Herts police and crime commissioner David Lloyd sampled all aspects of Dacorum’s community crime prevention initiatives during a jam-packed visit to the borough last week.
Mr Lloyd, who lives in the Dacorum village of Flamstead, visited a taxi licensing enforcement operation, the new all-wireless CCTV control room and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre to gain insight into the safety partnerships at work in the borough.
The commissioner also went on patrol with police around Hemel Hempstead, answered questions from the Dacorum Youth Council and saw school pupils completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award life skills programme at the town’s fire station.
He said: “It is clear that a lot of positive work is being done to improve the lives of residents in Dacorum and to change the way that local authorities and police engage with people of all ages, including younger generations. It is so important not to unnecessarily criminalise young people and if we can direct them at the right time, there is a much better outcome for everyone.”
At the latest meeting of the police and crime panel, whose role it is to ensure transparency in the commissioner’s role, Mr Lloyd also described Herts Police’s crime recording processes as ‘robust’
He pledged to continue to oversee the issue and said he intends to scrutinise the forthcoming report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary after its inspection of the force, expected this month.