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Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Sam North

Policing has been put to the bottom of the agenda. Despite all the promises of the Conservatives, Hertfordshire Constabulary has the lowest morale of any Police force in the country, crime is rising with serious crime not being prioritised and issues of equality go ignored.

As a former Police Officer, I understand the current limitations and the huge challenges that the Police face. I will use my experience and understanding to tackle these challenges head on.

Together we must improve Police functionality and engagement whilst supporting and upskilling officers to empower them to deal with the ever-changing environment in which they operate.

That means making sure the police prioritise the issues that matter most to all of us. It means properly supporting our officers. It means dragging the police into the 21st Century to ensure they are working in an evidence-based and proactive way.

This is my six-point plan for policing in Hertfordshire:

  1. 21st Century Policing– This means equipping our Police to deal with the challenges of the crimes we face now.
  2. Equality and Opportunity– Everybody, no matter their background, deserves to be treated equally.
  3. Mental Health– 40% of Police incidents are related to mental health and 1 in 5 officers suffer from PTSD.
  4. Crime Reduction– Crime fell during the pandemic but is rising again; let’s stop that rise.
  5. Supporting Our Officers– Our officers risk their lives every day to protect ours, it’s time we treat them fairly.
  6. Organised, Serious and Gang-related Crime– Ensuring the rife organised crime in Hertfordshire is tackled head on.


Prepared by Freya Waterhouse, Election Agent, 23 Raynham Street, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 7DE


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