Plaid Cymru Councillor Arfon Jones who represents Gwersyllt West ward has written to Chief Superintendent Ruth Purdie to express his concern having discovered that there is a proposal to amalgamate two of the three Policing districts in the County Borough. At present Wrexham North district based in Coedpoeth and Wrexham South district based in Rhosllanerchrugog are separate entities. The proposal is to amalgamate the two areas and to base the response officers at Rhos. Councillor Jones is concerned that if the amalgamation goes ahead the new area will be too large to Police effectively, Cllr Jones said
The proposal suggests that all the response officers are based in Rhos, but that is a long way from places like Llay and Rossett which are currently policed from Coedpoeth. The Police are supposed to respond to emergencies in less than 20 minutes, I just don’t see how this proposal will improve the response times. The people that we represent in Gwersyllt, Llay and Rossett will lose out if this proposal goes ahead.
In response to Councillor Jones’s concerns Chief Superintendent Purdie admitted the work was at an early stage and that no decisions had been reached as yet.
Councillor Jones said,
The Police should consult with the community they serve regarding these types of changes as they will affect the service the Police provide. We have already lost the Traffic Department from North Wales’s largest town to Deeside and this with no consultation with the public at large or elected members. These proposals should have been discussed at the Community Safety Forum and the relevant Scrutiny Committee and they weren’t and the Council know nothing about them despite being partners.