Submit your questions – what do you want us to ask the local police inspectors?

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  • #140213
    Rob
    Rob
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    More of a festive related question……. – Is the Central Road roundabout going to have policing for the big B&M Christmas Bonanza?

    PW: No….

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    #140214

    Darryl
    Keymaster

    Bit of a different kind of question now – “Why do the police have to have expensive German cars for their traffic fleet?

    “For years the police used Fords and Vauxhalls but now are whizzing around in German cars, at a time when everyone is tightening their belts I cannot see why they cannot return to UK built cars.

    #140215

    bubble
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    Why are people being allowed to openly drink alcohol and take drugs in Wrexham Town Centre despite there being a PSPO in force? Why is this not being effectively enforced by yourselves?

    PW: The PSPO is owned by the council. We play an active part in supporting the council as crime and disorder partner. Drug dealing is obviously something that is a p0lice matter to resolve and I appreciate at times it looks like we have not done anything as there are alot of people from a challenging background in the town centre. The penalty for breaching the PSPO is a monetary fine so on occasion it is a pointless exercise to arrest them for breach, because that cohort do not have money, so we escort them to third sector service providers to provide assistance to them. We have issued over 100 PSPO tickets since it came into being, so it is not that we do not do any, it is one of a range of methods available to us.

    I do not understand the approach of it being pointless to arrest someone simply because they do not have the money to pay a fine. That approach isn’t taken to, say, parking violations. Also, some of these are people in receipt of benefits – it is their choice whether to spend these funds on drugs or a fine. If there are no consequences for their behaviour, why would they ever change their behaviour? If they cannot pay a fine, then a court should deal with the issue. To me it seems that some people are penalised for failing to act lawfully, whilst others can act with impunity based on nothing more than whether, in the opinion of a police officer, they are in a position to pay a fine.

    #140216

    Darryl
    Keymaster

    A Garden Village resident has been in touch with us to ask – “As a resident of Princes Close, off Ty Gwyn Lane Wrexham. There is no police/ PCSO on foot in our area as far as I can see.

    “Why not go down the route of Norfolk Police Authority and end PCSO’s and employ Police officers with more powers etc. Surely better in the long run.”

    #140217
    Rob
    Rob
    Keymaster

    A regular question asked in these webchats – “Why do the Police promote use of the 101 number for people to call them on matters which are sometimes quite serious when the majority of people’s experience is that it just rings and rings endlessly without an answer, or even worse, just cuts you off after a certain time.”

    SO: We only have a finite number of staff in the control room. The staff numbers in there are the right numbers for anticipated demand. But, if we get for example a major road collision on the A55 as everyone has mobile phones it is not uncommon for us to get a few hundred calls in a minute or so by very well intentioned people who think they are the first to tell us about the incident. Every one of those people are a witness so we have to record their details. As we do not know when these incidents are going to take place, there will inevitably be a delay.
    To alleviate that problem the control room managers have launched the live webchat direct to the control room and we are seeing more, particularly young people, using that means to contact us.
    Nearly every council meeting I have been to it is an issue raised on behalf of their constituents . I have arranged a umber of visits to the control room. The success rate for answering 101 and 999 is within the agreed limits.
    The negativity around the 0.1% of failures gets all the coverage.

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    #140218
    Rob
    Rob
    Keymaster

    Bit of a different kind of question now – “Why do the police have to have expensive German cars for their traffic fleet?

    “For years the police used Fords and Vauxhalls but now are whizzing around in German cars, at a time when everyone is tightening their belts I cannot see why they cannot return to UK built cars.

    PW: All the cars go through a nationally agreed procurement process, as we are spending public money and so we have to be seen to be getting the most cost effective car to do the job we need to do. But some years ago we were offered jaguars at a low price and public opinion asked why the cops were whizzing around in Jags. Sometimes it is really difficult to win.

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    #140219

    Darryl
    Keymaster

    Wouldn’t be a webchat without a question about the speed cameras. So here’s two..!

    Could you please ask Inspector Paul Wycherley if they intend on setting up any speed enforcement on the A5156 Llan y Pwll Link Road in Wrexham?

    If the answer is no then why not? There is speed enforcement on the A483 almost daily but on the A5156 Llan y Pwll, that runs directly behind hundreds of peoples homes, where cars and especially motorcycles thrash their vehicles at silly speeds every single day and night there is nothing.

    AND – Why do we never see the Arrive alive speed camera van on the Llanypwll link road. Some evenings and weekends it’s like a racetrack.

    #140220

    Darryl
    Keymaster

    Question – Reports of doors being tried at night in some parts in Wrexham however no break-ins. What can be done, should it be reported to the police?

    #140221

    Darryl
    Keymaster

    One for Inspector Owens – Why is the police car park in the Rhos police station always full but rarely see an active presence on foot?

    #140222
    Rob
    Rob
    Keymaster

    A Garden Village resident has been in touch with us to ask – “As a resident of Princes Close, off Ty Gwyn Lane Wrexham. There is no police/ PCSO on foot in our area as far as I can see.

    “Why not go down the route of Norfolk Police Authority and end PCSO’s and employ Police officers with more powers etc. Surely better in the long run.”

    PW: Locally I attended the Garden Village Residents Association recently and spoke to 30 odd residents who were there with their local Councillors and local PCSO and all there commented that the PCSO was highly visible in Garden Village. If you let me have your personal details I will ask the PCSO to call and have a chat.

    SO: It is hard to comment on the way Norfolk constabulary are managing their resources. I can only comment in north wales. The senior officer team are managing the north wales budget very well meaning we can retain them.
    There is no question of disposing of PCSOs in North Wales. PCSOs provide a different option and undertake a valuable role in the community.

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

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