Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner candidate ready to listen to communities
THE Labour candidate for the new Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner job has said her first priority will be to listen to communities and draw-up a five year crime reduction plan.
Christine Gwyther said she already had a number of initiatives she wanted to put forward for inclusion in the long-term strategy, which she want to begin implementing in Spring next year.
She said: "Some things I know already, after spending so much time talking with people.
"I will place greater emphasis on cutting down antisocial behaviour, whether in towns or in rural areas, getting in to the problem earlier and stopping it before it becomes criminal.
"Tackling the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse on our streets will be another urgent priority, and the extra police community support officers coming from Welsh Government will help be the eyes and ears we need at local level.
"I will work with the health service and drug charities to stop people re-offending."
She also said she wanted to take steps to cut fatalities on rural roads across the force area.
Ms Gwyther added: "My background in public service, working for a local authority, as Assembly Member for eight years and as a Government minister has given me extensive knowledge of corporate governance and budgets. I will ensure we don't waste a single penny"
The public will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15, to elect police commissioners for forces across Wales and England, powerful new posts that come with the ability to control police budgets, hire and fire chief constables and decide policing priorities.
The UK Government said commissioners will make police forces more accountable to the communities they served — but opponents have warned of the politicisation of policing.
The Dyfed-Powys Police election is a two-horse race between Ms Gwyther and Tory Christopher Salmon.
There are four candidates in the South Wales Police election — Conservative Caroline Jones, Labour's Alun Michael, and independents Mike Baker and Tony Verderame.