Projects to tackle serious youth violence and domestic abuse reviewed
Projects to turn youngsters away from violent crime and for domestic abusers to seek help have been reviewed by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

David Lloyd met with those running programmes he has funded during a district day visit to Three Rivers last week.

A key part of Mr Lloyd’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan is to reduce the level of crime, and fear of crime, in Hertfordshire by preventing offences from occurring.

   Mr Lloyd with Parnerships Manager Shivani Dave and Jackquie Joyce                 Listening to local officer Sgt Dan Amos

On Friday at the Otley Family Centre, South Oxhey, he heard from neighbourhood police officers, council staff and charity workers about local issues and what is being done to tackle them.

The Domestic Abuse Prevention Pilot was partly paid for with a £18,986 award from the PCC’s Criminal Justice Innovation Fund to recruit for caseworker Jacqui Joyce.

She works with perpetrators of abuse who are looking to change their behaviour and provide them with support.

“Since we began in June 2019 we have had 18 referrals, 15 male and 3 female, of which 13 engaged and two have now been discharged,” said Jacqui.

“It is a voluntary scheme to break the cycle of abuse and change the behaviours they are involved in. Several of the clients have complex and severe mental health issues, which I assist in getting them get help for.

“The pilot is working very well and has led to a reduction in domestic abuse.”

The South West Herts Youth Action Panel fed back on how they have been working with a St Giles Trust SOS project worker, who is one of several across the county part funded by a £140,000 Community Safety Grant.

  Hearing about the work done by the Prolific and Priority Offendender Team

Working across Watford, Hertsmere and Three Rivers the worker is engaging and mentoring one-on-one with over 20 young people who are at risk of committing serious violence.

Mr Lloyd said: “Less criminality leads to a better community. Prevention of a crime is a much better than outcome, than it occurring and then having the offender arrested and taken through the criminal justice system.

“There is often a high correlation between victims and perpetrators, so if we can get in early and change behaviours it will ultimately lead to safer environment for all.

“Funding schemes such as those I have seen today, is a key responsibility of my role to prevent crime as it is to ensure and efficient and effective police service.”

Mr Lloyd also heard about the work of the PPO (Prolific and Priority Offender) team which includes local police officers, the council and housing associations collaborating to manage serial offenders.