Herts police and crime commissioner calls on Government to stop crime being imported into the county
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has called for a change in the law to stop knife and serious crime violence travelling into the county.
Speaking at Westminster, he told the Home Affairs Select Committee that police forces and councils should be notified when other local authorities rehouse vulnerable or potentially violent young people in their areas.
He told how north London authorities are moving people "with a wide range of needs" into private rented or housing association accommodation in parts of Hertfordshire without informing police.
Asked by a panel member if police and crime commissioners (PCCs) would be the appropriate body to monitor the transfer, Mr Lloyd replied: "It would be very helpful if we had those broad convening powers as PCCs.
"Many PCCs – probably every PCC in the country – would be happy to take those convening powers so that we could ensure that we get the right data, the right information and the right support so that we can do something about it.
"In Hertfordshire, a number of north London authorities are moving people out. We're not hearing beforehand, either as a police force or as a county council in social care, that these people are arriving. That means we cannot put the appropriate safeguarding around them before they arrive.
"We really do need to have far better data sharing. There should be a duty to co-operate on that, and I think it should be placed on all local authorities, police and health. Health and local authorities are particularly difficult to get that data sharing across."
His comments came as nearly 600 suspected members of 'county lines' drugs gangs across the UK were arrested in a National Crime Agency operation.