Students studying A Level French at the Hemel Hempstead School grilled the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner in preparation for their exams.
Herts’ Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd showed off his linguistic savoir faire when he answered tough questions about his role from Year 13 students at the Dacorum secondary school – all in French.
The Commissioner – a self-confessed Francophile who studied the Gallic language at Birmingham University – was cross-examined by five pupils at the school on Heath Lane who are preparing for their French oral exam.
Commissioner Lloyd spoke about his role before the students – who have been studying law and order as part of their French studies – fired questions at him.
They quizzed him about policing and crime in Hertfordshire as well as his views on criminal justice, prisons and capital punishment.
He said: “This was a fun and novel way of engaging a group of young people in policing and community safety issues – something I am keen to do at every opportunity. They certainly knew their onions and I wish them bon courage with their exams.”
Language teacher Gill Chambers said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for students to use their A-Level language skills in context, and to develop their understanding of the wider world.”
Student Olivia Wright, 18, said: “Having studied crime and the French system of justice and punishment with our teachers, it was beneficial to talk to someone actually involved with the justice system, albeit the British one and in French as well.
“I will definitely use some of his ideas in my French exam – fantastique!”
The visit was part of the Commissioner’s latest ‘district day’ – a regular event where he focuses on the crime and community safety-related issues affecting one of the county’s 10 districts and boroughs.
This day focused on Dacorum and for his first appointment, he visited Hemel Hempstead Police Station to meet the borough’s recently appointed new Chief Inspector Doug Black.
He also sat in on the force’s daily management meeting where significant crimes of the previous 24 hours are discussed and the operational response for the next 24 hours is decided upon.
After visiting the Hemel Hempstead School, Commissioner Lloyd travelled to Tring to join the Safer Neighbourhood Team on a speed check operation in the town.
He then returned to Hemel Police Station for a briefing on anti-social behaviour in the town from Sgt Matt Deveney.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “There was a light-hearted side to this particular district day but there was a serious side too, with several useful updates on the current policing issues in the borough.
“I was delighted to meet Ch Insp Black and I wish him well in his new role.
“As ever, the district day gave me another valuable insight into the borough, what concerns there are and what the priorities are locally.”