Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Christopher Salmon, has said he doesn’t see “any advantages whatsoever” to the devolution of policing powers to Wales, as well as hitting out at the extra “red tape” and financial “costs”.
In a 2014 interview Mr Salmon criticised devolution proposals as “fracturing” the system down the border, where most of the Welsh population lives. He noted that criminal gangs respect no such borders of administration and the proposals would do “nothing to cut crime”.
The PCC further criticised the extra financial costs to devolution, quoted at £175 million by the Welsh government, saying “All you do by bringing Cardiff into the equation is to bring expense and complication into the administration of the police.”
Mr Salmon also observed that policing is already devolved to the local police authorities, and therefore the only affect of devolution was more “red tape”, adding to costs which will likely mean less invested into police recruitment.
The revelation will come as a blow to the Yes campaign who have struggled to come up with one reason as to why the proposals should go forward. When asked, ohprkl said he supports the proposals because they were polling high, while SomeBritishDude said he supports them because it is party policy, hardly convincing…
Meanwhile Conservative Home Secretary, MatthewHinton12345, who is in charge of policing in England and Wales has said:
It’s my duty to keep the British people safe. The hiring of 20,000 police officers does that. The investment in new equipment does that. The cooperation between English and Welsh police forces on matters of fighting crime does that. I fail to see how justice devolution will in any way shape or form make Wales materially safer.
On the matter of public safety the Yes campaign has been coming up short on any conceivable benefits compared to the big names in policing coming out against policing devolution.
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