David Lloyd sworn in as Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
Mr Lloyd will officially take up his next term of office tomorrow
Re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd has been sworn for another term in office.
The ceremony took place on Monday evening shortly after Mr Lloyd was announced as the winning candidate following last week’s vote.
Mr Lloyd received a total of 167,875 votes, up from 126,069 in 2016. Turnout across the county increased to 37 per cent, compared to 29 per cent for the previous election and 14 per cent in 2012.
In a short speech Mr Lloyd said: “I would like to thank the other two candidates, we have had a good election and discussed the issues with honour.
“I am looking forward to getting on with the job, as I have promised it is about more police officers and lower crime. In addition, as I have always said, it is putting the victims at the centre of everything that we do.”
Mr Lloyd was re-elected to the role which he has held since he won the inaugural election in 2012. He is only one of four PCC’s in England and Wales to have continuously held the position since its introduction.
Police Area Returning Officer, Broxbourne Borough Council's Chief Executive Jeff Stack, conducted the ceremony at the Spotlight Theatre, in Hoddesdon, after declaring the winner.
Reading the oath out loud he said: ‘I David Lloyd do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.
‘In making this declaration, I solemnly and sincerely promise that during my term of office:
‘I will serve all the people of Hertfordshire in the office of Police and Crime Commissioner.
‘I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.
‘I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime, and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.
‘I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.
‘I will not interfere with the operational independence of police officers.’
Mr Lloyd will officially take up his next term of office tomorrow (Thursday).
As no candidate received more than 50 per cent of the first preference votes, David Lloyd and Sam North progressed to the second round, as they had accrued the most first preference votes.
The total number of valid first and second preference votes cast for these candidates is shown below.
1st preference votes: 155,114
2nd preference votes: 12,761
Total votes: 167,875
1st preference votes 87,524
2nd preference votes 48,172
Total votes 135,696
Mr Philip Ross got 76,941 votes in the first round.