Jon Burns is the Welsh Conservative candidate for the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner in Dyfed-Powys.
A former City and County Councillor, Jon has worked in the Home Office for Her Majesty's Prison Inspectorate, for several leading healthcare companies and charities as an industry representative and more recently with both the UK and Welsh Parliaments. 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. Working jointly with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Jon worked on producing prosecution and rehabilitation guidance to help prevent recidivism, avoiding some of the enormous costs to society and the burden on Police forces caused by re-offending.
He has worked with reformed and current drug addicts and studied the causes, effects and successful preventative measures that the Prison Service, Police, and the wider judicial system and charities can employ to reduce the scourge of drug dependency, in turn reducing the enormous impact that the misuse of drugs has on the rate of criminality in the UK.
As a Welsh County Councillor for eight years, Jon worked closely with local Police throughout his tenure, notably establishing a thriving residents association which dramatically reduced low-level crime and anti-social behaviour in a previously blighted neighbourhood. He has also served as a Member of the South Wales Fire Authority for six years, dealing with the full spectrum of 'blue-light service' issues faced by the Authority.
Born in Manchester, and married to Katy, Jon served as a school governor and has campaigned for several major health charities including the Alzheimer's Society, the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research on development of new medicines and technologies.
Jon's priorities as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys are to put public safety and tackling rural crime at the very heart of the force's objectives, tackling head-on the unique challenges faced by such a large policing area. The Dyfed-Powys Police Force is the largest geographical policing area in Wales and England, spanning the four counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
As the next PCC for Dyfed-Powys, Jon's priorities are;
1 # To recruit more Police Officers for Dyfed-Powys Police. Working with the UK Government, Jon is aiming to recruit at least 100 new officers to the force. As of November 2020, 37 new officers have already been recruited with more to follow.
2 # 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 across the force area are kept safe from organised crime.
3 # Disrupt and dismantle County Lines drug gangs. 'County Lines' target many towns and villages across Dyfed-Powys. Organised drug gangs, often using the rail network and travelling from larger cities to Dyfed-Powys to recruit young and vulnerable people into the drugs trade, sometimes basing themselves in local communities and selling drugs locally. Jon's intention 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 from top to bottom.
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.
5 # A renewed focus on Community Policing, beginning with our more isolated rural areas. Many of the most isolated rural communities across Dyfed-Powys now feel estranged from a meaningful Police presence. Whilst this trend cannot be reversed overnight, Jon intends to begin a renewed focus on community policing, starting with several pilot areas across the region.
6 # Ensuring Dyfed-Powys Police can call upon the very latest technology to help Officers tackle crime. Whether it’s the latest drone technology, tablets for recording incidents or ANPR cameras, Dyfed-Powys Police should be able to call upon the very latest technology in the fight against crime across Dyfed-Powys.