Two officers join the village beat to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour

Two officers join the beat at Abbots Langley. They are PC Christopher Holding and PCSO Stephen Russell.
Two officers join the beat at Abbots Langley. They are PC Christopher Holding and PCSO Stephen Russell.

There are two new faces on the beat in Abbots Langley.

PC Christopher Holding and PCSO Stephen Russell have recently joined the safer neighbourhood team, which is based at the village police station and is led by Sergeant Neil Canning.

The team, made up of PSCOs and PCs are tasked with improving the quality of life for residents by making the area safer, tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

PC Christopher Holding, has worked for Herts Constabulary since 2006 and previously worked in the Intervention team, which responds to 999 calls.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the new role and helping to tackle local issues.”

PCSO Stephen Russell is covering the Leavesden patch. Prior to joining, Stephen worked at West Herts College for seven years as an associate learning advisor, supporting teens and adults with physical and learning difficulties, as well as students who have been diagnosed with Autism or Asperger’s.

Stephen said: “Through my previous role at the college I have gained immense experience and skills in dealing with mental health issues, and people in general, which I am sure will be valuable in the role of a PCSO.

“I will be covering the Leavesden beat area but in the Abbots Langley team we tend to help other areas of the town where needed, as well as in our designated beat. I am hoping to help the community in finding positive solutions to any issues they may have, be it anti-social behaviour at the Spar in School Mead, to helping the elderly or those with mental health issues, to dealing with issues within schools.”

Chief Inspector for Three Rivers, Deirdre Dent, said: “I am confident that Christopher and Stephen will be great additions to the safer neighbourhood team in Abbots Langley as they both have a wealth of experience to bring to the team.

“In Abbots Langley, the safer neighbourhood team is based in the heart of the community and does a great deal of positive work to help residents and solve local issues. I welcome them to the team.”

You can contact the officers direct via email ( or phone via the non-emergency number, 101 and ask for the team or you can call them on their airwaves, if they are on duty. Dial 01707 354192 and say the name of the officer you wish to speak to. Always dial 999 in an emergency.