Commissioner sees Everybodys Business in action in Broxbourne
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, saw first-hand how groups in Broxbourne are working hard to tackle crime and related issues.

Commissioner David Lloyd spent the day in the borough for his latest ‘district day’ – a regular event where he focuses on the crime and community safety-related issues affecting one of the county’s 10 districts and boroughs.

The Commissioner visited the largest social housing landlord in the borough, B3 Living, on Monday (13th April) to talk to Dave Lockerman, B3 Living’s Head of Housing Management, and Kerry Clifford, their Safer Communities Team Leader. They discussed issues including domestic abuse and supporting families with Commissioner Lloyd and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner David Gibson. The PCC’s role has a wider remit than simply policing and goes into the wider, often complex, issues that surround crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB).

The housing association has a taken a proactive stance on many of these issues – seeing itself as having a community development role rather than simply a housing provider. With this in mind, the Commissioner went on to visit B3 Living’s recently-opened Holdbrook Hub in Waltham Cross – a community drop in centre that provides advice, surgeries and skills workshops for local residents.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “I have been a champion for charities, businesses and other organisations in Hertfordshire taking a positive role in crime prevention, community safety and other related issues. It is one of the basic principles of my Police and Crime Plan Everybody’s Business. B3 Living clearly takes its role in the community very seriously and I was delighted to see their commitment to issues beyond simply housing and to improving the lives of everyone in Broxbourne.”

Dave Lockerman added: “It’s great to see us being recognised as a key player in helping to tackle complex issues in our communities. We have always taken an open and collaborative approach, seeing our role much more than just providing houses. We work with a number of partners to create stronger, safer communities and recognise the need to tailor our services to ensure that our communities remain places where people are ‘able to’ and ‘want to’ live happily.  

“Holdbrook Hub is a great example of that partnership working. Working closely with local residents we identified key services and resources that would help with the community’s main concerns, particularly around employment opportunities and access to one-to-one family support. It’s been great to see over 20 community organisations actively using the space to offer these much needed services and the demand from residents encouraging more to join up.

“Working closely with local organisations like Hertfordshire Constabulary means we really can create great places, not just for our residents, but for everyone in the community.”

The visit was just part of the Commissioner’s district day in Broxbourne. For his first appointment of the day, he met Broxbourne Chief Inspector Dean Patient at Hoddesdon Police Station. Commissioner Lloyd sat in on the Force’s Daily Management Meeting where significant crimes of the previous 24 hours are discussed and the operational response for the next 24 hours is decided upon.

The Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner later travelled to Broxbourne Borough Council head office for a meeting with Chief Executive Officer Jeff Stack and Cllr Tim Hutchings, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Public Protection. The group discussed crime and community safety issues affecting the borough.

Jeff Stack said: “It was a really useful and productive meeting. I’d like to thank the police and the Commissioner for working so hard to make Broxbourne an even safer place to live and visit.”

During the busy day, the Commissioner also travelled to Nighteys in Mill Lane, Cheshunt, to see activities designed to help divert young people away from crime and ASB. Lastly he returned to the Council Offices to meet two members of the Youth Council.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “This was an excellent day and I am grateful to the police, council and other groups that we visited who all provided useful insight into the area, what concerns there are and what the priorities are for the borough.”