Query on privatisation and ‘two-tier’ policing

Here’s an edited answer to a helpful query from a local resident about tackling crime and the role of the private sector.

My key points are:

•Policing is a tax-payer funded public service delivered by officers of the state. I will ensure it remains so.

•Cutting crime is about more than just police or PCSO numbers. It is about clear objectives, communication and leadership. We have a great police force. My priority is to make sure they are able to deliver their best.

Dear XXXX,

Thank you for your email.

You are right. Resources are a key issue in policing, particularly in a time of tightening budgets. My view is that the way to address this challenge is to prioritise clearly. That is why I want to focus our efforts on street crime and anti-social behaviour. It means cutting waste, duplication and bureaucracy in back office roles – which the new PCC role is well placed to do. It also means making better targeted use of front line resources.

But, policing is about more than just numbers. Tackling anti-social behaviour and public nuisance is also about ensuring that the police have a clear understanding of what they should be doing. Clear objectives and high professional standards are vital to giving constables confidence in dealing with this sort of behaviour. Standards of dress and attitude are also important – for the police’s self-respect and for their public authority. I will make this a priority during my term.

As regards two-tier policing, I am clear that policing is a public service, paid for by taxpayers for the protection of all. I will not, under any circumstances, countenance the privatisation of core police functions, such as patrolling. However, if outside providers can deliver savings for taxpayers in back office roles, I believe that is a good thing and should be considered. Likewise, if a business needs special policing there may be grounds for their paying towards the additional cost. But it must be the exception and not the rule.

Best wishes,


Christopher Salmon

Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Dyfed-Powys

01874 24796



On 15 Sep 2012, at 14:09, XXXXX wrote:

Dear Mr Salmon,

Today I received a flyer through my door setting out your priorities for Dyfed-Powys police if you were to be elected as commissioner ..

I would be interested in hearing how you intend to achieve such priorities for example with regards to resourcing and other issues . Could you also tell me your views on two tier policing and how you intend to tackle ASB and underage drinking ?.