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Police Commissioners branded a waste of public money by Plaid AM

Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas has called for Police and Crime Commissioners to be scrapped once their current term ends.

The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Assembly Member made the appeal with the annual cost of the Commissioners’ put at more than £3.2m.

The annual budget of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in North Wales for this financial year is £731,174 with a staff of 14, including the Commissioner and one post vacant, while the total budget in South Wales is £922,000, with the Commissioner having a team of 16.

In Gwent the gross budget is £841,625 with a saving from a head of finance post reducing the costs to £768,558. The Commissioner’s team consists of 16 staff members including a chief executive.

In Dyfed Powys the budget is £793,000, and including the Commissioner, there is an establishment of 14 staff.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas, who is Plaid Cymru’s Assembly spokesperson on policing, said: "Police Commissioners are a waste of money. This is money which could be spent on frontline policing at a time when police authority budgets are under severe pressure and cuts are having to be made.

"Plaid Cymru opposed their creation and the National Assembly voted against having them. It is an experiment by the Tories which has failed and failed miserably, adding another unnecessary tier of bureaucracy.

"We don’t believe they have brought any extra accountability to policing and should be abolished with policing devolved to Wales. That means decisions impacting on Wales can be made in Wales."