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New police officers join force after passing out ceremony
Fifteen new police officers – including an ex-HGV driver, a former mechanic and four former Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) – were welcomed into Hertfordshire Constabulary yesterday, Tuesday 17 September.

Having completed a 16-week training course at Longfield Training Development Centre in Stevenage, the officers will now start their first shifts at their local stations across the county, putting into practice all they have learned.

The training included a mixture of classroom based and practical sessions, covering a vast range of topics including law and powers, personal safety and dealing with volatile situations, first aid and safeguarding vulnerable victims.
 
The trainee officers also had opportunities to work alongside new Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service recruits, as they completed their respective training at the centre. This included joint exercises and the opportunity to get hands-on with sophisticated fire brigade equipment.

During the graduation ceremony, the new recruits – 12 men and three women – paraded in front of Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Stuart Nagler and their soon to be chief inspectors, as well as family and friends.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome these new officers to the force. They’ve been through intensive training to ensure they are fully equipped to deal with life on the front line after a vigorous recruitment process and I wish them well in their policing careers. They will be at the core of policing in the county and if other people are inspired to follow in their footsteps, we are recruiting for police officers.”
 
Assistant Commissioner Stuart Nagler told the new officers: “It is an honour to welcome you to Hertfordshire. You are part of the extra 75 officers being recruited this year who have been paid for by the £2-a-month Council Tax rise.
 
“We police by consent in this country, and out on the streets you will have challenges every day. Members of the public can be very demanding, you need to remain strong, civil and firm while also showing compassion and understanding.
 
“Hertfordshire is one of the safest areas of the country, but there are dangers out there which you will be called on to protect the public from and I wish you the best in your careers.”
 


PC Elizabeth Waddington, 26, a former PCSO who will be based at Cheshunt, said: “Training has been really challenging and hard work but has been so rewarding when I look back at how far I’ve come in 16 weeks. I looking forward to starting on shift and getting to know the area and the local communities and helping them out.”
 
PC Callum Ellis, 26, a former PCSO who will be posted to Potters Bar initially, said: “The training was really challenging but so enjoyable and it was a special moment to graduate watched by my family. It has taken me many applications to be stood here today. I’m excited to return back to Borehamwood as a Police Officer after making a step up in my career from a PCSO.”
 
PC Corey Siriwardana, 20, a former British Transport Police PCSO who will be based in Hemel Hempstead, said: “It has been a pleasure working with all members of my intake through ups and downs during our testing training period. I'm looking forward to starting on area and making a difference in the community.”
 
PC Peter Coy, 21, who will be based in Hatfield, said: “I loved every minute of training! It was a real challenge, and very intense, but as I graduated alongside my friends, and in front of our families, I felt a real pride in standing up as a Herts Police Officer. I look forward to going to Hatfield to make a difference.”
 
PC Scott Adamson, 24, a former pulmonary rehabilitation practitioner, who will be based in Bishop’s Stortford, said: “The training was excellent from day one. We all became a close family within first few weeks, and it's a joy to know we are joining the bigger Hertfordshire policing family. I am looking ahead at starting in East Herts and all the challenges to come and to help make a real difference.”
 


PC Ryan Cook, 31, who will be posted at Hertford, said: “Having been a Special Constable and police staff with Devon & Cornwall Police, it felt right to become a Police Constable, graduating today in front of my family who have travelled up from Cornwall. The training has been challenging but enjoyable, always learning new legislation and working practices. I am looking forward to be working with the community and colleagues in East Herts.”
 
If you feel inspired to start a career in policing, the Force currently has a range of vacancies including:
 
You can watch our video of Chief Constable Charlie Hall and Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd talking recruitment and meeting two new trainee cohorts, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VmN6Vk9fQw&t=7s
#JoinThePolice
The officers who graduated will be in the following area:
Bishop’s Stortford – PC Scott Adamson
Borehamwood – PC Max O’Donnell
Cheshunt – PC Elizabeth Waddington and PC Bailey Webb,
Hatfield – PC Peter Coy
Hertford – PC Ryan Cook
Hemel Hempstead – PC Corey Siriwardana and PC Tom Taylor
Potters Bar – PC Callum Ellis
Rickmansworth – PC Jamie Thomas
St Albans – PC Ashley Armstrong, PC Alex Corr and PC Tom Hamer
Stevenage – PC George Mitchell
Watford – PC Aaron George

 
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Hertfordshire's refreshed Police and Crime Plan presented to the scrutiny panel and public next week
Hertfordshire's refreshed Police and Crime Plan will be presented to the public and scrutiny panel next week.

Police and Crime Commissioner David LLoyd has listened to feedback and comments from local residents and business during a consultation period last month.

A key part of the comments and proposals in the Plan refer to maintaining a local policing model and how to deploy Hertfordshire’s share of the proposed national 20,000 new officers.


The updated Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan ‘Everybody’s Business’ will be discussed with members of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel at East Herts District Council Offices, Wallfields, Hertford, on Thursday 19th September. The meeting is starts at 7pm and is open to the public.

Residents, charities, businesses and partners have been encouraged to share their thoughts on how to make the county safer, including how it is policed and initiatives to tackle crime.

New proposals in the draft report include more mobile speed detection vans, the creation of a rape scrutiny panel and a crackdown on lorries driving through villages.

With a large influx of new officers proposed by central government across England and Wales, Mr Lloyd also wants to hear views on where the public wants them deployed.


Mr Lloyd said: “I have refreshed the Plan to ensure it remains fit for purpose and relevant to changes in demand and resources. My main concerns are the same as when I came into office in 2012 - putting the victim first and keeping crime low.

The full draft of the Plan is available at the Public Consultation section of the Commissioner’s website at http://hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation .

The core of the plan is centred on four themes: Building on Success, Putting Victims at the Centre, Public Focus and Business Sense.

The Plan backs the continuation of the neighbourhood policing model, which is more expensive neighbourhood and only a handful of forces across the country have maintained. This involves the protection of the current local policing model of ten district teams, led by a senior officer.

The Business Sense theme is about working more closely with local businesses, efficiency and taking a more business-like approach to Constabulary and partnership use of resources and assets.

Some of the new initiatives in the Plan include using road safety funding to pay for a pilot scheme for more community safety vans to combat motorists speeding, using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt.
With rape prosecution levels remaining low across the country, a new Hertfordshire Rape Scrutiny Panel is proposed to introduce more transparency and scrutiny into the system.
 
The panel will look at rape case files where it has been judged that no crime has been committed, or which were said not to have achieved the required threshold of evidence to be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. This will provide an insight into the effectiveness of the police investigation and identify lessons-learned for the future management and investigation of cases.
 
A number of residents have raised concerns regarding the volume of lorries that are travelling through their villages that ignore signage around weight restrictions. A pilot scheme is to monitor lorries and heavy goods vehicles in residential areas which misuse weight restricted routes and frequently exceed the maximum load (7.5 tonnes).

More information can be found by visiting the Public Consultation page. You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.
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Record breaking Neighbourhood Watch extended
Hertfordshire’s record breaking Neighbourhood Watch has secured funding for another four years from the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.

With over 150,000 residents and business already signed up, it has the most members of any similar scheme in the country.

HertsWatch, the voluntary committee which co-ordinates Neighbourhood Watch activity in Hertfordshire, has been awarded £20,000 for the next four years to carry on and expand its work.

The scheme also enables the sharing of policing alerts and crime prevention advice, with members being informed about the latest crimes and scams in their area via the OWL (Online Watch Link) communication system.

Mr Lloyd said: “Neighbourhood Watch has been a tremendous success in preventing crime and stopping people becoming victims.

“It is based on the simple idea that everyone can make their community more secure by looking out for their neighbours, keeping an eye on their homes while they are away and receiving and sharing crime prevention advice.

“Neighbourhood Watch is a tool used by an ever-increasing number of people in Hertfordshire. I have always strongly believed in public participation for crime prevention and community safety, and the success of the scheme here proves people want to help.

“This funding will give the scheme stability, enable it grow stronger and reach out to those parts of the community that are presently under represented.”

HertsWatch also supports other watch schemes, including Business Watch, Dog Watch and Rural Watch.

A particular success has been Senior Watch, which helps to protect Hertfordshire’s older residents, by educating them about phone and online fraud.

With the new funding HertsWatch is looking to set up initiatives to extend its reach to young people, plus increase membership in areas including Stevenage, Watford and North Herts. 

Chair of Herts Watch, which oversees the county’s watch schemes, Sue Thompson, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from the PCC which will enable us to continue to help keep residents safe across Hertfordshire.

"We send dozens of emails every week via OWL (Online Watch Link www.owl.co.uk) letting people know about a range of topics including burglaries in their local area with practical crime prevention advice, scams and missing people.  We have a number of volunteers who work tirelessly to raise awareness, prevent crime and improve community spirit in villages, towns and cities to deter criminals.

"There’s no better time to join the 150,000 Hertfordshire homes already reaping the benefits of being on OWL.” 

To join Neighbourhood Watch, or find out more about OWL, please visit www.herts.police.uk or www.owl.co.uk or contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team by calling 101.

 
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Commissioner welcomes Herts Police recruitment drive
Hertfordshire Constabulary is currently recruiting police officers and Chief Constable Charlie Hall is keen to emphasise that we welcome applications from people with different life experiences and backgrounds.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel today (Thursday 5 September) launched a national recruitment drive for police officers, ‘Be a Force for all’ directing hopefuls to their local force. Hertfordshire’s current round of applications closes on Monday 30 September.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I welcome this Government commitment to boosting spending on policing and the extra officers that it will bring to Hertfordshire.


   Mr Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall with recruit 2001 Daniel Prisecaru

"In Hertfordshire I have avoided making the cuts in officer numbers seen in other parts of the country and we currently have more officers than at any time since 2011. However I recognise that the demands on the police are rising all the time.  We are already recruiting strongly and this extra funding will sustain that process and allow us to increase officer numbers even further.

"As a result we can look forward to further improvements in the excellent service we receive from our constabulary.”

“We are looking to recruit more police officers over the next three years so if you’d like to join the police then now is a great time,” said Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

“We are particularly reaching out to our diverse communities, to under-represented groups, to say please come forward, we want you to apply as we want the Constabulary’s workforce to reflect the communities we serve and protect.”

The Constabulary provides advice and support to all candidates, including mentoring to hopefuls from under-represented backgrounds through our ‘Positive Action’ scheme.



  PC Courtney Ferguson is a new recruit specialising in neighbourhood policing in Hitchin

If you plan on submitting an application form, you don’t need to go it alone, our next Application Advice Session is on Monday 16 September from 6.30-8.30pm at police HQ. These sessions are designed to give you advice, guidance and an insight into a successful application form.

Register your interest at https://tri-force.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-6/brand-5/xf-aa36029cb648/candidate/so/pm/7/pl/22/opp/8000-Hertfordshire-Police-Officer-Application-Advice-Session/en-GB

One of our latest new recruits, PC Daniel Prisecaru, 35, a father-of-three originally from Romania, was helped by the Positive Action team.

He said: “I was brilliantly supported during the application process, as English is my second language. The mentoring I received from the Positive Action team helped me a huge amount. I would encourage anyone from a different background to consider applying for a job in the force.”

To mark Hertfordshire Constabulary’s police officer numbers topping 2,000 for the first time since 2011, Daniel, who started training in July, was given collar number 2001. He added: “I am so proud to be training as a police constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary, it is the job I have always dreamt of.”

You can watch a video of Chief Constable Charlie Hall and Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd talking recruitment and meeting two trainee cohorts, including PC Daniel Prisecaru, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VmN6Vk9fQw&t=7s

If you feel inspired to start a career in policing, the Force currently has a range of vacancies including:
Police Officers – www.hertspolicecareers.co.uk/police-officers

Candidates for our Accelerated Detective Constables Programme – https://www.herts.police.uk/Apply/Work-for-us/Accelerated-detective-constable-programme/Accelerated-detective-constable-programme

Police Community Support Officers – www.hertspolicepcso.co.uk

Special Constables – www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk

Communications Operators (working in the Force Communications Room) – www.hertspolicecareers.co.uk/communications-operators
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South Oxhey police station 'open for business'
South Oxhey still has a police station and it is ‘open for business’ residents and business owners were reminded last week.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd visited the station in Oxhey Drive on Wednesday (August 21st) to reinforce the message there is a local neighbourhood police team base there.

During the event members of the public discussed issues with Mr Lloyd including officer numbers, anti-social behaviour, problem parking and the Hertfordshire victim service Beacon.

“One of the reasons I am here today is to reassure residents South Oxhey police station is open for business.

“It is very important that the public knows that just because front counters of police stations have been closed it does not mean the police stations are closed.

“Our research showed that only a couple of people a day ever used the front counters. This was not the best use of resources, it is better to have officers out on the streets.


“Also it is much easier and desirable now for the public to be able to report crime or interact with the police online.

“But it is important that people can still see an officer face to face, they just have to make an appointment beforehand.”

Sgt Daniel Amos from the South Oxhey Safer Neighbourhood Team and some of his team attended along with Cllr Sara Bedford, Leader of Three Rivers Council.

Sergeant Amos said: “I think our community connection event was really well received and it was great to get the opportunity to speak face to face with the local community about their concerns and issues.

“It was also a good reminder that, even though South Oxhey police station does not have an open counter service, there is a team of police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) based here who are dedicated to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in order to make the community a safe place to live, work and learn.”

The police station is in the same building as Citizens Advice, to which they lease part of the building.


Residents can report non-emergency issues by calling 101 or using the yellow phone outside the police station. Appointments can be made to see an officer with the same system.
The Constabulary can be reached via the Hertfordshire Police phone app or online here https://www.herts.police.uk/Report/Report

Also in attendance was the Constabulary ECHO team who have recently launched a new paperless engagement platform for anyone to provide feedback on Hertfordshire Police.
People can use the ECHO system at www.bit.ly/PCCyourviews or Text 66099 - Starting their message with “PCCyourviews” and their comments
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Modernisation of Hemel Hempstead police station nears completion
The £2.5m modernisation of Hemel Hempstead police station is due to be completed in the autumn.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd visited the site in Coombe Street earlier this month to check on progress.

Mr Lloyd agreed funding for the project in 2017 to make the station the strategic policing base for Dacorum.

Extensive renovation of the 60 year old building was required as much of the space and services were no longer fit for purpose.

After inspecting the work Mr Lloyd said: “It is great to see this work is almost finished, it will greatly improve the working conditions and facilities for officers, staff and members of the public.

“Residents in Hemel Hempstead wanted to keep an operational police station in the centre of the town and this investment has guaranteed that.

“I look forward to coming back in a few months’ time for the official opening at the end of October.”



The building was in need of extensive work including a new roof, façade, windows, heating and electrical systems. New internal offices, public spaces and interview rooms have also been created or given extensive renovation.


While the yearlong project has been underway the station has remained fully operational from temporary cabins over two floors on the site. The public have still been able to attend appointments.
During the visit Mr Lloyd also met with three new PCs who have joined Hertfordshire Constabulary as it reaches is highest level of officers since 2011.



All are based in the Dacorum Community Safety Partnership unit Thomas Lockley, Kenia James and Chloe Bonass spoke to Mr Lloyd about their experiences so far.

 
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Police stations in Berkhamsted and Tring open for business
Residents and business owners in Berkhamsted and Tring have been reassured that their police stations are ‘open for business’.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd attended a stall outside the police stations in both High Streets, along with local neighbourhood officers and police staff.

Members of the public were able to discuss their policing and crime priorities while they were reminded they still have operational police stations.

“I wanted to come to Tring and Berkhamsted as there is a false public perception that neither of them have a police station anymore,” said Mr Lloyd

“A large part of this may be because, like some other stations in the county, the walk-in front counter service was stopped several years ago.

“This decision was taken because only a couple of people a day ever came in. This was not an effective use of officers or police staff so they were redeployed in more proactive roles.

Both Berkhamsted and Tring are operational police stations for the use of on duty officers 24 hours a day although mostly officers will be out on patrol or responding to calls.


“Residents can still see an officer but they just need to make an appointment beforehand. The police can be contacted and crimes can be reported by calling 101, the police website and via the Herts Police phone app.”
He added:  “It is important that that the pubic get ample opportunity to tell me of their concerns around how their area is policed and what crimes are affecting them.

“Lots of people have come to talk to me today, to tell us what we are doing right and where they think we are going wrong.

Among the issues raised on the day were fly tipping, speeding, shop and cashpoint robberies and county lines drug dealing.



Mr Lloyd also gave out draft copies of his refreshed Police and Crime Plan entitled ‘Everybody’s Business’ which is currently open for public consultation at http://hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation.

Dacorum Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Jeff Scott said: “The open days provided us with a great opportunity to meet the communities of Berkhamsted and Tring and remind everyone that there are locally dedicated police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) working from both the stations.


“It was a pleasure to speak face-to-face with the residents alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner, and some very positive discussions were had.”

 
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Prime Minister meets with David Lloyd
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has met new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss officer numbers.

The pair spoke at Downing Street about how many officers from the government’s promised 20,000 extra officers nationally would be coming to the county.

During the visit Mr Lloyd also had a round table discussion with Home Secretary Priti Patel about priorities in policing and the justice system.

   New Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed policing in Hertfordshire with Mr Lloyd

“One of the most important aspects of my job representing the people of Hertfordshire as their Police and Crime Commissioner, is that I can raise their concerns at the very top level of government.

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s promise to recruit 20,000 new officers in England and Wales over the next three years. He asked my views of how best they could be used and what difference they would make.

“Hertfordshire has not has not had a large cut in officer numbers as seen in some other parts of the country. The Chief Constable and I have been committed to maintaining a neighbourhood policing model.”
He added: “Last month our officer numbers went over 2,000 for the first time since 2011. In the intervening years it has never been lower than 1,911.


  Home Secretary Priti Patel chairs a meeting with Mr Lloyd (seated top left)

Earlier this year Mr Lloyd joined former Prime Minister Theresa May at Number 10 for a summit on serious youth violence and knife crime.

The proposed boost to police numbers comes as Mr Lloyd is consulting the public over his refreshed Police and Crime plan.

It is currently published in draft form and open for the public to submit their view on what priorities matter to them.

Residents, charities, businesses and partners are being encouraged to share their thoughts on how to make the county safer, including how it is policed and how the extra officers should be deployed.

  
   Mr Lloyd (far right) earlier in the year with former PM Theresa May

The consultation will run until Thursday August 29th 2019. Feedback can be given by email to the.plan@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or sent by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

After consultation the final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel and published in late September.

More information can be found by visiting the Public Consultation page. You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.
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A10 average speed cameras made permanent by Commissioner
The average speed cameras on the A10 have been made permanent after a successful two year trial.

In a £320,000 project by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Hertfordshire Constabulary the temporary cameras have now been upgraded and will remain on the stretch of road between Cheshunt to Broxbourne.

They were first installed in July 2016 following a successful £128,000 bid to the Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund after reports of groups of motorists racing each other along the dual carriageway.

  Mr Lloyd inspecting the new cameras over the A10 in Broxbourne

Now another £202,000 has been spent from the fund by to upgrade the camera set up and fund future maintenance.

Visiting the site to inspect the new cameras Mr Lloyd said: “The trial of the cameras was a major success an there is no longer a problem with groups racing along that section of the A10.

“It was obviously very dangerous for themselves and other road users, as well as causing noise and anti-social behaviour for local residents.

“These successful bids to my Road Safety Fund show local people do have a say on the problems that affect them and can help me make a real difference to their lives.

Mr Lloyd added: “My Road Safety Fund will soon be opening for bids for its fourth year and we will be welcoming bids from across the county for schemes to make our roads safer.”

Broxbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Gerry Harrison said: “The safety of those who use our road networks forms part of our wider strategy to maintain a safe Broxbourne.
“We’re very pleased that the cameras, which have made a real difference to the safety of all road users on the A10 and the quality of life of the surrounding community, have been made permanent.”
 
    A total of £340,00 has been spent on the scheme - paid for by traffic fines

The Road Safety Fund uses money generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and been ordered to pay court costs following prosecution, or who have attended speed awareness courses.
Since the cameras have been installed hundreds of motorists have been fined for exceeding the 70mph limit.

For more details on the Road Safety Fund please visit the Commissioner’s website at http://www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund


 
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South Oxhey Community Connection Day
Residents and business owners in South Oxhey are invited to discuss local crime issues and get advice at their local police station next week.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd will be holding a Community Connection Day outside the station in in Oxhey Drive from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Wednesday August 21st.

Sgt Daniel Amos from the South Oxhey Safer Neighbourhood Team and some of his team will also be there along with Cllr Sara Bedford, Leader of Three Rivers Council.


   Mr Lloyd will be visiting South Oxhey police station to talk to residents

“I look forward to seeing members of the public at the police station to hear what concerns they may have about crime and policing in their area,” said Mr Lloyd.

“One of the key messages I want to get across is that South Oxhey still has a permanently staffed police station that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The decision was taken several years ago to close the front counter as only a couple of people used it a day. Those who want to speak to the police can call 101, contact the Constabulary online or arrange for a face to face meeting.”

The Commissioner will also have draft copies of his refreshed Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business which is currently out for public consultation. It enables people to have their say on what priorities they think the police should concentrate on in the county.

Also in attendance will be the Constabulary ECHO team who have recently launched a new paperless engagement platform for anyone to provide feedback on Hertfordshire Police.

 In the event of bad weather the event will be held inside the Parish Hall directly next to the station.

 
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Consultation on how to use extra officers and policing priorities
Keeping a local policing model and how to deploy Hertfordshire’s share of the proposed national 20,000 new officers are key parts of a refreshed Police and Crime Plan.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd wants to hear people’s thoughts on what priorities matter to them.

Before finalising an updated version of his Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan ‘Everybody’s Business’, a public consultation has been launched.

Residents, charities, businesses and partners are being encouraged to share their thoughts on how to make the county safer, including how it is policed and initiatives to tackle crime.

New proposals in the draft report include more mobile speed detection vans, the creation of a rape scrutiny panel and a crackdown on lorries driving through villages.

With a large influx of new officers proposed by central government across England and Wales, Mr Lloyd also wants to hear views on where the public wants them deployed.

Mr Lloyd said: “We live in a very safe county with an excellent police force. It is important to refresh the current Plan to ensure we maintain and build on that success.

“This refresh ensures the Plan remains fit for purpose and relevant to changes in demand and resources. My main concerns are the same as when I came into office in 2012 - putting the victim first and keeping crime low.

“I am in constant communication with the public, communities and partners across the county about what kind of police and criminal justice service they would like.
“Maintaining the local neighbourhood policing model is still a top priority, with at least one 24-hour operational police station in every borough or district.

“The government recently announced funding for an extra 20,000 officers in England and Wales over the next three years. The actual number coming to Hertfordshire is yet to be announced, but I will need to decide on the priory areas for their deployment.

“I would like to hear the public’s views on what is important to them, what is working and also where they feel improvements need to be made.”


The full draft of the Plan is available at the Public Consultation section of the Commissioner’s website at http://hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation .

The core of the plan is centred on four themes: Building on Success, Putting Victims at the Centre, Public Focus and Business Sense.

The Plan backs the continuation of the neighbourhood policing model, which is more expensive neighbourhood and only a handful of forces across the country have maintained. This involves the protection of the current local policing model of ten district teams, led by a senior officer.

The Business Sense theme is about working more closely with local businesses, efficiency and taking a more business-like approach to Constabulary and partnership use of resources and assets.

Some of the new initiatives in the Plan include using road safety funding to pay for a pilot scheme for more community safety vans to combat motorists speeding, using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt.




With rape prosecution levels remaining low across the country, a new Hertfordshire Rape Scrutiny Panel is proposed to introduce more transparency and scrutiny into the system.
 
The panel will look at rape case files where it has been judged that no crime has been committed, or which were said not to have achieved the required threshold of evidence to be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. This will provide an insight into the effectiveness of the police investigation and identify lessons-learned for the future management and investigation of cases.
 
A number of residents have raised concerns regarding the volume of lorries that are travelling through their villages that ignore signage around weight restrictions. A pilot scheme is to monitor lorries and heavy goods vehicles in residential areas which misuse weight restricted routes and frequently exceed the maximum load (7.5 tonnes).

The consultation will run until Thursday August 29th 2019. Feedback can be given by email to
the.plan@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or sent by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

After consultation the final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel and published in late September.

More information can be found by visiting the Public Consultation page. You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.
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New police recruit wears number 2001 with pride
As the latest Hertfordshire Police new recruits embark on their training, PC Daniel Prisecaru wears a very special warrant number with pride – he’s the county's 2,001st police officer.
 
To mark Hertfordshire Constabulary’s police officer numbers topping 2,000 for the first time since 2011, Daniel, 35, who started training last week, has been given collar number 2001.
 
“I am so proud to be training as a police constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary, it is the job I have always dreamt of,” said Romanian-born Daniel, a father of three.
 
“I was brilliantly supported during the application process, as English is my second language. The mentoring I received from the Positive Action team helped me a huge amount. I would encourage anyone from a different background to consider applying for a job in the force.”
 
    PC 2001 Daniel Prisecaru and his class meet Mr Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

On Friday 26 July, Hertfordshire’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall and Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd visited Letchworth Police Station to meet Daniel and 28 other trainees.
 
“Meeting our new recruits at the start of their journey with the force is always a genuine pleasure,” said Chief Constable Hall. “Daniel has been incredibly hardworking, dedicated and committed to becoming a police officer so I am thrilled he has the warrant number 2001.”
 
Mr Lloyd said: “I am delighted to welcome Daniel to the Constabulary, I wish him all the best for his training and look forward to seeing him and his fellow trainees graduate in the autumn.
 
“Hertfordshire residents have told me that they want to pay for more officers on the streets, and that is what they are getting.
 
“The Council Tax precept was increased by £24 a year for the average Band D home. This was used to fund an extra 75 officers this year. I have ensured that our county has maintained a neighbourhood policing model, with local police stations in every district.
 
“Here in Hertfordshire we have not seen the reduction in police numbers that some other forces have. Since I have taken office in 2012 they have remained broadly the same.
 

“But we have seen an increase in demand and more complex crimes being reported so it is right to ensure as much of the budget as possible is spent on front line officers.”
 
If you are interested in following in Daniel’s footsteps and finding out more about joining our policing family, visit our recruitment page here.
Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to recruiting a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and protect. We provide advice and support, including mentoring, to candidates from under-represented backgrounds through our ‘positive action’ scheme.
 
If you think you’d benefit from positive action support through your recruitment journey, you can email positiveaction@herts.pnn.police.uk to find out more.
 
 
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