Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner welcomed the news five new police officers have joined Hertsmere during a visit to the district.
David Lloyd visited Borehamwood police station, Clarion Housing Association, Hertsmere Borough Council, Communities 1st and the Citizens Advice Bureau on Tuesday March 26.
The meetings were one of his regular district days around the county which give him an understanding of local issues and cross-agency measures that can be taken to reduce crime and improve the justice service.
“These days are one of the most vital parts of my job. I am currently updating my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire, which will be out for consultation in a few months,” said Mr Lloyd.
“Today I have had discussions with the local Chief Inspector, charities that help those in need and housing associations who deal with anti-social neighbours.
“These all inform me of what needs to be in the plan to support the police and victims of crime. There are fresh ideas that need all agencies working together to deliver an even safer Hertfordshire.”
The Commissioner began by meeting with Hertsmere Chief Inspector Clare Smith and Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Bilsdon.
Last week five new officers joined the team, four constables and one PCSO.
Ch Insp Smith said: ““The extra number of officers coming in means more officers on the front line across Hertsmere and we are already seeing the benefit. Hertsmere also has the most PCSOs in the county to help deal with low level crime and anti-social behaviour.”.
While burglaries have fallen considerably to a very low level, the area has seen the same increase as other parts of the county in thefts from unlocked vehicles.
“This is easily preventable by residents simply removing all their valuables and making sure they lock their vehicles,” said CI Smith.
Mr Lloyd then met a team from Clarion Housing Association, in Borehamwood, including Sarah Wells, Head of Operations East and Omojefe Agba, Neighbourhood Housing Manager.
They manage over 7,000 properties in the district and discussed how we are cracking down on antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse and noise nuisance. Clarion also outlined the action it takes to support residents vulnerable to distraction burglary or having their properties taken over by drug dealers.
At a working lunch with Hertsmere Council Chief Executive Donald Graham he gave an update on the latest plans to get the police, fire and rescue service and the council working from one base.
Next was a visit to the Community Shop, in Leeming Road, Borehamwood, to hear how they work closely with the PCSOs with victims and low level offenders.
Last stop of the day was Carolyn Buller, Chief Executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau, in Allum Lane, Elstree.
She thanked Mr Lloyd for the funding his office has given to help CAB make more people aware of potential scams. They also discussed how victims of hate crime can be better provided for.