Jon Burns is the Welsh Conservative candidate for the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner in Dyfed-Powys.
A former Welsh City and County Councillor, Jon has worked in the Home Office for Her Majesty’s Prison Inspectorate and for several leading healthcare companies and charities as an industry representative. He brings an insight to the inner workings of the UK’s criminal justice system, an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the criminal re-offending cycle and first-hand knowledge of how to interrupt and break it.
Jon’s priorities for Dyfed-Powys are;
1 To recruit at least 100 more Police Officers across Dyfed-Powys
2 To target rural and farm crime. Quad Bike theft, stolen farm machinery and animal theft are sadly rife across Dyfed-Powys. Using a strategic and detailed approach both to crime prevention and detection, Jon wants to ensure that farms and isolated rural communities are kept safe from organised crime.
3 Disrupt and dismantle County Lines drug gangs. ‘County Lines’ target towns and villages across Dyfed-Powys. Organised drug gangs, often using the rail network and travelling from larger cities to the Dyfed-Powys force area to recruit young and vulnerable people into the drugs trade, sometimes basing themselves in local communities and selling drugs locally. Jon’s plan is to help Dyfed-Powys Police work hand-in-glove with larger Police forces and the British Transport Police to share more information (often from seized mobile phones and other intelligence from offenders) and to dismantle the gangs.
4 Reduce Police response times across Dyfed-Powys, especially in isolated rural areas. One of the greatest challenges to Dyfed-Powys Police is responding to crime fast. By bolstering officer numbers and harnessing the latest technology available, Jon aims to reduce average response times to the most serious callouts, helping keep our rural communities safe from crime.
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