local policing.  It helps to create a police force that is embedded in, and supported by a community working together to cut crime. 

“My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan focuses on putting victims of crime first and finding ways to improve the support they require and their journey through the criminal justice system. Further investment will be made in improving the service that victims receive and the outcomes for victims engaged with the criminal justice system.”

Full details can be viewed in his open letter to Hertfordshire.

If you would like to send comments, please email them to your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or by letter to: The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ by 7th January 2019.
 
Background

The government has provided PCCs with the ability to raise the police section of the council tax by an average of £2 per month.

The police precept accounts for around 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.

 
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PCC addresses Rural Crime at Annual East Herts Barn Meet
Around 100 rural residents, including local landowners, farmers, local councillors and rural businesses recently attended the annual barn meet in East Hertfordshire (December, 6th).

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, Assistant Chief Constable, Bill Jephson, newly appointed Chief Inspector of East Herts, Stuart Orton, police officers from the rural East Herts Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team and representatives from the National Farmers Union (NFU) also attended the meeting.

Now in its 9th year, the meeting was hosted by Scott Findlay at Half Way House Farm, and organised for rural residents and businesses to put forward their concerns and discuss how the police are working to tackle rural crime.

Issues raised included: illegal trespassing and anti-social behaviour, fly tipping, theft of machinery and hare coursing.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, assured attendants that rural crime continues to be one of his top priorities and he answered concerns around the number of local police officers in East Herts.

“I am proud of the response from the police officers that I employ through the Chief Constable and the work that they do.

“The important question isn’t around the number of officers we have, but ensuring we are getting the most efficiency from them. Money being spent on frontline officers is going up and in the coming weeks I will be looking for permission to increase the police part of the council tax and put even more resources into frontline officers.

“I am also refreshing my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan and want to hear the views from the public on the issues that are important in Hertfordshire and what my strategy should continue to prioritise. It is important that you take this opportunity to tell me your concerns as I refresh this Plan.”[i]

Chief Inspector for East Herts, Stuart Orton, highlighted the effective work being done by volunteers in policing in East Herts.

“It is wonderful that we have got volunteers in policing and we are grateful for the work they do. By end of 2019 I will also have dedicated team of rural Special Constables in East Herts to help build capacity and support the resources we have in place.

“In the new year my teams will be working with local communities to establish engagement panels across the district. These panels will help Safer Neighbourhood Teams pick up on changes that are happening and feed that back into the strategic picture – they will be your panels to help guide local policing priorities based upon existing demand in local areas.”

Those who attended the meeting were reminded of ways to contact the Constabulary if they wished to report a crime.

Dial 999 in an emergency, when a crime is in progress or someone suspected of a crime is nearby, for example if you see someone in the act of fly-tipping or anti-social driving, causing damage to crops.

Dial 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response, for example if a vehicle has been stolen or there has been damage to your property.

Incidents can also be reported directly to the Constabulary’s website: www.herts.police.uk.

The National Farmers’ Union recently partnered with Crimestoppers to launch a Rural Crime Reporting Line. You can either call the dedicated Crimestoppers number on 0800 783 0137 or complete the online form to give information anonymously.


[i] Email your views – the.plan@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk
 
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Help Shape the PCC's Refreshed Plan for Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire’s PCC is refreshing his Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business and wants to hear your views.

At the beginning of his second term, Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, set out his ambition and vision for community safety and criminal justice across the county over the coming years.

The Commissioner is starting the process of refreshing his Plan that will lead to a refreshed edition in spring 2019. He is asking for feedback from the public and partners on the current Plan ahead of consulting on a new version over the coming months.

David Lloyd said:

“Publishing a Police and Crime Plan is one of the most important tasks of a PCC. I want to ensure that the refreshed Plan continues to reflect the changing landscape across community safety and criminal justice and the part that we all play in keeping people safe and supporting victims of crime.

“Any refreshed Plan needs to reflect the changing nature of criminality and emerging crime types including: serious violence, cybercrime and fraud, domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and modern slavery.

“I want to hear the public’s views on the issues that are important to Hertfordshire and what my [MN71]  strategy should continue to prioritise to help me shape the new Plan and direction for the county, so please do take the opportunity to have your say.”

The public are being invited to read the current Plan (www.hertscommissioner.org/plan) and share their views by responding to the following questions via email – the.plan@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

 - What should the PCC’s refreshed Plan continue to focus on over the years ahead?
 
 - What are the new and emerging issues that should be included in the refreshed Plan?


You can also send your comments by Letter to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ by 10th January 2019.

 


 
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PCC Praises Redevelopment of Hemel Hempstead Station
Police and Crime Commissioner has praised ongoing redevelopment work at Hemel Hempstead police station.

The £1.9 million refurbishment at the site in Coombe Street was given the green light by David Lloyd last year, and on completion will position the station as the strategic policing base for the west of the county.
 
The custody area has been demolished to make way for a temporary structure, which comprises 36 cabins, over two floors. The police station will remain fully operational throughout the construction work and members of the public will still be able to attend appointments.
 
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

"I’m pleased the improvements at Hemel Hempstead police station are well under way, enabling the Constabulary to continue operating from the centre of town, in the largest district in the county.”

The next phase of the development is due to get under way in January, with full completion expected by the end of 2019.
 
Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls said:

“The current building is 60 years old and is no longer fit for purpose. This refurbishment will provide modern facilities and improved working conditions for officers and staff.

“It will also allow officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Intervention (emergency response), Local Crime Unit and Community Safety Unit to be based in the same area of the building, allowing for better communication and, ultimately, an improved service for the public."
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Two more grants given from the Criminial Justice Innovation fund
Two more grants have been given under the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Criminal Justice Innovation Fund – these are:
  • Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board were successful in receiving £17,938 in funding for training to be delivered to 750 frontline staff across multiple agencies to help understand the impact of Adverse Childhood experiences and divert ‘at risk’ individuals from crime and poor health.
  • DrugLink, a substance misuse charity, in collaboration with BeNCH CRC and HACRO, were successful in securing £34,842.92 funding to support setting up a housing project in Hertfordshire to assist male offenders into independent living arrangements following release from custody.
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Neighbourhood Watch membership up to 140,000 in Hertfordshire
With more than 140,000 households in Hertfordshire having already signed up to receive emails about crimes in their local area – why don’t you join them?

The emails are sent by local policing teams to residents signed up to Neighbourhood Watch via the Online Watch Link (OWL) www.owl.co.uk

Chair of Herts Watch (the umbrella organisation for NHW across Hertfordshire) Sue Thompson, said: “Residents don’t have to do anything other than act on any crime prevention advice sent to them, which range from burglaries or thefts in their local area to details of missing people, and encourages them to report any suspicious incidents or behaviour that they may have seen.”

She said: “We think we have the largest NHW membership in the country, and have recently increased membership to 140,000 Hertfordshire homes. But we want to encourage even more people to sign up and benefit from being part of NHW. The OWL system has brought NHW into the 21st century and makes it harder for criminals to operate as well as helping to improve community spirit across the county.”

There are many examples of NHW keeping residents safer. NHW prevented a pensioner from being scammed –he was close to sending £15,000 of his life savings to a convincing con artist pretending to be from his bank – but thought twice after seeing an email message from Neighbourhood Watch warning him about the scam.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “The scheme promotes community spirit and ultimately makes the county safer, supporting the ethos behind my Community Safety and Criminal Justice plan - keeping neighbourhoods safe is everybody’s business.
“I want to continue to ensure that we make the most of our links with the various watch schemes that operate across Hertfordshire and look for opportunities to continue the technology of OWL to drive forward the prevention of crimes.”

Simply sign up to NHW via OWL at www.owl.co.uk or speak to your local PCSO.
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Volunteer Police Cadets attend High Sheriff's Justice Service
Volunteer Police Cadets from Hertfordshire were among guests at the High Sheriff’s Justice Service in St Albans at the weekend.

The service is held annually to recognise those who work or volunteer within law and order and cadets from St Albans and East Herts were invited to attend by High Sheriff Suzy Harvey.

Fellow guests at Sunday’s (November 18) event were Hertfordshire’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, crown court judges, local mayors and the Lord Lieutenant Robert Voss.

Cadets welcomed the guests before escorting the procession from St Albans Town Hall to the cathedral. In addition, Millie Wyatt, Head Cadet for East Herts, had the privilege of being sword bearer to the High Sheriff.

Inspector Steve Alison, who leads the St Albans and Harpenden Cadets, said: “Once again it was fantastic to be a part of this prestigious service and I would like to thank the High Sheriff for inviting us to attend.”

Detective Constable Rob Scott, who leads East Herts Cadets, added: “Many of the cadets were attending the event for the first time and it was a real honour for them to be involved; especially for Millie who played an important role as sword bearer.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about Hertfordshire’s Volunteer Police Cadet programme, please visit www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Get-involved/Cadets/Cadets
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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.”
 
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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.

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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.
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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
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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."

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