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Tell me what you think of Police and Crime Plan – it’s everybody’s business

2/8/2013

 

Commissioner David Lloyd today launches his draft Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire.  The plan sets out his blueprint for building on good police services but raising the bar for the police, their community safety partners and the public.

 

Police and Crime Plan consulation launchAs part of his role as Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Lloyd sets the policing and community safety priorities for the county on behalf of the residents, businesses and communities across Hertfordshire he now represents.

 

The plan is entitled ‘Everyone’s Business’ to illustrate that cutting crime and disorder is not just a matter for the police alone. It will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel on 14th February. It is now open for consultation until Friday 8th March with the final plan being published later that month.

 

He said: “I’ve listened to what people told me about what is most important to them; I have sought the views of Hertfordshire’s leaders, its voluntary groups, professionals and citizens. Hertfordshire is already one of the safest counties in the country and I want to build on that success.”

 

Commissioner Lloyd puts forward some radical proposals that put the public first, ensure offenders pay responsibly and proportionately for the harm they cause and bring business sense to policing.

 

“I have challenged the way things are done now, where we all pay for the consequences of the few who engage in criminal behaviour; I want to give a first class service to all victims of crime, no matter how minor the crime appears to us – it may have a considerable adverse effect on the victim – and I know that we can learn much from industry, working smarter, involving the private sector and making the best use of our assets, such as our police stations which are in central and accessible locations across the county.

 

“We can learn more about customer care from businesses with a national reputation for excellence and I want to put in place effective tracking of the progress of an investigation by the victims themselves so they have assurance when they want it.”

 

He will be soon be launching a Drive Safe initiative, to help communities tackle dangerous driving where they live, and is setting up a Commissioner’s Fund inviting bids from innovative local schemes that cut crime.


Probation Service staff are working with the Commissioner on establishing more courses, following the success of Speed Awareness, paid for by offenders themselves, that aim to change behaviour and address impulsive and violent acts.  He will be working with the Home Office to expand the range of cases the police can prosecute directly. This will speed up the criminal justice process, provide a swifter positive outcome for victims and enable the constabulary to recoup some of the costs of crime as part of an offender’s reparation. And for those who don’t pay their court fines, he will be engaging a private sector partner to help recover the money owed.

 

“The message is clear, we all have choices but we need to accept the consequences too. If you commit crime in Hertfordshire you can be sure that we will be coming after you - through the courts and through your wallets.”

 

Setting up a commercial unit will assess new and innovative ways to secure additional funding and create business partnerships, helping to keep taxes low. 

 

Commissioner Lloyd said: “The plan is called “Everybody’s Business” because I believe that we can all do more to make our county better.  The police can improve, members of the public can do more to help fight crime and businesses can also contribute to create the type of society that we want to live and work in.”

 

He also wants to develop a programme, with Hertfordshire’s youth offending service, which aims to keep young people away from crime, and channel their energy and entrepreneurial spirit constructively, by linking young people at risk with mentors from the business world.

 

He added: “It is my role to provide strategic leadership across policing and the wider services that work to cut crime – not to duplicate the work of the Chief Constable. The Constabulary is a high-performing force with strong senior team, who are experts on operational policing. So, there are no direct policing targets in my plan - I trust the Chief Constable, Andy Bliss, and his staff to put
together the right operational response that will deliver my objectives.”

 

Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: “The Commissioner and I have already forged a very positive and forwarding-thinking partnership that I believe will take Hertfordshire from strength to strength. I am looking forward to working with the Commissioner on his innovative ideas on behalf of the people of Hertfordshire.

 

“We will not tolerate criminal behaviour in this county and we will continue to pursue criminals relentlessly, cut crime and keep people safe.”

 

The full plan can be viewed at http://www.hertscommissioner.org/ or can be sent on request by emailing the.plan@herts.pnn.police.uk or by post to Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Leahoe House, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8DE.

 

The Police and Crime Panel will be asked to comment on the plan, and will be meeting with the Commissioner at their meeting on 14th February. The Commissioner is seeking comments, not just from the panel but from professionals, local leaders and members of the public in Hertfordshire. He will publish the final plan to take effect from 1st April 2013.

 

For the next year Hertfordshire Constabulary will carry out the undertakings in the plan and Commissioner Lloyd will begin consultation on the next plan for April 2014.

 

Highlights of ‘building on success’ include targets for an overall crime reduction of two per cent, a continued reduction in anti-social behaviour and a commitment to maintain numbers working in the Safer Neighbourhood Teams.