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More Cash from Criminals Used to Help Vulnerable People
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has used money recovered from the criminals to fund several projects helping vulnerable people and improve the criminal justice system.

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

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

David Lloyd, the PCC for Hertfordshire said:

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

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

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

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

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

The schemes which have received funding to date are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorandum of Understanding  - Future of Emergency Service Collaboration in Hertfordshire

David Lloyd clip on Emergency Collaboration

David Williams (
Leader of Hertfordshire County Council) clip on Emergency Collaboration
PCCs Office welcomes Eleven New Special Constables
Eleven new Special Constables recently joined Hertfordshire Constabulary, graduating at Police Headquarters on Tuesday, July 24.
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.
Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims Services and Commissioning for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, 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.”
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.
An Employer Supported Policing (ESP) scheme is also 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.
Stevenage Borough Council and St. Alban’s based company, Borras Construction recently signed up to Employers Supported Policing. More details about the scheme can be found here: www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk/employer-supported-policing.php
Those that graduated were:

James Whybrow, who will be based at Hemel Hempstead Police Station
George Georgiou, who will be based at Hertford Police Station
Peter Martin, who will be based at Hertford Police Station
Michael Stevens, who will be based at Hertford Police Station
Helen Lambley, who will be based at Hitchin Police Station
Carl Powell, who will be based at Hitchin Police Station
Scott Wilson, who will be based at Hitchin Police Station
Edward Franklin, who will be based at St Albans Police Station
Samuel Cayton, who will be based at Hatfield Police Station
Leanne Bridges, who will be based at Hatfield Police Station
Rhys Grainger, who will be based at Hatfield Police Station
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.

Beacon Shines a Light into Abuse Survivor's Life
There are many positive stories that have come from victims who have received support through Beacon, Hertfordshire's Victim Care Hub.

One case highlights how a victim, who was so traumatised by domestic abuse received hope, reassurance and got their life back through reporting the abuse and working with a Beacon Victim Case Manager.

You can read their story here
PCC uses Criminals Cash to Clean up Hertfordshire
Money recovered from criminals in Hertfordshire is to be used to help private landowners and farmers clear up fly tipping.

A pilot project by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, will use £20,000 worth of cash generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to help victims of fly tipping in two local authority areas across the county.

The project will sit alongside the ongoing enforcement activity, which has seen 36 prosecutions already take place since April 2017.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

“This pilot allows funds from the proceeds of crime to be used for positive effect to remove fly tipping, target known hot-spots and advise landowners and farmers on improved security.

“As part of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan I pledged to investigate the potential of using money recovered from criminals to be put to good use in this way, and I’m pleased to see it being trialled in these two areas.

“Fly tipping is a serious crime and it has a significant impact on our community. It blights the countryside and causes substantial costs for farmers and landowners to clear the waste and poses a danger to livestock and wildlife. Our relentless drive to support bringing offenders to justice by funding enforcement measures, making improvements to security and educating the public on responsible waste disposal, saw a 16 per cent drop in fly tipping across Hertfordshire and resulted in a number of high profile prosecutions.”

The initiative, which is being piloted in Broxbourne Borough and Three Rivers District, is expected to run until the end of the year.
 Duncan Jones, Partnership Development Manager and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group, said:

“This latest initiative is another good example of how the relevant Hertfordshire agencies such as local authorities and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner are working together to deliver new initiatives to tackle fly tipping.”


Land covered by the fund, includes; privately owned woodland and forestry land, land that was formerly used for agriculture parking, land used for horticultural purposes and tree nurseries.

Over the last two years the PCC has committed over £130,000 through his Local Partnership Fund to help local authorities tackle fly tipping on public land across Hertfordshire.

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group won the Keep Britain Tidy Best Partnership Award for 2018, and picked up the Presidential Award for Improving the Environment & Public Health at the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning & Transport (ADEPT).

The work of the group was also praised by the Environment Minister Therese Coffey.

Response to Meeting on Fire Governance Proposals
Statement issued to organisers of public meeting in Hatfield on Thursday 2nd August 2018 regarding Fire Governance proposals.

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said:

“There are no formal proposals to close any of the 3 fire stations in Welwyn and Hatfield.  My business case for the Fire Service includes existing plans for developing Community Safety Hubs which would bring together police and fire on purpose built sites, allowing them to work more effectively together, in modernised and improved facilities, to improve public safety.  In the case of fire such improvement is vital to tackle issues around an increasingly aging estate. 
“The Home Office asked us to provide specific examples as to how this might be achieved and one of those is the opportunity provided by the redevelopment of the Police HQ site in Stanborough.  Police and fire representatives have been discussing possible options which could be progressed on that site.  These include building a new Fire Service HQ on the site and co-locating the police and fire control rooms.  They are also exploring the option of re-siting 1 or 2 of the existing 3 nearby fire stations in new facilities on the site. 
“The exploration is at an early stage and a feasibility study would be required before any specific proposals were drawn up.  If they do reach that stage they would be subject to an extensive public consultation.  No proposal is being considered which would result in a reduction in the resource or coverage of the fire service in Welwyn and Hatfield.  The aim of any proposals would be to provide new, modern and more effective facilities and improve the service to the public.
“Indeed, one of the benefits of having a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is that the public’s view would be at the forefront of decision-making.  If the Home Secretary approves the governance transfer, my first step will be to have a conversation with the public about what they want from their Fire and Rescue Service in Hertfordshire.”
Commissioner supports World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
The Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the publciation of new leaflets aimed at raising awareness of modern salvery among taxi drivers and the general public. 
The leaflets – launched today (Monday July 30) on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, are to be distributed by the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership and will be given to drivers when they renew their licence. They follow on from the Partnership’s “Slavery can happen anywhere” campaign last year and are part of an on-going drive to raise public awareness of exploitation and trafficking.
The second leaflet for the general public will be handed out at enforcement operations or other awareness events run by partners. Both leaflets are packed with information about spotting the signs that someone might be being exploited and where to report any concerns.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “Tackling modern slavery requires a co-ordinated and united approach and this partnership has made great strides in bringing awareness to the public on how to spot the signs of modern slavery and identify potential victims.
“These leaflets will help businesses, like licensed taxi firms and the public be more informed to respond to and help suspected victims of modern slavery get the support they need. I am hopeful that this multiagency response will bring key offenders to justice and ensure a better outcome for victims.”
Sue Darker, Chair of the Partnership’s Steering Group, said: “Criminals can use taxis to move exploited people from location to location. It is vital taxi drivers know what to look out for and where they can report any concerns they have.
“Through the partnership more than 500 local authority, NHS and law enforcement workers in Hertfordshire have been trained on how to spot the signs of human trafficking and modern slavery.
“The work we have done so far has undoubtedly increased the number of potential victims identified and made Hertfordshire a harder place for criminals to exploit people.”*
The Partnership was set up in May last year and has been working to coordinate efforts to tackle these crimes in Hertfordshire. Recent developments from the Partnership include a new victim pathway for public sector professionals in Hertfordshire to ensure that they refer potential victims they come into contact with to the correct channels for support.
A support worker in Beacon – the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre – will now be working with victims of trafficking and slavery, offering further support. Other notable achievements include successful multi-agency involvement in enforcement operations and welfare visits. Reception centre facilities for victims available 24/7 throughout the county has also been established for operations where there are five victims or more involved.
Anyone with concerns about human trafficking or modern slavery should call police via 101 or the national Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. In an emergency call 999. The Beacon hotline 03000 11 55 55 is open from Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-5pm or visit the website www.hertfordshirebeacon.org for information and advice to access support.


*From March 2017 to August 2017, police received eight modern slavery reports from partnership organisations; from September 2017 to February 2018 police received 24 and from March 2018 to the end of July, 29 reports from partnership organisations. The Modern Slavery Helpline received 14 reports from Hertfordshire in August 2017, up from two in the previous month. This followed a public awareness campaign by the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership.

The Partnership is made up of more than 40 organisations including the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, the anti-trafficking and slavery charity Shiva Foundation, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and the 10 district and borough councils in the county. It also features a wealth of other charities and law enforcement organisations. The Partnership reports to the PCC’s Community Safety Board.

PCC launches Fund for Criminal Justice with money seized from Criminals
A fund to improve the criminal justice system in Hertfordshire has been launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.

The Criminal Justice Innovation Fund will use cash seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Act (POCA) to make improvements for those who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

It will fund projects that support victims, reduce offending and prevent people being drawn into criminal activity.

David Lloyd, the Hertfordshire PCC and chair of the Herts Criminal Justice Board, said:

“This fund will support innovative ideas which help victims and ensures Hertfordshire’s criminal justice system works well for everybody.

“I’m particularly interested in developing ideas which are in the early stages or have worked well elsewhere and have the potential to do the same for Hertfordshire

“We have received some really interesting applications from organisations, such as; a community housing association looking to help offenders find suitable accommodation through a Rent Deposit Scheme; a gambling charity seeking to provide targeted solutions to reduce gambling related harm; and analysis of Out of Court Disposal data to assist in delivering diversionary activities.”

The fund is worth £150,000 and is open to public and private organisations, criminal justice and community safety partners working in collaboration with the voluntary and community sector.

More details can be found on the PCC website - http://www.hertscommissioner.org/cj-innovation-fund

Praise for Commissioner's first Herts Criminal Justice Board in Public
The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board received approval from residents in Hertfordshire following its first board meeting which was held in public on Monday, July 9th.

The meeting, which was attended by 70 members of the public, was held in St Albans City and District Council offices allowing the people of Hertfordshire to meet and put questions to those who run the local justice system.

Topics discussed included the victim’s experience of the criminal justice system and ways their journey can be improved.

A number of presentations from member agencies set the scene locally and nationally around the criminal justice system and gave a flavour of the roles and different agencies involved, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities to improve the system for all those who come into contact with it.

David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and Chair of the Board said:

“It is brilliant to see so many people here today. As Chair of the Board I am ambitious to bring about a level of democratic engagement to the local criminal justice system and explore ways that we can work together to deliver a more effective and efficient structure.

“Sadly we do know that things don’t always go well when victims and witnesses come into contact with the criminal justice system and it often doesn’t take into account the victims and witnesses’ entire journey from a crime being committed to the court case and after care support.

“I am committed to looking at improvements we can make, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to chair the criminal justice board meeting in the first place. Holding this meeting in public for the first time is a very important step in improving the public’s perception of the local justice system.”

Special guest speaker - Dame Vera Baird, Former Solicitor General from 2007 to 2010, and the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, spoke about how PCCs can work with local partners to revolutionise the victims’ journey through the criminal justice system.

Dame Vera Baird QC said:

“PCCs are the voice of local residents, who tell us what is going right and when improvements are needed. We work together with our partners to deliver the best service possible.
 “We always ensure that victims’ rights are at the heart of everything we do, for them to have the confidence to come forward and report crimes and we want to ensure that they feel valued through every step of the process. 

“The Victims’ Code is an important document and to ensure it is effectively delivered it needs to come into the hands of the Local Criminal justice Board – this will ensure all partners remain focused on ensuring we get it right first time, every time.”

Please visit www.hertscommissioner.org/herts-cjb for more details about the Board's work.

PCC Marks National Democracy Week
As we mark 2018 National Democracy Week, I am reminded again of the core democratic purpose of my role as a Police and Crime Commissioner.

The model of British policing, envied around the world, has always been at its best when defined by the establishing principles of Sir Robert Peel. As far back as 1829, he made clear that for policing to be both effective and just, it had to be consistent with our values as a democratic society. The tradition holds that ‘the police are the public, and the public are the police’; that policing is by consent, and its success depends on public approval, respect and co-operation.

By electing Police and Crime Commissioners, the British people breathed new life into that ambition. For the first time, we who are making the big decisions about the future of policing, the use of public money, and the commissioning of services, are answerable directly to the public. The over nine million votes cast in 2016 have empowered PCCs to put transparency, accountability and public engagement back at the heart of policing.

Democratic engagement doesn’t stop at the ballot box. PCCs currently receive thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from our constituents every month, and we are active in our communities, hearing first hand of the issues that matter most to the people we represent. My colleagues and I have made sure that these everyday concerns are now heard loud and clear in the corridors of power, and by working closely with our partners in the police we are ensuring that the challenges facing policing in England and Wales today are increasingly understood by decision makers in Parliament – including on the critical issues of police funding, changing demands on police time, and protection for police officers on the front line.

We are ambitious about bringing that same level of democratic engagement to other areas of public service. An increasing number of PCCs are taking on responsibility for fire and rescue services locally, and we are working now with the Government to expand our roles supporting victims of crime, reforming the criminal justice system, and bringing local services together to deliver for the public more efficiently and effectively than we can alone.

All Police and Crime Commissioners swear a solemn oath upon election – to serve the people without fear or favour, to act with integrity and transparency, to ensure the police are able to cut crime and protect the public, and to give a voice to the public in all that we do. The office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has done so much to bring democratic accountability to policing and we will always strive to do more on behalf of those we represent.

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
APCC Chair
See Justice in Action
The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board is to hold its first board meeting in public, allowing the people of Hertfordshire to meet and put questions to those who run the local justice system.

The Board is made up of key agencies and individuals within the local Hertfordshire criminal justice system, including the Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable, Courts and Crown Prosecutors.

At a special meeting in St Albans on Monday, 9th July, they will be discussing how victims experience the criminal justice system and how to improve their journey.

The special guest speaker is Dame Vera Baird QC, former Solicitor General and Labour MP. Dame Vera is currently the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and focuses on victims of crime in her national role.

David Lloyd, the PCC for Hertfordshire and Chair of the Board said:

“This is a great opportunity to understand what this Board does and to influence the criminal justice system in Hertfordshire.

“Justice is about accountability and transparency, so holding this meeting in public for the first time is a very important step in improving the public’s access to the decision makers in the county.”

Dame Vera Baird QC said:

“It is important that victims remain at the heart of the Criminal Justice System.  As Northumbria’s PCC, I am committed to working closely with the local courts, probation services, youth offending teams, prisons and the Crown Prosecution Service.

“This event will ensure that those who have the power to influence how the criminal justice works, will strive to do so, by finding out what works well and what could be done better.  I was delighted to accept David’s invitation to this important meeting”

Refreshments will be provided from 1200 and please book your free ticket to the meeting.

Please visit www.hertscommissioner.org/herts-cjb for more details about the Board's work.

If you want to ask a question to the Board, please submit it by email to your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk by the 2nd July 2018.
Hemels First Barn Meeting a Success
Fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and concerns around dogs chasing livestock were some of the concerns discussed by farmers, landowners and the police at the first barn meeting to be held at Hill Farm in Berkhamsted on Tuesday (June 11th).

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, Local Policing Command Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls, Dacorum Chief Inspector Paul Mitson, Sergeant Ryan Hemmings (Berkhamsted and Tring SNT) and the Rural Operational Support Team spoke to attendees about the work that is ongoing to resolve rural crime across the local rural communities.   

Representatives from the National Farmers’ Union, Dacorum Borough Council’s anti-social behaviour and environmental teams, Hertfordshire County Council, the National Trust and Tring Anglers also attended.

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 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.

“One of the things I get out of barn meets is the sense of isolation that rural residents can sometimes feel and I want to assure you that where there is criminality we will make sure that is dealt with appropriately.

"My police and crime plan is called Everybody’s Business, and we all have a part to play in keeping Hertfordshire safe. One of the things I do in my role is bring agencies together such as Trading Standards, the Environment Agency and the district and borough councils to tackle crimes such as fly tipping and anti-social behaviour. These initiatives are set in my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which of course comes from direct engagement with the public.”

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 joy-riding 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.

You can also now report crime directly to the Constabulary’s website:www.herts.police.uk

Since the launch of the new website, more people are reporting a wide range of crimes online or through the web chat service, allowing members of the public to engage directly with officers in the Force Control Room. This is an alternative to dialling 101.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new mobile phone app is available on iPhone and Android devices and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
Local Policing Command Chief Superintendent, Matt Nicholls said:

“There are pockets of urban and rural areas in Hertfordshire that need a different policing response and so it is helpful to have dialogue with you to understand the unique challenges that you face.

“The rise in the precept has helped ensure that we will continue to provide a local footprint with local Safer Neighbourhood police officers.”

Neighbourhood Sergeant Ryan Hemmings said:

“Barn Meets are really important events as they help us to understand some of the specific issues the rural community face in their everyday lives. They also help us to meet members of the rural community face to face so that we can reassure them we are committed to providing the same level service as we would to their urban counterparts.

“This was the first meeting specifically for Berkhamsted and Tring and we were really pleased with the turn out and the in-depth discussions which took place.”