Labour's Police Comissioner Candidates

18th June 2012

The Labour Party has today announced their four candidates for the roles of Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales. The candidates who will contest the elections on Thursday the 15th November are:

Christine Gwyther – Dyfed Powys,
Hamish Sandison – Gwent,
Tal Michael – North Wales,
Alun Michael – South Wales.

They were joined by Welsh Labour Leader Carwyn Jones and Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith MP at Welsh Labour’s “Protecting Communities, Fighting Crime” event. Their key pledges include to:

·        Stand up for communities against the Tories’ 20 per cent cuts to policing and the loss of 16,000 police officers.

·        Keep police on the beat with neighbourhood policing, not hand it over to private companies or leave it only to CSOs.

·         Back a strong and swift response to antisocial behaviour. Victims should get a response within 24 hours.

·         Be tough on crime, and tough on the causes of crime. We will work in partnership with police, local people and councils to tackle and prevent crime.

·         Protect the police from political interference. Our candidates have signed a contract to respect the independence of the Chief Constable.

Owen Smith MP said

“If Labour were in Government right now, we wouldn’t be cutting police officers. We would be focusing on cutting crime instead. The Tory cuts will see 750 Police Officers cut in Wales. Labour firmly believes that when it comes to policing the Tories are out of touch".

Carwyn Jones said

“In Welsh Labour we recognise the vital importance of community safety and protecting communities.

It is why one of our key pledges at the 2011 Assembly election was to recruit 500 extra Community Support Officers. It is a clear signal on how we are different to the Tories”.