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Commissioner’s office praised

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office praisedTHE OFFICE of Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has been commended in a national survey.

It was the only Welsh office to be shortlisted for honours in a study of public engagement by PCC teams across England and Wales. The Dyfed-Powys success – in the review by independent analyst CoPaCC – comes four months after it was judged third best PCC office for transparency.

Mr Salmon said: “It’s good to be recognised as doing things well. Listening to the public is one of my key duties as their thoughts play a huge role in informing my strategic thinking.

“I’m responsible for public funds of around £100m and I’m determined that every penny of that is spent wisely on cutting crime and making our communities feel safer.”

CoPaCC honours recognise excellent PCC work. CoPaCC chief executive Bernard Rix said: “Public engagement is a key part of a Commissioner’s role and there’s much to be commended in the work that they and their offices do.”

The organisation published a detailed public engagement report this month and today revealed that Mr Salmon’s office was one of seven to receive commendations. The winners will be announced soon.

Mr Salmon’s office engages with the public bilingually in print, by phone, digitally and face to face. It tries to do so in a manner accepted by all sections of the community. Devices and techniques used include its website and social media channels, the encouragement of regular media coverage, public consultations and meetings, media briefings, speaking engagements for the PCC and Deputy, listening to views of police officers and staff, feedback from citizen’s panels and newsletters.

Your Voice days held around the region see the Commissioner spend a day in a local community, meeting groups and individuals to further understand their needs, concerns and ideas in crime and policing. Plans for 2014 include the webcasting PCC meetings that are open to the public, a website relaunch and public volunteer panel to scrutinise police complaints files.

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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