Early intervention and prompt, positive action to help prevent problems before they escalate is at the heart of a five year plan for policing South Wales.
The plan based on close co-operation with partners in local government, the health service and the voluntary sector, as well as Welsh Government, sets out six priorities for keeping our communities safe. And it reinforces the South Wales Police vision to be the best at understanding and responding to its communities’ needs.
As the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alun Michael has legal responsibility to set local priorities for policing and in South Wales this is done with the Chief Constable and his team, as well as listening to the views of the public and partner organisations.
Commissioner statement regarding the South Wales Police & Crime Plan:
With the authority set out in the Police Reform Act 2011, my Police and Crime Plan sets out the priorities for South Wales Police.
As the Police and Crime Commissioner I take full responsibility for the Plan, as required by law, but each year since 2012 I have fully involved the Chief Constable and his Chief Officer Team in the development of the Plan and that cooperative approach is reflected in the details of the Plan itself. That same approach is also reflected in the development and the detail of the Chief Constable’s delivery plan and in this Force Management Statement – it has become an integral part of the way that we do everything in South Wales.
The Police and Crime Plan for South Wales is updated each year in light of the evolving demands faced by policing and together with the Chief Constable I regard the annual refresh as a means of maintaining our personal commitment to jointly developing our respective roles and responsibilities to give the best possible service to the public and to our communities. The revision process also leads to annual scrutiny by the Police and Crime Panel and engagement with the public, as well as external and internal partners, to ensure that the Plan is crisp, relevant and up-to-date. We regard it as a living document and integral to discussions with our partners and our communities, rather than a document that simply forms part of a formal process.
The same sense of priority is taken into my team’s work with partnerships across South Wales, such as the development of the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: Joint Strategy 2019-24 and the newly drafted Victim and Witness Strategy. Both have been developed in collaboration with relevant stakeholders in order to galvanise our approach here in South Wales. We have Prevention and Early Intervention at the heart of our approach, and we take the idea of a public health approach – literally, with Public Health Wales as a key partner in tackling harms like substance misuse and violence.
In recent times we have faced the most challenging years ever, with COVID-19 putting significant demands on top of normal policing, but that has been seized as an opportunity. I am very proud of the resilience of our officers and staff, the close partnership working with Welsh Government, our local government partners, with the NHS and with our communities across South Wales. New ways of prevention, early intervention and joint working has undoubtedly informed our approach and will do for many years to come.
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