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The annual reunion of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association was held at The Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells on Friday 11th May with members traveling from far and wide to meet up with former colleagues.
An account of the event, plus photographs taken during the reunion can be found in the Photo Album section.
On Friday 27th April 2018, a Service of Celebration was held at Police HQ to celebrate the formation of the force in April 1968. During the first part of the proceedings, current, retired police officers, staff and guests were taken through ‘A Journey in Time’ of events by renowned Welsh journalist, presenter and newsreader Huw Edwards.  A transcript of the 'journey' can be found by clicking HERE
NB: Photographs taken during the day can be found in the Photo Album section.
On the 1st April 1968 Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary, the Mid Wales Constabulary and the Pembrokeshire Police came together to form Dyfed-Powys Constabulary, making it the largest police force geographically in England and Wales. The name changed to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1974.
Over the next year several events are planned to mark the special anniversary and officers and staff, serving and retired, will have the opportunity to came together to share their memories and experiences about life in the force over the decades.
Over the last 50 years the force has seen a lot of changes including the uniform worn, the locations of police stations, the improvements in technology and the make-up of the police family. 
To see how the force has changed over the last 50 years follow #HDPP50 on twitter and like the Facebook page DPPolice.
An update for the Dyfed Powys Police Federation Group Insurance Scheme can be found in the Members Only section. Please note this only applies to those retired officers already who are already members of the scheme as new applications are not taken from officers who have already retired.
Mr Phil Hopkins stood down as Chairman at the 2018 AGM having fulfilled the role for the past 14 years.
Phil receiving his Certificate of Life Membership from Mr Brian Burdus (NARPO President)
During the recent well attended Annual General Meeting held at Carmarthen, the NARPO President, Mr Brian Burdus, made a presentation to Phil Hopkins who was retiring as Chairman of the Dyfed-Powys branch after 14 years in office.
In addition, Phil received a gift from the branch in recognition of his outstanding work as Chairman together with a bouquet for his wife Gill.
Before standing down, Phil acknowledged the huge support he has received over the years from NARPO officers and committee members who work so hard in the background. A special word of thanks was extended to Gill, who for many years accompanied him to meetings within the force area and further afield. In conclusion, he wished his successor best wishes for the future.
The branch wishes to place on record its sincere thanks and gratitude to Phil for his outstanding work during his tenure in office.
At the Annual General Meeting, Mr Peter Davies was elected as the new chairman of the Dyfed-Powys branch of NARPO.
Peter replaces Phil Hopkins, who had been Chairman since his retirement in 2003 and during his tenure has overseen development within the organisation which now has 1,000 members.
Peter (left) being congratulated by Phil.
The new Chairman on accepting the position mentioned that it was a fantastic honour to be Chairman and thanked his predecessor for his hard work at force and regional level. Peter made special reference to members of the Welfare Committee for their efforts.
At the same meeting Mike Benbow was elected Vice Chair.
Due to a change in government policy, the petition for police widows / widowers to retain their pension for life was unsuccessful in gaining an early day motion. Please consider signing the petition and sharing. Currently only the spouses of those who are killed or die on duty retain their pension. Any other widow/widower that remarries or co-habits would lose their pension. Remember they already get far less than you. Northern Ireland has changed the law so that the pension is retained. 
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It promises to be a busy year for NARPO Member Mr Gerard Thomas (Rtd. Supt) who has recently been appointed President of the British Isles Bowls Council for 2018.
Gerard with his chains of office.
Following retirement from Dyfed-Powys Police in 1994, Gerard and his wife Betty made their home in Pembroke. Shortly after moving back to the area from Newtown, Gerard joined Pembroke Dock Bowling Club and as well as playing, soon became actively involved in administrative matters taking on the role of match / fixture secretary and county delegate.
In recognition of his hard work promoting the game of Bowls, Gerard was made County President of Pembrokeshire in 2000 and four years ago in 2014 was appointed President of the Welsh Bowling Association. He was nominated by the Welsh Bowling Association for the post of President of the British Isles Bowls Council and was invested at the AGM held in Manchester on Saturday 10th March. 
Footnote:- The object of the council is to promote, foster and safeguard the game of outdoor bowls. The council also organises, controls and finances the British Isles International matches and the British Isles Championship.
The duties of president include attending and officiating at the BIBC Championships and the British Isles Internationals. Attending British Isles Bowls Council Championships and the British Isles Senior Internationals to be held in Leamington Spa between the named Countries. In September, travelling to Belfast to officiate at the British Isles Junior Internationals between the named Countries.
The National Botanical Garden of Wales, Llanarthney (mid-way between Cross Hands and Carmarthen) offer a two for one entry throughout the year, on production of a Dyfed Powys NARPO membership card. 
New features for 2018 include large butterflies and chrysalis located in the glasshouse and the Pembrokeshire Falconry Centre has relocated to the gardens with a daily ‘Birds of Prey’ flying display. 
Important changes have been made to the Police [Injury Benefit] Regulations 2006. The amendment rectifies the situation created via the previous amendment which made ESA deductible from an injury award in any circumstances, even if for a different illness / injury than the illness / injury subject of the injury award.
The NARPO bulletin that provides further details can be found by clicking HERE