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STEPPING DOWN: Hertfordshire’s police and crime comissioner to step down in May

 Published on: 2nd January 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Lloyd has decided to stand down from the role at the next election in May.

Mr Lloyd is one of the longest-serving commissioners in the country, having been elected to the post when it was created in 2012. He was re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.

He was previously the chair of the Hertfordshire Police Authority and deputy leader of Hertfordshire County Council, and has been continuously involved in police governance since 2005.

The new PCC will be elected in May 2024, when elections will be held across England and Wales. The PCC is responsible for the overall policing strategy, producing a Police and Crime Plan, setting the force’s annual budget, and holding the Chief Constable to account.

Speaking after making the decision, Mr Lloyd said: “I have served three terms as PCC for the county and have thoroughly enjoyed the role and appreciated the wonderful support and friendship of my team. It has been the greatest privilege of my life representing the amazing people of Hertfordshire. However, one of the arts of leadership is to know when to hand the reins on to someone else. That time has come.

“I have been PCC for over a decade and in that time I have made many positive changes to policing and community safety in the county.

“Hertfordshire now has the largest number of officers in its history; hundreds more than when I first took office. Services for victims have also been transformed so that those who are affected by crime have one of the most comprehensive help and advice centres in the country.

“I have worked with the constabulary to implement a pioneering Prevention First strategy to reduce all crime types, as well as an evidence-based policing approach to target areas of highest harm and demand.

“There are still many aims of the current police and crime plan which I will continue to work on and I remain fully committed to the role for the remainder of my tenure.

“Along with the chief constable, we have commissioned a comprehensive force review looking at the efficiency and effectiveness of the service. This is currently underway and it will ensure that when I leave the constabulary it will be in the best shape possible for whoever succeeds me.

“I wish all of the candidates the best of luck in their election campaigning.”

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