PCC welcomes Hertsmere commitment to local policing
The renewal of an agreement to keep Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) on the beat in Hertsmere has been welcomed by David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.

Hertsmere Borough Council is continuing its £128,000 annual contribution to local policing. As part of the agreement, Hertfordshire Constabulary has pledged to contribute the same amount.

The council’s Chief Executive Donald Graham and Chief Inspector for Hertsmere, Tannis Perks, sealed the deal by signing on the dotted line today (Friday, 21 August).

It is the 10th consecutive year the deal has been renewed.  Donald Graham said: “We, as a council, provide more funding for PCSOs than any other local authority or partner agency in Hertfordshire.  We, and our local communities, recognise that they play a vital role in local policing, helping to keep Hertsmere a safe and pleasant place to live. 

“We continue to work closely with Hertfordshire Constabulary through the Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership (CSP) on a large range of projects including Safer Streets and Neighbourhood Watch, in which PCSOs play a key role.

Chief Inspector Perks added: “I'm delighted that Hertsmere Borough Council has pledged to continue its support for PCSOs.

“We have a strong team of PCSOs in the Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Hertsmere who work hard to keep our communities safer. A large amount of their time is spent out on the streets in their areas, speaking with residents, dealing with anti-social behaviour and importantly, providing a visual deterrent to criminals.”

Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: "I welcome Hertsmere Borough Council’s continued commitment to PCSOs. These officers play a central role in local policing by providing much of the visibility and contact that members of the public have with the police.

“Regular contact and familiarity creates both confidence and trust which in turn forms a bedrock for the police and the community to work effectively together to keep crime low.”

All PCSOs will continue to be employed and managed by the Constabulary.