Police canvas views on rural policing in Dyfed Powys
5:53pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon speaking at the launch of the Rural Policing Plan Consultation.
DYFED-Powys Police have been gathering people’s views on what rural policing means to them and what it should look like in the future.
A six week long Rural Policing Plan Consultation was launched by the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon and the Chief Constable Simon Prince at the Pembrokeshire County Show.
Dyfed-Powys is not only the largest geographical police area in England and Wales, but also the most rural police service.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Salmon said: “This is a policing strategy, but it’s not just about policing, it’s about how we make our communities safe.
“We face many of the same problems as other areas; anti social behaviour, burglary, drugs, violence, domestic and sexual abuse and dangerous driving. Our problems are not so much the volumes of crime, our challenge is geography."
Chief Constable Simon Prince added: “It’s the very things that make this area such a wonderful place to live and work, that create policing challenges that are unique to this part of Wales.
“Despite our great success in the past in detecting and preventing crimes we cannot ignore the threat that criminality poses to our isolated communities. Indeed detecting and preventing crime is often more difficult in rural areas as there may be fewer witnesses to criminal activity.
“People who live in rural areas like Dyfed-Powys are entitled to the same high level of policing as people living in more urban areas, the same levels of neighbourhood policing, the same ease of contact and access to the police if you need help, and the same professional response if you become a victim of crime. That’s why we’re determined to have a rural policing strategy which will provide the best possible service and reassurance for everyone in our rural areas.”
Members of the public wishing to share their thoughts on the consultation should visit www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/have-your-say
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