The expansion of Rickmansworth police station, domestic burglary and vehicle crime were all discussed when the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire visited Three Rivers.
David Lloyd started the day (September 7) at the police station with Chief Inspector Alex Warwick where they reviewed and discussed crime issues across the district.
Residential burglaries, cross border crime and the theft of high value cars were highlighted as particular activities which are being addressed.
Mr Lloyd and Deputy Commissioner Lewis Cocking were shown Rickmansworth police station, in Northway, which is currently being expanded. Work is underway to increase space and facilities for officers who are part of Hertfordshire’s largest ever force.
Over a working lunch they also visited Three Rivers District Council to meet Council Leader Cllr Sarah Nelmes and Chief Executive Jo Wagstaffe.
They discussed how partnership working could make communities safer including projects to reduce violence against women and girls.
Mr Lloyd then heard from those involved in the council run Community Support Service, which works with the Herts Mind Network. A victim of domestic abuse told how she had been helped after she was left traumatised by her son’s threatening behaviour, and an ex-offender described how he had turned his life around after getting their help.
Later in the day at the One YMCA Woodlands Café, in Leavesden Country Park, Mr Lloyd met representatives from the group who are now providing the support service for victims of sexual violence across the county.
Finally at the Hillside Community Hub, in Abbots Langley, there was a meeting with officers from the Safer Neighbourhood policing team and representatives from partner organisations. Work they have undertaken includes organising self-defence classes for over 100 women and girls and improving street lighting in certain areas of concern.
Mr Lloyd said: “These district days give me a real insight into understanding the everyday problems and issues facing the people of Hertfordshire. It is important that I get to see what is working, and what is failing, from the point of view of the public, partners and the police officers on the ground.
“The public have told me they want more officers, and witnessing the work underway at Rickmansworth police station shows that these are coming through and getting out on the front-line.
“Three Rivers already has one of the lowest crime levels in the county and today has highlighted the support that is available for victims of crime, and what more can be done to make it even safer.”