Welcome response to public consultation on Hertfordshire's first Police and Crime Plan
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s first Police and Crime Plan goes live next week (April 1) – at the start of a new policing and financial year. After more than four months of consultation, including an open letter at Christmas to the people of Hertfordshire, the five-year plan promises innovation, efficiency and coherence – and, above all, to build on Hertfordshire’s success and make a low crime county an even safer one.
The draft plan went out for public feedback in early February 2013 and drew nearly 200 responses from residents and other interested parties by the closing date of 8th March. Previous Policing Plans attracted just handfuls of comments from the public and the feedback for the first Police and Crime Plan compares favourably with government national policy consultations on crime issues which tend to receive around 200-500 responses.
The Commissioner’s plan outlines proposals to “build on success”, as well as activity in three new development areas – ‘public focus’, ‘offender pays’ and ‘business sense’. The ‘offender pays’ proposals have received most interest in both local and national press, and have received a very warm welcome from the county’s residents.
Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Critically, this is not simply a plan for the police.  Keeping Hertfordshire safe is everybody’s business. This includes local councils, who can help tackle the causes of crime by designing safer places, or by providing the housing and education services that will keep people away from offending. It includes health – both in local government public health work and by asking more of acute services, like accident and emergency. It includes the courts, prosecution and justice services who work to bring offenders to justice and then to rehabilitate them. In fact, it includes all of us. Our strong community ties and our individual actions hold the key to keeping us safe.”
He added: “I am extremely grateful to those who have spent their time and energy considering the plan and providing their ideas, comments and challenges. I am pleased with the level of engagement; although obviously I encourage even more people to read the plan and to engage with us - I called it “Everybody’s Business” for a reason.”