Commissioner welcomes 2 million government funding boost
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd has welcomed a £1.95 million grant from government which will boost collaboration plans between Beds, Cambs and Herts forces.

The successful bid, from the Home Office’s ‘Innovation Fund’, was announced yesterday (Thursday January 16th) and will support the three forces’ plans to bring together their operational and organisational support services.

It is estimated that this work will save £23 million over four years.

Mr Lloyd said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded the full amount that was bid for. The money will help drive forward the collaboration plans agreed by myself, the Chief Constable Andy Bliss and partners in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

“The grant will help the three forces to find technological solutions that will help police work more efficiently across the three counties. In turn this will help to protect local policing in Hertfordshire while at the same time help find the savings that we need to make.”

The funding will help develop a programme aimed at using technology to support police officers, allowing them to work more flexibly and spend more time dealing directly with the public.

Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: “I’m delighted that we have received the full amount we bid for which amounts to almost 10 per cent of the grant funding available nationally.

“This welcome money will help us to use technology to help us police more efficiently across the three counties. This will put crime fighting technology in the hands of frontline officers and help them to work more flexibly and spend more time tackling crime and dealing with the public.”