Commissioner's 'District Day' focuses on Three Rivers
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, visited Three Rivers on Wednesday (22nd January) as part of a ‘District Day’ that focused on crime and anti-social behaviour-related issues in the area.
The Commissioner saw groups and schemes working within the local Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and went toe-to-toe with former world boxing champion John Conteh at a youth diversion scheme in South Oxhey.
During the day, he saw work done by the CSP, particularly the housing association Thrive Homes, in a ‘Partnership Protection Area’ in South Oxhey. Last year the area was the subject of a multi-agency regeneration project that saw a wide variety of initiatives from new landscaping and renovation work to giving free crime prevention advice to residents and free dog micro-chipping. 
The Commissioner also spoke to local businesspeople in Abbots Langley about their priorities and concerns around crime and anti-social behaviour, and he met with Crimestoppers and Neighbourhood Watch representatives.
At South Oxhey Amateur Boxing Club, he was told about the Herts Fire & Rescue Service-led Box Cleva scheme. The project is educational youth initiative that uses amateur boxing to instil discipline and respect among young people as well as fitness. David watched youngsters train and even got into the ring with former world light-heavyweight champion John Conteh.
During the day, the Commissioner also found time to take tours of Rickmansworth and South Oxhey and discuss issues affecting the area with Chief Inspector Catherine Akehurst, and Three Rivers District Council leader, Cllr Ann Shaw.
He finished the day visiting Evergreen Football Club in Abbots Langley which received funding from the Commissioner to pay for diversionary activities for local children.
The Commissioner said: “It is clear that a lot of positive work is being done to improve the lives of residents in Three Rivers and to change the way that local authorities and police engage with people of all ages but particularly younger generations. It is important that everyone has a stake in keeping the area where they live safe. I am keen to involve as many people as possible in community and volunteer projects that contribute to this.”
Three Rivers' Cabinet Member for community safety, Roger Seabourne, said: “Three Rivers has one of the lowest crime rates in Britain. One of the main reasons for the low crime rate is strong communities together with close partnership working between agencies. David Lloyd has been actively involved in working with us in partnership and I welcome his visits to the area to listen to residents and to discuss important issues. The day was also an opportunity to recognise just some of the tremendous projects which promote safety and enable offenders to give something back to the community.”
Ann White, Neighbourhood Services Manager for Thrive Homes, added: “Partnering is key to Thrive’s work to enable the development of communities where people will enjoy living. Many of the positive changes observed today, such as environmental landscaping in Otley Way, South Oxhey, combined with a joined-up approach to improving neighbourhood relations with the police and other agencies, make a real difference to the lives of our residents and the communities in which we work. Using the communal garden is a great way for residents to meet their neighbours, enjoy themselves and is helping to bring about a sense of pride in the local area. One resident told us recently, ‘I used to think I lived in the worst area, now I think I live in the best!’” 
District Days are a series of events where the Commissioner spends a day in each of the county’s 10 districts and boroughs. Each day allows Commissioner Lloyd to focus on one area in detail for one day, exploring on-going work by police and local authorities, as well as business, charity and volunteer groups in the district or borough, to help keep the local community safe.
“Engaging with the community across Hertfordshire has been a priority during my first year in office,” he said. “I regularly travel around the county meeting groups and organisations, but these District Days enable me to take a close up look at the work going on within each of the 10 districts and boroughs. It was I was delighted to visit Three Rivers.”
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