Staying in touch during the pandemic
I lead a team of PCs and PCSOs called the Safer Neighbourhood Team.
We work to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in this area.
We are based at Abbots Langley Police Station but we also conduct regular patrols and hold socially-distanced surgeries or other events so that residents can continue to raise issues or concerns.
Read on to find out about more ways to stay in touch.
Sergeant Amy Stansbury
How we are working to keep your neighbourhood safe
Throughout the year, your Safer Neighbourhood Team sets priorities for policing in this area.
These priorities are based on reports or feedback from the public. We then work with our partners, including the local council, to tackle these issues. These priorities are discussed and updated throughout the year at priority-setting events. We advertise these events regularly on social media and OWL.
Anti-social behaviour in Love Lane.
Teenagers were reportedly using the area to behave anti-socially and take nitrous oxide.
We identified the issues being mainly on a Friday and Saturday night, so we adjusted our patrols
and put up signage. We gave young people strong words of advice and seized any nitrous oxide canisters, as well as ensuring they picked up their litter. As a result, we have received fewer reports from the public about the issue.
Drug crime in Ovaltine Drive.
Residents in flats on Ovaltine Drive reported drug dealing taking place in the car park. Working with council and housing association colleagues, we held a socially-distanced street meet event for residents to share views and information with us. We’ve since identified several people and issued them with community protection warnings prohibiting them from visiting the car park. We also met with the development’s security manager and extra CCTV cameras are being considered.
Anti-social behaviour in the park off Manor House Gardens.
Young people were reportedly taking drugs and using foul language in the park, having an impact on those taking young children to the playground.
We found the issues increased in school holidays, so we increased our patrols at this time. We identified those responsible and are dealing with offences as appropriate. As a result, the number of reports we have received has dropped significantly.
echo - what matters most
You can use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area.
Your feedback will help towards shaping our local policing priorities, plans and campaigns.
OWL - Online Watch Link
Sign up to OWL to receive email updates from local police and Neighbourhood Watch officers about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area.
The updates are free and include relevant crime prevention advice.
A message from Chief Inspector Alex Warwick
I took on the role of Three Rivers Chief Inspector in January and while I never imagined I would be taking up this post during a national lockdown, I have relished the new challenge.
Partnership working is the cornerstone of my role and I have been liaising with Three Rivers District Council and other partners, working towards our collective goal of achieving a safer district in which people can live, learn, work and visit.
I have been identifying the fundamental issues that affect our communities and working with my teams to build a new strategy to tackle these concerns head on.
I believe everyone has the right to live unaffected by crime and anti-social behaviour and my team continue to do their utmost to improve the lives of all those in the district.
250 sign up for Dog Watch messages
More than 250 people have signed up to Abbots Langley’s new Dog Watch scheme, a messaging platform for sharing canine-related updates.
Working in partnership with the local dog warden, police use the neighbourhood messaging platform OWL (see front page) to send information to dog owners about issues, such as dog theft, anti-social behaviour and dog attack legislation.
Since its launch in December, the watch has already helped locate a missing dog and rehome a stray. PCSO Luke Yardley, from the Abbots Langley Safer Neighbourhood Team, led the launch.
He said: “Dog Watch is a great tool to reach dog owners in our community but it also provides an opportunity to share information with us directly.
“Recently, an owner contacted us about an abandoned car they had found, which was later linked to drug crime.
“While out on my patrols I have been encouraging owners to join up, so make sure you’re signed up if you want to receive the latest information. Email your contact details."
Your police force working for you
As well as your Safer Neighbourhood Team, there are many more policing teams working in this area, and across the county, to keep you safe.
Our “Intervention” teams respond to emergencies and reports of crime, missing people or other urgent incidents. There is also a detective team who investigate crimes including burglaries. Volunteer police officers from the Special Constabulary also provide support.
There is also a wide range of countywide specialist teams that work to investigate complex crimes, protect people and pursue offenders.
Collaborated teams such as the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit and Major Crime Unit work to keep our motorways safe and investigate the most serious crimes. We also work with partners including other police forces and law enforcement agencies to tackle cross-border crimes such as county drug lines and organised crime.
Protecting people from domestic abuse
The pandemic and associated restrictions have brought many challenges to individuals and families.
For people living with domestic abuse, it has been particularly difficult. Many were left feeling more isolated and vulnerable due to the measures. Early reports in lockdown also suggested that perpetrators may be using the restrictions to wield more control over their partners.
As a result we as a force stepped up our response to domestic abuse. Working with partner agencies, we jointly-launched a social media and advertising campaign to let people know that help and support were available despite the restrictions on daily life.
As well as investigating crimes, our specialist Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit has helped many people get into safe accommodation or apply for injunctions that will protect them and their families.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, call 0300 790 6772* for advice and support.
Remember - domestic abuse isn’t just about violence. It can be psychological, sexual or financially controlling behaviour. There’s no need to suffer in silence.
* This number operates 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Calls outside of these hours may be diverted to a national helpdesk.
How to contact us
For general enquiries or to report a crime after the event:
- Report online.
- Use our webchat service by clicking on the green button on this website.
- Call us on 101. (101 calls cost 15p per call but you can call 01707 354000 instead if your call plan includes free calls to 01 numbers).
In an emergency, always dial 999. An emergency is when:
- A crime is in progress or a suspect is nearby.
- Someone is injured, threatened or in immediate danger.
- There is a risk of injury or serious damage.
- You need immediate police assistance.
Your Safer Neighbourhood Team
Your Safer Neighbourhood Team is based at:
Abbots Langley Police Station
To contact the team or to make an appointment to speak with them, please email them or call 101.
You can follow local police at:
Other useful local contacts
Protect your money
Fraudsters continue to target Hertfordshire residents and are becoming increasingly more sophisticated.
Find out how to spot a scam and protect yourself online and offline. If you think you have been the victim of fraud, report via Action Fraud (opens in a new window) or call 0300 123 2040.
We’re recruiting now
If you or someone you know would like to become a police officer, we’re now offering a new educational route into policing, called Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).
We’re also recruiting police community support officers (PCSOs) and voluntary roles including part-time special constables. Find out about all of our current vacancies.
PCC plans largest force in history of Hertfordshire
We all know that 2020 was different, difficult and challenging but the plan to build Hertfordshire’s largest ever police force remains on track.
Officer numbers in the county are already higher than a decade ago and are on course to increase to 2,314, the highest number ever, by early 2023. At the start of 2020 an overwhelming majority of residents told me they were happy to pay an average of £10-a-year more council tax to support the increase. I hope you are reassured that even after this increase, you continue to pay one of the lowest precept contributions for policing in England and Wales.
Due to the running of an effective and efficient constabulary, I have ensured that Hertfordshire is one of the few counties to maintain a dedicated local policing model. Each of our 10 districts has at least one fully-operational police station, complete with neighbourhood officers and emergency response teams. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has rated policing in Hertfordshire as ‘good’ across all areas including keeping people safe and reducing crime.
Wider work with partner agencies to reduce offending and to deliver on the public’s priorities has been conducted thanks to funding from my Criminal Justice Innovation Fund, Action Fund and Road Safety Fund.
My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan called “Everybody’s Business” is at the heart of what the constabulary and I do to maintain Hertfordshire as one of the safest counties in the country. I would encourage you all to read it on the PCC website (opens in a new window).
Extra officers coming to Three Rivers
New frontline officers are coming to Three Rivers to join colleagues at the main police station in Rickmansworth and satellite stations in Abbots Langley and South Oxhey.
Three Rivers has dedicated local neighbourhood officers, detectives and emergency response teams so they are close to the communities they serve.
I have ensured that members of the public can contact local officers by email to report a concern or a crime – contact details are in this newsletter. Or if you prefer you can visit them at the police station – just call 101 and make an appointment.
Local priorities which we are tackling in the district include fraud, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour.
My office has continued to funded a domestic abuse perpetrator prevention programme in the district at a time when reported incidents have risen during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Fly tipping has increased during the pandemic, but I am pleased that Three Rivers District Council is signed up to my scheme, which has enabled those who have rubbish dumped on their land, to have it removed for free.
Shortly I will take delivery of two new speed-camera enabled road safety vans, which will be deployed to those areas where the community raises concerns about speeding.
David Lloyd - Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
Dedicated service for every victim in Hertfordshire
In the unlikely event of becoming a victim of crime, it is important to know that you are entitled to support and services.
I am keen to ensure people are aware of their rights and entitlements, while remaining informed on each step of the journey in the aftermath of a crime.
For the past five years Hertfordshire’s Beacon victim care centre has been providing free and confidential advice to support adults and children who have been a victim of crime. They can provide practical and emotional support; advice and information; advocacy and restorative justice (the opportunity to communicate with the perpetrator if appropriate).
Two new specialist units have been created to assist victims of domestic abuse and those suffering from anti-social behaviour. Beacon already has the UK’s first dedicated Fraud Hub who contact every person in the county who has fallen victim to the crime.
Beacon’s services are available to all victims, including those who have chosen not to report the crime to the police.
The Beacon Helpline is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Hertfordshire is a safe place to live and work, but should you ever become a victim of crime then the Beacon team is available to help you.
Contact the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
To contact the Commissioner or find out more about his work and his new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, visit his website (opens in a new window) or email.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Harpenden Police Station
15 Vaughan Road
Or call 01707 806100.
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