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New Commissioner lays down the law

Created on 17/05/2016 @ 10:04
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New Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llewelyn (pictured) has pledged that everything he does will be for the local communities of Dyfed-Powys.

To achieve this he said that he aims to build powerful relationships and with organisations and residents across Montgomeryshire.

He said: “I’m here to serve all our communities; I’ll get out amongst local people and will do things that keep them safe.

“I will forge strong partnerships, carry out effective local engagement and develop new levels of trust.

“I will work with the police and others to make communities safer. A key focus will be on preventing local crime.”

Mr Llywelyn, elected Commissioner on May 5 by voters across the region, began work seven days later.

He plans to meet police teams, other partners in criminal justice, voluntary groups and key bodies such as county and community councils.

Mr Llywelyn added: “It’s an honour and privilege to serve the people of Dyfed-Powys.

“My early tasks will include the recruitment of a new Chief Constable to replace Simon Prince who plans to retire this summer. To help do this I may ask police personnel and the public what qualities they most want in the new chief.

“I also want to quickly address issues highlighted in recent HMIC reports.

“Beyond that I will sync the police with the needs of their local communities. I plan robust, fair and reasonable scrutiny of the police force.”

Mr Llywelyn has already cut some costs of his Office. The pool car, a BMW, has been replaced by a more cost effective Ford Focus, and the Commissioner will not appoint a deputy, saving a salary of around £53,000.

Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced four years ago. They are not the police; as the elected voice of the public, they make the police answerable to the communities they serve.

They aim to cut crime, deliver an effective and efficient police service and ensure that community needs are met as effectively as possible. Day-to-day policing operations are directed by chief constables.

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