ON 18 June 2020, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys, Dafydd Llywelyn, hosted his final Policing in Wales meeting as Chair of the group.
Previously known as the All Wales Policing Group prior to March 2020, the Policing in Wales group consists of the four Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales and the four Chief Constables of Wales’ forces, with this year being the Commissioner’s fifth turn as Chair of the group.
The Commissioner took over as Chair of the Group in June 2019 and has overseen discussions on a range of national matters which impact on local policing. Under Mr. Llywelyn’s chairmanship the group has provided regular scrutiny of collaborative policing units to ensure a consistent and effective response across Wales.
The Commissioner also implemented presentation days alongside the meetings, giving external organisations an opportunity to engage with high-level police representatives to discuss the benefits of partnership working and establish the best course of action for the public. In December the group welcomed presentations from organisations including Welsh Government, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and Crimestoppers who were all eager to work with forces to ensure a safer Wales.
In recent months the Commissioner has been at the forefront of the group’s response to Covid-19, requesting and attending meetings with Welsh Government on behalf of the other Commissioners to discuss the police response to the lockdown. Mr. Llywelyn has been meeting regularly with the Deputy First Minister and the Chief Whip since lockdown in order to ensure that Welsh Government are fully informed of the challenges facing officers as they work to keep the public safe during lockdown.
Mr. Llywelyn said: “Fulfilling this leadership role on behalf of Policing in Wales has been enjoyable although challenging during this current period of crisis. I am proud of the contribution made by Policing in Wales during the COVID-19 response. I also feel I have managed to enhance relationships not only between the four Police Forces of Wales but with key stakeholders and partners. It is important to understand the unique dynamics of having devolved and non-devolved institutions in Wales and this key leadership forum for Policing in Wales provides a firm foundation for better collaborations and developing a distinct Welsh Policing identity”.