I was elected as Hertfordshire’s first police and crime commissioner in 2012 and I am pleased with what has been achieved so far. In Hertfordshire crime is low and satisfaction with policing is high. If I am re- elected I intend make sure it stays that way.
My focus has been on delivering a top quality service and doing so more efficiently. By collaborating with neighbouring forces and investing in new technology, I have met the savings targets set by the government, cut the amount that local people pay for policing and maintained a top performing police force. By improving efficiency I have avoided the cuts seen in other areas and protected local policing, keeping officers on the frontline. I believe that protecting neighbourhood policing is vital not just because it is effective in cutting crime but also because it’s the style of policing which people in Hertfordshire have told me they prefer.
I have put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. The Beacon Victim Care centre is funded by money raised from offenders through the courts and has provided support to thousands of victims of crime. Sadly it remains the case that many victims are let down by their experience of other parts of the criminal justice system including the courts and this is something I am determined to tackle.
I am excited at the opportunities PCCs are being given to make sure all of our emergency services work more closely together to provide a better service to the public. I have played a leading role in the national debate on improving Bluelight collaboration and it is something I intend to take forward if re-elected as PCC in Hertfordshire.