A WOMAN is staging a Save our Bobbies campaign in a bid to prevent North Wales Police from being absorbed into an all-Wales force.
Jacqui Finn, 59, from Pontfadog, in the Ceiriog Valley, is starting a protest petition urging the Home Office to halt the merger of the four Welsh police forces.
Mrs Finn feels that the Home Office is riding roughshod over the views of the people of North Wales.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke wants to reduce the number of forces in England and Wales from 43 to 12.
As a result, North Wales Police would be swallowed up by an all-Wales force.
After the idea provoked a storm of protest across the region, North Wales Police Authority has voted unanimously against a voluntary merger.
Mrs Finn said: 'I think to compare the rural communities of North Wales with the towns and cities of South Wales and putting us together is the wrong move entirely.
'I would like to know what benefit North Wales is going to get out of it and at the moment nobody is telling what that might be.'
Mrs Finn says that she is concerned about losing the local officer in the Ceiriog Valley: 'Before he came we had a lot of problems, especially with the young folk in the valley and I am worried we will lose that again.
'I am also worried about what it is going to cost me.'
Mrs Finn believes that there has been a lack of public consultation: 'I have a fear that nobody is explaining things to us. It's all being done with unseemly haste and nobody's giving us full information.
'It's OK Peter Hain saying the public are behind it - he's not spoken to me or the other people in this valley so I don't know where he has got that message from.
'It's a long way from here to Cardiff and people in North Wales already feel that everything happens in Cardiff.
'This is another example of everything going down south without the people of North Wales being consulted. We are just railroaded into things.
'North Wales Police aren't perfect but I think they are getting it right for the people of North Wales. All of that could be lost and it worries me.
'I feel we are being sidelined and I find that whole attitude extremely arrogant.'