Commissioner meets 'active citizens' in Abbots Langley
The Police and Crime Commissioner has praised the work of volunteers who are helping the police to keep Hertfordshire safe.
Commissioner David Lloyd visited Abbots Langley Police Station on Monday, January 21 meeting members of the Safer Neighbourhood police team as well as volunteers who staff the front counter and run Neighbourhood Watch in Three Rivers.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “Keeping Hertfordshire safe is not just a job for the police and people giving up their free time to volunteer for the Constabulary is both valued and welcomed – I wholeheartedly support schemes like this and I want to build on the success to date in recruiting volunteers.
“My Police and Crime Plan for 2013-14 will spell out my Public Focus agenda - ‘active citizens’ such as those I met in Abbots Langley, play a key role.  Volunteers do such important work to support officers at police stations, and on the streets as Special Constables, as well as working in their own communities as part of a Neighbourhood Watch or in a Speedwatch scheme.”
Lead Volunteer for the team at Abbots Langley, Amanda Brown, explained that while volunteers can’t always do the same work as officers or skilled police staff they are able to help with administrative support, and deal with visitors to the police station with enquiries.  This enables officers to get on with their vital role being out and about in the community and investigating crime.
The Commissioner congratulated the team of volunteers, who staff the front counter, for their recent Police Volunteer Team of the Year award as well as Sgt Neil Canning who oversees the team and was named Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Year.
Commissioner Lloyd met Three River Neighbourhood Team Inspector Robin Winder and PC David Herring from the Abbots Langley Team as well as local parish and district councillor Sara Bedford, Three Rivers District Council Community Safety Manager, Nikki Stageman, and Three Rivers Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, Sue Thompson who is also chair of the Hertfordshire Crimestoppers board, a crime-fighting charity supporting police activity.