Commissioner meets with Home Secretary
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has told the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner she would like PCCs to take on more responsibility in their areas.

David Lloyd says he had productive meetings with the new Home Secretary and Police Minister, Brandon Lewis at this week’s Conservative party conference.

David Lloyd (left), alongside Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP and Brandon Lewis MP, the Police and Fire Minister. (photo: @BrandonLewis)

Amber Rudd, who was appointed to the position by the Prime Minister (and previous Home Secretary) Theresa May, said Police and Crime Commissioners should take on even greater responsibility for dealing with the criminal justice system.

She told the conference that Police and Crime Commissioners “play an absolutely vital role…and have demonstrated they have the scope and authority to look beyond policing, to join up local criminal justice and emergency services, and to improve services for victims.”

She reiterated the government’s intention to broaden the responsibility of PCCs to include areas like the fire service, which already has some productive integration in Hertfordshire.

David Lloyd, who has appointed a head of Criminal Justice to his office, and will be placing the justice system at the heart of his forthcoming Police and Crime Plan, said this was a positive step forward.

“It’s been really useful meeting with the new Home Secretary and Police Minister this week and hearing how our focus on Criminal Justice is in line with their thinking.

We all agreed that the system is not working for victims or for our officers at the present and want to see it change for the better.”

The Commissioner will be publishing his Police and Crime Plan early next year and you can add your views to it via the website.