Commissioner visits Hertsmere primary school to get a child's viewpoint
The Police and Crime Commissioner visited St Nicholas C of E School in Elstree yesterday (12th December) as part of a tour of the county to find out what crime and safety issues affect the people of Hertfordshire.

School-age children make up a very large proportion of Hertfordshire’s population and they (and their parents are a key group for the Commissioner whose responsibility it is to be the voice of the public and victims of crime. Equally David wants to hear from teachers, who are vital community leaders and who usually have their ear to the ground.

Commissioner David Lloyd was welcomed by the primary school-age children and staff at their afternoon assembly and spoke with teachers, including Headteacher Mrs Kate Johnston-Grant, during the children’s lunchtime.  He explained his role to set the priorities for Hertfordshire Constabulary, to hold the Chief Constable to account and to work with local partner agencies (including councils and health services) to prevent crime and re-offending.

Together with local PCSO Claire Morris, who is a familiar face at the school, the Commissioner hosted the assembly and talked about road safety issues.  David used the school’s ‘Golden Rules’ to explain the kind of community that he wanted to see in Hertfordshire in a way that the children could understand. David and Claire  fielded many questions from the children who were eager to find out more about what they could do to keep themselves safe as well as what the police do to protect them.

The Commissioner said: “I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and confidence of the children who obviously feel very safe both in and out of school.  They explained to me all about the school’s ‘Golden Rules’, including respect, honesty and kindness, which we could all learn from and take into the wider community to make Hertfordshire even safer.”

David Lloyd has also visited the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield and the XC Centre (extreme sports and Youth Connexions service) in Hemel Hempstead to get a feel for issues facing young people and students.  As part of his county tour he has also attended a police barn meet in East Herts to speak to farmers and the rural community, met businesses in St Albans, road safety volunteers in Royston and residents in Waltham Cross.

On the topic of partnership working, Commissioner Lloyd said “I recognise the vital importance of working with a wide range of partners, including schools, to cut crime and keep the county safe. Collective local leadership on crime, justice and community safety will be the key to cutting crime and tackling its causes.”