Legacy Statement

20-Nov-2012

Dyfed-Powys Police Authority says it has handed over a strong track record for providing a quality policing service in mid and west Wales, to the area’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.

On Tuesday (Nov 20), the Authority met for the last time to handover its Final Annual Report and Legacy Statement to the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Christopher Salmon, who was elected on Friday (Nov 16).

Authority Chairman, Cllr Gwyn Hopkins said that despite organisational restructure the Authority working with the Force had continued to deliver a ‘high quality policing service’ for all its communities.

Cllr Hopkins, said: “Thanks to the hard work of police officers and police staff, Dyfed Powys continues to be one of the safest places to live and work in England and Wales.

“I hope that the Final Annual Report and Legacy Statement, which explains the background to key decisions and identifies future challenges with recommendations, will be of assistance to the new Commissioner.

“The Authority would like to wish the Commissioner the very best in his future endeavours and we hope the people of Dyfed Powys continue to receive a high quality policing service that provides value for money.”

Commissioner Salmon, said: “I shall study the Legacy Statement with great care, it is my aim to maintain and build on this positive legacy.

“The Force has a lot to be proud of too, it is one of the best performing in England & Wales and has the lowest recorded crime rates and highest detected crime rates of any police force in England & Wales.

“The latest crime figures released in July this year, showed that crime in the Force area fell by -2.6% that’s the equivalent -565 fewer crimes, and the Force has also recently been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies for the way it is managing its cost reduction programme.

“However, we must not become complacent and I know that figures only tell part of the story. I am committed to maintaining and building on this strong track-record of service and performance in policing for all our communities across mid and west Wales.”

The Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police will retain operational independence and will continue to deliver policing services that meet the priorities set by the Commissioner on behalf of the public.

The Commissioner will officially take over from the Police Authority on Thursday November 22, when the Authority will cease to exist.

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