Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Elected
David Lloyd was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire this afternoon, with a majority of over 22 thousand votes.
Over 122,000 votes were cast in the first Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections. David secured over 60% of the vote and a majority of 22,755 votes. Overall turnout was 14.5% and ranged from 11% to 20% across the county. This was in line with the national picture. Although percentage votes were low, this was due in part to the unusual timing of the election, the newness of the role and an unfamiliar voting process. However, the Commissioner received more than double the votes of any other serving Hertfordshire politician.
Figures suggest that low turnout is not just an issue for Police and Crime Commissioners. Against an average by-election turnout of 40% in 2011, only 18% of the electorate voted in last night’s by-election in Manchester South – the lowest ever recorded.
As the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner, David will be working with the public, the police and leaders across Hertfordshire to cut crime and keep communities safe.  David Lloyd campaigned on a platform of cutting crime, catching more criminals and keeping taxes low in Hertfordshire.  He also promised to make victims central to everything the police and other public services that deal with crime do. When they take up office next Thursday, the task of putting the manifesto into practice will begin.
The role of Police and Crime Commissioner is new. They replace the current Police Authority which has been in charge of the strategic organisation of the Police Force since 1995. The Commissioner’s role is wider than that of the Authority, however, and will be much more visible. As well as setting the strategic direction for policing and agreeing the budget, they will focus on what more can be done to tackle crime by working together with other leaders across Hertfordshire.
David Lloyd said: “I want to be the Commissioner for all the people of Hertfordshire but I recognise that the role has yet to fully capture the interests of our communities.  I am confident that the turnout will be much higher when we go to the polls again in 3 and half years.
“However, I received more than ten times the amount of votes as I did when I was elected as a county councillor and considerably more than when I was elected by 17 votes as Chair of the outgoing Police Authority. More people voted in this election than you could fit in Wembley Stadium. 
I hope that in the months to come I will be able to repay the faith of all those who voted for me – and I will work hard to earn the trust of those who did not.”