Have your say on volunteering and improving community safety
Volunteers who want to get involved in policing and community safety are being urged to comment on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s new strategy.

David Lloyd is encouraging everybody to have their say on how they can contribute to keeping Hertfordshire a safe place.

Schemes already run by the PCC include members of the public ensuring the rights of detainees in police custody; scrutinising the use of Stop and Search powers; checking on the welfare of police dogs and tackling local speeding.

Other programmes supported include the Special Constabulary, Employer Supported Policing, Police Support Volunteers and Police Cadets.

Mr Lloyd with Sue Thompson, Chair of Herts Watch (picture taken pre-Covid)

Now Mr Lloyd is refreshing his Volunteering Strategy for the next five years and wants to hear from residents and organisations about what work they would like to undertake.

“Keeping Hertfordshire safe is something we all have a stake in and to which we can all make a contribution. Volunteering underpins the central values which lie at the heart of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business.

“I want to maximise the opportunities available to volunteers who want to get involved in policing, crime reduction and community safety.

“This strategy sets out how we will continue to develop a stronger public focus – one which keeps the public at the centre of our thoughts, our plans, and our services,” he said.

The consultation comes as Hertfordshire Constabulary launch their transformative ‘Prevention First’ programme, which sets out an approach to intervening early to: prevent harm; prevent crime; prevent offending; increase trust; and work together.

Mr Lloyd added; “It opens up the opportunity for the creation of different volunteering and scrutiny roles across policing and community safety. I look forward to continuing the dialogue with the public on how we can work together to cut crime and create fewer victims.”

Read the draft Volunteering Strategy and comment on the plans by visiting www.hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation. The consultation closes on Sunday 21st March.

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