North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has congratulated North Wales Police following Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) findings that they are on track to meet their financial challenge and to use police time to best effect.
HMIC states “Crime has continued to fall in North Wales, although victim satisfaction with the police is well below the figure for other forces in England and Wales.”
In a meeting with North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Winston Roddick, Mr Isherwood discussed the further 3% fall in crime across North Wales between April 2013 and March 2014, with significant reductions in a number of key crimes. Figures from the Independent Office for National Statistics released last month showed that recorded crime in in North Wales has fallen by 16% since 2010.
Mr Isherwood said:
“These latest figures follow July’s commendable HMIC report on North Wales Police ‘Responding to Austerity’, which showed that the force has made the savings it needed with one of the smallest planned reductions in police officer numbers in England and Wales and with no overall reduction in its total workforce, enabling it to increase the numbers of staff on the front line.
“HMIC found that the force has a good understanding of the demand it faces and is working to manage the demand better, and to change the way it provides policing so that police time is used to best effect.”
He added: “Thanks are due to North Wales Police officers for their hard work and dedication at a time of tough financial decisions driven by the need to tackle the budget deficit.”