Working Together to Stop Violent Crime
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is working with partners to form a new strategy to combat serious crime in the county.

Speaking at a conference of leading agencies this week, David Lloyd said they must work together to get to the heart of the recent rise in serious crime, which has been seen locally and nationally.

The PCC has been appointed to the government’s Serious Violence Taskforce in his capacity as chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

 David Lloyd said:

“Hertfordshire is a safe place to live, work and study in but we’ve seen an increase in reports of robberies, knife crime and in gang activity.
“In order to make a real difference to our communities, we need a multiagency response to prevent young vulnerable people from becoming exploited by criminal gangs and forced into crime.

“The work being undertaken now must involve schools, local councils, the police and other agencies to change behaviour at an early age and stopping young people from committing crimes in order to prevent them from being dragged into this awful cycle of violence.”

The event was attended by Hertfordshire Police, the County Council, Youth Justice Services and leading authorities, as well as guest speakers with specific experience in this area.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall QPM said:

“We have organised this event as we recognise crimes involving knives are increasing across the country and we have already seen an increase in these types of crimes in Hertfordshire. It is important that we look at effective ways of working with our partners, agencies and charities who can positively impact on this trend.  
“We are listening to different voices and ideas to form a proactive problem solving approach, to ensure that young people in Hertfordshire are given the information, guidance and support they need to prevent them from being sucked into these kinds of crimes and to ensure they do not become exposed to gang culture.”

Alison Cope – a mother whose 18 year old son was stabbed to death at a party in 2013 – is now a passionate anti-knife campaigner.

“Our job as professionals is to educate people - working together can save lives,” she said.

The government launched its Serious Violence Strategy earlier this month, with a focus on early intervention and targeted help for young people at risk of becoming involved in gangs.

David Lloyd recently committed over a quarter of a million pounds to the Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership to help prevent young people from being drawn into violent crime. This project will underpin a wider Constabulary initiative on gang and knife crime across the County.
Picture L to R:

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services, Hertfordshire County Council
Ian Butler, Chief Inspector of Broxbourne
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd
Alison Cope, Knife Campaigner
Chief Constable Charlie Hall QPM
Sheldon Thomas, Founder and CEO of Gangsline