Commissioner drops in for tea and mince pies with elderly residents
The Police and Crime Commissioner spent time chatting to older residents in Bishop’s Stortford about his new role and how he intends to keep Hertfordshire a safe place.
Commissioner David Lloyd was invited to Cornwall House in Kent Crescent, a managed housing scheme in Bishop’s Stortford, on Monday (17th December) where residents were enjoying a festive social morning.
Accompanied by county councillor Colin Woodward and the local Safer Neighbourhood police team, including local officer PC Simon Marlow, PCSO Claire Andrews and Inspector Chris Hunt, Commissioner David Lloyd told the residents about his role, while enjoying a home-made mince pie and a cup of tea.
The Commissioner was grilled about why a police and crime commissioner was needed when the local police were already so good. He explained the former role of the police authority and said: “You now have someone directly elected who represents you and can take direct action on your behalf. I can direct the Constabulary to the issues where you tell me that action is needed.”
He sat down with the residents and discussed one-to-one their concerns and feelings of safety.
He said: “I was delighted to join the residents of Cornwall House in the run up to Christmas.  We had a lively debate and good exchange of views.
“I want to hear from people from all ages and all walks of life – I am here to represent the people of Hertfordshire so it is good to get a feel for the issues that residents care about and how I can contribute to keeping them safe.”