Alun Michael became the first Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales in November 2012. Alun Michael was the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth for 25 years from 1987.
From 1972 he was a youth and community worker in Cardiff for 15 years, focusing on projects involving on young offenders and unemployed young people. He also served as a City Councillor from 1973 to 1989, playing a role in planning, redevelopment and economic development.
After a time as a Shadow Minister for Welsh Affairs, he served as deputy to Tony Blair and then Jack Straw at Home Affairs. Following the 1997 general election he became Deputy Home Secretary with responsibility for police, criminal justice, youth justice and the voluntary sector. In 1998 he then joined the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales, before being elected to the National Assembly for Wales and becoming the first First Secretary of Wales. After standing down from the Assembly, he became the first Minister of State for Rural Affairs and subsequently became Minister of State for Industry and the Regions. After leaving Government in 2006, he joined the Justice Select Committee.
Alun is the Lead of the APCC Portfolio Group on Citizens in Policing.