Aberystwyth Old University
Powys Castle
Tenby Harbour
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Pembroke Castle





NARPO has urged the Government to ensure the retired are treated the same as those of working age, when resolving pension discrimination.

This follows the 2018 Court of Appeal’s judgment that found the Government had discriminated against public sector workers in their policy of transitional protection, which was part of the 2015 reforms to public service pension schemes.

Following this case, the Government said it would be adopting a ‘deferred choice underpin’ approach, offering affected members a choice between legacy and reformed scheme benefits.

However, it has since become clear that pension scheme members who have already retired will now have to wait at least a further two years to see the discrimination they have suffered remedied.

Unlike members still working, those who can now retire will receive the pension of their choice immediately, however, those members who have already retired are being asked to wait while pension legislation passes through the Houses of Parliament and pension schemes are able to act on it. This is predicted to be around October 2023.

NARPO is calling for this to be rectified as soon as possible to avoid individuals having to live on a reduced pension and suffer for further years.

Chief executive Steve Edwards said: “There is no logical reason why those already retired cannot have their cases dealt with as soon as practicably possible. The original judgement from the courts on this matter found that there had been age-based discrimination, to continue to deny retired members the pension they have earned is not in keeping with the spirit of that judgment.

“That’s why we have called on the Treasury to urgently look at this issue and stop this continued discrimination against older retired public sector workers.”


NARPO Member, the Reverend Martin Spain (Rtd. C/Insp) has been appointed the United Reformed Church National Synod of WalesOfficer for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.

Martin who lives in Wolfscastle, Haverfordwest is a Congregational Federation minister who has served the URC Landsker Pastorate since 2010. He was ordained in 1997 and has also served churches in Whitland and Ammanford. He served for 30 years as a Dyfed-Powys officer and his exemplary service included working on diversity issues in the justice sector and as Director of Studies at the National Police College.

As a minister he has served as the Chair of the Council of the Congregational Federation, as Chair of the Congregational Federation in Wales and is a past President of the Congregational Federation of Great Britain. He also serves as a voluntary Army chaplain and a part-time hospital chaplain.

Martin said, “I am delighted to take up this important role, particularly at this pivotal moment in our life as local churches as we emerge from the pandemic. Much has been done over the years and there is much to do and resolve with regards to our ecumenical journey. I pray that my contribution will help to build on our foundations as churches in Wales.”



Mr Ivor Gwyn EVANS (Rtd. C/Insp) of Pontargothi passed away on Tuesday 2nd February 2021. Gwyn is survived by his wife Eileen, his son and daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

A private funeral service will be held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth on Friday 26th February. Family flowers only, donations in memory, if desired, to Leukaemia UK received by Glanmor D Evans and Son, Login Chapel of Rest, Llangunnor Road, Carmarthen SA31 2PG Phone: 01267 241626 / 01267 237100



Please see the attached letter received from the Police and Crime Commissioners office. 

It is relating to a request for officers to take part in a Welsh Language TV programme about the Greenham Common protests 40 years ago. They are looking for any Welsh speaking officer they may have been deployed at the time and are interested in taking part, hopefully the letter is self-explanatory. To read the letter click on LETTER

If you wish to take part, the PCC's office could help coordinate communication with the production company.



NARPO is supporting the National Day of Reflection on 23 March, the first anniversary of UK lockdown, to commemorate this tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who’s grieving.

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved.

Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind. Many have been unable to properly say goodbye to their loved ones, comfort or even hug each other.

As a nation, we need to acknowledge the millions in silent pain. So, join us on 23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection.

Let’s come together and reflect on this tragic loss of life, show support for people who’ve been bereaved and celebrate the lives of all those who’ve died.

There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. So, whatever your background, whatever your beliefs, and whatever you’ve been through, please join us for our first National Day of Reflection.

This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing and support each other through grief in the years to come.

Find out more at mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection  




The following has been received from PC Liam Thomas, Metropolitan Police:

I am writing to you regarding my grandfather who worked as a Special Constable with Dyfed-Powys in Aberystwyth.

His name was David Geoffrey THOMAS (known as Geoff), collar no 101 and served roughly 18 years until around 1993. I believe he would have worked for Ceredigion council around this time and lived in Comins Coch

Unfortunately, he passed away weeks before I followed in his footsteps and joined the British Transport Police in 2014. I served in Bath before being posted to London Victoria, Hammersmith and transferred to the MET at Charing Cross in 2020. Thankfully, he was able to see me as a Police Cadet with Dyfed-Powys in 2012 which he was extremely proud of.

Dadcu always spoke highly and fondly of his time in Dyfed-Powys, and I regret not asking him more about his time in the force before he passed away. Unfortunately, Dyfed-Powys destroyed all forms related to him on his departure.

I was wondering if you would be able to circulate this to your members to see if they have any photos, stories, memories etc.?

I am currently planning to create a frame which will include his cap badge, special constabulary patch, long service medal and a picture of him, but due to Covid this has been put on hold. My family still reside near Aberaeron, and I am looking forward to when I can come back to see them again!

Please let me know if you require any further information and thank you for any help

Kind regards

PC Liam Thomas 1389AW | AW Response Team B | City of Westminster

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The following has been received from Mr Steve Edwards, CEO NARPO UK:

Retired Rear Admiral Philip Mathias, supported by his campaign team that includes several retired police officers, has launched a legal action against the Government regarding the NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) scandal.

Unlike Social Care which is means-tested, it is the legal responsibility of the NHS to fully fund an individual's healthcare, in any setting outside of a hospital, if they have an ongoing serious illness such as severe dementia.

The application for a Judicial Review claims that NHS England has failed in this legal duty and has unlawfully denied tens of thousands of very ill people the CHC funding to which they are entitled, often with devastating emotional and financial consequences.

Further information can be found at: 



This Continuing Healthcare funding scandal will I am sure, have impacted on many NARPO members and their families, with devastating emotional and financial consequences and I would encourage you to support this campaign to make sure people are treated fairly at the time they need it most.



Dyfed Powys Police Economic Crime Team have become aware of a new Covid Vaccine scam.

DC Gareth Jordan from the Cyber Crime Unit says that in the latest variant of the scam, the victim receives an email that they are on the Covid vaccination list and they need to select whether they do or don’t want the injection.

Either choice will take the victim to a site where they will be requested to enter personal / financial data such as bank account details, card numbers, Driving licence ID, on the pretext that the site is checking their validity. The site is doing exactly the opposite, it is taking their details so they can be used for in more direct ‘spear phishing’ or to utilise the details for ID Theft and also financial fraud.

Full details can be found by clicking HERE



I am in the process of giving the website a spring clean and will be deleting items and sections that are no longer of interest to members.

Should you find items that you believe no longer serve a useful purpose, please advise the webmaster via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.so that consideration can be given to its removal.




The Blue Monday draw was made on Monday 18th January - to find out if you are a winner go to the Members Only section. The third Monday in January is called Blue Monday because its considered to be the most depressing day of the year!  With the virus and the lockdown it's hoped the additional draw will cheer a few people up!  


The following press release was issued by the Governor of the British Virgin Islands on Monday 18th January 2021:

Veteran United Kingdom police chief and Queen’s Police Medal honouree Mr. Mark Collins will take up the post of Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police in April.

His Excellency the Governor Augustus Jaspert appointed Mr. Collins, acting in accordance with the advice of the Police Service Commission, in keeping with the procedure outlined in 97 of the Virgin Islands Constitution.

The Governor said, “I am delighted that Mr. Collins has accepted the position of Commissioner of Police, he will bring a great deal of experience and knowledge to the role.” He added that Mr. Collins’ leadership experience will be valuable as the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force continues to build capacity among its leadership ranks.

Mr. Collins said of his appointment, “I very much look forward to starting my new role as Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and serving the people of BVI.”

Mr. Collins will bring more than 33 years of experience in law enforcement to the post. Most recently, he served as the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales, a position he held for four years. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief Constable in Bedfordshire and as Borough Commander of Walthamstow as part of London’s Metropolitan Police. Mr. Collins currently serves as the lead officer for mental health matters and for child sexual exploitation in the UK National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Mr. Collins was made a Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2019 and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his services to policing in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List 2020.

Note: The British Virgin Islands (see above map) consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with more than 50 other smaller islands. The islands had a population of 28,054 at the 2010 Census, of whom 23,491 lived on Tortola.



The army logistics expert brought in by Prime Minster Boris Johnson to help speed up the coronavirus vaccine roll-out is the son of NARPO member, Gwyndaf Prosser  of Llanelli.

Brigadier Phil Prosser (above), commander of the 101 Logistic Brigade, also known as the Iron Division, spoke alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a press conference recently, where he outlined the army's involvement in delivering millions of doses of the vaccine in the coming weeks.

‘We are extremely proud of the role he is playing,’ said Gwyndaf. ‘He has served all over the world, including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq and it is great to see him now taking on this role at home’. ‘He was heavily involved in the early stages of the pandemic last year, helping distribute PPE equipment to the NHS.

Phillip was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours List for his role in that operation’.

Formerly in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Brigadier Prosser studied at Welbeck College, Sandhurst and Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, before doing a master’s degree with the Open University.

His wife Shani is from Fishguard and they have a daughter Emily.

Brigadier Prosser is under no illusions about the size of the task ahead. ‘We aim to deliver the vaccine as soon after it is supplied as possible, not leaving vast quantities in the warehouse - it needs to be in arms not on shelves’ said Brigadier Prosser.

He added that the operation would be ‘unparalleled in its scale and complexity. It is the equivalent of setting up a major supermarket chain in less than a month’.



The safest of the 42 police force areas in England and Wales are Hertfordshire, West Mercia, Gloucestershire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Dyfed-Powys, Devon and Cornwall and North Yorkshire. 

The Home Office data covers five crime areas: arson, theft, robbery, sex offences and violence against a person. Drugs offences and crimes involving weapons are not included.Cases of crimes per 1,000 people in each category were grouped together to find overall figures for each region. The regions were then ranked in order.

(Full article can be viewed by clicking on: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9104627/The-DANGEROUS-places-live-England-Wales.html)





NARPO HQ have been notified by ACC Forber of South Yorkshire Police that their Force are considering opening up the Miners’ Strike archives. The intention is to publish the material within the South Yorkshire Police Miners’ Strike Archive (‘the archive’), so that it is electronically accessible to all.

The aim is to release as much of the archive as possible into the public domain, However, before doing so, the Force is proposing to carry out a redaction process of some of the material prior to its disclosure.

Before releasing any material, South Yorkshire Police are seeking the views of interested parties, including Staff Associations, Police Forces, National Police Chiefs Council and NARPO in relation to their proposed redaction policy.

Protecting our Members’ personal data and welfare are of paramount importance. NARPO has sought advice from our Data Protection Officer, and we have made an initial response to the consultation. We will be making further, more detailed submissions in due course to best protect our members and their welfare.

The matter was discussed at the recent NEC meeting and it was agreed to contact Branches on this issue, as well as providing advice to Branches and Members on ‘historical’ enquiries and events.

Therefore, it is extremely important to remind our Members to exercise caution when responding to any requests regarding this, and any other ‘historical’ policing events.

This includes refraining from posting any information and / or comments on any social media or other platforms on such matters which can be accessed or viewed by the public, which could lead to the possibility that it could be used in any future criminal or other enquiry.


Mercury Claims is a nationwide insurance claims investigation and handling specialists that undertakes the investigation of several thousand road traffic accidents annually on behalf of major insurers and leading solicitor firms. A local agent has retired, and they wish to find a replacement-purely part time work.

Virtually all Investigators are ex police officers, Tenby. Haverfordwest, Carmarthen etc would be good locations

For more information click HERE



The quarterly draw was made on Wednesday 2nd December together with the Christmas Cracker draw. The Christmas Cracker saw 31 winners receiving £500 each! In total, 27 retired officers were among the winners of the two draws with NARPO members well represented.

To find if you were lucky go to the Members Only section.



To mark the 15th anniversary of the building of the U.K’s National Police Memorial in 2005 the Police Memorial Trust are proud to announce the launch of a brand new website.

The specially built website gives a unique insight into the work undertaken by the Trust over the last thirty-five years. They unveiled their first memorial in 1985 following the murder of Yvonne Fletcher in St James’s Square, London.

It is a sad fact that the Trust have gone on to place a further forty nine memorials to a total of fifty five fallen British police officers.

The new website will go live tomorrow, Wednesday the 18th of November.

The launch date is especially poignant as it marks exactly fifteen years to the day since P.C Sharon Beshenivsky was murdered in Bradford, West Yorkshire. In May 2009, the Trust unveiled a memorial to Sharon at the location of her murder.

The new website contains individual pages dedicated to each of the fifty five officers they have commemorated with memorials together with exclusive images of all the unveiling ceremonies.

Commenting on the new website the Trust’s Chair, Mrs. Geraldine Winner said: “The launch of our new website marks fifteen years since The Queen opened U. K’s National Police Memorial in The Mall in London. Sadly, we have placed far too many of our memorials to fallen officers around the country.”

She added: “Our new website gives the officers loved ones, the police family and the public a lasting historical record of the commemoration of the brave police officers we have erected memorials to.”

The new site can be viewed at: www.thepolicememorialtrust.org



Thousands of temporary jobs are up for grabs as part of the 2021 Census.

The Census is a survey that takes place every 10 years to give a picture of all people and households in England and Wales.

This helps to plan and fund public services. Billions of pounds of public money is distributed using Census figures.

Data Cymru uses Census information to identify pressures on schools, roads and transports, for example.

A range of roles are available with more than 35,000 field staff required across England and Wales.

Field staff are the public face of the Census and jobs are available for people with knowledge of a local area and who can relate to the communities within it.

The hours are flexible and include the opportunity to work part-time, evenings and weekends.

Census Day is March 21st, 2021.

See more information and how to apply at: https://www.censusjobs.co.uk/



Statement from Royal London:

We are delighted to welcome Police Mutual to Royal London.

Royal London is financially strong, and our strength will allow for future enhancements in service and propositions, and wider support for the Police family. Importantly, the transfer preserves what Police Mutual customers and the Police service value most about Police Mutual.

We are fully committed to the Police Mutual brand. As the UK’s largest mutual life, pensions and investment company we are also committed to continuing the programme to improve the financial wellbeing of the Police family, and delivering the best value for our customers and members:

o There will be continued support for a financial education programme
o We will build on the good work of the Police Mutual Foundation
o We are proud to extend the sponsorship of the various Police Bravery Awards for another five years

Having completed the transfer on 1 October 2020, as part of Royal London, Police Mutual will continue to serve, and improve the financial wellbeing of, Police officers for the long-term.

I would like to give a warm welcome to Police Mutual customers. We are excited that, together, we’re starting a new chapter in both Police Mutual and Royal London’s long, proud and evolving history.

For more information visit www.policemutual.co.uk



NARPO member Ian James retired from Dyfed-Powys Police in 2013 having completed over 30 years service – all served in the Powys area.

Since retirement, Ian has worked as a Service Coordinator with the British Red Cross and is currently working for Powys Association of Voluntary Services (PAVO) as an Outreach worker for the Powys Befriending Service.

More volunteers are need - could YOU help to keep our over 50’s smiling?

To find out more about the Powys Befriending Service, please click HERE


NARPO have agreed with Bernard and Suzanne from Affinity Resolutions to provide for NARPO members a free legal advice helpline and quarterly email newsletter on legal topics.

The advice line will support members by explaining where they can find information on any legal problem.

To use this membership benefit please register at www.affinityresolutions.co.uk/join/



The summer edition of the newsletter is a different format to previous editions. As well as ‘serious’ topics there are photographs / anecdotes from ‘the good old days’ and a couple of cartoons to lighten the mood. The newsletter can also be found in the Members Only section of the website



The following has been received from Age Cymru:

My name is Kelly Barr and I run the arts and creativity programmes for Age Cymru. I am writing to you today, as I am in the first phases of a project that is exploring how older people in Wales are represented in the media. We’d like to work with you and your members to challenge the ‘hands on a walking stick’ images that we so often see!

In this initial phase, we’d like to have conversations with older people from all over Wales to gather their views so that we can create a document that tells the media and other organisations exactly what words and images older people want used to represent them.

I appreciate that you won’t be meeting in person at this current moment in time, but if you were meeting digitally or over conference call, my colleague Leslie and I would love the opportunity to speak to your members about the project and gather their views. We can fit in with your agenda and be as flexible as you need us to be.

Alternatively, if any of your members would prefer to talk to us over the phone, they can add their names to our call list by emailing me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text62840+'<\/a>'; //--> or phoning me on 07944 995494 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm).

We will be asking for people to respond to this project through local and national papers, and through social media as well, in the coming months.

 If you are interested in helping us to explore this project, please do let me know how we might be able to work together.



NARPO member Derek Edwards spent nine days unwell at his home and 14 days at Glangwili Hospital fighting Coronavirus. He is now recuperating at his home in Carmarthen and has kindly written an excellent article about his experience together with advice for anyone who may have to deal with Covid 19. To read the article click HERE



Later Life Ambitions recently conducted a members’ survey on the impact of Coronavirus on your everyday life.

The findings of the survey can be found by clicking on RESULTS



A message from our Travel Insurance providers AXA PP.

These are challenging and uncertain times. And, at AXA PPP healthcare, we are committed to pulling together with our members, partners and colleagues to find the right way through for all of us. We understand travel options are restricted right now. With that in mind, you will need to consider whether our annual travel insurance meets your travel needs for the coming year.

In response to the current circumstances we’ve set out some additional options and specific considerations for you to think about.

You can view this on the following link: AXA PPP Annual Travel Insurance 

You can also see the following FAQ’s



As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Police Mutual, put together a range of factsheets focusing on mental health during the Coronavirus Pandemic.The first one focuses on how to look after your own mental health during the crisis.

Follow the links to read now:

Your own mental health: https://www.policemutual.co.uk/media/1eway5ab/6536-pm-covid-looking-after-your-own-mental-health-factsheet-v3-final-with-links.pdf?v=123

Supporting others: bit.ly/3bTBgCG

Supporting Children: CHILDREN



The Post Office is making two of its products – ‘Payout Now’ and ‘Fast PACE’ (a pre-authorised cheque encashment service) – available to all the UK’s banks, building societies and credit unions to offer to any of their customers who are most in need of access to cash simply and speedily during this national emergency.

The improved services mean that self-isolating or vulnerable citizens affected by the coronavirus pandemic can now contact their financial institution if they choose to offer these services and arrange to withdraw cash quickly from their normal accounts through any local Post Office branch, with the help of a friend, family member, carer or local support worker.

Further information can be found at: 




Please use the following links to information in relation to the ongoing situation:



For queries on the NARPO Group Travel Insurance, please use the following link:




Police Care UK is the charity for serving and retired police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families, who have suffered harm as a result of policing. We are independent of any police forces, so we are funded entirely by donations and fundraising. We receive no money from government or forces for our work.

Potential Beneficiaries can access practical, emotional and financial support that is confidential and impartial by submitting a referral. We can provide confidential care - for life.

We have helped more than 10,000 serving and veteran police colleagues, and their families, come to terms with their situation, and rebuild their lives.

In 2019, we helped 502 families through our support services. We published the research from The Job and The Life in May, the UK's first force wide policing survey to assess trauma management and working conditions. We facilitated training in Suicide Awareness and Prevention for over 300 serving police officers and staff. We designed, developed and delivered our first Trauma Impact Processing Techniques course. We have provided £68,000 of funding to forces for small Wellbeing Grants. We established our strategic partnership with the Police Treatment Centres.

As a charity, we rely on assistance form our volunteers, but we need more help!

If you care about police our colleagues, why not consider a volunteering opportunity which will fit around you, and in your area, by visiting our website. There’s no obligation, and we don’t pressurise our volunteers to do any more than they want to. Any out of pocket expenses are paid.

There’s nothing to lose by simply finding out more about our volunteer roles, below:

Police Care Champion

1hr a month - Promote Police Care UK within their team, station, or community, highlighting what help is available and how to access it.

Force Ambassador

4-5hrs a month - Be a point of contact for Champions with questions, hold awareness stands, and provide briefings to teams and shifts about Police Care UK.

Support Volunteer

6-8hrs a month - Be a point of contact for the people we care for, checking to see that they're ok, and supporting them to access support from Police Care UK.

All you have to do, is visit our website here: https://www.policecare.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

Dave Blundell (Engagement Officer), Police Care UK



There is now a NEW dedicated email address for the DPP NARPO Secretary which is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is also linked to the mass e-mail system which is used to send out notifications such as bereavement notices. This means that in future, undeliverable e mail notifications will ‘come back’ to Phil Addicott and not as in the past to NARPO HQ.

When the last bereavement notification was circulated by email, over fifty messages  ‘bounced back’ and therefore were not delivered.

To ensure membership data is accurate, please inform the secretary if you need to update your contact details e.g. a new email address.



A digital memorial to thousands of UK police officers and staff who lost their lives on duty has been launched.

Each day the names and images of people who died on that date will be published on the Digital UK Police Memorial.

In-depth stories, that are compiled by Liverpool John Moores University students, will also be published.

The roll of honour has been set up as part of plans for a new physical memorial which is due to open at the National Memorial Arboretum in 2021.

Since the first professional police force - the Bow Street Runners - was set up in 1749, 4,200 UK police officers and staff have died on duty.

The new digital memorial can be seen at http://digital.ukpolicememorial.org/.



Police Mutual has compiled factsheets which may be useful to members. Click on the below links to open the relevant factsheet.

Living with or Caring for Someone with a Physical Disability: (Click here)

Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One: (Click here)



The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme which encourages carers, family members or friends to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Using the Herbert Protocol form, you can record all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers and places regularly visited, or previously located if they have gone missing before. In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily sent or handed to the police, along with a recent photograph – saving valuable time when you first contact the Police.

The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

Note: To download the form click on the BLUE link above.



This toolkit, developed by Police Mutual, is designed to support you to find resources and insights that will enable you to function better and change some patterns of behaviour that may be holding you back from enjoying life.

To access this practical guide to improving well-being, please click HERE



In partnership with Police Mutual, NARPO are pleased to announce the launch of the Police Mutual Care Line providing support for the police family, serving and retired, in times of need.

The service will be provided by Red Arc, a nurse led advice service, who are at the end of the telephone to help with a range of concerns, including coping with bereavement, serious physical or mental health problems, disabilities, trauma, post-hospital care or dealing with long term elderly matters.

All nurses are specially trained advisers with a great deal of knowledge who treat all callers with compassion, sensitivity and in confidence. Please click on CARE LINE for more information.






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