Borehamwood welcomed one of Hertfordshire's top police representatives late last month.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd visited the town meeting a number of people as he learned about the issues facing the area at this time.

His visit coincided with the news that the Hertsmere police team has welcomed five new officers - although they are replacements.

Four new constables and one PCSO have joined the team - Hertsmere now has the highest number of PCSO's in the whole of Hertfordshire

Mr Lloyd visited Borehamwood police station, Clarion Housing Association, Hertsmere Borough Council, Communities 1st and the Citizens Advice Bureau on March 26th.

The meetings were one of his regular district days around the county which give him an understanding of local issues and cross-agency measures that can be taken to reduce crime and improve the justice service.

The Commissioner began by meeting with Hertsmere Chief Inspector Clare Smith and Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Bilsdon - both very new to the Hertsmere police team themselves.

Mr Lloyd then met a team from Clarion Housing Association, including Sarah Wells, head of operations in the east region and neighbourhood housing manager Omojefe Agba.

Clarion manage over 7,000 properties in the district and discussed how the police are working to crack down on antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse and noise nuisance.

At a working lunch with Hertsmere Council chief executive Donald Graham, he gave an update on the latest plans to get the police, fire and rescue service and the council working from one base.

Next was a visit to the Community Shop, in Leeming Road to hear how they work closely with the PCSOs with victims and low level offenders.

Last stop of the day was Carolyn Buller, chief executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau, in Allum Lane.

Mr Lloyd said: “These days are one of the most vital parts of my job. I am currently updating my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire, which will be out for consultation in a few months.

"On the day, I had discussions with the Chief Inspector, charities that help those in need and housing associations who deal with anti-social neighbours.

“These all inform me of what needs to be in the plan to support the police and victims of crime. There are fresh ideas that need all agencies working together to deliver an even safer Hertfordshire.”

Hertsmere has welcomed the new recruits and its believed the borough will benefit from 75 new police officers in the county as a result of the increase in council tax which goes to the PCC.

Ch Insp Smith said: “The extra number of officers coming in means more officers on the front line across Hertsmere and we are already seeing the benefit.

While burglaries have fallen considerably to a very low level, the area has seen the same increase as other parts of the county in thefts from unlocked vehicles.

CI Smith said: “This is easily preventable by residents simply removing all their valuables and making sure they lock their vehicles."