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Ex-top cop confirmed as north’s new deputy Police and Crime Commissioner promises serious crime crackdown

20 Sep 2021 4 minute read
Police and crime commisioner North Wales Andy Dunbobbin pictured with Wayne Jones. Picture Mandy Jones

The new deputy police and crime commissioner for the north of Wales has vowed to ramp up the fight against organised crime and child sexual exploitation.

Wayne Jones, a former Detective Chief Superintendent, made the crackdown promise after his appointment was unanimously confirmed today by the North Wales Police and Crime Panel.

He was the preferred candidate of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Andy Dunbobbin, who chose him after what he called a “rigorous and transparent” selection process.

Mr Jones, 50, retired from North Wales Police in March of this year after a career spanning 30 years when he led a series of high profile investigations.

He said: “I am delighted that my appointment has been confirmed and I am really looking forward to working as Andy’s deputy so we can make North Wales Police an even better force.

“What particularly attracted me to the job was the fact that our vision and values are aligned, and I can’t wait to undertake the role so we can make North Wales and even safer place to live and work.

“There is a lot to do in terms of strengthening neighbourhood policing in communities across North Wales. We have a strong base and can build on the good work that has already laid the foundations.

“We will also be focusing on tackling the most serious violent and organised crime because it can have a damaging impact on communities.

“As well as the drug dealing and the violence that comes with it, these gangs prey on vulnerable people – getting them in a spiral of debt, sometimes taking over their home and using violence and intimidation to coerce them into drug dealing.

“I’m really committed to tackle serious and organised crime in every way it manifests itself, including criminal exploitation and modern day slavery  in all its forms.”

‘Care deeply’

While serving with North Wales Police, Wayne Jones took part in establishing a number of initiatives including the Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) and the Onyx team for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Mr Jones added: “I also care deeply about tackling child sexual exploitation.

“Paedophiles will always look for opportunities to exploit children whether it’s contact offending or online offending.

“A lot of these offences happen behind closed doors.  Offenders can often be known to the victim as a friend or relative and will abuse that position of trust against the victim and bully and try to silence the victim. With children spending large amounts of time on-line they can also be targeted by offenders pretending to be someone else.

“It’s therefore imperative that we continue to raise awareness with children all the time to say that this is wrong, and this is not what they should grow up with – so education plays a really, really key role at a young age.

“Like Andy, I am committed to promoting the use of the Welsh language and I am really confident in the language provision of the team because 75 per cent of the staff are fluent Welsh speakers.”

Commissioner Dunbobbin said: “I am grateful to the Police and Crime Panel for confirming Wayne’s appointment.

“His expertise and in-depth knowledge of modern day policing are going to be invaluable as we work together to scrutinise North Wales Police to ensure the force becomes even more efficient and effective.”

During his time with the force, Wayne Jones attained Level 3 in Welsh and he has committed to taking Welsh lessons to improve his fluency, along with the commissioner who is also learning Welsh.

“Like Andy, I am committed to promoting the use of the Welsh language and I am really confident in the language provision of the team because 75 per cent of the staff are fluent Welsh speakers,” he said.

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Grayham Jones
2 years ago

Police in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 should work for wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 we in wales should have different laws for wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 A Free Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

2 years ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

A free North wales!! A true capital in the North!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 years ago
Reply to  Llewelyn

Free North Wales, he says. Never knew it was stuck?

Note to oneself. Humour him, he’s not very bright. Bless his Union Jack mankini.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
2 years ago

Good, but push for the legalisation of cannabis like the last one did because that would straight away put a stop to a large chunk of organised crime overnight. Do this instead of treading water and criminalising people for smoking a drug that is safer than alcohol.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 years ago

Man who spent 30 years and rose to the highest operational rank in the UK police force promises crackdown. What has he been up to for those 30 years, taking it easy?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 years ago

We do not need Police & Crime commissioners answerable to England not Wales. They should be scrapped.

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