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Hertfordshire PCC and Chief Constable launch review of force

A new joint Force Review Team has been established.

A review into the efficiency and effectiveness of Hertfordshire Constabulary is underway after it was agreed by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable in a bid to continue improving.

A joint Force Review Team, made up of constabulary officers and personnel as well as staff from the OPCC, will look at the structure of the organisation and demand. 

The review will determine the highest areas of demand and harm across the county - both geographically and by crime type. It will also highlight which areas and departments need more resources and where possible savings can be made.

It will look at current demand and expected demand over the next five years with a Prevention First focus which will consider how to prevent demand coming in and working effectively with partners.

PCC David Lloyd said: “This is a really important piece of work that I and the Chief Constable have asked to be undertaken. Whilst the performance of the force is good and is constantly monitored, this dedicated and comprehensive review is being conducted to ensure the constabulary is working in the most efficient and effective way possible.

“Policing has changed a lot in the last five years, and will continue in the future, as different demands and crime types call for different approaches.

“I want to make sure that the money is being spent well and spent wisely. This includes making sure the right people are in the right place to provide the best service for the public.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “This is a positive step that will enable us to ensure our limited resources are aligned to meet demand now and in the future, that we’re taking advantage of new technologies and developing our workforce to best meet these challenges.  

“It is good business practice to conduct regular periodic reviews of how we are organised, ensuring we are well placed to deal with ever changing policing demands, within future funding envelopes.”

The review is due to be completed by next year at which point a phased set of approved recommendations are set to be implemented.

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