Rural and urban mix of themes at key engagement events
Reinforcing that his Police and Crime Plan, ‘Everybody’s Business’  aims to include and involve all communities across the county, Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner had the opportunity to debate a wide range of rural and urban themes at two key engagement events last Thursday (May 23). 
Commissioner David Lloyd began the day at Maydencroft Manor, in Gosmore near Hitchin at a barn meeting, providing an opportunity for him to meet with approximately 30 local landowners, farmers and rural business owners.   
Commissioner Lloyd was joined by members of the Constabulary’s North Herts Safer Neighbourhood Team, the Rural Operational Support Team, the Force Communications Room and Neighbourhood Watch, along with representatives from the National Farmers’ Union, North Herts District Council and county and parish councillors. 
David Lloyd commented: “As with the other barn meetings I’ve attended recently, I was impressed by the raft of pro-active work being conducted by the police and other partner organisations to tackle and prevent issues that can affect our rural communities in Hertfordshire, such as hare coursing, flytipping and diesel thefts.   
“My Police and Crime Plan, ‘Everybody’s Business’, sets out a strategy for keeping Hertfordshire safe and a key element is to encourage residents and businesses to play an active part.  Our rural communities already look out for each other so part of our discussions focused on how to harness that spirit and build on the excellent links between residents and business owners in our rural communities, supported by police and partner organisations.”
In the evening, Commissioner Lloyd attended the Broxbourne Community Safety Consultation Forum at the Broxbourne Borough offices in Cheshunt.  The meeting again provided an opportunity to reassure the local community about steps being taken by the police and partner organisations to tackle and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough. 
Commissioner Lloyd said: “As well as representatives from the police and local authorities, it was encouraging to see street pastors, representatives from Neighbourhood Watches and Residents’ Associations in attendance, all taking an active interest in making the community safer.“