Welsh Conservative Party Candidate/Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru
In Dyfed Powys, we have a great opportunity to make an already fantastic police force even better. I grew up in Powys with three sisters on a family farm near Presteigne. I served in the Army in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq, which taught me about leadership and making decisions in difficult circumstances.
But, above all, farming and military service teaches good, practical, common sense. I want common sense policing in Dyfed Powys to cut crime and make our families safer. Common sense policing that allows policemen and women to use their judgement. Common sense policing that tackles the kind of crime that makes people’s lives miserable.
We need police on the beat where crime is happening. So, I will prioritise police time patrolling our most crime-hit areas. I will conduct regular surgeries across Dyfed Powys, from Welshpool to Milford Haven. And, to ensure our police have the resources they need, I will fight to ensure we keep full police helicopter coverage of Dyfed Powys.
We need to protect victims, so I will set police clear objectives to tackle all crime, particularly antisocial behaviour, intimidation and violence. I will support the police’s professional judgement and cut unnecessary targets. To enhance police authority and public respect, I will drive high professional standards and improve transparency in their complaint and discipline procedures.
I will ensure we spend money wisely. We can make money go further by cutting bureaucracy and focusing on key priorities. We must make the most of skills across our communities to prevent crime and cut the cost of fighting it.
That way, we can ensure that Dyfed Powys becomes the best rural police force in the country.
Prepared by Vince S. Morris on behalf of Christopher Salmon both of 20 Upper Market Street, Haverfordwest SA61 1QA.