Dyfed Powys Police, its residents and workforce are desperate for new and competent leadership – that was the comment of Plaid Cymru's candidate to be the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, who was responding to yet another critical report from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.
The annual inspection of all 43 Wales and England police forces by HMIC has resulted in Dyfed Powys receiving another "requires improvement" grading. This is the third time HMIC has given a critical report to Dyfed Powys police in four months.
In October 2015 HMIC graded the force's financial and workforce future planning as "requiring improvement" – the only force in Wales not to receive a grading of "good".
Last week HMIC said the force also "required improvement" in the way in which it treats members of the public.
Dafydd Llywelyn, who is the former Principal Crime and Intelligence Officer at Dyfed Powys, has today been as equally as critical of the current Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, Christopher Salmon. Mr Llywelyn, currently lecturing in Criminology, said today's report made him think that "enough is enough".
He added that the workforce and residents in Dyfed and Powys communities needed a new Commissioner who could competently lead the force.
Dafydd Llywelyn said:
"In recent weeks and months HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has been very critical of Dyfed Powys Police Force. I am deeply concerned to see yet another damning report today.
"Let's take stock of the current position of Dyfed Powys: HM Inspectorate has said the police force has put workforce cuts before organisational requirements, has no clear plans as to how the force will manage future budget cuts and that the force is not performing well in child protection cases.
"Last week HM Inspectorate issued a damning verdict on the way the force treats and engages with the public. Today the independent watchdog said the force must improve how it keeps us safe and improve on how it can reduce crime.
"All of these critical reports have been issued within the last few months. The current Conservative police and crime commissioner has presided over a catalogue of failures and I think enough is enough.
"Dyfed Powys Police force, the resident is serves and its workforce are desperate for new and competent leadership. That leadership can only come with a change of Commissioner in May."
Earlier this week Chief Constable Simon Prince, who was appointed by current Commissioner Salmon, announced he would be retiring from the police force in the summer. Plaid Cymru's Dafydd Llywelyn said the appointment of a new Chief Constable should not made until after May's Police and Crime Commissioner election. He said:
"I wish the outgoing Chief Constable well in his retirement and thank him for his years of public service.
"Given the damning report card of the current Commissioner I believe the appointment of a new Chief Constable should be made by the new Commissioner after May's election.
"As things stand, with critical Inspectorate report after critical Inspectorate report, the public would not have any confidence in the decision making and appointment by the current Commissioner."