South Wales Police commissioner sets out his priorities for next four years
THE South Wales Police commissioner has set out his priorities for the force for the next four years.
Alun Michael has listed 13 areas he wants the police to focus on, from reducing offending and re-offending to tackling antisocial behaviour through to promoting equality and diversity in the way the force goes about its business.
Combating online crime — including online child abuse — and putting victims at the heart of the force's work are also on the to-do list.
Mr Michael said: "My priorities are based on a fundamental principle to be tough on crime and causes of crime, tackling and preventing crime with an emphasis on promoting an evidence-based, partnership approach to identify 'what works' and how I can add value.
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"The priorities will be underpinned by a range of performance measures that will provide clarify and enable the public to identify the successful delivery of my priorities through oversight of South Wales Police and through effective partnership working on a wider level."
Mr Michael's priorities are outlined in a Police and Crime Plan, which all commissioners are required to draw-up.
Also in the plan is a commitment to focus on youth offending tackling violence against women and girls and making it easier for the public to communicate with the police.
On the last point, Mr Michael said that having examined the evidence, the closure of police station front desks — which has happened across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot — "was the right decision", but he acknowledges it is not easy for people to accept the change.
In order to achieve his priorities the commissioner said the he — and the force — will have to work with a range of organisations including the NHS, local councils, the all-Wales Criminal Justice Board, the Probation Service, courts, charities and voluntary groups.
Mr Michael added: "In these challenging economic times, partnership working will be more important than ever.
"Together, partners can achieve more than they can achieve alone."