Local residents will be able to speak to Safer Neighbourhood Team officers at Harpenden police station every other Saturday between 12 noon and 3pm, from 19 March.
Harpenden Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Essam said: “We will open up the station to residents for ‘beat surgeries’ every fortnight on a trial basis. If it is useful for residents, we will look at making it more permanent. It’s a great opportunity to come and speak to us about any issues or concerns or to pick up crime prevention advice. It is not a front counter service.”
St Albans District Chief Inspector Mike Todd said: “My officers have been out and about, reaching as many people as possible and holding socially-distanced surgeries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we felt now is a good time to invite residents into the police station, with its central location, as an additional way for residents to speak to officers about any issues that are affecting their quality of life. We will do our best to tackle the issues raised and they may go towards shaping our neighbourhood priorities or we may signpost residents to other agencies.
We remain here to help.”
He added: “The usual ways to contact us remain in place and you can also make an appointment to see your local neighbourhood officer at a time convenient for you.”
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “Recently my office conducted an extensive survey asking the public what they wanted from their police force, and one of the top priorities was accessibility to local stations. Over the years I have ensured that Hertfordshire has continued to maintain a network of stations following a neighbourhood policing model.
“Most people contact the police by phone, online or by appointment, but for those who want to drop in for a face-to-face meeting this is now an option.”
You can report crime and anti-social behaviour at report it online or speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat. In an emergency (where there is risk to life or a crime is in progress), please call 999. For non-emergencies, call 101.