More officers on the street as funding plan from Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner is unanimously approved
Residents of Hertfordshire will see more police officers on the streets, the Commissioner of Hertfordshire David Lloyd has promised.

Mr Lloyd made the pledge as his funding plan was backed unanimously in a vote by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime panel.

An extra 75 frontline police officers will now be recruited after Mr Lloyd told the panel, meeting at the offices of Hertsmere Borough Council, he proposed a £2 a month rise in the Council Tax Precept.

“The public will see an increase in the number of officers on the street. These new officers will bring the total of front line officers in Hertfordshire to over 2,000.” said Mr Lloyd.

“The public have overwhelmingly told me they are prepared to pay more, but only if they get an increase in police numbers. This is what this budget delivers.

“We hear horror stories from other regions in the UK where residents say ‘the police are not interested in investigating my burglary’. I never want to hear anyone in Hertfordshire say this. We are committed to investigating 100 per cent of all burglaries.”

In December Mr Lloyd asked for the public’s views on his bid to raise an additional £10.7m for policing in Hertfordshire in 2019/20.

Mr Lloyd added: “As a result of good financial management we have not seen the cuts in police officer numbers in Hertfordshire which other areas have suffered. But pressure on the police is growing and this increase gives us the opportunity to invest in more new officers to meet that demand.

“This rise in Council Tax is vital to fulfil my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan which is committed to putting victims first and supporting them through the criminal justice system.”

The Precept increase of less than 50p a week per average household will help protect neighbourhood policing teams and investment in services for victims.
As outlined in the Open Letter challenges presented this year include increases in reported fraud, cybercrime and the threat of serious violence.

Full details can be viewed in his Open Letter to Hertfordshire.

The government has provided PCCs with the ability to raise the police section of the council tax by an average of £2 per month for a property in Band D.
Raising the precept would generate 10.7 million in income a year, a five percent increase in the total policing budget.

The police precept accounts for around 40% of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s budget. Just under 60% comes from central government grant. For the forthcoming year Hertfordshire Police had been given an additional £4.2m from central government, £2m to cover pension costs and £2.2m for an increase in core funding.