Determined to keep bobbies on the beat

Herts Police offering home security advice at Hemel Hempstead train station.
Herts Police offering home security advice at Hemel Hempstead train station.

The man who decides how resources are used to tackle crime in Herts has again pledged his support for bobbies on the beat.

It comes as the head of the Superintendents Association this week warned that neighbourhood officers could become an endangered species.

During the group’s annual conference Chief Supt Irene Curtis warned that continued cuts to budgets could put the frontline service under threat.

Police services across the country face year-on-year cuts, which in Herts has seen police station and cell closures, mergers and back office redundancies.

A spokesman for countypolice and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “The commissioner has made clear his commitment to protecting safer neighbourhood teams in his police and crime plan.

“Careful planning has enabled us to maintain, and even to slightly increase, the number of officers in frontline policing, including local safer neighbourhood policing.”