Video: Newly-elected police commissioner, Conservative David Lloyd, pledges to make Hertfordshire a safer place

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Hertfordshire’s new police and crime commissioner has promised to make the county “a far safer place than it already is”.

Conservative David Lloyd made the pledge in his victory speech after being declared the winner of the police election today.

Mr Lloyd beat his nearest challenger, Labour’s Sherma Batson, in the second round of voting to clinch the £75,000-a-year job this afternoon.

After the count he said: “This is an exciting role and together we will make Hertfordshire a far safer place than it already is.

“We are going to drive down crime together, let’s see what happens in three and a half years.”

Mr Lloyd also praised three other police commissioner candidates from Labour - the Liberal Democrats and UKIP - for running a clean campaign.

He added: “This has been a really clean campaign, as you would expect with such excellent people.

“I am pleased to call the other candidates friends and we have this campaign in that spirit.”

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8:37pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Nascot says...

£75k a year and only 58,812 votes representing less than 7% of your electorate. Hardly a cause to celebrate.
No doubt, in 3 and a half years we still won't know who you are, but at least you will have a nice fat public office pension pot stashed away.
£75k a year and only 58,812 votes representing less than 7% of your electorate. Hardly a cause to celebrate. No doubt, in 3 and a half years we still won't know who you are, but at least you will have a nice fat public office pension pot stashed away. Nascot
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9:52pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Paul Gadd says...

Just goes to show that there are more rich than poor in Herts.....and they are being properly looked after by the Tory boys.

G4S must be hopping with joy.as after their 'Olympic' ****-up to now take the reins of the nation's bobbies, while the plebs will be told by the con-dems its all to do with cost-saving!!
Just goes to show that there are more rich than poor in Herts.....and they are being properly looked after by the Tory boys. G4S must be hopping with joy.as after their 'Olympic' ****-up to now take the reins of the nation's bobbies, while the plebs will be told by the con-dems its all to do with cost-saving!! Paul Gadd
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10:01pm Fri 16 Nov 12

LSC says...

Nascot wrote:
£75k a year and only 58,812 votes representing less than 7% of your electorate. Hardly a cause to celebrate.
No doubt, in 3 and a half years we still won't know who you are, but at least you will have a nice fat public office pension pot stashed away.
I have a nasty feeling we will know who he is, because I suspect his main job will be having his picture taken at press conferences while real coppers get on with the actual job.
[quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: £75k a year and only 58,812 votes representing less than 7% of your electorate. Hardly a cause to celebrate. No doubt, in 3 and a half years we still won't know who you are, but at least you will have a nice fat public office pension pot stashed away.[/p][/quote]I have a nasty feeling we will know who he is, because I suspect his main job will be having his picture taken at press conferences while real coppers get on with the actual job. LSC
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1:19am Sat 17 Nov 12

MJ1 says...

Congratulations David Llloyd. However you came second in Watford behind Labour. G4S could be your achilles heel. Directly employed police forces are the best way to ensure public safety
Congratulations David Llloyd. However you came second in Watford behind Labour. G4S could be your achilles heel. Directly employed police forces are the best way to ensure public safety MJ1
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9:54am Sat 17 Nov 12

r_anon says...

I just hope that GS4 never happens, and you put more bobbies on the beat where they're needed.
Maybe that will stop things like women being molested in the street in broad daylight
I just hope that GS4 never happens, and you put more bobbies on the beat where they're needed. Maybe that will stop things like women being molested in the street in broad daylight r_anon
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10:00am Sat 17 Nov 12

r_anon says...

It's just a shame that the post of Police Commissioner wasn't explained more. It should have been regularly been on the TV and in the media to promote it.

I think if people had nown what they were meant to be voting for they may just have made more effort.

Especially if they had known how much of their money was being given to this person each year.

£75K pa ... I hope he's worth it. Personally I don't think anyone without any experience should be earning that amount of money.
It's just a shame that the post of Police Commissioner wasn't explained more. It should have been regularly been on the TV and in the media to promote it. I think if people had nown what they were meant to be voting for they may just have made more effort. Especially if they had known how much of their money was being given to this person each year. £75K pa ... I hope he's worth it. Personally I don't think anyone without any experience should be earning that amount of money. r_anon
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10:42am Sat 17 Nov 12

amershamhornet says...

Nationally the whole concept of Police commissioners has been a terrible waste of public money. There was already a mechanism where Policing priorites were set. Indeed there are local lay panels that help police decide their priorities as well as the current police panels. Hundreds of thousands of pounds was spent putting on these elections so an individual can hold the police to account and set priorities. Without spending this money I can be fairly sure what they will have as priorities for the next 4 years nationally. 1) Anti social behaviour, 2) Domestic burglary 3) Street robbery 4) Domestic violence 5)Hate crime. In rural areas there would be the addition of aggricultural crime e.g theft of farm vehicles and livestock.
We are now to spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on these crime commissioners to come up with the same thing.
Moreover most of the visible policing people will see is the uniformed officers responing to emergencies and the general day to day policing issues in this country. The Policing Commissioners will have little to do with this activity. I hope the next government gets rid of the these new policing commissioners and spends the money on more police officers to do the job required.
Nationally the whole concept of Police commissioners has been a terrible waste of public money. There was already a mechanism where Policing priorites were set. Indeed there are local lay panels that help police decide their priorities as well as the current police panels. Hundreds of thousands of pounds was spent putting on these elections so an individual can hold the police to account and set priorities. Without spending this money I can be fairly sure what they will have as priorities for the next 4 years nationally. 1) Anti social behaviour, 2) Domestic burglary 3) Street robbery 4) Domestic violence 5)Hate crime. In rural areas there would be the addition of aggricultural crime e.g theft of farm vehicles and livestock. We are now to spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on these crime commissioners to come up with the same thing. Moreover most of the visible policing people will see is the uniformed officers responing to emergencies and the general day to day policing issues in this country. The Policing Commissioners will have little to do with this activity. I hope the next government gets rid of the these new policing commissioners and spends the money on more police officers to do the job required. amershamhornet
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11:26am Sat 17 Nov 12

John Dowdle says...

Like other commentators to this blog, I will be keeping a very close eye on Mr Lloyd to ensure that he does not allow G4S to take over control of all our personal and private information.
7 per cent of the total Hertfordshire voters provides no mandate for a G4S takeover of our public records.
Otherwise, I will keep an open mind and wait to see just how well Mr Lloyd does in ensuring that ordinary people can enjoy a crime-free life.
Like other commentators to this blog, I will be keeping a very close eye on Mr Lloyd to ensure that he does not allow G4S to take over control of all our personal and private information. 7 per cent of the total Hertfordshire voters provides no mandate for a G4S takeover of our public records. Otherwise, I will keep an open mind and wait to see just how well Mr Lloyd does in ensuring that ordinary people can enjoy a crime-free life. John Dowdle
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10:38am Sun 18 Nov 12

theguitarman says...

The turn out was 14.5% across Hertfordshire. Not much information was made known about any of the 4 contenders. The only one to issue any information to every home in the county was David Lloyd, the bloke who was running the show at the Police Authority in the first place.

Seems we got the right bloke doing the job.

If this had been held at the local elections next year it would have been a different matter, but I am led to believe that the Lib Dems actually vetoed this as they were scared it would harm their vote. Judging by the number of Lib Dem PCC's nationwide ( a whopping 0 ! ) they were probably right !

Summary, Wrong time of year, Wrong climate, i.e. cold, No enough info, and political manoeuvring.
The turn out was 14.5% across Hertfordshire. Not much information was made known about any of the 4 contenders. The only one to issue any information to every home in the county was David Lloyd, the bloke who was running the show at the Police Authority in the first place. Seems we got the right bloke doing the job. If this had been held at the local elections next year it would have been a different matter, but I am led to believe that the Lib Dems actually vetoed this as they were scared it would harm their vote. Judging by the number of Lib Dem PCC's nationwide ( a whopping 0 ! ) they were probably right ! Summary, Wrong time of year, Wrong climate, i.e. cold, No enough info, and political manoeuvring. theguitarman
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1:11pm Sun 18 Nov 12

John Dowdle says...

There is another dimension to this farce of an election. Central government is in the process of imposing huge cuts to public services, in which even their preferred service - the police service - has to share.
If the current situation had continued, most people would not have made any connection with the largely anonymous Police Authority, so central government would get the blame for the cuts.
However, with the "election" of police commissioners, this provides a very useful lightning rod to deflect public attention away from central government and places these new commissioners in the public spotlight as being the "guilty" individuals responsible for service cuts and decline in service standards.
It is quite clever, really, unless and until the general public catch on to the reality of the situation and demand real change in government policy and not just these cosmetic changes in the structure of local government and politics.
There is another dimension to this farce of an election. Central government is in the process of imposing huge cuts to public services, in which even their preferred service - the police service - has to share. If the current situation had continued, most people would not have made any connection with the largely anonymous Police Authority, so central government would get the blame for the cuts. However, with the "election" of police commissioners, this provides a very useful lightning rod to deflect public attention away from central government and places these new commissioners in the public spotlight as being the "guilty" individuals responsible for service cuts and decline in service standards. It is quite clever, really, unless and until the general public catch on to the reality of the situation and demand real change in government policy and not just these cosmetic changes in the structure of local government and politics. John Dowdle
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2:19pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Roy Stockdill says...

As John Dowdle says, the elections for police commissioners were a farce because nobody cared very much - possibly because very few people understood the necessity for them.

Democracy is a fine thing on the whole but when there are elections that nobody knows much about or cares about, then too many elections can be counter-productive to the whole process because they simply encourage apathy.

However, there was one piece of good news that came out of them! Poor old "Two Jags" Prescott couldn't even get himself elected as a Police Commissioner by voters in his home town of Hull, almost certainly signalling the end of a political career that has always teetered between farce and catastrophe.
As John Dowdle says, the elections for police commissioners were a farce because nobody cared very much - possibly because very few people understood the necessity for them. Democracy is a fine thing on the whole but when there are elections that nobody knows much about or cares about, then too many elections can be counter-productive to the whole process because they simply encourage apathy. However, there was one piece of good news that came out of them! Poor old "Two Jags" Prescott couldn't even get himself elected as a Police Commissioner by voters in his home town of Hull, almost certainly signalling the end of a political career that has always teetered between farce and catastrophe. Roy Stockdill
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11:15pm Sun 18 Nov 12

LSC says...

Am I the only one who hated Prescott but had a grudging respect when he smacked that idiot throwing eggs?
Am I the only one who hated Prescott but had a grudging respect when he smacked that idiot throwing eggs? LSC
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1:14pm Mon 19 Nov 12

TRT says...

@LSC. Must be, because by smacking the egg-throwing guy he just lowered himself to their level.
@LSC. Must be, because by smacking the egg-throwing guy he just lowered himself to their level. TRT
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2:49pm Mon 19 Nov 12

LSC says...

TRT wrote:
@LSC. Must be, because by smacking the egg-throwing guy he just lowered himself to their level.
I can't quite put my finger on it TRT; it was the smugness of the egg thrower, thinking he could do that to someone just because they were a public figure. He'd never have the bottle to just do it randomly in the street; he would expect to be punched in the face, frequently and repeatedly. I enjoyed his surprise when Prescott lamped him one.
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: @LSC. Must be, because by smacking the egg-throwing guy he just lowered himself to their level.[/p][/quote]I can't quite put my finger on it TRT; it was the smugness of the egg thrower, thinking he could do that to someone just because they were a public figure. He'd never have the bottle to just do it randomly in the street; he would expect to be punched in the face, frequently and repeatedly. I enjoyed his surprise when Prescott lamped him one. LSC
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4:29pm Mon 19 Nov 12

TRT says...

Well that's different then!
Well that's different then! TRT
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