Commissioner's online web chat for Dacorum District Day
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd, took part in an open Q&A session via a live web chat as part of his latest district day in Dacorum last week. The Commissioner was invited by local PSCOs to take part in the latest edition of their hour long web chats which take place via OWL ( the online portal for local neighbourhood watch.
During the chat, users logged on to the purpose-created chat room to fire in questions to the Commissioner and supporting officers, offering an innovative way for the public to have direct access to their local PCSO team.  The Commissioner and supporting officers answered questions relating to updates on recent crimes, trading standards enquiries, neighbourhood watch meetings and enquiries relating to the Commissioner’s on-going Road Safety Fund which is currently welcoming bids from local communities to implement road safety schemes in their area.
The event was just one part of the Commissioner’s latest ‘district day’ – dedicated diary time in each of Hertfordshire’s ten districts and boroughs to discuss crime and community safety-related issues. The day saw him meet with local police and fire services to discuss their latest issues, before moving out to visit DriveSafe teams in action in Bovingdon and also visit a local ‘Silver Street Meet’ for the elderly community.
The Commissioner met roadside with the Bovingdon Community DriveSafe Group observing on the corner of Hempstead Road and Vicarage Lane. Started at the beginning of 2015, the group formed in response to speeding in the local community. The team volunteer their time to monitor traffic, educating drivers and making local roads safer using roadside speed monitoring.
After the afternoons web chat, it was back to Boxmoor’s Saint John’s Church to join a Silver Street Meet, a regular social and education driven get together for the elderly community. This particular edition of the Silver Street Meet saw the Commissioner join representatives from Trading Standards, Dacorum Borough Council Officers PSCOs and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue service working the room’s members in informal breakout sessions to provide information about the services they provide. The informal set up serves as a great way for visitors to get their immediate questions and concerns addressed from local experts– a platform to not only socialise but share concerns and share safety advice.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “This particular district day showed me first-hand the new innovative ways our police force is stepping up and interacting with the public in new ways. Whilst online chatrooms may not be for everyone, there is no doubt this new resource is providing direct and immediate contact with our PSCOs to support - not replace  - the fantastic grass roots policing they administer every day in the local community. “