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Rural policing - public forum

Local residents have been invited to a public meeting to question Hertfordshire police about rural cover in the area.

The meeting, to be held in Newgate Street next week, is for residents of Brookmans Park, Essendon, Little Heath, Newgate Street, Welham Green and Wild Hill.

Rural Police Priorities

* burglary and car crime
* low crime levels
* domestic violence
* victim support
* safety on the streets
* steer young from crime

According to the police, the meeting is one of a number of events being held around the district organised by Welwyn Hatfield Police Community Partnership (PCP), the group set up by the Police Authority to give residents a say in the way the police service is delivered in their areas.

Rural Hatfield forms part of the Welwyn Hatfield Division, which police say has one of the lowest levels of crime in Hertfordshire. Recent figure show the county is one of the safest in the country to live and work in.

In a letter sent to every home in the area, Hertfordshire police say that by working in partnership with other agencies and authorities, the local police officers aim to protect, help and reassure the rural community.

“The Crime and Disorder Act has brought the agencies together to combat crime issues at grass root level and identify long term solutions to problems in the division. A number of priories for action have been identified: -

  • Improve the quality and exchange of information from all the partners to identify patterns and to ensure that resources are put where they are most needed.
  • Apply proven successful measures against burglary and car crime and explore further initiatives to maintain low incidents of crime and disorder.
  • Tackle domestic violence and its effects, striving to ensure that the right help is available for those who need it.
  • Reduce feelings of vulnerability through support for victims and those at risk and through environmental changes so that people can feel safe in the street.
  • Strengthen young peoples’ resolve to make positive choices and promote constructive alternatives to crime for young people.”

Copies of the Authority’s countywide Policing Plan will be available at the meeting. This contains the policing priorities and objectives for this year

According to the police, people can ask questions on the night or tell them in advance what they would like to discuss by contacting the Police Authority Office.

Write or fax items by Wednesday November 17 at the latest.  The address is:

Hertfordshire Police Authority
SG 13 8YS (no stamp needed)
Tel: 01992 555628
Fax 01992 555625

There are seven PCPs in the county. The partnership covering this area is chaired by Police Authority Member, Christine Adey. She will be at the public meeting to answer questions along with local Inspector Paul Hart.

The meeting takes place at Newgate Street Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday November 18th with refreshments from 7pm.

Police in Hatfield want to hear your views and they are urging local residents to make the effort to attend the meeting and meet their local officers.

November 9, 1999

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