Commissioner Launches Volunteering Strategy
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire is challenging individuals, organisations and businesses across Hertfordshire to consider what more they can do to help keep Hertfordshire safe, as he launches his volunteering strategy.    
“Keeping Hertfordshire safe is something we all have a stake in and to which we can all make a contribution,” commented Commissioner David Lloyd.    Commissioner Lloyd is unveiling his new strategy at the Police Community Volunteers Awards Ceremony, to be held at Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters in Stanborough.
The strategy serves as a consultation document, actively seeking people’s views on how a range of volunteering options could be further developed to encourage even more people to consider how they can play their part in keeping the county safe.  It also seeks to explore ways to cut down on instances of red tape and bureaucracy that can sometimes hinder or prevent people from getting involved in volunteering. 
Commissioner Lloyd highlights the great tradition of voluntary work in Hertfordshire, with more than 40 per cent of the county’s residents regularly lending their time to support others. 
He commented: “The police and the criminal justice services are hugely aided and augmented by the direct involvement of local people prepared to volunteer their own time to do something for their community.  This ranges from the Special Constabulary to the Magistracy, from custody visiting schemes to Neighbourhood Watch and work with young offenders.”
He added: “I want now to build on this excellent record of civic participation and explore how we can draw on the skills, energy and commitment of the public – whether that be individuals, organisations or local businesses - to make things better.”
The consultation document also seeks to explore how volunteering options can be made more accessible and to ensure those that do volunteer their time and skills are given the necessary support, and that their contributions are fully valued.