Top cop Julian Williams answers concerns about policing levels in Glynneath
THE area's top cop has given personal assurances to the people of Glynneath following concerns the town was not being adequately policed.
Chief Superintendent Julian Williams said not only did the area have its own dedicated officers, but there were many more that could be called on if there were any incidents.
Glynneath town councillors had voiced fears there too few officers on the ground. Mr Williams attended their January meeting to introduce himself and to allay any fears.
Mr Williams outlined the policing hierarchy, with Chief Inspector Andy Kingdom in charge of Neath Port Talbot and Inspector Huw Griffiths in charge of the Neath sector.
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Sergeant Andy Abraham was in charge of the Swansea, Neath and Dulais Valleys, while Glynneath was covered by PC Martin Jenkins and PCSO Barrie Jones.
However, Mr Williams pointed out South Wales Police was a force of nearly 3,000 officers with a large amount of support staff. "We have the whole strength of them behind us," he said.
Mr Williams assured councillors there were firearms, traffic and dog teams, among others, that could travel to the Glynneath area if there was an incident.
Asked if he thought there was an adequate number of frontline police, he answered: "What is frontline?
"Some of the issues we face now were not issues we faced before. Public protection has expanded rapidly. Domestic violence, vulnerable adults, child abuse... the way we want to deal with the public.
"We don't have a police officer on every street corner. That's unrealistic. The level of resources I've got doesn't stretch from here to the Severn bridge.
"But we have good quality officers and staff in these areas. When we need to call on the resources of South Wales Police, we do.
Mr Williams said it wasn't just about crime but feeling safe.
"I'm passionate about getting it right and I want to have my staff out there, finding out what the problems are," he added.