Consultation on how to use extra officers and policing priorities
Keeping a local policing model and how to deploy Hertfordshire’s share of the proposed national 20,000 new officers are key parts of a refreshed Police and Crime Plan.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd wants to hear people’s thoughts on what priorities matter to them.

Before finalising an updated version of his Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan ‘Everybody’s Business’, a public consultation has been launched.

Residents, charities, businesses and partners are being encouraged to share their thoughts on how to make the county safer, including how it is policed and initiatives to tackle crime.

New proposals in the draft report include more mobile speed detection vans, the creation of a rape scrutiny panel and a crackdown on lorries driving through villages.

With a large influx of new officers proposed by central government across England and Wales, Mr Lloyd also wants to hear views on where the public wants them deployed.

Mr Lloyd said: “We live in a very safe county with an excellent police force. It is important to refresh the current Plan to ensure we maintain and build on that success.

“This refresh ensures the Plan remains fit for purpose and relevant to changes in demand and resources. My main concerns are the same as when I came into office in 2012 - putting the victim first and keeping crime low.

“I am in constant communication with the public, communities and partners across the county about what kind of police and criminal justice service they would like.
“Maintaining the local neighbourhood policing model is still a top priority, with at least one 24-hour operational police station in every borough or district.

“The government recently announced funding for an extra 20,000 officers in England and Wales over the next three years. The actual number coming to Hertfordshire is yet to be announced, but I will need to decide on the priory areas for their deployment.

“I would like to hear the public’s views on what is important to them, what is working and also where they feel improvements need to be made.”

The full draft of the Plan is available at the Public Consultation section of the Commissioner’s website at .

The core of the plan is centred on four themes: Building on Success, Putting Victims at the Centre, Public Focus and Business Sense.

The Plan backs the continuation of the neighbourhood policing model, which is more expensive neighbourhood and only a handful of forces across the country have maintained. This involves the protection of the current local policing model of ten district teams, led by a senior officer.

The Business Sense theme is about working more closely with local businesses, efficiency and taking a more business-like approach to Constabulary and partnership use of resources and assets.

Some of the new initiatives in the Plan include using road safety funding to pay for a pilot scheme for more community safety vans to combat motorists speeding, using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt.

With rape prosecution levels remaining low across the country, a new Hertfordshire Rape Scrutiny Panel is proposed to introduce more transparency and scrutiny into the system.
The panel will look at rape case files where it has been judged that no crime has been committed, or which were said not to have achieved the required threshold of evidence to be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. This will provide an insight into the effectiveness of the police investigation and identify lessons-learned for the future management and investigation of cases.
A number of residents have raised concerns regarding the volume of lorries that are travelling through their villages that ignore signage around weight restrictions. A pilot scheme is to monitor lorries and heavy goods vehicles in residential areas which misuse weight restricted routes and frequently exceed the maximum load (7.5 tonnes).

The consultation will run until Thursday August 29th 2019. Feedback can be given by email to or sent by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

After consultation the final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel and published in late September.

More information can be found by visiting the Public Consultation page. You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.