Blast for PCSOs as Pact date cancelled
POLICE community support officers in the Swansea Valley have been criticised for failing to inform the public that a Pact meeting had been cancelled.
The meeting, designed to allow members of the public to raise any policing and community concerns at a local level, was due to take place at 6pm on Thursday at the Forge Fach Community Resource Centre in Clydach.
However with Cwmni Clydach Development Trust, which used to run the centre, entering administration the meeting was cancelled — but the public were not informed.
Clydach resident Roger Smith said: "I was a little bit miffed by the fact that I have made an effort but when I walked in I was told that the meeting had been cancelled.
"There were no police to be seen. They could have stood by the door to explain to the public.
"It had been advertised in the Evening Post, on the web and on posters for weeks.
"I turned up having read the story from the Clydach Community Council meeting about police attendance in its meetings being poor, I wanted to ask why."
He added: "My concern is that policing in Clydach should be about crime prevention and not solving crime.
"I can't remember the last timeI saw police officers on the beat in the village."
Also left in the dark was a soon-to-start Clydach PCSO who had come along in her own time to meet the public and her new colleagues.
Mr Smith explained: "She had to go away disappointed."
Clydach ward councillor Paulette Smith said she would be talking to police to find out why the meeting was cancelled.
She added: "I'm disappointed. The very least they could have done was to place a notice on the door to apologise."
Morriston neighbourhood acting Inspector Stuart Johnson said: "Unfortunately due to matters beyond our control the Clydach Pact meeting did not go ahead on Thursday, October 31. We apologise to the small number of people who attended.
"Residents have numerous other ways of speaking to their local officers to discuss their concerns, including at police surgeries, drop-in sessions and at the mobile police station and on this night they were on patrol in the Clydach community to ensure Halloween celebrations happened safely and peacefully."
PCSOs in Clydach were criticised by the village's community council last month for not attending its meetings.