The new super-prison to be built in Wrexham will have a capacity of 2,106 prisoners, it has been confirmed.
North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick revealed more information about the prison at a Police Crime Panel meeting in Bodlondeb in Conwy. Mr Roddick QC also said the planned prison, to be built on the former Firestone site in Wrexham, would hold Category C prisoners.
These are prisoners who cannot be trusted in open conditions but who are unlikely to try and escape.
North Wales currently has roughly 700 Category C prisoners. The figures mean the prison will be the biggest in the UK in terms of prisoner capacity by 500.
Mr Roddick said: “It is important this panel is kept up to date on the future of this prison, although details may be subject to change.
“We also think the prison will require at least two and at most four constables as part of staffing.”
In October Mr Roddick said: “North Wales Police is currently looking into any potential implications in terms of policing. The ongoing research includes studying other areas where prisons are located to see if we can learn from their experience.”
Last week the ambitious plans were criticised by the Wales Governance Centre, which said the impact of the prison on infrastructure had not been assessed.
The panel also quizzed Mr Roddick about crime statistics, with particular concern raised about a 8.8% increase in violent crimes in the past six months
In his report to the panel the Commissioner said: “I am continuing to carry out periodical scrutiny activities to ensure that the increase experienced continues to reduce.”
Speaking to the panel, made up of councillors from all six North Wales counties, he added: “I have asked the chief constables what plans are in place to tackle alcohol-related violence over the Christmas period.
“I can assure you plans are indeed in place. These include strengthening regulation of licensed premises through test purchases and investigating security staff.”
Mr Roddick also provided an update with ongoing complaints regarding the now-defunct Thoughts of Oscar blog.
Half a dozen complaints were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who have found no case to answer and referred them back to North Wales Police.
Guto Bebb, MP for Aberconwy, has said many of his constituents were “adamant” that the blog had been “afforded a degree of protection” by the police.
Cllr Julie Fallon, from Conwy Council, asked what happened to complaints to North Wales Police that were not classified as crimes.
Mr Roddick said constables are currently being taught to record every conversation and complaint by members of the public.