David Lloyd: Continuing a Conversation with the Public. A manifesto for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in Hertfordshire, 6th May 2021
I was elected as Hertfordshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012 and I am proud that Hertfordshire is such a safe place to live and work. This is because we have a very good Constabulary, excellent working relationships with our partners and a population that is law-abiding and eager to embrace a “Prevention First” agenda. My long experience in the role informs this manifesto, but also underlines the fact that by re-electing me the public recognises these facts and wants to see continuity of effective leadership as well as an ability to deliver on the new opportunities which now exist to make further improvements.
- I believe in individual responsibility, freedom of choice and limited government. Although the first duty of the state is to keep its citizens safe, it doesn’t stop there. Keeping people safe is everybody’s business - we all have a role to play and that includes the police, local authorities, public and private sector and each one of us as citizens. It’s my job as PCC to make sure that everyone is playing their part and to make it possible for them so to do.
- The police have a key role. To fulfil this I believe they need:-
- to be focused on preventing crime as well as fighting criminals
- to be prepared to work with partners
- to be open and responsive to the needs of the public
- to be properly resourced and equipped
I believe in keeping taxes low, and that there are greater efficiencies still to be achieved which will give even more policing for the taxpayer’s money
- Our public agencies - councils, health, courts, prison and probation, amongst others - have their part to play too and I am determined to bring them closer together and to hold them to account. I will also provide support and encouragement to enable them to engage fully on the key principles of public safety and support for victims of crime.
- I believe that, as citizens, we all have a role to play in creating and maintaining a safe community and that I, as Police and Crime Commissioner, have a responsibility to empower people and provide them with the opportunity to do their bit, both by working with the police and by developing a wider volunteering agenda.
- I want those responsible for harm to be made more accountable for putting that harm right, either by direct reparation or wider monetary contribution.
MY TOP PRIORITIES
My primary goal is to maintain and build on the significant achievements of my first 8 years as Police and Crime Commissioner. Hertfordshire is a safe county with a top performing police force and a high level of public satisfaction. Making sure it stays that way will be my main focus. So my priorities are to:
- Keep Crime Low - on my watch Hertfordshire has been one of the safest places in the UK to live and work and I will ensure it stays that way
- Recruit More Officers - Hertfordshire has one of the best performing forces in the country and I have protected it from cuts. I will use the opportunity of new investment to recruit hundreds of new officers and deliver the largest force the county has ever had.
- Protect Local Policing - every borough and district to continue to have its own strong local policing team and police station. I will continue to focus on protecting and investing in frontline policing
- Increase Efficiency - I will continue to reduce costs while insisting on improvements in performance. Investments in new technology and collaboration with neighbouring forces can deliver a better service at lower cost
- Keep Tax Low - Hertfordshire has one of the lowest police precepts in the country. I will never ask the tax-payers of Hertfordshire to pay a penny more than is required to deliver a quality service;
- Focus on Victims - Beacon - the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre has transformed the support available for victims and has been recognised nationally for its innovation. I will develop and expand the work of Beacon.
PLEDGES FOR A THIRD TERM
Whilst it is important for me to focus on maintaining and building on the successes we have in Hertfordshire, there are also new challenges and opportunities which I will seek to address and some specifics which I want to lay down clearly so that you know what to expect in a third term.
LEARNING THE LESSONS OF COVID
This has been an incredibly challenging year for all of us but it has also shown how by pulling together as a community and embracing innovation we can overcome adversity. Hertfordshire police have done a fantastic job and have adapted brilliantly to an extremely difficult situation. Some of the changes have shown us we can do things better, and I will ensure we learn those lessons and apply them when we return to normality. I have outlined a number of them such as increased remote and digital working in other sections of this document. However, I also want to take a strategic approach to make sure nothing is missed.
I will ask the Chief Constable to conduct a comprehensive review of lessons learned during Covid and set out the changes he intends to make as a result.
USE NEW INVESTMENT TO FOCUS ON CRIME PREVENTION AND CREATING FEWER VICTIMS
Thanks to the government’s police uplift programme and the support of Hertfordshire tax payers we have a unique opportunity to transform the way we keep our community safe in Hertfordshire. We are a low crime county and the envy of other areas but even one victim of crime is one too many.
During my 8 years in office I have protected Hertfordshire from the cuts in officer numbers seen elsewhere. As a result the investment in new officers supported by the government will not be used to make up for lost numbers but instead will see us expand rapidly to achieve the largest police force Hertfordshire has ever seen. The public will rightly want to know what we will do with this major boost in resources. For me the answer is clear - Crime Prevention.
The first of Sir Robert Peel’s Principles of Law Enforcement was this: “the basic mission for which police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.” It was true when he said it and it remains true today. Preventing people from becoming victims has always got to be preferable to solving crimes after they have happened.
Hertfordshire Constabulary has always had a strong focus on crime prevention. It is often resource intensive upstream work, providing big long term benefits but it has to compete with the many urgent calls for service the police have to deal with. That is why I am determined that we will use the opportunity of the extra resources coming into the force over the next three years to invest in a new focus on cutting crime off at the roots.
I have asked the Chief Constable to develop a transformative approach to crime prevention in Hertfordshire. He is currently developing a “Prevention First” strategy which will inform all aspects of policing in Hertfordshire over the years to come. I will ensure he is properly funded and resourced and hold him to account for its delivery.
I will ask him to ensure that all our officers and staff are able to contribute to developing the strategy so we can fully tap into the knowledge of those on the frontline about what works and what innovation is needed.
Partnership working must be a key plank of “Prevention First” from the outset as made clear in the principles of “Everybody’s Business” and the programme must be developed in conjunction the OPCC and with the support of partners in local government, the other emergency services, criminal justice and elsewhere.
There are many approaches required to deliver effective crime prevention, including early interventions, deterrence measures, target hardening and rehabilitation. For me the fundamental approach must be a straightforward “what works” approach and therefore we need to engage in all of these and develop the most effective.
I will ask the Chief Constable to adopt an “Evidence Based Policing” approach, as developed by the Cambridge University Institute of Criminology, amongst others. I will ask him to examine techniques that have been used elsewhere and set out those which should now be adopted in Hertfordshire. I will develop my Police and Crime Plan on evidence-based policing principles.
I will specifically ask the Chief Constable to trial the Hotspot Policing Model in Hertfordshire. This involves an increase in targeted, high visibility patrolling which many studies have shown to be an effective way of driving down local crime.
Early intervention has got to be a priority of any Prevention First approach. Discouraging people from engaging in criminality or providing a robust and effective intervention when the line into criminality is crossed can stop people drifting into a life of crime and protect many victims. Sadly the criminal justice system has not always shown itself to be as effective as we would like on delivering these goals. That needs to change and the police have their part to play in it as well. I believe the reforms to the out of court disposal system in recent years provide an opportunity for early intervention that we have yet to exploit to the full. They allow the police to take a more imaginative approach in dealing with some less serious offences focusing on reparation for victims and rehabilitative interventions for offenders. Such interventions may be seen as time consuming and costly but they are a long-term investment which will pay dividends in reducing crime, reducing demand and thereby reducing costs. I believe this is something in which we should now invest more resources
I will ask the Chief Constable to review the constabulary’s approach to out of court disposals with a view to developing a fully resourced and comprehensive approach. I expect to see a significant increase in our use of this tactic and will ask for the impact to be measured. I will support the approach by working with partners and using my commissioning budget to ensure that effective rehabilitative and reparative interventions are available for the police to call upon. I will ask the Chief Constable to ensure that the needs of victims remain at the forefront of this approach and that they are consulted and engaged with at all stages of the process so that they have a voice in shaping it.
MORE AND BETTER TARGETED INVESTMENT IN COMMUNITY SAFETY PROJECTS
During my last term I completed the transition from grant giving to a commissioning approach to funding community safety projects. This has brought a much clearer focus on identifying areas of greatest need, focusing resources on the highest impact projects and making sure they deliver. I will continue this process in a third term but in addition will make sure that targeting is informed to support the roll out of the Constabulary Prevention First strategy.
Prevention First will become a key driver of my commissioning goals and I will make additional funds available to commission services and support investment in partnership working which delivers them.
YES TO POLICE COLLABORATION - NO TO MERGER
Our close collaboration with neighbouring forces in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire has allowed us to improve the service we give to the public and to do so at lower cost. In my last term I supported the expansion of collaboration to include projects involving forces across the East of England. In addition I have supported a series of national projects involving forces right across the country which enable more effective joint working. Policing is changing. It is becoming more efficient and joined up and I have been a strong advocate of that. There is more to do in delivering collaboration and further opportunities exist, but let me be clear about the final goal:
I will not support a merger of Hertfordshire with other police forces.
I also believe there are lessons to be learned from the success of the commissioning approach I adopted around community safety funding, now that we have established mature relationships with a range of police partners at local, regional and national level.
I will apply the commissioning approach to future police collaborations, so they are driven by commonality of interest rather than geography alone.
SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY OF WIDER COLLABORATION
My philosophy is that collaboration is good for resilience, efficiency and effectiveness and so there will be no red lines on collaboration other than Hertfordshire residents must not be paying more for a combined service than they would if it were stand alone.
We need to not be bound by current geographies in collaboration nor functions - If the right case is made I will collaborate with all tiers of government, all arms of the emergency services, all parts of the Criminal Justice System and the private sector.
DELIVERING THE BENEFITS OF BLUE LIGHT COLLABORATION
I have long been an advocate of closer integration between our blue light services - Police, Fire and Ambulance. The potential benefits to the public of working more closely together are huge and grasping them has been a priority for me. During my last term I took up the opportunity offered by new legislation which imposed a duty to collaborate and gave PCCs a bigger role in relation to the fire service. As a result I have established a strong partnership with Hertfordshire County Council which is already delivering an ambitious programme of integration and collaboration between the police and fire services. We are now in a position to move ahead with some of the fundamental foundations which will underpin this new way of working for the long term.
I will work with HCC and other partners to redevelop Police HQ at Stanborough to create Hertfordshire Community Safety Hub. This ambitious development will be a base which brings together all of those who work together to keep us safe. It will be the joint headquarters for both the Police and Fire Services, and support many of their other functions as well.
I will work with HCC and other partners to redevelop the Joint Emergency Services Academy we have established at Longfield. We will create a state of the art facility which will be the main training base for both Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hertfordshire Constabulary.
These projects will require very significant investment but they have the capacity to bring enormous benefits over the years to come and I am determined to see them delivered. However, investment in infrastructure in itself will not ensure we maximise benefits.
I will ask the Chief Constable to work with the Chief Fire Officer to draw up a comprehensive roadmap to set out how the opportunities provided by the new environment will be used to change the way we work together
BUILDING ON SUCCESS - A BETTER DEAL FOR VICTIMS
One of the major success stories of my time as Police and Crime Commissioner has been the creation of Beacon - the Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre, which has provided support to thousands of victims of crime, funded from the victim surcharge that offenders pay in court.
Beacon has received national recognition and awards for its outstanding service and innovative approach. In my second term I was able to invest further in expanding its service, and broadening its remit to allow it to help more people. Its Vulnerable Victim Case Managers are seen as a gold standard, and Beacon is now providing support to victims of fraud and cybercrime which was never available in the past. I am proud to say that support includes helping to recover and return over a million pounds stolen from those victims.
I will invest further to expand the quality, range and remit of Beacon services so that in Hertfordshire victims of crime can expect not just emotional support, but practical help and advocacy.
Victims of crime deserve the best possible service we can provide to support their recovery, but they also deserve an excellent service from all parts of the criminal justice system. I advocated for and welcome the newly strengthened Victims’ Code of Practice. However, I am not convinced that all agencies are yet living up to its requirements and that is something I will continue to challenge.
I will hold the Chief Constable to account for the comprehensive delivery of VCOP by Hertfordshire Constabulary and ask him to provide regular evidence of compliance and continuous improvement
Through the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board I will advocate on behalf of victims and challenge partner agencies to ensure they are delivering on their obligations under the code.
DEMONSTRATING FAIRNESS,EQUALITY, AND TRANSPARENCY IN POLICING
Our police force does a magnificent job and is made up of some of the most professional and dedicated people I have ever worked with. However, sometimes things go wrong and, even in Hertfordshire, some of our officers have let the service and the public down. I welcome the changes that have been made in the Police complaints system in recent years and the fact that public accountability has been improved through giving Police and Crime Commissioners a larger role in oversight. I have fully adopted the opportunities offered and have invested in a team which allows more of complaints management to be handled independently of the Constabulary. I believe this will deliver a better and more transparent service to the public.
However, dealing with complaints is not just about dealing with the most egregious examples of wrongdoing. It must be about learning from mistakes, large or small and improving the service to the public. Some of that may be as a result of actions of individual officers, or it may be as a result of broader cultural issues within the force. An important part of what we are now doing is providing that feedback to the Constabulary and holding them to account for responding to it.
I will put in place a formal system which will allow regular feedback and challenge to the Constabulary, based on learning from complaints
As well as the issues raised by specific complaints there has been considerable focus on more general concerns about whether the police operate fairly.
Let me be clear - I do not believe that Hertfordshire police behave in a systematically discriminatory or racist manner and such behaviour would never be tolerated either by the Chief Constable or myself. It is, however, quite clear that there is a significant proportion of our Black and Minority Ethnic communities who do not believe they are treated fairly by the police and that in itself is a problem which we have to address. Policing by consent is at the core of our system and that means that to be effective the police have to work hard to demonstrate that they deserve the trust of all of our citizens.
One of the key issues is that of disproportionality in the use of tactics such as stop and search which is seen as evidence of potential discrimination. I believe the crude way in which we currently measure disproportionality is highly misleading and not useful in indicating whether discriminatory behaviour may be taking place or its extent. If we really want to find out whether there is disproportionality we need to invest in some detailed research.
I will work with Hertfordshire’s Independent Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel to commission and fund a significant research project to see whether there is evidence that the tactic is being deployed on a disproportionate basis in Hertfordshire.
At the same time it is important to note that the work of the panel itself in randomly dip sampling stop and search cases continues to give strong reassurance that individual officers are applying the tactic fairly and legally.
I remain concerned about the diversity of our workforce in policing. Despite extensive efforts some of our communities are not as well represented as they should be. The huge increase in recruitment we are currently delivering offers us a significant opportunity to address this, and I am determined that we should do so.
I will hold the Chief Constable to account for delivering on targets for improving diversity of joiners as part of the police uplift programme and to deliver on improving diversity throughout all ranks.
Evidence suggests that some communities remain deeply suspicious of the police and would find it extremely difficult to join.
I will ask the Chief Constable to develop a plan to target those communities, address their specific concerns and provide the support required to help them to come forward.
I believe one of the key drivers of public trust in policing is a willingness to be transparent about all aspects of our work. Our Constabulary does an overwhelmingly excellent job and is staffed by people motivated by the highest ideals of fairness and public service. However, we remain far too defensive in terms of being prepared to share that picture. Programmes such as “24 Hours in Police Custody” have demonstrated the benefits of an open approach. I want to see Hertfordshire Constabulary engaging in a more proactive and transparent way with our communities and the media.
I will lead a strategic review of the Constabulary’s communication and reputational management with a view to making structural changes to deliver better on this transparency and engagement strategy
EXTENDING THE USE OF BODY WORN VIDEO WILL INCREASE CONFIDENCE IN THE POLICE AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
I believe Body Worn Video is one of the most powerful tools in our armoury and used properly has the power to transform how we police. As it has been rolled out we have started to see many of those benefits. As part of the police complaints process, its evidence frequently provides speedy resolution in cases that in the past would have dragged on for years. It also has fantastic evidence-gathering potential in criminal investigations - providing compelling support to officer testimonies,picking up details that might otherwise have been missed, and giving victims and witnesses the opportunity to have their stories captured in the moment. Equally important is its role in learning and development, shining a light on good practice as well errors. As someone who has seen a lot of BWV footage I can tell you it overwhelmingly makes me proud of the highly professional job our officers do in the most difficult of circumstances. It is something we must embrace wholeheartedly and exploit to its fullest potential.
I will ask the Chief Constable to expand the use of BWV so that the default position is that it is used in all circumstances where we interact with the public unless there are exceptional reasons not to do so
I will ensure that our officers are supplied with all of the equipment required to deliver this expansion of BWV and fund any additional investment needed. This includes adding the ability to live stream BWV and enable automatic switch on.
I want to see more examples of BWV made public so that citizens can see the excellent job their officers do and the challenges they face.
I will set up an independent panel to scrutinise samples of BWV
PROVIDING MORE SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS
My Police and Crime Plan is called “Everybody’s Business” and at its heart is a belief that we all have a role to play in keeping Hertfordshire the safe county that it is today. I have sought to provide opportunities for a wide range of citizens to do their bit through schemes such as the Special Constabulary, Police Cadets, Drivesafe and Neighbourhood Watch. In addition we offer opportunities for volunteers in scrutiny roles, such as Custody Visitors, the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel and our Police Dog Visitors scheme. These have all been very successful and I will continue to look for opportunities to expand them.
If the joint police and fire Community Safety Volunteer scheme currently being trialled is successful I will support its roll out countywide.
Our Neighbourhood Watch organisation is one of the strongest in the country and our Online Watchlink system (OWL) now has over 164000 members. It is a great success and deserves continued support.
I will continue to support and maintain Neighbourhood Watch and OWL will be looking for new opportunities to expand their remit.
I will look to expand the developing role of Neighbourhood watch volunteers in supporting officers in sifting the ever growing number of potential sources of video evidence which the public are making available
LISTENING TO THE PUBLIC AND IMPROVING CUSTOMER SERVICE
I believe it is a fundamental part of the PCC job to listen to the public and to try to deliver the type of policing that they want. That does not mean always following the “wisdom of the crowd” but it does mean being prepared to challenge the official view from time to time and being prepared to take into account what people tell you is important to them, even when it is not the easiest option. It will never be possible to deliver everything that people want and there will always be tough choices to be made but, broadly, I believe it is right that the public should set the priorities in how they are policed. That is why I have been so passionate about saving local policing in Hertfordshire - people have told me loud and clear that it is the style of policing they prefer and it is a top priority for them.
I will continue to preserve Hertfordshire’s policing model of local teams in every district and borough in the county. I will make sure it remains efficient and effective and that it receives additional resourcing as part of the officer uplift programme. I will also continue to use a deliberative approach to setting plan priorities, as trialled by the Police Foundation in 2019.
The rapid development of digital channels of communication and the boost given to their use by the demands of the Covid crisis offers us real opportunities further to broaden communication between the public and their local policing teams. When circumstances allow we must return to holding public priority setting meetings but they should now be broadened to allow people to engage digitally should they choose to do.
I will ask the Chief Constable to ensure that local priority setting meetings are relaunched in every area and that they are supplemented by digital facilities which will maximise the opportunity to participate both remotely and in person. I will also seek to explore options for offering additional regular digital engagement sessions.
I will also make sure that officers are able to make use of digital software such as Teams, Zoom and Skype as part of their daily interaction with work colleagues and members of the public.
As PCC I will work with the Constabulary and the Home Office to ensure that the crimes identified in the Strategic Policing Requirement are targeted, but I will also ensure that the top crimes in each local district are monitored and a plan put in place for their reduction. This must be visible and monitored, with local people and their representatives having the opportunity to hold their local police teams accountable for delivering them. I will do this through regular public meetings in each Community Safety Partnership.
We were one of the first forces to offer digital public contact facilities, including the ability to report crime online. This has proved hugely popular with the public and has brought significant efficiencies. It is now time to enhance and expand this service.
I will ensure that Hertfordshire joins the national Single Online Home system at the earliest opportunity. This is the equivalent of a national “digital 999” system supported and funded by forces across the country, which will offer new and improved services.
The huge expansion of the use of digital devices in our everyday lives, such as camera phones, video doorbells and dashcams has created a new wealth of potentially valuable evidence. It also makes it easier for citizens to play their part in identifying and reporting crime. It is important that the police are able to tap into this and act on it.
I will institute a review of how digital evidence is received and used by Hertfordshire Constabulary with a view to making it easier for the public to submit and to ensure that it can be properly examined and used.
I hear regularly from the public about the concerns impacting on them and their communities and I will also focus on addressing the priorities they identify.
The issue of speeding and the blight it inflicts on some communities has consistently featured. It is something I have addressed in a series of initiatives, including Community Drivesafe and the Hertfordshire Road Safety fund I established, which has used hundreds of thousands of pounds raised from offending drivers to pay for road safety initiatives across the county. However, I am keen to find new ways to bear down on this problem.
I have funded the introduction of 2 new camera enforcement vans on Hertfordshire roads which are being deployed specifically in areas where the community have raised their greatest concerns and where other measures such as speed indicator devices have not worked. I will review the success of the initiative and will expand this fleet of vans if necessary.
I will also broaden the remit of those enforcement vans to tackle the illegal use of mobile phones while driving which is an issue of concern frequently raised with me by the public
Cutting speeding is one of those issues which requires partnership working to be effective. Many people tell me that the legal speed limits in their areas are just too high. I will work with colleagues in Hertfordshire County Council to bring in more speed restrictions (including 20MPH schemes) and ensure better police enforcement in areas where there is community concern.
One of the lessons we have learned during Covid is that behaviour changing interventions such as speed awareness can be successfully delivered online. I want to build on this and explore how it can be used to support the Prevention First Agenda by expanding its use beyond those who have already broken the law.
I will use my Road Safety Fund to investigate whether online road safety courses can be offered to young drivers across Hertfordshire.
Fly tipping is another issue which has frequently been raised with me and I have taken real steps to address it. Working together with local authority partners we have established a county wide strategy which has succeeded in reducing the extent of the problem. In addition I have set up a fund to support the removal of rubbish dumped on private land. We have made real progress but this is still a problem and I think tougher enforcement measures could help.
I will support government proposals to increase fines and give the police a greater role in enforcement.
ENSURING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM PROVIDES A BETTER SERVICE TO VICTIMS
One of the main focuses of my last term was addressing the major problems facing our criminal justice system locally. I have used my position as chair of the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board to try to focus the attention of the criminal justice system on the needs of victims and to make sure they are better served. Unfortunately the impact of Covid has hit our courts system hard and we are now seeing a backlog of cases which means some victims will wait years for their day in court. This is unacceptable and needs urgent action.
I will continue to lobby the government to expand the emergency measures they are taking to address the courts backlog including additional virtual court facilities for Hertfordshire
I will encourage criminal justice partners in Hertfordshire to measure their performance targets from a victim’s perspective rather than a system one. We need to eliminate unacceptable waiting times rather than counting the number of cases in the backlog.
The service provided to victims of rape is of particular concern to me. Having suffered horrific attacks, and been brave enough to report them they too often find great difficulty and delay in having their cases come to court and suffer additional trauma as a result. This must be addressed urgently. I have already introduced a Rape Scrutiny Panel to look at what is going wrong but I want to build on that work.
I will commission a comprehensive review of the “journey” of the rape victim through the criminal justice system to identify and put right the failures and provide any additional support required.
Another issue which concerns me and which has been raised with me by victims themselves, is that of non payment of compensation awarded to victims by the courts. A large portion of this is never paid, leaving victims waiting years feeling let down by the system and constantly reminded of the harm done to them which has not been put right. There must be a way of doing this which better serves the interests of the victims.
I will campaign for a change to the system based on the principle that the victim should receive their compensation as a lump sum at the time it is awarded by the court and that it is the state’s responsibility to recoup it from the perpetrator.
I will also explore the establishment of a local Victim Support Fund, seeking contributions from the public and private sectors which can be used to provide additional financial support to victims both to provide compensation and to meet their other needs.
A FOCUS ON THE FUTURE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT
The threat of global warming is something which affects all of us and which we must do our part to mitigate. I welcome the ambitious targets the government has set to get us to a carbon neutral position and will do all I can to support that work with local action.
I will ensure that the police estate becomes more energy efficient through a major programme of investment in new buildings and improvement of existing ones over the next five years.
I want Hertfordshire Constabulary to be an “early adopter” of non fossil fuel vehicles and will ask the Chief Constable to develop a change programme to replace our fleet with electric vehicles which meet our operational needs.
I will reduce the carbon footprint of my own team by eliminating unnecessary journeys, making more use of remote working, and making more use of non fossil fuel vehicles.
In November 2012 many people said that Police and Crime Commissioners would not make a difference to the public. They were wrong. In Hertfordshire, because I have been the Police and Crime Commissioner, we have seen:
- Very low crime
- Neighbourhood policing saved
- A larger, more efficient and effective police force
- Low council tax
- Victims put at the heart of everything we do
I will keep it that way and, in addition, I will continue to listen to what the public tell me are their concerns. That means:
- I will work with other constabularies, but not merge with them
- I will grasp the opportunity to bring the emergency services closer together
- I will continue to search for a better deal which puts the victim at the heart of everything I do - including shaping the criminal justice system around them
- I will make better use of the public sector estate in Hertfordshire
- I will ensure the Hertfordshire Constabulary communicate better with the public to ensure there is even greater transparency
- I will facilitate more opportunities for volunteers
- I will continue to tackle the scourge of domestic abuse and campaign to see even greater protection for elderly and vulnerable citizens.
I am pleased with what I have achieved so far and ask you to support me so that I can take forward these important priorities into the third term.
Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner and Candidate for Hertfordshire