A CRACKDOWN on crime is underway in west Wales during Dyfed-Powys Police’s Force Day of Action.
Police officers, PCSOs, special constables and multi-agency partners are putting #TotalFocus on tackling the crimes that are impacting on vulnerable people within communities. In addition, they’re offering tailored support for victims and witnesses of crime to help them through their experience.
Communities can expect to see an increased police presence as they execute arrest warrants, undertake spot checks on identified individuals, properties and businesses and provide practical and emotional support to victims and witnesses of crime.
Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “Members of the public can expect to see a big police presence today throughout the Dyfed-Powys force area during our second Force Day of Action as we work to ensure we continue to police the safest towns and villages across England and Wales.
“There will be proactive policing work seeking out those who are known to be offending and targeting the more vulnerable people in our communities, putting a #TotalFocus on issues including drugs supply and misuse, travelling criminals, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), domestic abuse and cyber-crime.
“There will also be a strong focus on caring for victims and witnesses of crime. Being a victim or witness of crime can be a terribly traumatic experience that takes time and effort to overcome. There are services available that are ready and waiting to help and our officers or partners will be able to help.
“We also need members of the public to tell us if they suspect that others are being taken advantage of. If you know about it, report it.”
Officers and staff will be providing victims and witnesses of crime with details of a victim and witness service called Goleudy, which is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn. Goleudy will have Victim Service officers available throughout the day to speak to offer practical and emotional support via the Goleudy hotline 0300 123 2996.
Mr Llywelyn said: “Highly skilled staff and volunteers from Goleudy are helping out on the Day of Action to ensure any victims identified by police officers as requiring support can call the Goleudy victim service phone number that day.
“Victims do not have to have reported the crime to police to access this service, and they can get access to practical support, including security improvements at their home, and emotional support.”
Goleudy was launched in April 2017 and has brought together the Victim Service and The Witness Care Unit.
The Victim Service contacts victims to offer emotional and practical support via phone or face to face. They can also offer target hardening tools, advocacy and referrals to external agencies.
The Witness Care Unit keeps victims and witnesses fully informed of the progress of their case from first hearing through to the conclusion of the case, coordinating special measures and pre-trial court visits through Citizens Advice Witness Service.