‘Our Top 10 rating a reflection of a real team effort’

Andy Bliss is the new HErts Chief Constable.
Andy Bliss is the new HErts Chief Constable.
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The county’s crime-fighting force has been ranked among the top ten police groups in the country.

Latest national police performance statistics show that Herts Constabulary remains one of the best performing –both nationally and when compared to forces in the country to which it is most similar.

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The figures put the county’s force at number seven out of 43, and in the ranking against similar forces it comes in at number one out of eight.

Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: “These figures are very encouraging as they show that the constabulary is performing consistently well across some key police activities – namely reducing crime, catching criminals and keeping people safe.

“It is important for us that we maintain good performance across all of our activities and I am very pleased that the officers, staff and volunteers of the constabulary along with our partners in Hertfordshire are maintaining such high performance during a period of unprecedented change and financial austerity.”

The latest figures also show that last year in Herts there were 3,012 home burglaries, 8,616 cases of criminal damage, 4,844 drug offences, 15,097 ‘other theft offences’, which includes the theft of items when they have been left unattended such as mobile phones, 434 robberies, 651 sexual offences and a total of 10,183 cases of violence against a person.