Conservative Councillors are working to improve Police Services in rural communities.
Councillor David Barnard said, "This morning I joined a Rural Meeting of Hertfordshire Police, which included the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable, many senior Officers with rural responsibilities, and other interested parties. We had an informative presentation. So far, Herts have recruited 111 new (not replacement) Officers, and expect a further 165 by summer 2022. A record force. I said I hoped that we can get a larger presence in our rural villages. Heightened car crime, belligerent drug dealing, speeding, fly tipping, and more is blighting our streets and lanes. I asked for plain clothed Officers in our villages, more uniformed Officers and marked cars in our areas, with even more needed at night, when car crime abounds. There needs to be a better liaison between our rural Officers and the public, Parish Councils, and schools, etc. Let criminals know they can’t beat us! BUT....it’s got to start with more visibility and trust. Your part is to report everything that you suspect is wrong. Then it is recorded, and they will get a true picture. Let’s kick crime out of our villages and countryside!"