Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has met new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss officer numbers.

The pair spoke at Downing Street about how many officers from the government’s promised 20,000 extra officers nationally would be coming to the county.

During the visit Mr Lloyd also had a round table discussion with Home Secretary Priti Patel about priorities in policing and the justice system.

Mr Lloyd said: "One of the most important aspects of my job representing the people of Hertfordshire as their Police and Crime Commissioner, is that I can raise their concerns at the very top level of government.

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s promise to recruit 20,000 new officers in England and Wales over the next three years. He asked my views of how best they could be used and what difference they would make.

“Hertfordshire has not has not had a large cut in officer numbers as seen in some other parts of the country. The Chief Constable and I have been committed to maintaining a neighbourhood policing model.”

He added: “Last month our officer numbers went over 2,000 for the first time since 2011. In the intervening years it has never been lower than 1,911."

Earlier this year Mr Lloyd joined former Prime Minister Theresa May at Number 10 for a summit on serious youth violence and knife crime.

The proposed boost to police numbers comes as Mr Lloyd is consulting the public over his refreshed police and crime plan.

People in Hertfordshire are being encouraged to share their thoughts on policing in the county and how their area can be made safer.

The consultation ends on August 29. Email the.plan@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

Read the plan at http://www.hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation