Dyfed-Powys Police force area covers a diverse mix of rural and urban communities across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. In recent years, our police have done an incredible job of keeping our communities safe. The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life and has impacted policing priorities across our area. Our police are no longer just the thin blue line of law and order. They have a pivotal role in community safety and protection for the public.
The vital ingredients for an effective police force are not just people and resources, but also public confidence. Police and Crime Commissioners can deliver that confidence by being an effective link between the public and those who protect us.
I am seeking your support to become Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner in 2021 because I believe that together we can deliver an effective and efficient police force to tackle crime and keep our communities safe. With your support we can make Dyfed-Powys an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
Below are my six priorities for Dyfed-Powys:
1. More police on our streets
By recruiting an extra 20,000 police across the UK, we will have greater police visibility in Dyfed-Powys and ensure we help our dedicated officers tackle crime, protect communities and be a force for all.
2. Supporting the police during COVID-19
Police officers are not immune to coronavirus. Like all key workers, they must be protected so that they can protect us. We will ensure they are able to focus on targeted outbreaks and individuals who fail to comply with the rules.
3. Cracking down on rural crime
Our rural communities are too often the target of crime with quad bikes, farm machinery and animal theft. Prevention and detection should be a top priority for the police and we will operate a campaign of zero tolerance against those who prey on the most vulnerable rural properties.
4. Disrupt and dismantle county lines drug gangs
By working with senior Dyfed-Powys Police Officers as well as other forces such as The Met Police and National Crime Agency, we will launch a coordinated campaign to disrupt and dismantle drug gangs at both the city and county ends, putting a stop to the devastation they inflict on our communities.
5. Reducing response times across Dyfed-Powys
The geography of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys presents a unique challenge to policing. By resourcing the police with the latest technology to reduce response times, we will keep isolated rural areas and towns safe from crime.
6. Value for money from the police
Taxpayers need to know they are getting value for money. This principle will underpin everything we do in Dyfed-Powys Police Force. We will prioritise frontline police officers on the beat.