Wales Election 2016

Police and crime commissioner elections: South Wales

Alun Michael

Labour's Alun Michael has been re-elected as South Wales police and crime commissioner.

Turnout: 394,990 valid votes (42.5%)

Second preference votes are only used if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. The top two candidates then receive the second preference votes from their eliminated opponents.

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Force profile

South Wales Police is the largest Welsh police force area by population - some 1.2m people live within it.

It covers everything from Swansea to Cardiff and includes Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, the Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil.

There are 2,937 officers that work in South Wales Police, with 1,746 support staff and 406 community support officers.

The force's chief constable is Peter Vaughan, with Matt Jukes serving as deputy chief constable.

How much does policing south Wales cost?

The total force budget for 2016/17 is £258.9m. The precept is £207.85 for band D properties.

That compares to £200.07 in Dyfed-Powys, £220.06 in Gwent and £240.12 in North Wales Police force areas.

The force has current projected savings of £5.4m in 2016/17 with a projected cut in staff numbers of 21.

Crime and performance

There were 89,864 crimes recorded in south Wales between September 2014 and September 2015, a rise of 4% on the year before.

Violence against the person rose by 23%, although all police forces apart from one recorded a rise in the category of offences.

Sexual offences rose by 11%, while burglary offences fell by 5%. Theft offences fell by 6%, while criminal damage and arson fell by 1%.

The last annual inspection of police forces by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said South Wales Police was good at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour and had a good understanding of local neighbourhoods.

HMIC said the force is good at identifying and tackling serious and organised crime groups.

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