One of Cambridgeshire's oddest traditions gets under way this morning...
Hertfordshire's PCC Unveils His 5 Year Plan
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire is asking for our views on what he wants to do over the next five years.
David Lloyd has published the first draft of his refreshed Police and Crime Plan for 2015-2020.
He's now asking people in the county to have a look at it and give their feeedback before it's finalised.
Mr Lloyd plans to protect the current local policing model of ten district teams, led by a senior officer. Hertfordshire is one of only a handful of forces that has been able to preserve a full 'neighbourhood' model for local policing.
The new plan has been developed in consultation with the police and other experts in the field of crime reduction, safety and criminal justice.
It focuses on the changing nature of crime and prioritises the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults as well as tackling cybercrime.
It also contains a new section outlining some of the Commissioner's proposals for putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system and outlining new services which are being commissioned to support them.
Commissioner Lloyd said: "Hertfordshire is a very safe county with an outstanding police force and we need to work together to maintain and build on that success.
"Neighbourhood Policing works. It creates a police force that is embedded in, and supported by a community working together to cut crime, rather than a force that is distant and engages only when they are called in to clear up the damage.
"Members of the public and the Chief Constable tell me that it is the best way to cut crime - so I have put it at the heart of the police and crime plan.
"I'd like to know what you think. Does the plan reflect your needs and concerns? What would make you feel safer? Please read the plan and tell me what you think."
The final plan will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel which meets on 11th June. The Plan will then be formally published and becomes the overarching strategy for the years ahead.
To read the full plan click here. You can e-mail feedback to email@example.com or by post to:
The Plan c/o the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
Harpenden Police Station
15 Vaughan Road
Submissions should be made by Monday May 25th.
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