New Commissioner freezes recruitment of police staff

The new Police and Crime Commisioner for Dyfed-Powys has announced he is imposing a freeze on police staff recruitment for the force in order to reduce costs. It will not affect recruitment for police officers or PCSOs.

Christopher Salmon says 'we have to be prudent in the face of uncertainty', after the Chancellor's autumn statement on Wednesday 'confirmed how tough these times are and that pressure on the public finances will increase.'

None of us are immune from austerity and the police service has to play its part in helping to tackle the deficit. I will consider all options to reduce costs while, delivering an effective police service for the people of Dyfed-Powys.

The Force has done a fantastic job of managing austerity over the last two years. This week’s announcement confirms we have further to go. We need to restructure the way we do business to meet these challenges and the changing demands of our times.After meeting officers and staff in the past few weeks I’m in no doubt that we can do this.

– Christoper Salmon, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys