Hertfordshire PCC Welcomes National Violent Crime Strategy
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has welcomed the UK Government’s Serious Violence Strategy as an “important and necessary step” in the drive locally and nationally to address the recent rise in violent crime.

The Government’s 2018 Serious Crime Strategy is published today at an event with the Home Secretary, senior police and PCCs in London.
David Lloyd, who also chairs the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said:

“The terrible increase in knife crime, gun crime and homicides over recent years is understandably a key public concern, shared by everyone I meet in policing, and the Serious Violence Strategy published today is an important, necessary and timely step forward in the national drive to reverse this deeply troubling trend.”

“The government’s strategy looks to bring together effective interventions rooted in enforcement, prevention and regulation to tackle the key drivers behind the recent growth in violent crime. The commitment to a balanced approach is important, as is the clear recognition that this is a task that cannot be left to policing alone.”

“In Hertfordshire, we have kept neighbourhood policing and investment in PCSOs in place, meaning our officers have excellent knowledge of their local area and have good relationships with communities.”

An updated strategy on dealing with violent crime is already well into development in Hertfordshire and a special partnership event is being held on knife crime later this month.

David Lloyd has recently provided a grant of over £250,000 to a project in Broxbourne which will work with schools to prevent young people being drawn into violent crime.

He is also supporting the Hertfordshire Youth Justice Service which has been successfully working with young offenders to prevent further violent behaviour.

He said: “Police and Crime Commissioners have a strong record of working closely with local partners in health, education, local government, businesses and charities, to meet the public’s priorities in policing and crime.

“We’ll already doing this in Hertfordshire, and I’ll be working with senior partners inside and outside Government as we carefully consider the proposals in this Strategy and how we can most effectively protect the public and see less lives tragically lost to violent crime.”