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Plaid Cymru warns low turnout shows lack of confidence

16/11/2012

Plaid Cymru has warned that the low turnout for yesterday’s Police and Crime Commissioners shows that people have little confidence in the new arrangements for the governance of police services in Wales.

The elections across England and Wales are expected to cost around £100m which could have paid for 3,000 police officers. The party’s leader, Leanne Wood AM, said that if criminal justice powers were devolved to Wales, Plaid Cymru would look to end the new police commissioner positions and replace them with the police authorities.

The Leader of the Party of Wales, Leanne Wood AM said:

"These results show that there is no public appetite for Police and Crime Commissioners. Most people agree with Plaid Cymru’s position that policing should not be party political and that these elections are a waste of money when police forces face substantial cuts.

"The Party of Wales believes that policing should be under the democratic control of our National Assembly rather than the Home Office in Westminster. A Plaid Cymru government would seek to abolish these new posts, replacing them with accountable police authorities and reinvesting the savings into front-line services."