Focus on East Herts for Commissioner's District Day
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, spent the day in and around East Herts on 7th March on one of his regular district days – dedicated time to find out about key policing issues in each of Hertfordshire’s’ ten districts.
Taking centre stage in front of a captive audience, the Commissioner moved next to speak to an entire school of pupils at The Chauncey School in Ware, an Academy for Visual Arts, Mathematics and Computing.  The Commissioner was privy to a Community Youth Champion student presentation – peer to peer presentations on crime related issues such as anti-social behaviour and criminal damage. This scheme takes the unique approach of engaging pupils to speak to and educate each other on key issues that may impact them, giving pupils responsibility and creative control on how they present to their peers.
Over to Thorley next, where the Commissioner met with an overwhelming turnout of attendees from the local arm of University of the Third Age, a national volunteer-run movement which provides life enhancing and life changing opportunities and experiences for the retired and semi-retired. Through the movement’s localised events and meetings, users can come together and learn together for local qualifications and skills, and also the opportunity to socialise with likeminded people in their local area. After a quick presentation, the Commissioner answered an engaging Q&A session.
The day ended with a briefing from East Herts Police, who took the Commissioner out on the road to see ‘Operation Agrarian’ in action – a spot check scheme which pulls resources from the HMRC Hidden Economy Unit, Trading Standards, VOSA, the UK Border Agency, the Motor Insurance. A recent run of the operation in Bishops’ Stortford stopped 332 vehicles in a single days activity.
Afterwards, Commissioner Lloyd said: “I am always keen to see the work of the agencies, partners, and volunteers who are keeping the county such a safe place to live. My district days allow me to look in depth at each of the county’s ten districts and boroughs and this was no exception. With such well attended events throughout the day I would particularly like to thank all those I met for their time - it is invaluable in helping me understand policing and crime issues affecting their communities.
“In the space of one day I met so many people – from the young to the elderly, out and about on foot with our local police and meeting those engaged with local aspects of national community campaigns such as Clean for the Queen. These district days are a great way opportunity to see for myself how police are engaging and adapting to the needs of different groups in the local community.”
“Getting out onto the roads under Operation Agrarian was a particularly useful insight into how policing partnerships can be so effective in broadening our reach. Operations like this not only gather immediate intelligence on the vehicles in question, but can help shape our wider crime detecting and prevention picture. I hope schemes such as this provide reassurance to the community that we are not only tackling immediate crime but also building up an equally important wider picture of surveillance in the county.”