Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  
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Support for Manchester Victims
Anyone from Hertfordshire who has been a victim of the terrorist attack in Manchester – or who is related to a victim - can receive support from the county’s dedicated victim care centre Beacon.

The horrific incidents of Monday evening will have a lasting impact on families across the county and beyond.

If you or your family have been affected and need support, you can contact Beacon for help and advice.

Beacon has a team of highly trained professionals who can provide individual support.

You can contact the team via the website – www.hertfordshirebeacon.org or by calling 03000 11 55 55 or Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.

 
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PCC Raises the Rainbow Flag for IDAHOBiT Day
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire raised the rainbow flag at his office on May 17th to show his support for IDAHOBiT Day (International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia).

IDAHOBiT Day was created in 2004 and is celebrated on this date every year to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia unfortunately still exist and raising the flag at my office shows my support for these groups. I commend the Constabulary’s continued positive engagement with the LGBT community, particularly through the work of LAGLOs.

Victims are at the heart of my new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan and I find it unacceptable for people to be treated unjustly because of who they are or what they believe in. I am pleased to underline the great work of our trained officers who provide round the clock, tailored, practical and emotional support via services such as Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre, Beacon.”

As part of this important date on the LGBT calendar, Herts Constabulary is taking the opportunity to remind the public about its Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs).

What LAGLOs do

The Constabulary’s 80 LAGLOs are police officers and staff who have been specially trained to support people from LGBT communities.  All police officers are able to support the LGBT community, but LAGLOs are in place to provide additional support and understanding.

LAGLOs aim to:

 
  • encourage the LGBT community to report homophobic incidents to police and to give information, advice and support to victims and witnesses of crimes
  • positively engage with LGBT communities and develop good working relationships with relevant partners and key community groups dedicated to LGBT issues
  • advise and support fellow police officers dealing with homophobic incidents
  • raise awareness amongst colleagues and promote understanding about the needs of the LGBT community
     
LAGLOs can be reached by calling the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency or if a crime is on-going, report it immediately via 999. The support of a LAGLO can then be requested if required. Further information about the LAGLOs can be found on the Herts Constabulary  website: www.herts.police.uk/laglo
 
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been a victim of crime, you can speak with a member of the Beacon victim service team on 03000 11 55 55 or submit an email to info@hertfordshirebeacon.org

For more information about how to report hate crime, please visit:
http://www.herts.police.uk/advice/hate_crime.aspx
 

 
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Commissioner Welcomes New App for Herts Police
Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new mobile phone app will make them even more accessible to the public.
 
The Hertfordshire Police App, which can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, is available on iPhone and Android devices.

As well as providing up to date information on news and policing in local areas, users can also directly link through to the forces new online crime report and live web-chat.
 
The ability to report crimes online and increase the ways the public can contact the police is a central part of the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd’s, Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire.
 
PCC David Lloyd said: “The app is yet another way of contacting the police and gives the public more options and an alternative to using the phone.
 
“I want to make it as easy as possible to contact our officers and not everybody wants to speak to an officer – being able to use web-chat on their phone, or report crimes via the app is a great service.
 
“I’m also encouraged that since we launched the online services at the beginning of the month, we’ve seen a 53% increase in our web-chat and 44% increase in crimes being reported online.”
 
A video, showing the public how to use the new services was made available earlier this month and can be viewed on the Constabulary and Commissioner’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
 
Other online services include Online Intelligence which enables information to be digitally reported directly to the police, information on how to apply for a range of services and details on how to contact various departments within the force.
 
Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “I am really pleased to see the use of these new online services increasing. By expanding our online services we’re reducing the pressure on our control room, which means that they can focus on those truly urgent 999 calls.”
 
These online services are available as an alternative to calling 101 for non-emergency matters. Please remember that you should always call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.
 
We welcome any feedback from the public using our new services to help improve development in the future.

 
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Hertfordshire Constabulary Recovers 1.34 million For Victims
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has praised the efforts of the county’s police officers who’ve successfully seized more than £1.34 million worth of assets from criminals in the last financial year.

This revenue, which is generated through offender confiscations, will be returned to victims of crime in compensation.

The offences include fraud, theft, rogue trading, theft from employer and romance fraud, which often involves online dating scams.

David Lloyd said: “Since I took office in 2012 I’ve put the principle of Offender Pays at the heart of my strategy, including in my recent Community Safety and Criminal Justice plan. Here is one great example of this action in practice.

This result is testament to the hard work of Hertfordshire’s officers. They took swift and effective action to seize criminal funds, which will rightly go back to the victims of crime.”

This has been part of a pan-regional operation involving forces across the East of England.

Detective Inspector John Tacey of the Regional Economic Crime Unit - part of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit said: “The Financial Investigators based at ERSOU remain committed to ensuring that victim compensation is one of the main priorities.

Using the powers available to the Investigators under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, we will continue to strip offenders of their ill-gotten gains, ensuring that they do not benefit from their crimes and that their victims are compensated”

The victims will be notified and will receive their compensation directly from HM Court Services once the assets confiscated have been realised. They will also be offered continued support via the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre, Beacon.

BACKGROUND:
 
The full amount recovered to date for Hertfordshire victims is £1,346,615.00. The purpose of a confiscation order is to deprive the defendant of the proceeds of his or her crime, is only fulfilled once the order is paid. A confiscation order is a debt owed by the defendant to the Crown. The defendant can choose to pay the order voluntarily, but if he or she fails to pay the order, compulsory enforcement action can be taken. ERSOU will usually obtain compensation for victims through confiscation which allows the courts to hand down a prison sentence if the order is not paid within a specific time.
 

 
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Cyber Crime Prevention Officer Funded by PCC
A Cyber Crime and Business Scams Prevention Officer and an operation to prevent vulnerable people from becoming victims of crime are some of the most recent recipients of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has allocated £783,393 from his annual budget to for the Community Safety Fund, supporting the work of partners across Hertfordshire who help to keep communities safe.
 
This year the Commissioner asked 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 to apply to the grant.

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.

The Commissioner David Lloyd said: “In delivering against my new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, I want these grants to contribute towards reducing crime and making sure that Hertfordshire is a safer place to live.”

“These grants will ensure 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.”

A table of all the Community Safety Grant recipients for 2017/18 can be found here: http://hertscommissioner.org/community-safety-grants-2017-18.

A number of conditions are attached to the grants, which help the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to oversee how the money is being spent on behalf of local communities and to ensure that there is transparency and accountability. 

Full annual reports will be requested to provide information on progress and evidence of effectiveness.
 
Background

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) provides a Community Safety Grant [1] for Hertfordshire. This has historically been divided between the ten district councils and departments within Hertfordshire County Council.

In 2017/18 the practice switched to a bid based process to encourage Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to focus on their main priorities and demonstrate evidence of need; providing the transparency required by the PCC in relation to auditing of accounts.

All approved grants will be delivered and monitored by the relevant organisation. CSPs will be held to account by the OPCC through each district’s RAG meetings and through the reporting requirements stipulated in the terms and conditions of grant.
 


[1] In Hertfordshire the Community Safety Fund is called the Community Safety Grant.

 
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Online Crime Reporting Goes Live in Hertfordshire
A new system of online crime reporting and digital contact is being launched by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Following public demand for more ways to contact the police, it is now possible to report non-urgent crimes online, as well as giving information about crime in the community.

Aside from live web-chat with police staff in the Force Control Room – the same people who you’d be talking to if you called 101 - you can also report crime directly on the force’s website.

Since a pilot began in January this year, this service has already proved to be valuable with the number of crimes reported this way increasing daily.
 
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner, says this is a big step forward.

“This is an additional service which will benefit the public and the police – making it easier to contact our officers whilst prioritising emergency calls. Even more online services will become available in the near-future, enabling greater choice and this is to be welcomed.”

“The ability to report crimes online and increase the ways the public can contact the police is a central part of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire.”

A video (see below), showing the public how to use the new services is available to view on the Constabulary and Commissioner’s Facebook and YouTube channels, and will be shared with the OWL network.

Other services include Online Intelligence which enables information to be digitally reported directly to the police, information on how to apply for a range of services and details on how to contact various departments within the force.
 
Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “We are encouraging people to click before they call, as the information they need may actually be readily available online, and if not then our web chat agents will be on hand to help. By expanding our online services we’re reducing the pressure on our control room, which means that they can focus on those truly urgent 999 calls.”

These online services are available as an alternative to calling 101 for non-emergency matters. Please remember that you should always call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.

We welcome any feedback from the public using our new service to help improve development in the future.

PCC David Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall on the new site.


A guide to using the website:
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PCC Tackles Fraud, Scams and Fly tipping on Dacorum District Day
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd visited a number of initiatives that are at core of his new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan on a recent visit to the Dacorum district.

The day’s meetings began with attending Operation Stay Alert in Berkhamsted. Local police shared advice to a group of older residents about protecting themselves from becoming victims of crime from those looking for opportunities to pick-pocket.

Members of staff from Santander also gave guidance on ways to spot those who facilitate scams through phone-calls by way of pretending to be a financial institute or through the delivering of fraudulent mail and emails.

The Commissioner, who has put frauds and scams as a key priority in his plan, said: “I want to take the embarrassment and shame out of being a victim of fraud, so that we can provide support and care for victims and stop repeat victimisation.”

“I also intend to campaign to encourage those who effectively facilitate scams to take their responsibility for preventing them. If numerous or large transactions and withdrawals are being made out of bank accounts, action should be taken by the banks and financial institutions to monitor any suspicious activity.”

Sgt. Adele Hopkin who ran the session, said:  “These are valuable opportunities to help educate our residents to make sure they do all they can to prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.”

“We’ve seen several incidences of purse-dipping and distraction burglary in Berkhamsted and the residents were given good advice by our officers and colleagues from the local banks.”

The Commissioner also visited a domestic abuse support group – Cherished – which is run by South Hill Centre to provide support locally to women who are or have been victims of domestic violence or find themselves in a similar vulnerable situation.

The group offers women a place to drop into for coffee and cake and an opportunity to sit and speak to others who are going through a similar experience. It has been running for four years and has helped hundreds of women.

Jude Chandler, co-ordinator of the organisation explained: “This group is to provide a safe, welcoming palace for women to fell cherished.  There is so much power in sitting with other women and sharing stories, but it is also about re-educating women that physical violence is not acceptable.”

Another initiative that has received support from the PCC’s office is fly-tipping.  The Commissioner took part at a fly-tipping interagency meeting, which had attendants from the Constabulary, District Borough Council and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Following a number of fly-tipping offences in the district, Mr. Lloyd spoke about trying to identify ways to tackle the issue across the district and the rest of the county.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “Fly-tipping in Hertfordshire is a serious problem and I am determined that we stop this blight. Investigations are on-going and I put it to those that commit these offences that time is running out for them.”

He has also provided a grant of more than £80,000 to help local authorities tackle fly-tipping across the county, which will be used to cover a wide spectrum of initiatives, including the purchase of new cameras for deployment at fly tipping hotspots across the county.

Inspector George Holland at Hemel Hampstead said: “Fly-tipping has a very negative impact on the environment within Dacorum. We are fortunate to have some of the most picturesque rural locations in the East of England, which are marred by the illegal activities of a few.”

“Officers from my Safer Neighbourhood Team will work with our partners from the council to bring such offenders to justice and to ensure they face the full weight of the law for their unacceptable and illegal activities.”

The Commissioner holds a monthly District Day, meeting police and community organisations which support victims and vulnerable people across Hertfordshire. Each month he attends a different district
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HMIC Inspector Welcomes Improvements
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has welcomed the annual assessment by the government’s police regulator.

HMIC* has published its yearly report for the Constabulary which shows an overall satisfaction with the force’s performance and an acknowledgement that improvements are being made.

In February the force was rated as requiring improvement in the Effectiveness strand of the HMIC’s inspection programme.

However the government inspector Zoë Billingham has said the force acted swiftly in response to their inspections to rectify those problems.

A follow-up inspection report on the Effectiveness ‘pillar’ is due later this year.

PCC David Lloyd said: “I use HMIC inspections to help me hold the Constabulary to account on their operational processes and I welcome this update.”

“Whilst some areas of improvement were identified in previous inspections, the Inspector has told me she was pleased by the Constabulary’s response in dealing with the issues.  As a result I expect the re-inspection to show that Hertfordshire’s performance has returned to its normal high standard.”

“I’m glad too that a lot of positive areas of the inspection, including our force’s approach to serious and organised crime, child sexual exploitation and the way finances are managed, were praised by the Inspector.”

The Commissioner will continue to monitor the concerns raised in HMIC’s reports and meets weekly with the Chief Constable Charlie Hall to hold him to account.

Link to the report.

*
HMIC – Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.
 


 
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Hate Crime Strategy Consultation Begins
Consultation has begun on a major strategy to address Hate Crime in Hertfordshire.

Led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Constabulary and the County Council, the draft strategy aims to improve prevention, resolution and the support of victims.

Recent figures for Hertfordshire show recorded instances of Hate Crime rose from 1597 in 2015/16 to 2080 in 2016/17* – a rise of over 30% on the previous year.

A Hate Crime is any criminal offence targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.
 
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire says the rise in cases shows the need for greater action.
 
“More people are confident in reporting incidents of Hate Crime, which is to be welcomed, but the fact remains this is a vicious crime which often has a long-term impact on victims.”
 
“This causes distress to the victim far beyond the incident and can change the way someone behaves for life. It mustn’t be tolerated.”
 
“My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan is called “Everybody’s Business”, and we are all responsible for challenging this appalling behaviour.”



Draft Hate Crime strategy and an easy-to-read guide

The strategy focuses on four key areas:

Prevention
  • Challenging prejudice wherever it appears by educating the public to identify and reject hate and prejudice in all forms.
  • This includes target groups such as schools, the general public and the
    professional workforce.
  • Raise awareness of the impact of online harassment and Hate Crimes.
  • Promoting victim confidence in the system. 
Resolution
  • Bringing offenders to justice using the appropriate legal tools.
  • Addressing the experience of the criminal justice system for both victims and offenders.
  • Increasing reporting of Hate Crime both through calls to the police and also through third-party reporting centres.
Support
  • Supporting the victim to cope and recover.
  • Putting them at the heart of the criminal justice system.
  • Reducing repeat victimisation and improving confidence.
  • Further provision of an enhanced victim service delivered by case managers, with
    an overall aim of improving victim experience, satisfaction and on-going wellbeing.
Learning
  • Understanding exactly what Hate Crime looks like in Hertfordshire.
  • Who is affected and where?
  • Identifying and recognising emerging threats.
  • Transparently evaluating the work we do to tackle Hate Crime and support victims.
  • Effective use of data on Hate Crime using an intelligence-led approach so that we can be placed on a path of continuous improvement.
Superintendent Dean Patient, Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Strategic Lead on tackling Hate Crime, said:

“Hate has corrosive impact on communities wherever it occurs, as well as a lasting impact on those individuals who have had to suffer it.”

“The figures show the issue is not just about racism or Brexit – a significant number of reports relate to hostility towards someone’s disability or sexual orientation. For these reasons it is vital that we have the views of everyone affected by hate crime now as this strategy will inform how we tackle hate crime and support victims in the future.”


By far the greatest number of Hate Crime incidents reported to the police in Hertfordshire were due to the victim being targeted because of their perceived race or ethnic background.
 
This accounted for 75% of all reports in 2016/17 followed by Disability (12%) and Homophobia (7%).

Guy Pratt, Deputy Director of Community Protection at Hertfordshire County Council, said:

“Hate crime in Hertfordshire is not something that will be tolerated. This joint strategy will ensure partners work together to support victims, bring offenders to justice and prevent hate crime in the county.”

“More people are reporting hate crime and we need to make sure we’re all well equipped to support victims and challenge prejudice. I would encourage anyone who experiences hate crime to report it. The more we know about what’s happening, the more we can do to stop it.”
 
The consultation runs for 12 weeks and ends on the 30th June. To respond to the consultation, please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/consultations or email HateCrimeConsultation@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

 
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Council Tax Questions to the Commissioner
In March, the Police and Crime Commissioner wrote to every council tax payer in Hertfordshire explaining where their money goes.

As a result, several people have asked similar questions:


Why is the police element of my Council Tax going up from April 2017?

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has made an increase of 3.4%, which is equivalent to £5 a year for the average household in order to keep local policing teams in place.

Lower than expected funding from government, an increase in costs relating to safeguarding vulnerable people and a delay to a collaborated IT project have led to the rise.

This is the first time the Commissioner has raised the police element of the council tax precept in his two terms of office.

You can read the Commissioner’s open letter to residents and see the full budget report on this website.


Why is the amount spent on your office going up?
 
The Policing and Crime Bill Act places additional mandatory responsibilities on the PCC in relation to complaints. In order to meet these new requirements, and to provide the enhanced customer service experience outlined in the Commissioner’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, a new Customer Service Unit comprised of three and half a full time equivalent posts is being created to act as first point of contact for all complaints coming in to the Constabulary. The aim of the Unit is to provide a prompt and effective service which aims to improve levels of customer satisfaction and reduce the flow of low level complaints in to the tri-force Professional Standards Department.

The government has indicated its intention to devolve various aspects of the wider criminal justice system to PCCs and the 2017 Act enables Commissioners to explore further blue light collaboration, particularly in relation to governance of Fire and Rescue services. In order to provide additional support and resilience to the Policy Development team to pursue these areas, a Policy Support Manager and Head of Criminal Justice have been appointed.

Communication support for the PCC’s office has, until now, been provided from within the Constabulary.  As the role of the PCC has expanded, the need for independent media and communications support based within the OPCC’s office became increasingly apparent and the equivalent of two full time posts were transferred from the Constabulary budget to the OPCC, so this shows an increase in the OPCC budget but does not increase the cost to taxpayers.
 
Full details of the Commissioner’s budget can be found in this report.



 
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Mental Health Pilot in Hertfordshire Reduces Strain on A&E Services
Further work to support those in mental health crisis in Hertfordshire through the Street Triage Scheme has reported a significant drop in the number of people in mental health crisis being detained under the Mental Health Act.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd is now funding a full cost-benefit analysis of the scheme to see what the best model of Street Triage is for Hertfordshire and whether on that basis, it should be extended and made permanent.  

Commissioner Lloyd said: “This is a brilliant example of partnership working in action.  It is reducing the demand on our public services, but far more importantly it is providing a much better and more appropriate service for people who find themselves in mental health crisis.”

The service is a joint partnership between Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Hertfordshire University Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT). Under the scheme, health professionals make an on-street assessment to ensure an individual gets the best care possible when concerns about their mental state are reported to the police. It is primarily designed to help avoid preventable detentions under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Under Section 136 a police officer can take a person in mental health distress to a ‘place of safety,’ to assess their needs.

The triage scheme is the latest result of Hertfordshire’s Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, originally set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner and designed to bring a wide variety of agencies together to commit to providing a better service to people facing mental health crisis.

The service is based on the provision of two cars with a police officer and a mental health crisis team clinician who attend incidents concerning people reported to be in mental health crisis countywide. Two shifts operate between 5pm to 2am and 7pm to 4am.

In a temporary expansion of the scheme in December 2016, one of the cars was replaced by an unmarked ambulance supplied by the East of England Ambulance Services Trust (EEAST) and the deployment of a paramedic working alongside the mental health clinician and police officer. The aim was to provide more specialist medical care and to ease the pressure on A&E services.

This prevented 43 people in mental health crisis from having to go to A&E. As a result of its success, the ambulance pilot service also ran throughout the month of March.

A/DCI Matt Phillips, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Safeguarding Command, said: “The initial results of this trial have been very encouraging with a significant reduction in the number of people in mental health crisis being detained under the MHA, compared to the months prior to the most recent changes. We will continue to monitor the figures and will be working with the Herts Partnership Foundation Trust and the East of England Ambulance Service to learn where we can and improve the service further.

Not only is this scheme providing quality of care and speed of services to people who often need urgent help, but it has the secondary benefit of keeping more police resources out on the street preventing crime and keeping people safe.”

Background and Key Dates

October 2014: The PCC and Hertfordshire’s Partners publish a Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat and Action Plan.
April 2015: Hertfordshire Constabulary and HPFT launch a pilot Mental Health Triage Scheme in the Police Force Control Room. A mental health clinician gives advice and information to frontline police officers around proposed detentions under S.136 and in doing so assists in supporting a reduction in the number of S.136 detentions.
Early 2016: Pilot expands to providing resources on the street with the mental health clinician attending calls in a street triage vehicle alongside a police officer.
August 2016: Street Triage pilot provides two vehicles to cover the whole county between the hours of 5pm to 4am (5pm to 2am and 7pm and 4am). The mental health clinician from the Force Control Room is redeployed to one of the vehicles and access enabled to service users’ care plans through HPFT’s electronic patient record - PARIS.
Dec 2016 – Jan 2017: Paramedic pilot runs for a month’s trial which replaced one of the police cars with an ambulance, supplied by the East of England Ambulance Services Trust (EEAST) and includes a paramedic with the mental health clinician and police officer from 5pm to 2am.This avoided 43 people from going to A&E.
March 2017: Following the positive results from December’s trial, the paramedic pilot is put in place for the month of March.

Picture: The Chief Constable and Commissioner visit the Street Triage team on duty in the Force Control Room, January 2017 

 
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Outline Business Case for Fire Governance
As set out in the Policing and Crime Act 2017, Police and Crime Commissioners are now able to examine the options for taking over governance of their local Fire and Rescue Service.

In Hertfordshire, David Lloyd first stated his intention to investigate this proposal in 2016, and again in his Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, published in 2017.

He believes there may be an opportunity to increase transparency, make the service more accountable and improve public safety and the overall efficiency of the service.

In December 2016, he commissioned an investigation to examine whether there is a good business case for bringing the governance of the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority under his responsibility.

This Outline Business Case, published today, suggests there are potential benefits to pursuing this model:
 
  • Improved interoperability, through a co-located control room, collaborative training and joint operational activity, enabling better coordination and the streamlining of decision-making across the emergency services. This will improve our response to road traffic accidents and other major inter-agency incidents.
  • Opportunity for better capital investment, the development of community assets, financial savings and innovation through shared police and fire estates.
  • Flexibility to determine the most financially beneficial option for back office service provision and corporate support, for example, vehicle maintenance.
  • Collaborative procurement between services, enabling substantial savings by maximising the collective buying power where operational requirements allow.
  • Delivery of efficiencies through a more coordinated use of joint resources, including Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and retained on-call fire-fighters, to bolster local policing teams and improve visibility.
  • Opportunities for improvements in public safety through bringing together an evidence base to inform preventative work and deliver improved safety outcomes for the public.
  • The outline business case has indicated that these benefits could achieve yearly revenue benefits of between £1.2m and £4m and one-off capital receipts of between £3.3m and £15.4m
David Lloyd will now commission a full business case to properly examine the potential of any further improvements to public safety and efficiency in Hertfordshire. If this reveals benefits can be achieved, he will put that to a public consultation.

The full business case is not expected to be published until the summer of 2017.

You can read the business case here.
 
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