Hemels First Barn Meeting a Success
Fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and concerns around dogs chasing livestock were some of the concerns discussed by farmers, landowners and the police at the first barn meeting to be held at Hill Farm in Berkhamsted on Tuesday (June 11th).

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, Local Policing Command Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls, Dacorum Chief Inspector Paul Mitson, Sergeant Ryan Hemmings (Berkhamsted and Tring SNT) and the Rural Operational Support Team spoke to attendees about the work that is ongoing to resolve rural crime across the local rural communities.   

Representatives from the National Farmers’ Union, Dacorum Borough Council’s anti-social behaviour and environmental teams, Hertfordshire County Council, the National Trust and Tring Anglers also attended.

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said:

“Barn meets are a good opportunity for me to speak to rural communities and find out what is going on at a local level.  As Police and Crime Commissioners, we can take local peoples’ concerns and turn them into positive actions.

“One of the things I get out of barn meets is the sense of isolation that rural residents can sometimes feel and I want to assure you that where there is criminality we will make sure that is dealt with appropriately.

"My police and crime plan is called Everybody’s Business, and we all have a part to play in keeping Hertfordshire safe. One of the things I do in my role is bring agencies together such as Trading Standards, the Environment Agency and the district and borough councils to tackle crimes such as fly tipping and anti-social behaviour. These initiatives are set in my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which of course comes from direct engagement with the public.”

Those who attended the meeting were reminded of ways to contact the Constabulary if they wished to report a crime.

Dial 999 in an emergency, when a crime is in progress or someone suspected of a crime is nearby, for example if you see someone in the act of fly-tipping or joy-riding causing damage to crops.

Dial 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response, for example if a vehicle has been stolen or there has been damage to your property.

You can also now report crime directly to the Constabulary’s website:www.herts.police.uk

Since the launch of the new website, more people are reporting a wide range of crimes online or through the web chat service, allowing members of the public to engage directly with officers in the Force Control Room. This is an alternative to dialling 101.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new mobile phone app is available on iPhone and Android devices and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
Local Policing Command Chief Superintendent, Matt Nicholls said:

“There are pockets of urban and rural areas in Hertfordshire that need a different policing response and so it is helpful to have dialogue with you to understand the unique challenges that you face.

“The rise in the precept has helped ensure that we will continue to provide a local footprint with local Safer Neighbourhood police officers.”

Neighbourhood Sergeant Ryan Hemmings said:

“Barn Meets are really important events as they help us to understand some of the specific issues the rural community face in their everyday lives. They also help us to meet members of the rural community face to face so that we can reassure them we are committed to providing the same level service as we would to their urban counterparts.

“This was the first meeting specifically for Berkhamsted and Tring and we were really pleased with the turn out and the in-depth discussions which took place.”