A police boss is appealing for the public’s help in drawing up a new blueprint for the policing of North Wales.
North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones is joining forces with Chief Constable Mark Polin for a series of consultation meetings across the region.
The next meeting is at Glyndwr University in Wrexham at 6.30pm on Monday, November 14.
Alternatively, people can fill in an online survey to let their views be known by going to www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2992284/Police-and-Crime-Plan-Consultation-2016-2017
Mr Jones, a former police inspector, said: “There is an open invitation to all members of the community to come and share their views with us
“As a police and crime commissioner, I have a statutory duty to consult local people on policing priorities.
“I will be drafting the new Police and Crime Plan and in order to do that we need to be aware what local people believe that the policing priorities should be.
“These meetings are a way of gauging public opinion and in this instance we will be assessing what people think.
“I will be consulting jointly with the Chief Constable in these meetings but I will also hold additional meetings in other parts of the force area so we can garner views of both the urban and rural population in North Wales.
“Listening to local people is one of the most important parts of my role and it is vital that people have a true voice in policing.
“We are keen that as many members of the public as possible attend these meetings and not just local councillors who have their own channels to pass on their views,”
“This is the police service for North Wales and it is only right and proper that everyone has a chance to have their say.”
The Police and Crime Plan will set out the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for North Wales Police for the next four years.
Chief Constable Polin added: “Everyone has a right to be safe and feel safe. However, the threats to safety are changing and people are now more likely to be subjected to crime committed online and the national rise in serious and potentially very harmful threats, such as from Child Sexual Exploitation, are emerging locally too.
“I want communities to know that we care, to be sighted on the challenges we face in safeguarding them and to feel informed about how we are, and will continue, to respond to those challenges with their help. Providing good quality policing services remains at the centre of what we do, and we are placing significant priority on this as an organisation.
“Hearing what our communities think about the service we deliver and the trust and confidence that they place in us is also incredibly important.”
The meetings will be held at Glyndwr University in Wrexham on Monday, November 14, at 6.30 pm; Rhyl Rugby Club, Vale Road, on Wednesday, November 30 at 6.30 pm: and Penllyn Leisure Centre, Bala, Wednesday, December 7, at 6.30 pm. People wanting to complete the online survey should go to www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2992284/Police-and-Crime-Plan-Consultation-2016-2017