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Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner candidate ready to listen to communities

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

Christine Gwyther

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THE Labour candidate for the new Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner job has said her first priority will be to listen to communities and draw-up a five year crime reduction plan.

Christine Gwyther said she already had a number of initiatives she wanted to put forward for inclusion in the long-term strategy, which she want to begin implementing in Spring next year.

She said: "Some things I know already, after spending so much time talking with people.

"I will place greater emphasis on cutting down antisocial behaviour, whether in towns or in rural areas, getting in to the problem earlier and stopping it before it becomes criminal.

"Tackling the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse on our streets will be another urgent priority, and the extra police community support officers coming from Welsh Government will help be the eyes and ears we need at local level.

"I will work with the health service and drug charities to stop people re-offending."

She also said she wanted to take steps to cut fatalities on rural roads across the force area.

Ms Gwyther added: "My background in public service, working for a local authority, as Assembly Member for eight years and as a Government minister has given me extensive knowledge of corporate governance and budgets. I will ensure we don't waste a single penny"

The public will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15, to elect police commissioners for forces across Wales and England, powerful new posts that come with the ability to control police budgets, hire and fire chief constables and decide policing priorities.

The UK Government said commissioners will make police forces more accountable to the communities they served — but opponents have warned of the politicisation of policing.

The Dyfed-Powys Police election is a two-horse race between Ms Gwyther and Tory Christopher Salmon.

There are four candidates in the South Wales Police election — Conservative Caroline Jones, Labour's Alun Michael, and independents Mike Baker and Tony Verderame.

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  • EvansTheCrime  |  November 08 2012, 2:08PM

    Hi Jack5y, Here are some of the stories I've done recently on the PCC elections in South Wales Police and the candidates standing. Take your pick from this lot... http://tinyurl.com/btrusc4 http://tinyurl.com/btdqx9l http://tinyurl.com/d9nltex http://tinyurl.com/cjblhaj http://tinyurl.com/ccg9u3r Jason

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  • weslangdon  |  November 08 2012, 1:45PM

    She has to be a better choice than a Russian speaking public school toff unless the Tory plan is to scare Llanelli's Polish workers away.

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  • Jack5y  |  November 08 2012, 1:10PM

    I wish the Evening Post would do an article to tell the people of Swansea who we have the option to vote for. I dont know the choices that we have or anything about any of them. Lets hope that a reporter from the paper reads this request and does something about it.

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  • newsaffair  |  November 08 2012, 12:29PM

    How long do they hold onto their job,who determines their wage increase,are we going to plough money in,no question asked,(aka awema and others),if they fail ,like the MP expenses,who is going to weild the axe? If the only thing that this job can be seen to do,is accountability,but how much wriggle room will they make for themselves?

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  • Carnabwth  |  November 08 2012, 12:02PM

    A failed politician that has suddenly developed the ability to listen! Hold on, appreciating that the colour of money can affect logical thoughts, but developing listening skills, afraid not.

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  • Jiffy  |  November 08 2012, 10:58AM

    Did you expect any successful politicians to stand for the post? No one knows what these commissionaires are supposed to do. If they're as useless and unpopular are most believe, I'd expect the job to disappear as quickly as Dave and his mates after the next election.

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  • Dan01  |  November 08 2012, 9:23AM

    Another failed politician looking for a new gravy train?

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