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Panel questions new commissioner

Crime Commissioner ccDYFED-POWYS POLICE and Crime Panel has questioned the new Commissioner just days after taking up his post.

The panel, which was set up to support and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner, meets every three months.

New commissioner Dafydd Lly­welyn attended their recent meeting and took questions from panel mem­bers on issues such as CCTV, the po­lice helicopter and the appointment of a new Chief Constable.

Regarding the new Chief Consta­ble Mr Llywelyn said: “It is vital that we have someone who will engage with our communities, and also mo­tivate staff. Those are the two main qualities I will be looking for.”

Mr Llywelyn said he wanted to re­invest in CCTV and that he believed it was of benefit, particularly in town centres, to ensure a safe and secure en­vironment.

He also revealed that he had met with the National Police Air Service for a fact finding mission regarding the helicopter, and that it would be something he would pursue to ensure that the Dyfed Powys area was not forgotten in relation to that service.

Panel Chair Andy Edwards said it was a very positive first meeting and that the members were looking for­ward to working with Mr Llywelyn.

Mr Edwards said: “The panel welcomed the commissioner’s com­mitment to a more collegiate and col­laborative approach with key partners.

“The appointment of a new chief Constable at the earliest opportunity will be critically important to address some of the serious shortcomings identified in recent HMI reports.

“We also welcome the invita­tion to engage more fully with criti­cal issues such as accountability and governance as the new commissioner turns his thoughts to addressing such issues.”

Information about the panel, agen­das, meeting dates, membership and news is available on the website at www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.org.uk

The meetings are open to the press and public, and with the prior permis­sion of the Chair, people can ask ques­tions or make a statement in relation to a matter being considered by the panel, with the exception of personnel matters.

Questions can also be submitted to the panel either in writing or via the website contact form.

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