Dyfed Powys police Commissioner urges residents to have their say on rural policing
PEOPLE in West Wales have until the end of the week to voice their opinion on rural policing as part of a force wide shake-up.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon launched a public consultation six weeks ago at the Royal Welsh Show to look at what people wanted rural policing to target in their communities.
So far, 866 people have filled in a survey over rural policing.
As the scheme comes to an end Mr Salmon visited traders at Carmarthen's Indoor Market to get their views.
Mr Salmon said is was essential the needs of people living in the more isolated areas of the county felt that the police were easy to contact and policing their communities.
He added: "The geographical area of Dyfed-Powys is one of the biggest challenges we have which is why we want people to give their views to shape those policing plans.
"People need to feel they are being served by officers in what can be very isolated rural areas."
Following the walk around the market — Mr Salmon said: "It was a great pleasure to hear the constructive views of so many thoughtful people at Carmarthen Market.
"Stallholders such as John and Iona Davies who run a fruit and veg stall have a wealth of experience and knowledge.
"Shoppers and visitors also had much to tell me about their thoughts on crime and policing.
"I will use their thoughts to help inform my decision making on future strategies.
"Dyfed-Powys Police have had a very good public response to the rural policing consultation I asked the Chief Constable to undertake.
"Officers and force personnel have worked hard over the past few weeks to gain as much useful opinion as possible; this activity has included promoting the survey at community events around Carmarthenshire and other parts of Dyfed-Powys.
"Through September the job will be to analyse the information with the intention of having some proposals to take forward at the end of the month. Other proposals and action points will follow.
"I urge the people of Carmarthenshire to have their say in these final few days of the public consultation."
Mr Salmon also visited the Journal offices to meet the new editor Emma Bryant. She said: "It was great to see the commissioner visiting traders and out and about speaking to people in Carmarthen.
"Policing strategies need to have the needs of the public at their heart and their views will now play a key role in plans to continue keeping our communities safe."
You can complete the survey online by visiting the force website at www.dyfed-powys. police.co.uk or request a paper version on 01267 226440.
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