Labour repeats pledge to get more police on the beat

Proposals to tackle violence against women and girls and clamp down on antisocial behaviour have been welcomed by Dyfed Powys Police Federation.

The plans were outlined in a speech by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer who also vowed to “get more police on the beat”

Sir Keir promised to “reverse the collapse in the proportion of crime solved”and halve levels of violence against women and girls within a decade if he wins power at the next general election.

He also pledged to halve serious violent crime and raise confidence in the police and criminal justice system after Baroness Casey’s report on the Metropolitan Police.

Speaking at an event in Stoke-on-Trent, Sir Keir said policing “must change” but warned: “It’s going to be a long, hard road.”

Labour said it would create 13,000 new neighbourhood policing roles

He said the importance of “visible neighbourhood police” was “crystal clear” and repeated a pledge to recruit 13,000 extra officers and “get more police on the beat”.

Labour would also prioritise “fighting the virus that is anti-social behaviour: fly-tipping, off-road biking in rural areas, drugs”, he said.

Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones said: “We have talked a lot about community policing in recent weeks so welcome plans to create an extra 13,000 neighbourhood officers.

“We believe this would improve relations between police and public and that in turn can help us tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.

“Any measures that enable us to clamp down on violence against women and girls are to be welcomed because we want to deliver the best possible service for everyone across our region.”