Thursday, 4 February 2016

An end to years of complacency

Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Chris White has called for an end to 'years of complacency' following the election of a Conservative to be the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire in November 2012.

Chris said: 'It is really disturbing to read the papers being presented to last week's meeting of the sadly toothless Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel.

'Commissioner Lloyd acknowledges that crime is up with a 4.6% increase in anti-social behaviour, a 6.8% increase in burglary, a 21.1% increase in motor vehicle crimes, as well as a troubling 40% increase in crimes against the person.

Even if some of this is due to better recording methods, it cannot justify the Commissioner Lloyd's pathetic attempt to court electoral favour by cutting council tax by a token 0.55%.

'Elsewhere in the Commissioner's budget, it is clear that Hertfordshire policing is being held together by sticking plaster - with a £4 million raid on reserves and £5 million reductions in front-line and back office policing.'is is due to better recording methods, it cannot justify the Commissioner Lloyd's pathetic attempt to court electoral favour by cutting council tax by a token 0.55%.

Chris added: 'Despite all this David Lloyd finds time to congratulate himself on his "prudent" financial plans.

'I doubt very much whether the many victims of crime in this county will take such a cheery view.'