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Data Manipulation in Forensic Services
Statement about issues of data manipulation in forensic services
Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary instigated a review earlier this year after allegations came to light in connection with forensic toxicology tests carried out by Randox Testing Services.

This is a nationwide issue and the three forces are working with partners including, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Superintendent Russ Waterston, Deputy Head of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire’s Criminal Justice and Custody Unit, said: “We have reviewed samples dating from late 2013 to early 2017 and, to date, we have identified 129 criminal cases, which equates to 211 forensic samples across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, that may have been affected by this issue.

“These cases cover a wide variety of offences. The majority relate to road traffic offences but there are also cases relating to violent crime, sexual offences and sudden deaths.  In line with the national response, the most urgent cases, including those that are currently going through the Criminal Justice system, are being given retesting priority.

“To date 22 samples have been re-tested and the results have remained unchanged. As we progress with this review we will of course ensure that contact is made via the Crown Prosecution Service with anyone who has been affected by inaccurate samples.

“Understandably, this news will cause concern but I would like to reassure the public that it is very unusual that one single strand of evidence, such as toxicology results, would form the entire basis of a case. There is normally other significant evidence that supports the decision making of the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Courts.  

“We are continuing to work closely with the NPCC, the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service and our priority is to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire said:

“The police and CPS appear to be managing with this as well as they could have been expected to given the complexities of the forensics industry and the unexpected way in which the case has come to light. 

“I welcome the transparency shown by the police in this update, and for publishing all the relevant data. I will continue to liaise closely with the Chief Constable and others to minimise the impact of this case on victims."

Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's (APCC) Transparency and Integrity Lead, Julia Mulligan PCC said: 

“The impact of the police investigation into data manipulation at Randox Testing Services is profound.  Understandably, confidence in the criminal justice system will be rocked, but I am confident that Chief Constables and the CPS in particular are doing everything they can to deal with this unforeseeable challenge, affecting both live and historic cases. 
“I am sure PCCs will want to take steps locally to reassure themselves that local cases are being prioritised and resolved as appropriate. I will also work with partners nationally to make sure lessons are learned, and that this very serious matter continues to be managed effectively.
“The vast majority of the 10,000 cases called into question relate to drug-driving incidents, but some cases involve the most serious of crimes.  No doubt as I am in North Yorkshire, Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales will take steps to ensure any victims adversely affected by these developments receive the support they need.
“Both at a national and local level Police and Crime Commissioners will work with partners to understand the consequences of this police investigation, manage the fallout and ensure normal service is resumed as quickly as possible.”
APCC Public Engagement and Community Confidence Lead, Mark Burns-Williamson PCC said:
“The seriousness of the situation involving Randox Testing cannot be underestimated.
“I know all agencies, including the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), and many others are working together to ensure we can maintain and sustain the confidence the public have in our criminal justice system.
“In my role as APCC lead on the Transforming Forensics programme I am working closely with my Chief Constable and the NPCC to ensure that we are doing everything we can to identify the most serious cases and we stand ready to support anybody potentially affected by this news.
“I know that is the case being replicated across the country with PCCs and CCs working together with partners to ensure support is available for those affected.
“Having a Criminal Justice System that is fair and transparent is paramount and we all need to collectively work together to ensure that remains the case and that we retain faith in our justice process.
“The developments in forensics has transformed the investigation of crime. Now working together we need to ensure essential forensic science work continues but with even stronger safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of data, that impacts on victims, witnesses and those accused of committing crimes, is never compromised.”

Here is a breakdown of the local figures:

Bedfordshire: Cases = 22, samples = 36

Cambridgeshire: Cases = 45, samples =66

Hertfordshire: Cases = 60, samples = 107
For further information regarding the national picture please contact the NPCC Press Office.

Hertfordshire Spends More on Police Front Line
A report published this week by the independent police inspector shows Hertfordshire Constabulary spends more on frontline policing than similar forces.

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services Value for Money report showed more is spent on police officers, staff and PCSOs than in similar forces, despite receiving less money from central government.

The study also found demand is higher, including 999 call and emergency and priority incidents, though there are fewer victims of crime than other comparable forces.

Police and Crime for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said:

“The report recognises that in Hertfordshire more is spent on local policing than the average, which underpins the way we police the county as set out in my Police and Crime Plan.”

“It highlights how I have maintained the frontline of policing in the face of a challenging financial situation and a rise in the demand facing our officers.

“Hertfordshire remains a safe county and whilst we have seen more people reporting crime, the Crime Survey of England and Wales has shown an overall decline.

The PCC has given evidence this week to the Home Affairs Select Committee, setting out how he believes more flexibility should be given to Police and Crime Commissioners to set their own budget.

“This report shows policing in Hertfordshire already represents good value for money. I believe the ability to raise a little more in the council tax precept – even as low as £1 a week – would give us the potential to revolutionise policing in the county.”

You can read the report at the HMICFRS website.

Volunteer Pilot Schemes Receive National Backing
Two voluntary policing schemes in Hertfordshire have successfully been selected as pilots in a nationwide competition.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and Hertfordshire Constabulary pitched two projects which encourage the public to take a more active role in policing.

These were presented in a Dragon’s Den style pitch at the National Citizens in Policing Transformation programme.

Employer Supported Policing (ESP) helps local businesses to bring vital skills to the policing and community safety arena, creating stronger links between the police and local businesses.

Employers support employees who volunteer as Special Constables and both the employer and their staff benefit from police training and experience - equipping both with transferable skills that can be used in the workplace.

The other project, Career Pathways, enables Special Constables to develop careers across a number of key areas of the policing business, including problem solving on safer neighbourhood teams, response policing, rural crime, safeguarding and cybercrime and roads policing.

This will help to develop longer-term opportunities for volunteers to strengthen their skills and knowledge and provide them with unique experiences, which they can transfer back into their day-to-day working environments.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, welcomed the outcome and said: “Specials provide a visible and reassuring policing presence in Hertfordshire and are able to engage directly with communities to help fight crime.

“My plan for policing Hertfordshire puts volunteers at the heart of our strategy. This pilot will help to strengthen these two schemes and will improve the communities of Hertfordshire.”

The bids were selected by the Institute for Public Safety Crime and Justice and the College of Policing from a number of applications from across the country.

The Institute will lead on the evaluation of both pilot projects. Dr Iain Britton, Head of Citizens in Policing, Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice said: “Our research work is focused on better understanding and improving how Specials are supported and enabled to contribute. These two projects in Hertfordshire are very exciting, and will make a significant contribution to that work.”

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Orton, from Hertfordshire Constabulary Crime Reduction and Community Safety Unit added: “I would like to congratulate my team for their hard work and commitment in collaboration with colleagues from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to secure the winning bids.

“The academic support and funding for the pilot projects will help us to create an interesting and rewarding volunteering environment that supports both the needs of individuals and businesses across the county.”  

Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mark Kendrew said: “I am delighted that Hertfordshire has been selected to become the centre of excellence for Employer Supported Policing and for creating effective Career Pathways for our Special Constables.

“These are essential capabilities we need to ensure our officers believe their Special contribution is needed, valued, developed, whilst also rewarding and enjoyable. In turn this will drive recruitment and retention, enabling us to keep our communities safe, prevent crime and catch criminals.”

For more information on Employer Supported Policing Scheme (ESP) or Special Constables in Hertfordshire, please visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk. Businesses can also contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner – ESP@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or 01707-806150.

You can read more about recent Employer Supported Policing event here.
PCC to Appear Before Home Affairs Select Committee
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has been called to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s investigation into the future of policing.

He will appear on Tuesday the 14th November before the committee and alongside other PCCs.

The committee’s inquiry is looking at all aspects of policing, including the funding of forces, and levels of demand.

David Lloyd, who is chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, will make the case for greater devolution of the policing budget to PCCs.
“Currently, we are limited in what we can raise by a cap set by the government. I would like to see PCCs have greater flexibility to set a budget based on the demands of their area.

“PCCs are the democratically accountable representatives for policing, and should be able to make a case to local people in order to deliver the police service they expect.

“We have seen significant increases in investigations involving complex fraud, other types of cybercrime, child sexual abuse and exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery and we are dealing with these whilst trying to maintain community policing.

“We must ensure that we have the resources available to deliver those services, and this inquiry helps to keep that at the front of our minds.”

The Home Affairs Select Committee has already heard from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. 

Become an ICV
Members of the public are being invited to join the teams who visit Hertfordshire’s police custody suites.

Independent volunteer inspectors can go and visit the cells and the custody unit to speak to detainees and make sure they’re being looked after.

The scheme, run by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, helps to ensure that custody is run professionally and within the guidelines.
Applications for this round of ICVs are open until the end of December.

The PCC said this was a great opportunity to volunteer in one of the most challenging areas of policing.

“Independent Custody Visitors perform a vital role in helping to hold the Constabulary to account and to make sure vulnerable people are looked after properly.

“I’m proud of the work of our custody officers, who work in sometimes very challenging situations and whenever I’ve visited our suites I’ve seen highly professional officers performing their duties.

“ICVs make sure we’re getting it right, and I’m pleased we’re able to increase our number of visitors.”

The ICVs receive special training to monitor the well-being of detainees in custody suites and can visit any time, day and night, across the two custody suites at Stevenage and Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

Chief Superintendent Nathan Briant, the head of Criminal Justice and Custody at Hertfordshire Constabulary said:

“ICVs are an important link between the Police and the public – they broker a relationship which we can’t always do.

“Custody visits are not just about scrutiny – detainees may welcome an independent face for a chat.”
You can apply to be an ICV here and see a film about the work of ICVs on the PCC’s YouTube channel.
Good Rating for Hertfordshire Police Welcomed
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd says he’s pleased to see government inspectors place a ‘Good’ rating on the county’s police force.

The Constabulary has received the grading following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services [HMICFRS] under the Efficiency strand of its investigations.

The force was rated as ‘Good’ in all areas, including the understanding of demand, which is an improvement on last year’s inspection.

The report also praises the Constabulary for the leadership of the force and way it has improved the first point of contact for the public.

David Lloyd says he’s pleased progress has been made:

“This is a positive report which has underlined the good work of the Constabulary officers and staff at keeping the population of Hertfordshire safe.

“I’m pleased to see HMICFRS highlights the improvements which have been made in the last year, particularly in understanding the demand on our officers and how we are planning for the future.

“The report also recognises the pressures we are facing and makes several recommendations around how we resource the service in the future, and I’m in regular dialogue with the Home Secretary about how we meet those challenges.

“However, I believe there is a wider issue here about what it is that HMICFRS inspect. There remains a question over whether they really inspecting the things which matter to the public, which are set out in my Police and Crime Plan.”

You can see the report here.

Commissioner meets Rural Community in Hertsmere
Fly tipping, anti-social behaviour and anti-social riding were some of the topics discussed by farmers, landowners and rural business owners and the police at the latest barn meeting in Shenley .
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd and representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary spoke to attendees about the work that is ongoing to resolve rural crime across Hertsmere. 
David Lloyd 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. We are seeing this for example around the good work we are doing with partners to help reduce fly-tipping and the benefits form the way we are policing local areas. These initiatives are set in my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which of course comes from direct engagement with the public.”
Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls said: “There have been prosecutions for fly tipping and associated offences and the seizure of off-road vehicles, but more needs to be done.” 
“We organise these annual meetings so we can find out first-hand the issues facing our rural communities and put plans in place to stop and deter criminals using farm land to dump their rubbish or ride bikes recklessly down footpaths, scaring sheep. 
“We are utilising advances in technology, including using drones to proactively patrol and deter criminals. We are also improving communication between forces and other agencies, so that we are better equipped to deal with the issues facing our rural communities.”
He added: “We recognise that there has been an increase in the number of calls into the force control room and I would like to encourage the public to call 999.  If it is not urgent, please use the online reporting system or webchat or contact officers who work in the community directly.”
The police work closely with Hertsmere Borough Council, the Environment Agency, the UK Border Agency, Trading Standards and HR Revenue and Customs.
Hertsmere Chief Inspector Steve O’Keeffe said “This was my first barn meet and I was really impressed with the joint working attitude presented by the different partner agencies present. We will continue a multi-agency problem solving approach towards the concerns highlighted during the meeting, including fly tipping, which blights our countryside and irresponsible and dangerous motorcyclists using land without permission. The rural community also expressed their appreciation of the on-going work completed by my rural team.”
The officers spoke about the use of Rural Special Constables (volunteers with full police powers) and regular operations including one that addresses off-road bikers who ride dangerously or illegally.  Offending riders are given Section 59 warnings.  If they are caught again, police have the power to seize their bikes.  He also spoke about a multi-agency operation to help combat the illegal transfer of waste. Officers regularly stop vehicles to check their licences and paperwork to find out what they are doing in the area.
To report information online, visit www.contacthertspolice.uk/Report/Crime 
Did you know?  Fly-tippers can receive an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment.
Did you know? Homeowners can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 if the waste that is collected from their home is disposed of illegally and they have failed in their duty of care.

Beacon Shines a Light on Hertfordshire Victims
Hertfordshire’s dedicated victim care centre Beacon is about to embark on the next stage of its development.

Following a successful public consultation, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire is calling for bids from potential service providers to help increase the support it gives to victims of crime.

Beacon launched two and a half years ago and since that time has helped over 120,000 victims of crime, with over 35,000 people receiving specialist support.

More than a quarter of all victims who have been assessed have been classed as vulnerable and needed immediate support.

David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire says the service will grow from strength to strength:

“When I launched Beacon in 2015, it created a made-to-measure service for Hertfordshire, with victims at the centre of everything. The single point of contact provides the victim with a familiar person to update them on their case.

“I want to see the service expand to cover new areas and support even more people in the future.”

The tender process will run until December, with the new service operational by next March. Bidders must consider the three core principles at the heart of the new service:

No victim left behind: All victims, regardless of whether they have reported their crime to the police, or when the crime took place, are offered help.

Safe, confidential services: Fully trained and accredited individuals will provide the care.

Beacon as an expert organisation: providing police officers and other frontline staff with the appropriate training and guidance under the Victim’s Code of Practice.

The Head of Commissioning and Victim Services at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Kevin McGetrick, says:

“I am grateful to everyone who responded to the consultation and the encouragement given to ensure we can deliver the best possible experience to victims in Hertfordshire.

“We can confidently build our key aims and ambitions into our commissioning specifications and look forward to appointing the right partner to help deliver the transformational services we aspire.”


Beacon is a partnership organisation created by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner from Constabulary and (currently) Victim Support staff. The Constabulary’s Victim Service Team have initial contact with the victim and provide a crime reference number, and also update them on their case. People are offered victim support, and those who accept are handed over to Victim Support.

The consultation has 118 responses of which 90% supported the three key principles of the new service model.

Earlier this year, Beacon introduced dedicated Victim Case Managers for vulnerable victims of crime.

This service is people who have been persistently targeted and require very specialist care, and independent feedback of the service has been extremely positive.

Commissioner Supports Herts Anti-Slavery Campaign
The public in Hertfordshire are being asked to help identify victims of modern slavery, including people who’ve been forced into labour, or who might be working in poor conditions against their will.

Since 2009, 119 potential victims have been identified in Hertfordshire. However not all of them had offences committed against them within the county.

The number has dramatically increased in recent years with 47 identified so far this year. This compares to 10 in 2015 and 26 in 2016.

The majority of victims were women (58), followed by men (32), then boys (17) and girls (12). There have been three convictions for human trafficking and modern slavery offences in the county.

Some 29 people were identified as at risk of exploitation but were not willing to engage with investigations. However many have been removed from harm as a result of action taken by authorities.  

Earlier this year Hertfordshire Constabulary launched Operation Tropic, a dedicated police unit that coordinates the response to modern slavery in Hertfordshire. The result is greater and more coordinated support to victims in the county.

A public awareness campaign has been launched today (Wednesday, October 18) by the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership* to mark Anti-Slavery Day and raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery in Hertfordshire.

 Modern slavery can take many forms, including the trafficking of people, forced labour and servitude. It is a global problem that can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender and ethnicity.

The aim of the Anti-Slavery campaign is to alert local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to the signs of modern slavery and encourage them to report concerns they might have.

Detective Superintendent Dave Wheatley said:  “Our new modern slavery partnership needs one more key partner on board and that is the people of Hertfordshire.

“Trafficking and slavery victims can be forced to work for little or no money or their lives are controlled by others. However they may still be living or working in plain sight of the public, so we are appealing to people to look out for the signs and to report any concerns they have. Through the public’s help we can stamp out these abusive and inhumane crimes.”

 Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, who has pledged his support to the campaign said: “Tackling modern slavery requires a co-ordinated and united approach.

“I commend Hertfordshire Constabulary for the work they have carried out through Operation Tropic – the dedicated police unit that co-ordinates the response to modern slavery in Hertfordshire. I am hopeful that this multiagency response will bring key offenders to justice and ensure a better outcome for victims.”

 Meenal Sachdev, Director of Shiva Foundation, said: “We can all work to end this horrific crime.

 “The more people know, the better equipped they are to respond and help victims of modern slavery get the protection they need. This campaign is an important part in bringing the Hertfordshire community together in this fight."

Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Executive Member for Adult Care and Health at Hertfordshire County Council said: “Hertfordshire County Council is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all of our residents and to making this a county where people can feel safe from fear or oppression.

"The people affected by these terrible crimes are often the very most vulnerable in our communities; it’s important that we work in partnership to raise awareness around incidents of human trafficking and that we help the public to understand how to spot the signs and report any concerns which will be taken seriously.”  

The campaign will promote public awareness through posters, leaflets and social media with specific materials aimed at taxi drivers, and outdoor and mobile advertising across the next four weeks.

The public can report any concerns they have to the police via 101 or the national helpline 08000 121 700. Learn more at www.modernslaveryhelpline.org and www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/learn-more/general/spot-the-signs

Pictured left to right holding one of the new anti-slavery campaign adverts: Hertfordshire’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Cllr Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Hertfordshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Care and Health, and Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.

*Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership is an anti-slavery partnership made up of 15 agencies and organisations in the county, including the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council, local authorities and Shiva Foundation, a corporate organisation, to tackle the issue of modern slavery in Hertfordshire.
New Herts Hate Crime Strategy
A new Hertfordshire Hate Crime Strategy, commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will be launched to frontline professionals at a conference on Friday, October 20th.
It is one of the many events that are happening across Hertfordshire to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Constabulary and the County Council, the strategy aims to improve prevention, resolution and the support of hate crime victims.
Some 1,208 hate crimes were reported to police in Hertfordshire between April and October this year. This represents an increase of 97 from the same period last year – almost nine per cent.
A hate crime is any criminal offence that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Hate crime will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire. My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan is called ‘Everybody’s Business’, so we are all responsible for challenging this appalling behaviour.
“An improved response to hate crime incidents through a co-ordinated and a multi-agency approach will improve the victim’s experience and give them more confidence in the system.”
Hertfordshire Constabulary will be sharing hate crime related messages on social media, on behalf of the County Community Safety Unit. The CCSU is a joint police and Hertfordshire County Council unit which leads on tackling hate crime in the county.
Detective Superintendent Dean Patient, the Constabulary’s strategic lead for tackling hate crime, said: “Despite the increase in reporting, hate crime is widely believed to be under-reported. I would encourage people not to tolerate these crimes but report them so they can be investigated and victims can receive relevant support.
“Remember being different is not a crime, being victimised because of it is. Our message is: Don’t ignore it – report it.”
The Constabulary’s specialist Hate Crime Officers will be setting up stands and events around the county to talk to the public about hate crime.

You can find out more about the awareness week by searching for the hashtag #NHCAW or #NHCAW2017 on social media.You can report a hate crime directly to police by calling 101 or if it is an emergency, dialling 999.
If you would prefer not to go directly to police you can report incidents via a third party reporting centre that will take details of the incident and pass them onto police.
A list of third party reporting centres in Hertfordshire can be found at www.herts.police.uk/hatecrime. Or you can report online at the national anti-hate crime website True Vision www.report-it.org.uk.

Robert Gordon CBE
Statement on the death of Robert Gordon CBE, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council

“Rob was a great friend and an inspirational leader for Hertfordshire from whom I learned so much. His passing will come as a shock to many and I will miss him dearly. We will never quite fill the hole that he has left behind – but his memorial is a county shaped to his plan and seen as one of the best places to live and work in the country.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this sad time.”

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

David Lloyd served as a county councillor in Hertfordshire from 2001-2017 and was Robert Gordon’s deputy from 2007 until 2012.
Column for Herts and Essex Observer
The Police and Crime Commissioner has a fortnightly column in the Herts and Essex Observer. This is the first edition.

Let me take you back to 1830. Riots, which started in Kent, were spreading around the country, and there was a fear they may reach Hertfordshire. The Lord Lieutenant put in place a group of men who could protect the towns and villages should unrest break out. Fortunately they weren’t needed in the end, but this was the beginning of what is now known as the Special Constabulary.

Today, these volunteers work alongside regular full time police officers, and have full police powers available to them – including the power of arrest. They come from all walks of life and bring a range of skills to the policing family. They volunteer at least 16 hours a month and receive comprehensive training that enables them to be frontline police officers. As they build experience they can specialise in a number of areas and this is where they really come into their own.

You may remember earlier this year that the NHS suffered a crippling cyber-attack. Hospitals, including the Lister here in Hertfordshire, were severely disrupted – in some cases working in the pitch black and resorting to paper record keeping. A group of our Hertfordshire Special Constables with specialist cyber and technology skills mobilised and were at the Hospital within 2 hours of the attack. The team were instrumental in helping the hospital to get its systems up and running.  This was an incredibly difficult piece of work which the team dedicated their entire weekend to. Several officers returned to the hospital the next day to help out having been stood down by the police, such was their commitment to supporting their NHS colleagues.
People with these skills are vital to our policing operation, considering a growing amount of crime in Hertfordshire is committed online. An organisation like Hertfordshire Constabulary benefits enormously from their experience and Special Constables (and their regular employers) gain from the fantastic training they receive and the extra transferable skills they can use in their everyday lives.

That specific group of Specials who supported the Lister Hospital were honoured last week at an event celebrating Employer Supported Policing (ESP). The event showed businesses how they can help us, and their own workforce, to do more of this kind of work. It’s not just about frontline policing too – we have many ways to volunteer across the organisation, from independent custody visitors who inspect the cells and check on the welfare of detainees, to our dog visitors who make sure our police animals are looked after and in the best possible shape (which of course they are).

You can find out about all the ways to get involved and support Hertfordshire Constabulary at my website. Hopefully there’ll be something there which inspires you to get involved and help your community.

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire