Following a freedom of information request submitted to Hertfordshire Constabulary, it has come to light that the number of special constables has fallen from 40 in March 2019 to just 26 in March 2021.
The number of special constables in Hertfordshire is the lowest it has been for over 5 years with only 166 special constables in the whole of the county in March 2021, compared to 224 special constables in March 2019.
Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford, said “I am concerned that the number of special constables has fallen in Hertfordshire to the lowest level for 5 years. I would like to know what David Lloyd is doing to encourage more people to become special constables and retain the existing special constables. They are a really important part of the police service and play a key role in keeping all of us safe.”
Glen Saffery, Councillor for Woodside ward and member of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel, said “Given that the Police and Crime Commissioner has consistently raised the PCC portion of council tax at a really high rate, I fail to see why the numbers have dropped so significantly. When people pay their council tax, knowing part of it goes to the police, they expect to receive more protection and a better service. That can only happen if we have enough police out in our community. These figures are worrying and David Lloyd must act now to increase the number of Special Constables in Watford.”