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Big changes to policing ahead

 
Created on 25/05/2012 @ 20:04
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Policing in the area is just months away from facing changes in the way it is run when residents will have the chance to vote for their first ever local Police and Crime Commissioner. But did you know?

People living in the Dyfed Powys Police Force area will be given the opportunity to have their say on policing by voting for their preferred candidate on the 15th November. The Commissioner will take over from the current police authority which is made up of councillors and others.

But how will that affect policing in Newtown and the surrounding area?

The key role of the PCC will be to set the strategic direction of the  police force.  Many of their duties will extend beyond those of police authorities’ to include commissioning of services and improved partnership working with criminal justice partners. 

The Chief Constable will retain operational independence and will continue to deliver policing services that meet the priorities set by the PCC on behalf of communities. 

Delyth Humfryes, Chair of Dyfed Powys Police Authority, said: “I think it’s important that we all understand that the PCC is a major change to the way policing is governed and scrutinised in England and Wales. Effective policing of our communities protecting the public from crime and anti-social behaviour is a vitally important public service. Dyfed Powys Police has a reputation for excellent performance which has been scrutinised by the Police Authority over many years.

“I hope whoever becomes the PCC for Dyfed Powys will be able to carry on the positive legacy from the Police Authority, so that people living and working in Mid and West Wales will continue to receive a first class policing service.”

 


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