Fears for County Services with £34m Police Funding Cut

Concerns over police on the beat have been raised after the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, Ian Arundale, warned pressure to cut £34m by 2015 could affect front-line services, saying savings would be “significant” and a “huge challenge”. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Jonathan Edwards MP, who are worried about the impact of the Conservative-Lib Dem government cuts on policing services, have contacted the chief constable’s office in order to discuss the issue.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“These figures and the impact they could have on front line policing are very worrying. We are naturally concerned that such financial cutbacks could lead to less police on the beat which will have a significant impact on tackling crime. Dyfed Powys Police have one of the finest records in the whole of the UK. I am extremely proud of their performance but obviously you can not expect the best without the appropriate funding.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“These cuts are extremely damaging. Dyfed Powys Police are being asked to work under almost impossible conditions. We have contacted the Chief Constable in order to see what support we can offer during this period. The high standards of the local police in Carmarthenshire have to be recognised and for them to continue we will need to fight their corner on issues of funding. It will be a huge blow for the county if the visibility of front line staff is reduced because of the cuts imposed on the authority from Westminster.”

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