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Commissioner launches new Criminology Society

9 February 2017


North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones launched Wrexham Glyndwr University's new Criminology Society this week.

Mr Jones spoke to more than 100 students at the University's Nick Whitehead Theatre, and gave a talk on the Police and Crime Plan and how the Force is trying to reduce the harm caused by drugs.

He also before explained there is now more crime online than on the streets, before outlining his vision for the role and referring to the potential associated with devolving further responsibility for youth justice matters to the Welsh Government.

He also repeated his call for a review of legislation surrounding drug use with a view to learning from Portugal, where decriminalisation has reduced crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Society, which will organise trips and guest speakers to explore criminal justice related matters, was commended by the Commissioner as a welcome development which should encourage further learning about related matters outside of  formal classroom settings.

Tegan Sollis, President of the WGU Criminology Society, thanked Mr Jones for attending, and said: "It was a great honour to welcome Mr Jones to the University today.

"He proved a very informative and interesting speaker and I’m sure he gave students plenty of food for thought for the coming weeks and months."

Dr Sarah Dubberley, programme leader for Criminology, added: "The Criminology Society has got off to a flying start and it was great to see over 100 actual and potential students attending the launch event.

"Applications from students wishing to enrol on either our BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice programme or our new BA (Hons) Policing programme (run in conjunction with North Wales Police) are still being accepted and we encourage those interested to contact the University to become part of our vibrant community of learners."