HMIC

 

A relatively prosperous county, with a population of over 1.1 million, Hertfordshire has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Standard of living is mostly high, unemployment low and residents are generally healthy, well-educated and well-paid, however there remain some areas of relative deprivation, disadvantage and social exclusion.

 

Covering an area of 634 square miles, with 70% designated rural, it has no major cities yet is the second most densely populated county in England, with 87% of residents living in 45 settlements; four of which have populations in excess of 50,000 - Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage and St Albans. About 21% of the population are aged 16 or under with 15.5% 65 or over; students, at the University of Hertfordshire, increase the population of 20-24yrs-olds during term time. 11.1% identify themselves as ethnic minorities.

 

The County has some of the country’s busiest roads (M25, M1, A10 and A1M) and major rail routes connecting London to other major cities in the Midlands and the North. Both Luton and Stansted Airports are situated a few miles outside the county.

 

The East of England Plan expects there to be ongoing growth with almost another 100,000 residents and a minimum of 83,200 new homes in the county by 2021.

 

The Constabulary’s annual budget is £185.8m of which around £159m is spent on staff remuneration; the force had 1,855 FTE officers, 194 PCSOs, 1,283 police staff and 367 Specials (August 2014).

 

Whilst delivering a number of functions centrally, the Constabulary maintains a strong local focus through 10 Community Safety Partnership police teams, each led by a Chief Inspector, comprising of dedicated Neighbourhood, Community Safety, Response and Local Crime Teams which jointly work in partnership with other local agencies.

 

Extensive collaboration with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire maintains key protective services whilst achieving savings required by government.

 

Link to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary assessment report of Hertfordshire Constabulary.