Commissioner requests report on effect of Watford police custody closure
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has requested a report  on how the closure of custody of facilities at Watford Police Station is affecting policing in the borough.
Commissioner Lloyd has written to the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire to ask for a detailed report so that he can be sure that the communities of Watford continue to receive a first class service from the Constabulary.
He said: “The decision to close the custody facility is an operational one and therefore one which it is the responsibility of the Chief Constable to make but it’s my job to hold him to account for it.  He has presented a strong case in support of the closure decision and assured me that it will not affect the excellent local policing service the Constabulary is delivering in Watford.  On behalf of the people of Watford, I now want to make sure that this is the case and have asked for the impacts of the closure to be measured over the coming months and reported back to me.”
Speaking about the future of Watford Police Station itself, Commissioner Lloyd said: “My Police & Crime Plan guarantees that Watford will continue to have its own police station and the Chief Constable’s decision to close the custody suite does not change that. However, the current building is in need of modernisation and I want to ensure that our officers are provided with the best facilities possible.  I will now be talking to the Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, about opportunities there may be to work together to make improvements.”
Commissioner Lloyd is meeting Watford’s Mayor Cllr Dorothy Thornhill and the Chief Executive of Watford Borough Council tomorrow (10th December) to discuss policing and partnership issues.