Plaid unveils programme for 'a strong, just and safe Wales'
Plaid Cymru candidates and members gathered in Carmarthen to launch the party's manifesto for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioners election on May 5th - the same day as the Assembly election.
The Party of Wales candidates for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in the four policing forces are Arfon Jones (North Wales), Linet Purcell (South Wales), Darren Jones (Gwent) and Dafydd Llywelyn (Dyfed Powys).
Plaid Cymru PCC candidate for Dyfed Powys, Dafydd Llywelyn, said that the manifesto was designed to create 'a strong, just and safe Wales' and that this ambition would be fulfilled with three main priorities.
He added that Plaid Cymru Police and Crime Commissioners would focus on creating strong neighbourhood policing teams to cut crime in communities, protecting vulnerable groups and supporting victims, and breaking the cycle of crime to reduce future offending.
Speaking at the launch, Dafydd Llywelyn said:
"Plaid Cymru is today launching our manifesto for the Police and Crime Commissioners election, designed to secure a strong, just and safe Wales.
"At the heart of our proposals lie a commitment to community safety, victim support and breaking the cycle of reoffending.
"If elected, Plaid Cymru Police and Crime Commissioners would work to ensure that all parts of Wales have strong neighbourhood policing teams that will cut crime in our communities, that vulnerable groups and victims are protected and supported so that they're not just statistics, and that the cycle of crime is broken as often as possible.
"It remains an unacceptable anomaly that Wales is the only nation in the UK without powers over its policing and justice policies. We are committed to the devolution of policing and justice to Wales and the creation of a distinct legal jurisdiction here.
"Our country should be empowered to pursue policies that serve citizens and communities here - Plaid Cymru's goal is to see Welsh justice in Welsh hands.
"Plaid Cymru puts the best interests of Wales first - nationally and locally. Our PCCs would champion the needs of communities as well as continue to campaign against further Westminster cuts which have led to severely depleted frontline services.
"Crucially, our goal is to ensure that the way policing and justice are administered and served here in Wales work in a fairer way for the people who live here.
"We ask people across the nation to provide us with the mandate we need to deliver the change Wales needs."