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Created on 03/10/2020 @ 08:04
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More police are being recruited for the area, but the numbers are only just getting back to 2010 levels of staff, it has emerged.

Dyfed Powys Police officer numbers are set to rise by 70 to around 1,200 by the end of 2021.

At a meeting of the Powys Public Service Board (PSB), Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn was asked how the recruitment drive was going.

A year ago the UK Government revealed a commitment to pump £750 million into Police Forces around the UK.

This would be to recruit 20,000 police officers over three years.

At the PSB meeting Trefeglwys community councillor, Derrick Pugh, who represents Montgomeryshire community councils on the Board, said: “Are you happy with their response from the UK Government as far as recruitment is concerned?”

Cllr Pugh wondered how many more police officers Dyfed-Powys would have when  the recruitment drive finishes.

Mr Llywelyn, said: “The Prime Minister has been keen to recruit 20,000 additional officers, but we must remember in comparison to 2010, this just brings us back to that level.

“The increase for us is around 70 over the next three years.

“We’re on track with that and the money is available in a grant, which we receive every six months from the Home Office.”

He added that by the end of the three year cycle Dyfed Powys police would have around 1,200 officers.

Mr Llywelyn ,said: “That is the level we had in 2010, there is an element of giving with one hand and taking away with the other.”

“We are crying out for more core funding and over the last decade we have relied on the Council Tax precept to plug any gaps.”

Mr Llywelyn also explained that it was unlikely that the public would perceive a greater number of bobbies on the beat, at the end of the three year period.

This is because policing has evolved and changed to deal with more sophisticated criminals, and a “blended workforce” is now needed.

More specialist police officers are needed to deal with safeguarding of vulnerable adults as well as cyber crime.

Mr Llywelyn added:  “They won’t always be visible, but they are still working very hard to ensure Dyfed-Powys and Powys in particular remains one of the safest counties throughout England and Wales to live in.”

When the campaign was launched in September 2019, UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said: “Getting more police on our streets is an absolute priority and I’m delighted our recruitment campaign for 20,000 new officers is now under way.

“I have been clear from day one I will give the police the resources they need and I am delivering on that commitment.

“They have my full support and together we will cut crime, get criminals off the streets and keep people safe.”


By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service



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