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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

 
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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.
 

 
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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
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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.
 
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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.”
 
 
 

 
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PCC Volunteers honoured at Citizens in Policing Awards
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, praised and thanked volunteers who were nominated for an award at the Citizen in Policing Awards ceremony at Police Headquarters last week (Thursday, 7th June).

The event, which is in its’ seventh year, marked the end to National Volunteers’ week and celebrated the contribution volunteers make to Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Commissioner’s volunteering schemes.   

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: 

“Keeping Hertfordshire the safe county that it is today is Everybody’s Business. Volunteering helps to build strong and resilient communities, harness valuable skills and helps support police and partners to reduce crime and keep communities safe.

“I’m committed to growing and developing volunteering further, using innovative ideas to improve and develop how we all work together to reduce crime and keep people safe.” 

The award for Volunteer of the Year was presented to Chris Cowdrey, a member of the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel.

Fellow nominees were Independent Custody Visitors Alain Barthelemy and Derek Wylie, Stop and Search Panel member Stephanie Worrell and Independent Dog Welfare Visitor Stuart Selby.

The Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel took the award for Volunteer Group of the Year while the Independent Dog Welfare Scheme was also nominated in the same category.

Michael Taylor, who has been volunteering as an Independent Custody Visitor for 30 years, received a Long Service Award for his commitment and passion for volunteering.

The ceremony was opened by Chief Constable Charlie Hall who then presented the awards alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner in front of an audience of 120 volunteers and their family and friends.

Addressing guests on the night, Mr Hall said:

“There is not much in the calendar that gives me greater pleasure than this event. The support our volunteers give is absolutely phenomenal and these awards show the strength of volunteering here in Hertfordshire. As far as I am concerned, you are all winners and I am immensely proud of everything you do.”

For more information about the PCC volunteering schemes, visit the Commissioner's website: www.hertscommissioner.org.

 
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PCC welcomes new Special Constables into Herts Constabulary
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomed seven new Special Constables into Hertfordshire Constabulary at their Attestation Ceremony at Knebworth House on Thursday, May 17th.

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.

PCC for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: 

“We’re very fortunate to have such a dedicated team of Special Constables in Hertfordshire and they bring a different and valuable perspective to our policing.

“Our Specials have in the past provided specialist knowledge to some of the most challenging policing situations, including during major cyber-attacks, and we want to build on this by recruiting even more people to the role.”

Over the next 12 months, they will continue their training, allowing them to pass out as substantive Special Constables once they are assessed as fit for independent patrol.

The Police and Crime Commissioner encouraged the new recruits to look for support from their employers in their new role through the Employer Supported Policing (ESP) scheme.

David Lloyd said:

“The ESP scheme is a brilliant way for employers to support Specials by giving them agreed paid or unpaid leave to carry out duties or training. The scheme also brings trained and experienced professionals into the Constabulary whose skills benefit and enhance key areas in policing.

“Keeping Hertfordshire safe is everybody’s business and this is one of the ways that organisations in Hertfordshire can play their part – and benefit from it through proactively working with the police to assist our local communities.”

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: https://www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk/employer-supported-policing.php

Those that graduated were:

Steven Luker, who will be based at Broxbourne Police Station
Thomas Maddison- Neil, who will be based at Hemel Hempstead Police Station
Gareth Jones, who will be based at a police station in East Herts
Geanina Purtan, who will be based at Borehamwood Police Station
Darren Laverack, who will be based at Watford Police Station
Robert Sprigens, who will be based at Watford Police Station
Jessica Penny, who will be based at Hatfield Police Station

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.

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 invests in Community Safety Projects for 2018/19
Almost  £900,000 is being invested by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, into community safety projects across the county. The funding supports the work of partners across Hertfordshire who help to keep communities safe.

This year the Commissioner is supporting projects targeting violent crime, providing support for victims of domestic abuse and those with mental health needs.

David Lloyd has also committed over a quarter of a million pounds to a project in Broxbourne to help  schools prevent young people being drawn into violent gang activity and knife crime.

The Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“Community Safety is at the very core of my policing strategy and this grant will support the work of local partners to address public safety priorities in Hertfordshire.

“While Hertfordshire remains a low crime area, we are seeing a rise in demand on our police service. Crime is changing and there are areas that require additional resources to ensure the right service is delivered to support victims and reduce pressure on frontline services.  

“I have provided more funding towards projects that will help tackle the recent growth in violent crime and provide early intervention to help prevent vulnerable young people from getting caught up in criminal activity. Funding will also help support victims of domestic abuse and programmes that will help to raise awareness around the risk of child sexual exploitation.”

The main criteria for the bids is to ensure that the funding provided fits with the aims of the Commissioner’s new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which sets out the strategy for protecting Hertfordshire.

Partners from Community Safety Partnerships, the County Community Safety Unit, Hertfordshire County Council and other organisations, that provide crime reduction and intervention services for children and young people applied to the grant.

A table of all the Community Safety Grant recipients for 2018/19 can be found here: http://www.hertscommissioner.org/community-safety-grants-allocation-2018-19
 
 
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Working Together to Stop Violent Crime
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is working with partners to form a new strategy to combat serious crime in the county.

Speaking at a conference of leading agencies this week, David Lloyd said they must work together to get to the heart of the recent rise in serious crime, which has been seen locally and nationally.

The PCC has been appointed to the government’s Serious Violence Taskforce in his capacity as chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

 David Lloyd said:

“Hertfordshire is a safe place to live, work and study in but we’ve seen an increase in reports of robberies, knife crime and in gang activity.
“In order to make a real difference to our communities, we need a multiagency response to prevent young vulnerable people from becoming exploited by criminal gangs and forced into crime.

“The work being undertaken now must involve schools, local councils, the police and other agencies to change behaviour at an early age and stopping young people from committing crimes in order to prevent them from being dragged into this awful cycle of violence.”

The event was attended by Hertfordshire Police, the County Council, Youth Justice Services and leading authorities, as well as guest speakers with specific experience in this area.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall QPM said:

“We have organised this event as we recognise crimes involving knives are increasing across the country and we have already seen an increase in these types of crimes in Hertfordshire. It is important that we look at effective ways of working with our partners, agencies and charities who can positively impact on this trend.  
 
“We are listening to different voices and ideas to form a proactive problem solving approach, to ensure that young people in Hertfordshire are given the information, guidance and support they need to prevent them from being sucked into these kinds of crimes and to ensure they do not become exposed to gang culture.”

Alison Cope – a mother whose 18 year old son was stabbed to death at a party in 2013 – is now a passionate anti-knife campaigner.

“Our job as professionals is to educate people - working together can save lives,” she said.

The government launched its Serious Violence Strategy earlier this month, with a focus on early intervention and targeted help for young people at risk of becoming involved in gangs.

David Lloyd recently committed over a quarter of a million pounds to the Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership to help prevent young people from being drawn into violent crime. This project will underpin a wider Constabulary initiative on gang and knife crime across the County.
 
Picture L to R:

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services, Hertfordshire County Council
Ian Butler, Chief Inspector of Broxbourne
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd
Alison Cope, Knife Campaigner
Chief Constable Charlie Hall QPM
Sheldon Thomas, Founder and CEO of Gangsline

 
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Environment Minister Praises Hertfordshires Fly Tipping Campaign
Environment Minister Therese Coffey has praised Hertfordshire’s ongoing partnership work to tackle fly tipping across the county.
 
During a parliamentary debate on fly tipping this week the Minister said:
 
“Let me single out and praise certain councils across the country that are excelling.
 
“In Hertfordshire, for example, funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner has enabled the County Council to set up an effective partnership group that is starting to see results.”
 
 
Since 2016 Hertfordshire’s PCC, David Lloyd has  committed over £130,000 of funding to help local authorities tackle fly tipping across the county. 


This funding has supported a wide range of initiatives, including: the purchase of new CCTV cameras for use at fly tipping hotspots and resources to educate residents about their duty of care when disposing of their waste through a county wide campaign put together by the Hertfordshire Fly tipping Group*.
 
The number of fly tipping incidents has dropped by over 16% in Hertfordshire since April 2017. In addition during the last 12 months there have been 36 prosecutions for fly tipping with a number pending.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

“I am really pleased with the multiagency approach to tackle fly tipping across Hertfordshire, which is yielding positive results. However, there is more work to be done in changing attitudes and behaviours around duty of care.

 “It’s important that residents and businesses carry out the necessary checks to ensure contractors are properly licensed so they don’t end up in court being prosecuted for fly tipping.”

Hertfordshire’s residents and businesses are being encouraged to follow the campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code, which provides a check list to follow when arranging one-off collections of waste.

 
  • Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.
  • Check their waste carrier’s registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency or by calling 03708 506 506.
  • Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away.
  • Ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
  • Paperwork should be obtained. Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal – this should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details
Last February the Hertfordshire Fly tipping Group won the Best Partnership Award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards for its work in bringing together a wide range of partners to tackle fly tipping in the county and has also recently been shortlisted for an award from the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transport .
 
Hertfordshire’s residents are reminded that if they see fly tipping in progress they should call 999 immediately, as well as reporting the incident to local councils at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping.

Local Borough and District councils can also give help and advice to residents who may be unsure of how to arrange for their waste disposal needs.


*The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (FTG) is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy.

The FTG has come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping. The on-going work programme is resulting in improvements in enforcement capability across the county as well as the rollout of new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly tippers.
 

Picture: Courtesy of airqualitynews.com
 
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Hertfordshire PCC Welcomes National Violent Crime Strategy
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has welcomed the UK Government’s Serious Violence Strategy as an “important and necessary step” in the drive locally and nationally to address the recent rise in violent crime.

The Government’s 2018 Serious Crime Strategy is published today at an event with the Home Secretary, senior police and PCCs in London.
David Lloyd, who also chairs the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said:

“The terrible increase in knife crime, gun crime and homicides over recent years is understandably a key public concern, shared by everyone I meet in policing, and the Serious Violence Strategy published today is an important, necessary and timely step forward in the national drive to reverse this deeply troubling trend.”

“The government’s strategy looks to bring together effective interventions rooted in enforcement, prevention and regulation to tackle the key drivers behind the recent growth in violent crime. The commitment to a balanced approach is important, as is the clear recognition that this is a task that cannot be left to policing alone.”

“In Hertfordshire, we have kept neighbourhood policing and investment in PCSOs in place, meaning our officers have excellent knowledge of their local area and have good relationships with communities.”

An updated strategy on dealing with violent crime is already well into development in Hertfordshire and a special partnership event is being held on knife crime later this month.

David Lloyd has recently provided a grant of over £250,000 to a project in Broxbourne which will work with schools to prevent young people being drawn into violent crime.

He is also supporting the Hertfordshire Youth Justice Service which has been successfully working with young offenders to prevent further violent behaviour.

He said: “Police and Crime Commissioners have a strong record of working closely with local partners in health, education, local government, businesses and charities, to meet the public’s priorities in policing and crime.

“We’ll already doing this in Hertfordshire, and I’ll be working with senior partners inside and outside Government as we carefully consider the proposals in this Strategy and how we can most effectively protect the public and see less lives tragically lost to violent crime.”
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PCC Funding Targets Online Child Abuse
Two innovative projects in Hertsmere that will help to raise awareness around the risk of child sexual exploitation and provide support for people with drug and alcohol dependencies, and mental ill-health, have received more than £45,000 of funding from Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Hertsmere Borough Council, in partnership with national charity Crime Stoppers, has secured the funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner‘s Community Safety Grant. 

This fund is provided to support work with partner organisations that play a vital role in keeping Hertfordshire’s communities safe.

The Be Fearless Against Abuse initiative is a two-year project that aims to educate professionals who work with young people on the dangers of online grooming. It will also fund an outreach programme to 11 to 16 year olds in Hertsmere schools, to help youngsters learn how to better protect themselves online.

This initiative follows on from a series of e-safety workshops last year held in Hertsmere schools, run by the council in partnership with Herts Schools Partnership with funding from the PCC.

In addition, a two-year initiative will also be delivered by Herts Mind Network to provide practical support for victims with drug and alcohol problems and those suffering from mental health issues. A support worker will provide services and liaise with appropriate partners in order to make real lifestyle changes.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “These two grants really support my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan. We’ve seen an increase in reports of offences involving vulnerable victims – such as child abuse. Therefore it is vital that all children are educated about the dangers of online media as much as possible.

“The purpose of the Community Safety Grant is also to put the victim at the centre.  Any provision that will help them from being destructive to themselves and indeed others will reduce strain on other services and also make Hertfordshire a safer place to live.”

Valerie Kane, Community Safety Manager, said: “We’re delighted that these two very worthwhile projects have been awarded funding for the next two years.

“The all-pervasiveness of social media means that children now spend large amounts of time online, which can put them at risk of abuse.

“While it may not be possible to prevent or limit internet use, it is possible to equip young people with the information and skills they need to navigate that world and stay safe.

“We also want adults to understand the risks, so they can spot the signs that a child they work with or are responsible for may be in danger of becoming a victim or has already been targeted.”

The Safer Minds initiative will enable a full-time community support worker to be based at the health and wellbeing centre, Number 10, in Leeming Road, Borehamwood, as well as fund outreach support to other parts of the borough.

Ms Kane added: “The Safer Minds initiative is about helping people who are really struggling to cope, and as a result represent a burden to front-line services such as the NHS, police or fire and rescue service.

“The community support worker will work with these individuals, who may be referred to the programme through the police, the council or charities, or can be self-referred, to develop a support plan that is tailored to their needs.

“By providing this level of intense, holistic support at this stage, we can prevent their problems escalating further and reduce the costs to already over-stretched public services.”
 
 More information on the Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Safety Grants can be found here.
 
 

 
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