Carmarthen Journal

Wider role in effort to tackle rural crime

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POLICE and crime commission­er Dafydd Llywelyn has confirmed that he has been elected as an executive board member to the National Rural Crime Network.

The National Rural Crime Network is a unique collaborat­ion between police and crime commission­ers in Wales and England and a wide range of organisati­ons who have a deep interest in community safety and rural affairs.

Formed in 2014, the network is working to see greater recognitio­n and understand­ing of the problems and impact of crime in rural areas so more can be done to keep people safer.

Tackling rural and wildlife crime has been one of Mr Llywelyn’s priorities since being elected as police and crime commission­er for Dyfedpowys.

Having worked with the Force to develop a Rural Crime Team in Dyfed-powys, he has more recently been working with partners from across Wales, to establish a national rural and wildlife crime co-ordinator role to work with all forces in Wales.

Mr Llywelyn also committed funds to a new joint initiative with North Wales police and crime commission­er Andy Dunbobbin called Future Farms Cymru, which aims to increase the uptake of technology on farms with a view of reducing crime and making it easier to detect.

Earlier this month, the PCC visited one of Future Farms Cymru’s demonstrat­ion farms in Ceredigion to see the impact of the technology on farm safety, as well as the welfare of livestock.

Mr Llywelyn said: “Being the largest geographic­al police force in Wales and England, covering over 4,100 square miles with vast rural communitie­s, tackling rural and wildlife crimes can be challengin­g.

“We are well aware that every single crime bites hard in someone’s livelihood and causes anxiety in the community, and our rural crime team here in Dyfed-powys are doing an excellent job in supporting the rural and farming communitie­s.

“Anything we can do to make it more difficult for criminals, has to be a positive move.

“By being elected to the executive board of the National Rural Crime Network, I will not only be able to share good practice of our work here in Dyfed-powys, but also understand more about the work going on in other parts of the UK.

“I look forward to meeting with other members of the Network later on this year so that we can work collaborat­ively to make our rural communitie­s safe”.

 ??  ?? Dyfed-powys police and crime commission­er Dafydd Llywelyn visited one of Future Farms Cymru’s demonstrat­ion farms in Ceredigion to see the impact of the technology on farm safety, as well as the welfare of livestock.
Dyfed-powys police and crime commission­er Dafydd Llywelyn visited one of Future Farms Cymru’s demonstrat­ion farms in Ceredigion to see the impact of the technology on farm safety, as well as the welfare of livestock.

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