Former MP Alun Michael wants bad behaviour tackled early
TACKLING antisocial behaviour will be at the top of the agenda if he is elected as South Wales Police's first commissioner, Alun Michael has said.
The Labour candidate said the key to the problem was early intervention to halt such behaviour "in its tracks", and stop it escalating.
Mr Michael, who stood down as the MP for Cardiff South to fight in week's poll, said: "Tackling antisocial behaviour is a high priority for most communities across South Wales.
"That's come out strongly on the doorstep everywhere I have canvassed both in local government elections and in the Police and Crime Commissioner election.
"In many cases people feel defeated and that nobody is listening — and that's got to change.
"Most victims simply want the harassment or threats and intimidation to stop. And early intervention is the way to do it.
"I want an emphasis on quick and urgent action to stop antisocial behaviour in its tracks, with the police and local authorities working together to make that happen."
Mr Michael added that he had a track record in tackling anti-social behaviour, having introduced the Anti-Social Behaviour Order in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 when he was in government.
The public go to the polls on Thursday, November 15, to elect police and crime commissioners, new posts that come with the power to control police budgets, hire and fire chief constables, and decide policing priorities.
Each force in Wales and England — except in London — will have an elected commissioner who will replace the existing police authorities.
Scotland, where policing is devolved, is not introducing the system.
The UK Government says commissioners will make police forces more accountable to the communities they serve — but opponents claim they will lead to party politicians having influence over policing.
There are four candidates in the South Wales Police election — Mr Michael, Caroline Jones for the Tories, and independents Mike Baker and Tony Verderame
The Dyfed-Powys race is between Christine Gwyther for Labour and Christopher Salmon for the Conservatives.