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Dyfed-Powys Police 2021/22

The force says...

In March 2021 Dyfed-Powys Police comprised of 1,209 officers, 796 staff, 147 PCSOs and 94 Special Constables.

During 2021/22, the force dealt with 139,520 incidents and recorded 42,650 crimes, representing an 8.4% increase in recorded incidents and a 32% increase in recorded crime compared to 2020/21.

At 4,188 square miles, with 13,842 miles of roads, two large ports, and 350 miles of coastline, the force serves the largest geographical area in England and Wales.

518,062 residents live across extensive rurality, holiday hot-spots and market towns. This population swells by approximately eight million annually, due to students at three university sites and tourism. This motivates the force to be innovative in its use of resources and technology.

Mobile data terminals enable frontline staff to be more visible in local communities. The force has introduced a digital desk within the contact centre to improve accessibility. A strong community spirit assists with harnessing citizen support during investigations.

Dyfed-Powys Police has invested significantly in a change programme to improve crime recording, assessment, allocation, investigation and disposal processes. The force has also invested in technology to tackle increasing demand, including the use of body worn video; vehicle-based telematics; state-of-the-art CCTV; and the introduction of a new NICHE records management system which goes live in force in May 2023.

The force works closely with key partners including academia, to explore and deliver innovative methods to reduce demand.

The financial environment remains challenging with inflation and operational spending pressures continuing. An indicative three-year settlement from government has helped with medium term financial planning and the Commissioner has been able to present a balanced medium term financial plan and capital programme. The force continues to operate within budget and seeks to target any surplus savings and additional uplift of police officers and staff towards spending pressures.

Disclaimer: the above statement has been prepared by Dyfed-Powys Police. The views and information in it are not necessarily those of HMICFRS.