Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd: 'real transformation' needed to cope with financial pressures

Watford Observer: Police commissioner: 'real transformation' needed to cope with financial pressures Police commissioner: 'real transformation' needed to cope with financial pressures

Police station sell-offs, job losses and tax increases are in store as Hertfordshire Constabulary struggles to balance its budget, the county’s police commissioner has warned.

David Lloyd has outlined his plans to save around £30 million by 2018, which is needed to plug the hole in police finances due to be left by Government funding cuts and rising costs.

In an open letter released this morning, Mr Lloyd told residents he felt the force needed a "real transformation" to cope with the financial pressures it is facing.

The Conservative, who was elected last November, said he was willing to sacrifice buildings and backroom staff to protect neighbourhood policing.

He said: "We need to do something more fundamental than trimming existing teams and budgets - a real transformation is required. The chief constable and I are in full agreement that the first name on the policing team sheet must be neighbourhood policing.

"A local presence is not only a source of reassurance; it is the most effective way to police our community."

The main policy he proposed is saving £2 million from a £9 million cost of maintaining the constabulary’s stations and offices by selling off "surplus" buildings and having officers share facilities with other organisations.

In the letter he asked whether residents "would rather keep the buildings or the police presence?"

The commissioner then cited "research" which showed that only a "handful of visitors each day" visited police stations and that less than half actually need the police.

He added: "I think it would be wasteful to continue to plough public money into bricks and mortar whilst depleting the teams that fill those buildings."

The letter said Hertfordshire Constabulary faced losing around £15 million from its £200 million annual budget in Government reductions. It attributed the other £15 million needed in savings to the increasing costs of staff, buildings and equipment.

Mr Lloyd said he would also be looking to increase the police’s share of Hertfordshire’s Council Tax bill to balance the constabulary’s books.

Ten pence of every tax pound paid in the county currently goes to the force and makes up around one third of its revenue.

The commissioner said: "When it comes to increasing the council tax precept, I would not do so lightly. In fact, policing taxes have been frozen for the last three years. I think I will have to ask more of residents this time, with a 3.4% increase in the precept this year and potentially next as well.

"For a household that pays B and D council tax, this will mean finding an extra 10p a week for policing next year. Although this is a small amount, I do not underestimate the impact of this move and I hope you share my sense that it is a necessary step."

Other cost cutting initiatives Mr Lloyd said he was looking at were upgrading the force’s equipment, increasing collaboration with neighbouring constabularies and privatising services.

The commissioner added: "My proposal, then is to protect the local policing approach by: increasing the precept; making savings in other areas of policing by collaborating with neighbouring forces and looking closely at outsourcing; collaborating with other local services including sharing venues and facilities; and maintaining a real local presence in each of Hertfordshire’s 10 districts with chief inspectors continuing as big leadership figures and a physical hub for policing in each patch."

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2:56pm Mon 2 Dec 13

LSC says...

"maintaining a real local presence"

This statement implies there is a presence to maintain. There isn't.

As for a 3.4% increase in the council tax portion that goes to the police, give me a call when my wages go up 3.4%, perhaps then I will listen.
Like many, my wages haven't risen in 4 years, but everything else has.

So don't ask me to fund 'maintaining' something I am not satisfied with in the first place. Which includes you Mr Lloyd, and your spin doctor, and your assistant.
"maintaining a real local presence" This statement implies there is a presence to maintain. There isn't. As for a 3.4% increase in the council tax portion that goes to the police, give me a call when my wages go up 3.4%, perhaps then I will listen. Like many, my wages haven't risen in 4 years, but everything else has. So don't ask me to fund 'maintaining' something I am not satisfied with in the first place. Which includes you Mr Lloyd, and your spin doctor, and your assistant. LSC

3:45pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

Would someone explain the rational behind cutting our police force whilst spending £11 billion on overseas aid, much of which is wasted and stolen? Or the £53million per day (and the rest) our membership of the EU costs us?

When we have our own house in order we should then see what we can spare for overseas aid. Until that time, I cannot see the sense in spending so much on foreign aid.

David Cameron wants to stop the Conservatives being thought of as the nasty party, so he spends £11 billion of OUR money on foreign aid. He's already said something about dropping the green crap apparently.

So, we are being asked for £11 billion to spend on foreign aid to make his party look better whilst his party cuts our local services. Something is seriously wrong and needs fixing fast. Vote UKIP!
Would someone explain the rational behind cutting our police force whilst spending £11 billion on overseas aid, much of which is wasted and stolen? Or the £53million per day (and the rest) our membership of the EU costs us? When we have our own house in order we should then see what we can spare for overseas aid. Until that time, I cannot see the sense in spending so much on foreign aid. David Cameron wants to stop the Conservatives being thought of as the nasty party, so he spends £11 billion of OUR money on foreign aid. He's already said something about dropping the green crap apparently. So, we are being asked for £11 billion to spend on foreign aid to make his party look better whilst his party cuts our local services. Something is seriously wrong and needs fixing fast. Vote UKIP! Phil Cox (UKIP)

3:57pm Mon 2 Dec 13

LSC says...

He isn't dropping the green crap, he is changing how we pay for the green crap. Instead of it going on energy bills, it will be going on general taxation so hopefully we won't notice.
He isn't dropping the green crap, he is changing how we pay for the green crap. Instead of it going on energy bills, it will be going on general taxation so hopefully we won't notice. LSC

3:59pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

LSC wrote:
"maintaining a real local presence"

This statement implies there is a presence to maintain. There isn't.

As for a 3.4% increase in the council tax portion that goes to the police, give me a call when my wages go up 3.4%, perhaps then I will listen.
Like many, my wages haven't risen in 4 years, but everything else has.

So don't ask me to fund 'maintaining' something I am not satisfied with in the first place. Which includes you Mr Lloyd, and your spin doctor, and your assistant.
The cost of this office has taken us into expensive territory where no one has been before with seemingly no sign of belt tightening in sight meanwhile cost cutting is focussed on those who are asked to do more and more. A recipe for disillusionment.
[quote][p][bold]LSC[/bold] wrote: "maintaining a real local presence" This statement implies there is a presence to maintain. There isn't. As for a 3.4% increase in the council tax portion that goes to the police, give me a call when my wages go up 3.4%, perhaps then I will listen. Like many, my wages haven't risen in 4 years, but everything else has. So don't ask me to fund 'maintaining' something I am not satisfied with in the first place. Which includes you Mr Lloyd, and your spin doctor, and your assistant.[/p][/quote]The cost of this office has taken us into expensive territory where no one has been before with seemingly no sign of belt tightening in sight meanwhile cost cutting is focussed on those who are asked to do more and more. A recipe for disillusionment. Cuetip

4:07pm Mon 2 Dec 13

!say says...

Let's start by getting rid of his £90k plus salary - Oh and change your photo you just look smug!
Let's start by getting rid of his £90k plus salary - Oh and change your photo you just look smug! !say

4:08pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

LSC wrote:
He isn't dropping the green crap, he is changing how we pay for the green crap. Instead of it going on energy bills, it will be going on general taxation so hopefully we won't notice.
I never said anyone believed him, just that he said it.
[quote][p][bold]LSC[/bold] wrote: He isn't dropping the green crap, he is changing how we pay for the green crap. Instead of it going on energy bills, it will be going on general taxation so hopefully we won't notice.[/p][/quote]I never said anyone believed him, just that he said it. Phil Cox (UKIP)

4:09pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

!say wrote:
Let's start by getting rid of his £90k plus salary - Oh and change your photo you just look smug!
I wouldn't begrudge someone that kind of salary for such an important job if I thought they were doing a good job of it.

As things stand, I begrudge him every penny of it.
[quote][p][bold]!say[/bold] wrote: Let's start by getting rid of his £90k plus salary - Oh and change your photo you just look smug![/p][/quote]I wouldn't begrudge someone that kind of salary for such an important job if I thought they were doing a good job of it. As things stand, I begrudge him every penny of it. Phil Cox (UKIP)

5:08pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Dial 1 if you wish to report a crime ...Z Cars plays in the meantime.......... your call is really important to us and one of our fobber offs will be with you as soon as one becomes available.
Dial 1 if you wish to report a crime ...Z Cars plays in the meantime.......... your call is really important to us and one of our fobber offs will be with you as soon as one becomes available. Hornets number 12 fan

5:24pm Mon 2 Dec 13

crazyfrog says...

Remind me folks did we the taxpayers get stung for the policing cost of the bilderberg secret meeting at the grove this year attended by our elite politicians one of them being our TORY chancellor
Remind me folks did we the taxpayers get stung for the policing cost of the bilderberg secret meeting at the grove this year attended by our elite politicians one of them being our TORY chancellor crazyfrog

6:46pm Mon 2 Dec 13

The Rover says...

Maybe Hertfordshire Constabulary could save money by not having a pointless Police commissioner?
Maybe Hertfordshire Constabulary could save money by not having a pointless Police commissioner? The Rover

8:13pm Mon 2 Dec 13

croxley46 says...

Either get rid of this idiot (somehow) or get HIM to pay personally for the 3.4% increase in the Police precept in OUR Council Tax bill next year.
Either get rid of this idiot (somehow) or get HIM to pay personally for the 3.4% increase in the Police precept in OUR Council Tax bill next year. croxley46

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