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Dyfed-Powys candidate reveals aims ahead of police commissioner elections

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 06, 2012

Christopher Salmon

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TACKLING "low level" crime such as graffiti is as important as combating the more serious crimes, a candidate in next week's police commissioner elections has said.

Christopher Salmon, who is hoping to become commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police, also said he wanted to cut bureaucracy, carry out a review of how the force spent its money and fight to keep its helicopter.

Mr Salmon, the Conservative Party's candidate for the new role, said: "Tackling crime means tackling all crime.

"Bad behaviour, graffiti and abuse are as threatening to young families and old people as violence and burglary. I want people to feel safe in their homes, towns and villages.

"That means concentrating on antisocial behaviour and 'minor' crime, ensuring the police have the authority and street presence to challenge yobs, and building public respect and confidence in the police."

Mr Salmon also said he wanted to prioritise victim support, crime prevention and drugs services, and would carry out an "immediate line-by-line review of all spending", as well as fighting to save the Dyfed-Powys Police helicopter — the chopper is being axed next year as part of the UK Government plans for a national air service. The public will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15, to elect police commissioners, 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 they would 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 Mr Salmon and Labour's Christine Gwyther. 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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  • maxmin  |  November 08 2012, 9:12PM

    Wes I suggest you educate yourself about Broken Window Syndrome.

  • weslangdon  |  November 08 2012, 5:41PM

    This posh boy thinks that graffiti is the most important issue in Dyfed Powys, he can't be a serious candidate if that's his view. When streets of towns in West Wales are awash with drugs, graffiti is never the main issue...clueless like his apologists

  • maxmin  |  November 08 2012, 4:04PM

    Yes of course Odin that is something to be feared. Refresh my memory, when PCSO's were brought in in 2002 I believe, who was in power then?

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  • maxmin  |  November 08 2012, 3:59PM

    As I have already said I don't know the cost of a pint of milk I don't really understand the point you are trying to make? Are you saying that anyone who knows the cost of pint of milk would make an ideal Police Commissioner? Seems like you are setting the bar a bit low there.

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  • odinhouse  |  November 08 2012, 3:52PM

    That's all West Wales need's is a Flipping Tory running our Police force, he may get rid of all the Police and bring in P.C.S.O's , and at the end of the day who will HE/She be responsible to...? WAG ... or the UK Government ..

  • weslangdon  |  November 08 2012, 3:45PM

    Maxmin; The issue was raised by a Tory MP who described Cameron and Osbourn as two posh boys that didn't know the price of milk. It seems to me that the posh boy the Tories have selected here fits into that category hence the question. Clearly you don't do much shopping either as milk comes as pints and litres and in multiples of pints and litres.

  • maxmin  |  November 08 2012, 3:35PM

    You seem to be a bit fixated on whether people know the cost of a pint of milk - since milk is sold in litres I would suggest that not many people do!

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  • weslangdon  |  November 08 2012, 3:29PM
  • maxmin  |  November 08 2012, 2:01PM

    I've no idea - I don't. We buy the groceries and pay the total, not pay for each item separately. If he does does that make him a good candidate?

  • weslangdon  |  November 08 2012, 1:47PM

    Does he know the price of a bottle of milk?