The room rented by police in St Clears, run by the county council at ’Y Gat’, is to be vacated, in line with wider changes that will modernise and improve the policing service in Carmarthenshire.
Officers that serve the community of St Clears will continue to work from their base in Whitland and continue to ensure a visible presence and effective engagement with residents and businesses in St Clears.
This comes as part of a change programme across Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police, where estates, technology, and the equipment available to officers and staff are coming together to improve policing and the service to communities.
Chief Constable Dr Richard Lewis said:
“This decision has come after careful evaluation to make best use of resources and deliver an effective police service that meets the needs and expectations of our communities.
“The vacation of this property is a step forward in modernising and improving our services, enabling officers to continue their work with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
“The decision has been made with the best interests of taxpayers and the community in mind, as the current building is no longer used operationally.
“I want to reassure the local community that Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police is committed to maintaining the same level of service and support for our local communities, and residents and business in St Clears will see no difference.
“Your local neighbourhood policing team will continue to provide a visible presence and effective engagement with residents and businesses.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said:
“Historically, talk of police bases moving or stations closing and being sold, has triggered a narrative of police withdrawing from communities, fears about response times, and concerns about an increase in crime and disorder.
“However, I have been reassured by Chief Constable Dr Richard Lewis, that there will be no difference in the level of service to the public in St Clears as a result of this estates decision.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I want to assure the public that despite the decision to vacate the property in St. Clears, our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of our communities remains our priority.
“I recognise that change can be challenging, but please be assured that this strategic move will allow Dyfed-Powys Police to allocate resources more efficiently and will enhance their policing efforts.
“In today’s digital age, we are fortunate to have various channels through which people can connect with Dyfed-Powys Police. In addition to phone calls, we encourage people to explore online methods and social media platforms used by the Force. These platforms often provide valuable updates, crime prevention advice, and community engagement opportunities, allowing people to connect and engage with the police and stay informed about local issues.
“By utilising these alternative channels, we can collectively contribute to more responsive and efficient policing, allowing Dyfed-Powys Police to focus on critical situations while still addressing the concerns and needs of our community.
“If anyone has questions or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to my office. We value your input and appreciate your ongoing support in ensuring the safety and well-being of our communities.”
Local communities can contribute to more responsive and efficient policing by using online methods of contact. If you need the police when it is not an emergency, you can contact them through a direct message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, online, by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
Follow your neighbourhood policing teams at Carmarthen, Whitland, and St Clears Police on Facebook and @DPPCarmarthen on Twitter for all policing news, appeals and notification of engagement events.
If a crime is in progress, or there is a danger to life, risk of serious injury, or damage to property, always dial 999.