PLANED were one of 20 community organisations and representatives from across Powys, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, invited by the Police & Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, to participate within the first stage of interviews for the selection of the new Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police.
The voice of communities within the selection process as part of the first stage of interviews, were very much a robust and transparent process involving all key stakeholders, and the outcomes of those interviews and discussions, fed directly into the final recruitment panel chaired by the Commissioner.
In addition to PLANED’s LEADER Programme Coordinator, Alice Coleman, being invited alongside other key community organisation leads from the four counties, the Commissioner also invited the Chief Executive Office for PLANED, Iwan Thomas, to Chair and Facilitate the community led interviews of the four counties with the final candidates.
PLANED Chief Executive Officer, Iwan Thomas said “To be asked by the Commissioner to lead these first round of interviews for the selection of the next Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys, was a huge privilege. Managing the interviews and discussions with over 20 community representatives present online, and making sure that the candidates were able to have equality of opportunity timewise in addition, was a technical and logistical challenge, which was well supported by the team involved.”
“Having community organisations and their representatives from across the four counties of the Dyfed-Powys Police force area present, and invited to be a positive challenge to the recruitment process is very welcome. Also grateful to the Commissioner and his recognition of PLANED and myself to lead this work on behalf of the region, and promoting the voice and role in partnership, of our communities.”
With Richard Lewis agreed as the preferred candidate for Chief Constable for Dyfed-Powys at the completion of the lengthy process Dafydd Llywelyn, Commissioner noted on the appointment that, “When I set out on this process, it was important that I recruited a Chief Officer who could bring the vision, determination and resilience required to lead the Constabulary. Richard performed very well throughout the whole assessment process and demonstrated great leadership skills. His vast experience and understanding of policing as well as his knowledge of the Dyfed-Powys area puts him in a good place to support the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan”
The Commissioner also wanted to note in respect of PLANED leading the interviews that, “As part of the recruitment process, I consulted with many key stakeholders to ensure I got the views on the desired attributes of a successful Chief Constable for this area, and I’m grateful for the feedback received. I would also like to note my gratitude to PLANED, and Iwan Thomas the Chief Executive in particular for leading and chairing the stakeholder panel.”