apccsHertfordshire PCC David Lloyd has visited a centre for people recovering from mental illness in Borehamwood during a local ‘environmental action day’.

The trip took place as part of a planned series of visits to every district in the force area. He also met with police officers, NHS staff, firefighters and teachers from a local school.

Speaking of the event, Lloyd said: “Kingfisher Court is an impressive NHS centre, designed to support people during their recovery from mental illness.

"It is now the designated place of safety for the police in Hertfordshire to use, instead of keeping those suffering mental health crises in police custody. Custody should be only used for those suspected of criminal activity, not those who are ill and vulnerable.”

Council leader Cllr Morris Bright, who was also part of the itinerary, said: “It was good to welcome the police and crime commissioner to Hertsmere once again, so that he could see first-hand some of the ongoing work to help keep the borough safe.”

According to the PCC’s office, the ‘district days’ are ‘events dedicated to learning about local issues and visiting projects, initiatives and groups related to reducing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour or public safety.’