The county’s police boss has revealed his plan for the next five years, which will mean Herts remains one of the few counties to keeps a full ‘neighbourhood policing’ system.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has published the first draft of his refreshed Police and Crime Plan.
Titled ‘Everybody’s Business 2015-2020’, it has been produced in consultation with the police and other industry experts, and is now going out to public consultation.
Mr Lloyd claims that at the core of the revised plan is the protection of ten district teams, led by a senior officer.
He said: “Hertfordshire is a very safe county with an outstanding police force and we need to work together to maintain and build on that success.
“Neighbourhood policing works. It creates a police force that is embedded in, and supported by a community working together to cut crime, rather than a force that is distant and engages only when they are called in to clear up the damage.
“Members of the public and the Chief Constable tell me that it is the best way to cut crime – so I have put it at the heart of the police and crime plan.”
The new plan follows Everybody’s Business 2013-2018 which had three main themes – ‘Public Focus’, ‘Offender Pays’ and ‘Business Sense’.
There is now a fourth theme added: ‘Putting Victims at the Centre’.
The plan also looks at areas such as crime reduction, safety and criminal justice, safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and cybercrime.
And it highlights five key ambitions: protecting local policing; spending money wisely; keeping people safe; acting as a voice for victims; and cutting crime.
The final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel which meets on June 11. It will then be formally published and become the overarching strategy for the next five years.
Mr Lloyd added: “I’d like to know what you think. Does the plan reflect your needs and concerns? What would make you feel safer?
“Please read the plan and tell me what you think.”
To read the full plan visit www.hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation
To give your opinion email firstname.lastname@example.org or write by post to The Plan c/o the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.
Submissions should be made by Monday, May 25.
You can follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC