Police commissioner wants your views on plan to hike tax and close small cop shops


People are being asked their opinions on proposals to shut small police stations and raise council tax in an open letter from Herts’ police and crime commissioner.

David Lloyd said his cost-cutting ideas would make policing more efficient but would have an impact on jobs.

He also said raising the police precept would find further revenue, but potentially increase council tax bills by 10p a week for Band D households. He said: “I do not underestimate the impact of this move. I hope you share my sense it is a necessary step.”

Hemel Hempstead police station closed its doors to the public in August this year, but the commissioner says having fewer stations with shared facilities could find savings of £2 million a year. He said: “In some ways, I don’t want to see officers indoors at all. I want to see them out in communities.”

Email your comments to the.plan@herts.pnn.police.uk or post them to 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 4GZ.