Local politicians concerned for front-line policing

Carmarthen East & Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards, in a question to the Secretary of State for Wales, raised concerns over front-line policing and a reduction in the quality of service provided in the communities of Carmarthenshire.

The Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police recently outlined that as a consequence of the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review the force would see at least a 20% cut in real terms to the budget.

Commenting on the response given by David Jones MP – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Mr. Edwards said:

“I have voiced my concerns to crime prevention, detection and punishment in the county on many occasions since becoming an elected member.

“Since the start of the Conservative and Lib Dem UK Government we seem to be having a devastating revelation every week, most of which affect Wales and the people Wales significantly.

“The response from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State did nothing to alleviate the concerns of my constituents who are worried about a reduction in front-line policing.

“In refusing to actually answer my question, it is further confirmation that the Conservative and Lib Dem UK Government made absolutely no assessment of the affect their cuts would have on font-line policing when they implemented their slash and burn approach to the cuts”.

Constituency colleague Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“The priorities of the UK Government are clearly in stark contrast to those of the Plaid-driven Welsh Government. In Wales we have prioritised the services which the most vulnerable in society rely on, whilst the Conservatives and Lib Dems in Westminster have taken the same blinkered approach to almost every department-policing being no exception.

“The fact the UK Government is not aware of the potential decline in front-line policing indicates without doubt that they have not thought through their cuts agenda at all.

“I have full confidence that Jonathan will continue to hold the UK Government to account and ensure the concerns of our constituents are heard loud and clear in Westminster”.

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