Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon paid a visit to Ammanford on September 2 to speak with shopkeepers and volunteers, and to ensure the public had the chance to express their views.

His Your Voice day of activity also saw him talk with the likes of town councillors and Women’s Institute members.

Issues discussed ranged from Mr Salmon’s desire to get best value for money from Ammanford Police Station to his work reviewing CCTV provision.

Others issues raised included rural crime and police technology.

A four-hour surgery saw Mr Salmon meet individuals and small groups privately to discuss matters such as antisocial behaviour and police activity.

Mr Salmon said: “Your Voice Ammanford was about me gaining a greater understanding of the crime and policing needs of local people.

“Local people were eager to air their views. As their voice in crime and policing I need to understand their thoughts.”

Those who met Mr Salmon included volunteers and members of the iSmooth Community Café which aims to give people with learning difficulties a strong role in the community.

He spoke with members of Ammanford Town Council, members and friends of Tirydail WI and social and support project Gay Ammanford.

Shop workers he met included Mandy John and Sheran Davies at Jenkins Bakery and Ernest Brooks, of Ernest G Brooks Jewellers.

The Commissioner oversees an annual Dyfed-Powys policing fund of around £100m. As the elected voice of the public, he makes the police answerable to the communities they serve.

He works in partnership across a range of agencies to ensure a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

In his first 22 months in office, his key achievements have included more police officers, improved access to the police, reduced policing costs and the launch of the Commissioner's Fund for community initiatives.

Mr Salmon has arranged 12 Your Voice days through 2014 – three in each Dyfed-Powys county of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

In April he visited Llandovery.