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National innovation honour for Commissioner’s office

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Christopher Salmon: Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyed-Powys.

THE OFFICE of Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has been highly commended in a national study of innovation. 

It was the only Welsh office to be shortlisted for honours in the review of PCC teams across England and Wales by independent analyst CoPaCC. The Dyfed-Powys success comes six months after an award for public engagement and 10 months after an honour for transparency. Mr Salmon said: “Innovation is being used to put the public first across Dyfed-Powys. My office puts much effort into this and is eager to continue looking at improvements to reflect evolving public needs.” Bernard Rix, chief executive of CoPaCC, said: “Dyfed-Powys is among those most successfully demonstrating significant progress on the innovation journey.”

CoPaCC published a detailed innovation report this summer and today revealed that Mr Salmon’s office was one of three to be highly commended. The others were Northamptonshire and Surrey. Innovations by Mr Salmon include the Commissioner’s Fund, new links with academia and a mental health triage unit. Launched in summer 2013, the Commissioner’s Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to community initiatives that develop ideas with a positive impact on the area they serve. Its first two rounds, in summer 2013 and spring 2014, saw £161,000 distributed to 46 projects. Round three is now open for bids. An example of linking with academics is the new Centre for Rural Policing and Justice. Mr Salmon said: “This combines the best of practice in rural policing (done every day in Dyfed-Powys) and the best thinking about rural policing (done every day in our universities).

Get it right and we’ll be able to support police decisions better, widen academic evidence behind policing and give opportunities to staff on both sides to improve their skills.” Meanwhile, the triage scheme will see two vehicles staffed by police and with facilities for mental health nurses. They will help those in mental distress when involved in an incident. Dyfed Powys Police said that there is a lot of positive news for the force contained in the report. Chief Constable Simon Prince said, “In Dyfed Powys we put the victim at the centre of all our decision making, they are our priority and we seek to do our absolute best for them, providing a high level of service that people have come to expect. “Through consultation and knowing what matters to our residents we have tailored the priorities of the force accordingly, focusing on the areas of work that are important to the communities within Dyfed Powys.

Unlike many forces in the UK we investigate every crime and do our best to provide a first class professional service throughout the investigation, seeking a positive outcome where ever possible. “Over the last year we have been restructuring and streamlining the way that we support our front line officers, reducing the level of bureaucracy and making things as straightforward and as easy as possible for information to be completed, shared and processed quickly, safely and effectively.A high percentage of our residents think we are doing a good job to safeguard our communities and are satisfied with the level of service that we provide. “We know that there are some areas where we can improve even further, and we have put plans in place to ensure that this happens. “I want people to be reassured that Dyfed Powys Police is a high performing police force and does it best to go the extra mile to safeguard our communities.”

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Pembroke Dock: Man hospitalised after ‘jumping through pizza shop window’

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A PEMBROKE DOCK man has been taken to hospital after becoming injured by glass in Pembroke Dock.

According to a passing motorist a male was seen shouting and screaming in the street – he was being restrained by others.

He then jumped into the glass window of the PizzaTime take away in Meyrick Street, cutting his stomach on the glass.

Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance attended the incident which took place at around 15.30 HRS.

The road was temporarily blocked.

Once police car remains on scene (16:49 HRS)

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Welcome for rail investment pledge

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TRANSPORT FOR WALES has announced the details of the £194 million investment plan to improve all 247 railway stations across Wales.

The Station Improvement Vision highlights what improvements customers and communities can expect to see at their local stations over the next fifteen years.

The ambitious programme will deliver free WiFi, improved shelters, CCTV, improved provision for cycle storage and improved passenger information, at every station.

Where possible, Transport for Wales will also create new retail facilities, presenting opportunities for local businesses and work in partnership to develop community spaces at stations.

The improvements include expanding the Secure Station Accreditation programme, a UK accreditation in conjunction with the British Transport Police, which will make stations safer and more welcoming for customers.

Demonstrating their commitment and supporting Welsh Government’s plans to create a more sustainable Wales through deduction in carbon emissions generated through transport, TfW will create at least 1,500 additional car parking spaces across the network, making it easier for people to leave their car and use public transport.

The Vision also highlights how accessibility will be enhanced across the network with the delivery of eleven Access for All schemes by 2024, with the installation of footbridges with lifts or ramps, partly funded by the UK Department for Transport.

As part of their plans to reinvest into the communities they serve, TfW has held events and workshops aimed at small and medium enterprises in Wales, providing opportunities for them to bid for work linked to the Station Improvement Vision.

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO said: “Transport for Wales is transforming transport throughout Wales and the launch of our Station Improvement Vision indicates the start of a £194 million investment programme. This investment into all our 247 railway stations will improve the way they look, make them safer and provide more commercial and community opportunities.

“We want to improve the overall customer experience and also work collaboratively to develop partnerships with local businesses and communities.”

Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport said: “I warmly welcome Transport for Wales’ Station Improvement Vision, which will see a £194 million investment in railway stations the length and breadth of Wales and the Borders. Over the next 15 years, this huge investment will vastly improve important gateways to our cities, towns and villages.

“The vision has been launched in Swansea – as it celebrates its 50th year as a City – where it will contribute to the development of a metro system ready to meet the transport needs of the future. There are ambitious plans to deliver an improved railway and public transport network across all of Wales and the investment announced today will be a significant step towards that.”

In July this year, Carmarthenshire County Council leader Emlyn Dole welcomed the announcement of a new parkway station at Felindre.

Speaking at the time, Cllr Dole said: “This is very welcome news, which will benefit Carmarthenshire businesses and residents. An initial 14-minute reduction in journey times to Cardiff and onto London will make a significant difference to passengers travelling that route.

“New infrastructure, with supporting additional rail journeys to West Wales, is essential to boost the regional economic prosperity. And with traffic continuing to grow on key trunk roads across West Wales, an improved offer from rail both in journey time, frequency and quality of service is vital to help tackle congestion and improve connectivity.

Labour Assembly Member, Eluned Morgan also welcomed the investment.

Ms Morgan said: “This is an ambitious plan from the Welsh Government and Transport for Wales to improve the passenger experience at railway stations across the Welsh network. There is a sharp focus on making railway stations cleaner and safer for passengers.

“Lighting is already being upgraded at many stations including Clunderwen and new litter bins and local area maps will be coming – in an answer to calls made to improve Pembroke Dock station.”

Carmarthen station, earmarked as an ‘interchange station’, will benefit from new retail facilities, information screens and accessible toilets for all.

Marc Tierney, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire added: “The announcement today is positive for communities across the area, bringing them up to date and maximising their potential as transport hubs in the heart of our towns and villages. There is also the prospect of a brand new station at St. Clears.

“The Welsh Government feasibility study into reopening a railway station at St. Clears has put plans for the station through to the next stage.

“Re-opening a station at St. Clears would complete a missing piece in the network in West Wales. I trust the UK Government will make the necessary funding available as soon as possible.”

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Haverfordwest’s Regeneration Plans Unveiled

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Haverfordwest’s Regeneration will be the order of the day today as Pembrokeshire County Council releases its initial plans for the redevelopment of the town centre.

The consultation event at County Hall (2pm – 7pm) today will enable members of the public to view and discuss the plans with designers and council officers, together with Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regeneration.

The plans, which include the Ocky White site and the Riverside area of the town centre, have been created to give the public a glance of what can be achieved in Haverfordwest. The Council are also clear that the plans sit at a stage where public suggestions and contributions can influence the final outcome.

“We want to create a new Haverfordwest experience that is for everyone and one that enables residents and tourists to enjoy the experience of a revitalised County Town,” said Cllr Miller.

“Public consultation isn’t lip service – it’s about seeking opinions and feedback on the current plans and encouraging those with great ideas to come forward and contribute to the redevelopment of their town. The opportunity is there and we are looking forward to engaging with those in attendance.”

The project design team will be in attendance this evening, together with representatives from Welsh government; an example that Pembrokeshire’s regeneration plans are gaining traction and awareness on a national stage.

“We are proud of the progress now being made on our county-wide regeneration and we are finally starting to see plans become reality, delivering what we feel is a value-for-money investment in our communities, towns and marketable tourism assets,” said Cllr Miller.

“Regeneration will be inclusive of those who want to work with us to build a new, vibrant and successful Pembrokeshire.”


To attend the event, report to County Hall Main Reception where you will be directed to the Consultation Event. (2pm – 7pm, Thursday 19th September)

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