Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has secured almost £44,000 to launch a Centre for Rural Policing and Justice.
The grant, from the College of Policing, will see Mr Salmon and Dyfed-Powys Police collaborate with Cardiff-based Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) and others to start a high-level network to develop new expertise in keeping rural communities safe from crime.
Mr Salmon said: “The work we do with UPSI and others will lead to people in some of our most isolated areas feeling safer.
“This collaboration will initially build new working relationships between academic establishments, Dyfed-Powys Police and my office.
“This will help develop new skills throughout the police force to build and use research evidence to improve all aspects of frontline policing.”
The Centre for Rural Policing and Justice will provide a network to develop and share information, best practices and approaches to rural policing.
Its work will improve policing and justice in rural areas – the biggest challenge faced by Dyfed-Powys Police.
The wider collaborative approach will involve a network between academic institutions across Wales, such as Aberystwyth University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, using a mixture of skills and expertise. It will also incorporate organisations from the voluntary and private sectors.
Mr Salmon, who has committed £5,000 to the centre’s launch costs of around £49,000, said: “What works in policing in rural areas and communities is an issue that has been neglected by researchers, policy makers and practitioners."
The Centre for Rural Policing and Justice’s work will feed into the National What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, providing robust and comprehensive evidence for police to tackle crime.