We attended the Hertford Police priority setting meeting on 6th November 2019
What is a priority setting meeting? good questions, I’m glad you asked.
In simple terms, it is a chance for us to have an input in what the police do and how they do it. In less simple terms there is a lot more to it, but that gives you the idea. Agenda items covered in the meeting were:
An introduction from Fran -Neighbourhood Team Sergeant and her team
Overview of recent crime, trends and threats
Review of recent community feedback from Echo
Review of current priorities and the work being done around them
Opportunities for those present to share any particular concerns and how these are affecting the community
At the conclusion, we will agree the two Neighbourhood Priorities for the next quarter and set the date for the next meeting
We are still waiting for the minutes of the meeting to be sent over so we can give a full detailed outline of what was discussed, but a few key points.
- As of Jan/Feb 2020 the police will be fully staffed (which is great news) and will be able to show more of a presence in Hertford.
- There have been a number of successful operations based around people using the train lines for criminal activity where a number of offenders have been arrested. This has been very successful and will continue to run.
- New CCTV cameras have been installed at Hartham bridge as you enter Hartham Common from the Hertford East train station and another at Hertford Castle.
- A service called Hertford Echo has been recently introduced, the aim is that the community can have direct contact with the police and leave anonymous comments, good or bad, about what they feel is important or general feedback for the police. This is not a system to report an active crime (although you can report anything that is not an emergency here). As per the information on their website, “This system is not monitored 24×7. To report a new crime or incident please visit. www.herts.police.uk/contact, call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.”
- The two Neighbourhood priorities for the next Qtr will be county line and the night-time economy. My personal views are that the nightlife in Hertford need more policing as not only does this affect the community at night, whether it be loud late bars, drunken behaviour, violence or drug use, but it has a knock-on effect to the Day trade with damage to property, food waste and general mess.
We would like to thank Fran and her team to inviting us to be involved and appreciate the difficult jobs the everyone in the police force does with the limited resources they are given.
We will keep you updated when the official minutes are sent over