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Extra shift returns to Welshpool Police Station

Created on 25/06/2020 @ 15:06
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By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporter

Welshpool will once again have a police presence at its station (pictured) day and night.

Dyfed-Powys, Police and Crime commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn told people at a “virtual public meeting” that a decision to reduce staff coverage made a couple of years ago had been changed.

Mr Llywelyn, said: “I’m really pleased to hear about the changes in the shift pattern at Welshpool. Police resources are the responsibility of the chief constable (Mark Collins) and once the changes were made about two years ago, I was certainly questioning whether it was a right thing to do.

“Seeing the shift back is a very positive thing from my point of view.”

Mr Llywelyn, said that the decision to reduce the shifts at police stations had not been popular at the time with residents unhappy to see the police presence in the town fall from 24 hours a day to 16.

For the last decade, police stations throughout Powys, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been under review.

Part of this review saw the police station at Llanfair Caereinion close, and shift patterns change.

This was partly due to more use of technology and people reporting crimes through a number of different ways including by the website and social media. The emphasis had been funding police officers rather than buildings.

Many of the decisions were made before Mr Llywelyn was elected commissioner in May, 2016.

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