Dyfed-Powys candidate reveals aims ahead of police commissioner elections
TACKLING "low level" crime such as graffiti is as important as combating the more serious crimes, a candidate in next week's police commissioner elections has said.
Christopher Salmon, who is hoping to become commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police, also said he wanted to cut bureaucracy, carry out a review of how the force spent its money and fight to keep its helicopter.
Mr Salmon, the Conservative Party's candidate for the new role, said: "Tackling crime means tackling all crime.
"Bad behaviour, graffiti and abuse are as threatening to young families and old people as violence and burglary. I want people to feel safe in their homes, towns and villages.
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"That means concentrating on antisocial behaviour and 'minor' crime, ensuring the police have the authority and street presence to challenge yobs, and building public respect and confidence in the police."
Mr Salmon also said he wanted to prioritise victim support, crime prevention and drugs services, and would carry out an "immediate line-by-line review of all spending", as well as fighting to save the Dyfed-Powys Police helicopter — the chopper is being axed next year as part of the UK Government plans for a national air service. The public will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15, to elect police commissioners, 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 they would 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 Mr Salmon and Labour's Christine Gwyther. There are four candidates in the South Wales Police election — Conservative Caroline Jones, Labour's Alun Michael, and independents Mike Baker and Tony Verderame.