Commissioner sees opportunities for the future in Hertsmere

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, saw first-hand how businesses in Hertsmere are working to support the local community.

On Thursday May 28th, the 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.

Initially meeting with Hertsmere Chief Inspector, Tannis Perks, discussions were had about local crime and community safety issues affecting the borough. They also talked about a new pilot scheme running in Hertsmere, which the Commissioner is investing £240,000 over the next two years. The scheme is aimed at supporting a small number of people with complex needs and engaging them with the local Community Safety Partnership.

With ‘Business sense’ as a key theme in the refreshed Police and Crime plan, the commissioner took the opportunity to visit UGO Food Group in Borehamwood to discuss working with responsible businesses and making sure that we put processes in place to support the business community.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “The heart of a community is a successful business and we need businesses like UGO to stay in Borehamwood, and their passion and enthusiasm is delightful to see.

“In my refreshed plan I’m committed to working with businesses to help them protect themselves from crime and so we can better understand what issues concern them. I feel today’s meeting was very beneficial to understand how we can make this work.” 
The Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, David Gibson, later travelled to Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue to meet with Ann Gordon, Chair of the synagogue, Jonathan Arkish, and local residents and representative members of The Board of deputies of British Jews from the synagogue. 

Commissioner Lloyd said: “This was an excellent day and I am grateful to the police, council, UGO Foods and the Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, who all provided useful insight into the area, what concerns there are and what the priorities are for the borough.”

If anyone wishes to contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner they can email: telephone 01707 806100 or write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.