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New commander for local policing in hertfordshire


Chief Superintendent Matthew Nicholls

Hertfordshire Constabulary has appointed a new Head of its Local Policing Command (LPC) who will oversee the delivery of emergency response, neighbourhood policing and local crime investigation across the Community Safety Partnerships* (CSPs) that comprise the county’s ten boroughs and districts.


Chief Superintendent Matthew Nicholls is based at Hatfield Police Station and brings with him 25 year of experience in policing. He began his career with the Metropolitan Police in 1992 where he served in a number of uniform and detective positions. After reaching the rank of Inspector, he moved to Hertfordshire in 2001 and served in a variety of roles as he climbed through the ranks to Chief Superintendent. These roles included training, change management, leading policing in Watford and Three Rivers and Head of Public Contact.


Prior to his current role Matthew was Chief of Staff, liaising with the Police Crime Commissioner’s office and heading up Corporate Services. He is also a gold public order commander, firearms commander and is the force lead for sexual orientation and gender identity.


The role of LPC Commander is a position that Chief Superintendent Nicholls has aspired to. He said: “I am delighted to be the new LPC Commander for Hertfordshire as it is an honour and privilege to lead a vast team of officers that are on the frontline of policing every day.


“This role reaches the heart of policing through tackling crime trends, solving complex problems and ensuring victims are supported, whilst having the chance to lead and motivate a team of dedicated and professional police officers and PCSOs.”


Crime is low in Hertfordshire. The county has seen an eight per cent reduction in dwelling burglaries compared to the same period last year and five per cent reduction in burglaries of outbuildings and businesses. However increases have been seen in criminal damage, which is up nine per cent and vehicle crime, which is up by seven per cent. Therefore keeping vulnerable people and victims of crime safe is a key priority alongside continuing to drive down incidents of burglary and robbery.  All of which LPC police officers play a significant part in achieving.


Matthew continued: “As the public in Hertfordshire go about their everyday lives, police officers on the LPC are doing what they can to keep the county safe. Our Intervention officers are on the front line 24 hours per day, seven days a week, available to deal with emergency situations and intervene when people need us most.


“Our Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) officers are responding to local community concerns. Each SNT consists of officers and PCSOs dedicated to local areas across the county. To discover more about your local SNT, find out who your local officers are and to find out how to become involved in priority setting, please visit our website


“And not forgetting our teams of detectives based within Local Crime Units and Crime Investigations Teams who investigate more serious offences such as assaults, frauds, robberies and on-going crime series.


“The public can help us in our fight against crime and pursuit to keep people safe in a number of ways. Join Neighbourhood Watch, be vigilant, follow common sense crime prevention advice to keep yourselves and your property safe and report any suspicious activity. It is also important to look out for the more vulnerable members of our community, do you have elderly neighbours living close by who could be targeted by distraction burglary or rogue traders? Any suspicious activity or behaviour can be reported via the police non-emergency number 101.


“I am looking forward to getting 2017 off to a great start by leading our dedicated team of LPC police officers in providing the county with the best possible policing service.”


Neighbourhood Watch
By joining Neighbourhood Watch, the public can help the Constabulary to reduce crime further.  Members receive regular information via the OWL messaging system which updates on crimes happening in local areas and gives tips on crime prevention.  Being part of the scheme can create a sense of community, give peace of mind and even reduce home insurance.  Call the police non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to an officer in your Safer Neighbourhood Team for further information. 

Crime prevention advice can be found on the Constabulary’s website


*Each Hertfordshire Constabulary Safer Neighbourhood Team makes up part of a Community Safety Partnership (CSP). Community Safety Partnerships comprise of local organisations in each of the county’s ten districts and boroughs. They work together to make Hertfordshire an even safer place to live, work and visit. They include Hertfordshire Constabulary, local councils, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and representatives from other groups such as housing providers, local voluntary agencies, faith groups, youth groups and Neighbourhood Watch. Hertfordshire’s ten CSPs include Three Rivers, North Herts, Stevenage, Dacorum, St Albans, Watford, Broxbourne, East Herts, Hertsmere and Welwyn Hatfield.