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Thursday 10th May 2012 | 13:30
Plaid Cymru Press Release
Plaid Cymru’s Parliamentary Group Leader, Elfyn Llwyd MP, has
today's urged the UK government to rethink their proposals to make deep and
damaging cuts to the police service which are hitting officers' morale. The
call comes as tens of thousands of off-duty officers march through London
in protest at cuts and proposed changes in working practices.
Mr Llwyd warned that a 20% cut to the policing budget would leave
communities and their residents more vulnerable to crime, and put further
strain on the remaining police officers who already carry out difficult
jobs, adding that changes proposed by the Winsor Review could worsen
He also said that the time is right to hold an open and rigorous debate on
devolving policing powers to the Welsh Government so that the policing
decisions in Wales can better reflect the needs of Welsh people and
Elfyn Llwyd MP said:
"Thousands of off-duty police officers are today marching through London
in protest at budget cuts and work proposals which will undermine the
ability of the police service to act quickly to deal with crime.
“The police service throughout the UK does a fantastic job but both the
reputation of these forces and the safety of communities are in jeopardy
due to the Coalition's unsustainable budget cuts and proposed changes in
working practices which will undermine the morale of hard-working officers.
"Once again, the London government has shown that its priorities are
driven by ideology, not principle.
“In the area that I represent in Dwyfor Meirionnydd, services are already
stretched with some towns having only one community officer stationed
there. Lack of geographical awareness coupled with these cuts to the
service are leaving people feeling very vulnerable.
"This has been exacerbated by recent reforms in North Wales to create
police hubs - something which is unworkable in rural areas where it is
harder to provide a reliable quick response.
"Whether it is budget cuts or the un-necessary elected Police and Crime
Commissioners, the Tory led government in London is out of touch on
"Plaid Cymru believe that policing should be in the hands of the Welsh
Government where we can develop a Welsh strategy for dealing with crime,
developed by people with greater understanding of Welsh issues.
"Devolving policing powers would increase the accountability of the Welsh
Government while strengthening the democratic process through allowing
those who govern Wales to make the decisions which directly impact its