28 Jul 2020
On Friday 31 July, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn published his Annual Report which looks back at the key achievements of 2019-2020 and the significant progress made against the priorities set out within the Police and Crime Plan.
In addition to the written report, the Commissioner has opted for a different approach this year in publishing a series of eight video productions to ensure that the information is more accessible to the public.
The 2019/20 report provides details of work undertaken between April 2019 and March 2020 to meet the Police and Crime Commissioner’s priorities; with the most significant highlights being:
- The completion of the CCTV Project;
- Being awarded the Transparency Quality Mark;
- The PCC becoming the Chair of both Policing in Wales and the Local Criminal Justice Board;
- The progress made in giving young people a voice through the PCC’s Youth Engagement Forum;
- The investments made in essential services and community projects;
- The launch of the Offender Diversionary Scheme, which featured in the APCC’s publication “PCCs Making a Difference: Alcohol and Drugs in Focus”.
- The scrutiny work undertaken by the Office in to specific areas of policing, and the recommendations being put in place; and
- Hosting the annual St David’s Day Conference, with the focus this year on Policing in Rural Areas.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said: “We ended the financial year in quite different circumstances to where we were at the beginning of the year having gone into lockdown due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
“Looking back over the year, together with staff in my Office, the Force and Partners we have worked hard to achieve significant developments, and I hope that the public will be more than satisfied with the work accomplished when looking at different sections of the report”.
“Despite the lockdown measures towards the end of the year, I continued to fulfil my role as Commissioner as effectively as possible to ensure that we have a Police Force that reflects the needs and expectations of Communities across Dyfed-Powys, in particular during these unprecedented times”.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has adopted a different approach to this year’s Annual Report in an attempt to ensure that the information reaches a wider audience.
Mr Llywelyn added, “The video productions of the report will be available on social media platforms and on our website, and will ensure that the information is more accessible to the public and will allow me and my Office to engage with a wider audience – something that I have always looked to achieve during my time as Commissioner.
“I look forward to seeing how people react to them, and how they will hopefully encourage people to engage with, and contribute to some of my work as Commissioner.”
Due to the postponement of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Elections as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, the Commissioner’s time in office has been extended by a year, with elections now due to take place in May 2021. Whilst the Commissioner’s priorities that are noted in the Police and Crime Plan, remain unchanged, Mr Llywelyn has confirmed that the focus for 2020/21 will be on ensuring that the Force has sufficient resources to respond and recover from the national emergency.
Mr Llywelyn added: “Police and Crime Commissioners have had an important role to play in supporting Chief Constables in helping keep the public safe during the coronavirus outbreak, and I have been in regular contact with Chief Constable Mark Collins, seeking reassurance from him - on your behalf - as to the Force’s arrangements in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking ahead at 2020/21 my primary focus must be on; ensuring the Chief Constable has sufficient resources to respond to and recover from the emergency; ensuring that the police respond in ways that are necessary, sufficient, proportionate and ethical; facilitating effective partnership working among agencies and groups working in community safety and criminal justice; commissioning services, particularly for victims of crime, and providing grants for policing and crime reduction purposes; ensuring residents served by Dyfed-Powys Police have the information they need to understand how their service is performing”.
Policy and Engagement Advisor