Monday 12 Aug 2019
Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane is spending today with officers from North Wales Police, as part of the national ‘Give a Day to Policing’ scheme.
Mr Ruane has visited the Central Division Custody Suite in St Asaph and this was followed by an overview of the Force Control Room, where Deputy Call Centre Manager Karen Price explained the demands and challenges the staff routinely face.
Finally, Chris is spending the afternoon patrolling part of his constituency, as he accompanies officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Rhyl.
The Give a Day to Policing scheme is an opportunity for MPs and AMs to get a first-hand experience of modern policing, meet frontline professionals and gain insight into the policing challenges in their area.
North Wales Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said:“I’m delighted that Chris has joined us today, and I look forward to welcoming other local MPs and AMs over the summer recess.
“The public’s expectation of policing has changed substantially in recent years, with rising complex crimes such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and serious violence, as well as increasing non-crime demand.
“This scheme offers an invaluable, first-hand experience for our local representatives to experience the many and varied challenges we face as a force."
The scheme aims to build long-term relationship and dialogue between police forces and politicians to the benefit of both, and the communities they serve. Last year, over 150 MPs spent a day with forces across England and Wales, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from all involved.