Everyone deserves to feel safe where they live. That’s why I’m working with North Wales Police to ensure Wrexham has its share of new police officers and increased budgets. Already, the UK Government is delivering on this: for the current year (2022-23) the Government has announced that North Wales will receive 144 more police officers.
What I have done to make Wrexham a safer place for us all:
Raised the threat of crime and antisocial behaviour issues in the town centre:
- Wrote to the Wrexham Senedd Member, Lesley Griffiths MS, Leader of Wrexham Council, Cllr Mark Pritchard, and Police Inspector Luke Hughes to invite them to a meeting to discuss these issues.
- Hosted a roundtable discussion with the Leader of the Council, Mark Pritchard, Wrexham town Police Inspector Luke Hughes, Cllr Hugh Jones, the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships Public Protection and Community Safety, at Wrexham Council and Alison Watkin, Community Safety Officer at Wrexham Council, to discuss antisocial behaviour and crime across Wrexham, with a specific focus on the town centre.
Championed the UK Government's commitment to tackling crime in North Wales through the 'Safer Streets' Fund:
- Welcomed the news that the 'Safer Streets' project in Wrexham is well underway following the UK Government's awarding of £339,000 to North Wales Police for the project.
- At Home Office questions, I celebrated the work of North Wales Police and their 'Safer Streets' initiative.
- Joined Inspector Claire McGrady from Wrexham Town Police and Alison Watkin from Wrexham Council for an evening to learn, first-hand, about the campaign to make Wrexham’s streets safer.
Worked closely with the Ministry of Justice to establish a Residentials Women's Centre in Wales:
- Asked the Ministry of Justice for an update on their plans for a Residential Women's Centre (RWC) in Wales.
- Met with the Minister of State for Prisons, Victoria Atkins to discuss the MOJ's Residential Women's Centre that will be sited in Swansea.
Worked with North Wales police closely and have spoken up for Wrexham residents:
- Joined Wrexham Police and Sergeant Harvey on a shift in Gwersyllt and Gresford where we visited hot spots for low level crime.
I am also working with HMP Berwyn to reduce reoffending and create employment opportunities to get people out of the cycle of crime. In partnership with the prison, businesses leaders in Wrexham and individuals from with experience from similar projects, I am part of an Advisory Board to help support employment opportunities for individuals as they leave HMP Berwyn.