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Devolve policing to make it accountable to communities

Plaid Cymru proposes community-based approach to police policy

On the day that the financial settlement for policing is agreed in the National Assembly, Plaid Cymru has reiterated its calls for the service to be devolved to Wales in order to make it more accountable to the communities it serves.

Party of Wales spokesperson on Governance Rhodri Glyn Thomas said that the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) had failed to create additional accountability and that devolving policing to Wales would bring it closer to the people it serves. Citing the recent example whereby the police helicopter was relocated away from Pembrey despite the objection of residents after the PCC signed up to national deal, Rhodri Glyn Thomas said that the introduction of PCCs had not made the service more accountable to people.

Plaid Cymru has said that national policing policy should be devolved to the Welsh Government on the same basis as Scotland, but with Wales choosing its own regional and local system for policy and accountability.

The Party of Wales spokesperson on Governance Rhodri Glyn Thomas said:

“Today’s police funding settlement reminds us that a third of the funding for policing in Wales comes from the Welsh Government yet for that we have very little accountability.

“Plaid Cymru has always called for the devolution of policing to Wales and to make the Welsh Government fully responsible for the service, a view that was supported by the cross-party Silk Commission report.

“Wales’ national policing policy should be devolved to the Welsh Government on the same basis as Scotland but with Wales choosing its own regional and local system for policy and accountability.

“Plaid Cymru wants to bring back police authorities which are based around Local Government, as close as possible to the communities that they serve.”