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No 8 RCS - REUNION

Attention all former members of the No 8 R.C.S:

Mr Dave Goddard is trying to arrange a reunion of the officers and staff of the No. 8 R.C.S. It is hoped that the proposed reunion will take place in either April or May 2018 and will attract interest from officer in all forces that combined to form the squad.

If you or anyone you know served in the squad, and want to attend can you please make direct contact with Mr. Dave Goddard on 07777 622068 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hopefully there will be enough interest to make the proposal a complete success.

 

BEREAVEMENT NOTICE

The following has been received from the Chief Constable Mr Mark Collins:

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Ian Miles MVO late last night (Sunday 11th February).  Ian passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home address in the company of his family.

Ian retired in January 2018 in his 50th Year with the force and had been receiving cancer treatment for some time. 

Prior to his retirement Her Majesty the Queen announced that Ian would become member of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Years’ Honours.  On the 12th January 2018 Ian Miles was invested as Member of the Royal Victorian Order for his services to the Royal Family.

Ian joined the force in 1968 as a Cadet before completing 34 years’ service as a serving officer retiring as a Chief Inspector in Headquarters.  Upon his retirement he re-joined the force as a member of police staff in the Firearms Licensing Department, and then as senior Manager within the Specialist Operations and Civil Contingencies Department.

Update: Information regarding the funeral arrangements can be found in the Obituaries section.

 

DPP NARPO SPRING 2018 NEWSLETTER

The Winter 2018 Newsletter can be found in the Members Only section. (Scroll down to Agendas, Newsletters, Lottery Results etc).

 

NOTICE OF DPP NARPO AGM 2018

The Branch AGM will be held on Monday 26th March 2018 at The Falcon Hotel, Lammas Street, Carmarthen, SA31 3AP, commencing at 11.00 am. Tea and Coffee will be available from 10:30am onwards and lunch will be served at approximately 1:00pm. (Numbers are required for catering byWednesday 7th March 2018).

N.B. The meeting is open to all members, all meeting costs are covered by the Branch and if you require lunch, then a booking is essential. A menu will be sent to those who commit to attending and will include a return date for choices. There is no need to inform the Secretary if you are attending the meeting only.

As you will be aware, our Chair, Phil Hopkins has indicated his intention of standing down at this year's AGM after a period of some thirteen years, meaning that a new Chair will be elected at the AGM. The current Vice Chair, Peter Davies, has been Phil's able deputy for almost the whole of his tenure. Peter has put his name forward for the position of Chair, together with a proposer and seconder.

Mr Clive Cowey has indicated his willingness to continue as Treasurer, I am willing to continue as Secretary and Mr Paul Herdman as Deputy Secretary.

If there are no other nominations submitted for the position of Chair by Monday 5th March, I will circulate the vacancy of Vice Chair.

If anyone else wishes to put their name forward for position of Chair, could they please notify me (Phil Addicott) by Monday 5th March 2018 and ensure that they will have a proposer and seconder at the meeting.

Phil Addicott (Secretary)

HELP WANTED TO MAKE TV SERIES

The following has been received from Sarah Quarrington, employed by a company called Woodcut Media, who specialise in factual programming and true crime documentaries. The company has been commissioned by Sky TV to make a new peak-time series focusing on the amazing work the police undertake to investigate and solve murders, the programme is called 'How I Caught the Killer'.
Each episode follows a murder investigation from initial discovery to conviction and is told by the very police who ran the case. It will shine a light on the intricate detective work involved and the dedication it takes from a whole team of people to catch a suspect and prove their guilt.
Woodcut Media is looking for former Chief Investigating Officers, to talk about particularly interesting murder cases they've worked on and how they were solved.
Have a look at other programmes made by us by following the link http://www.woodcutmedia.com/our-shows.

If this sounds of interest to any former officers then contact Sarah by Phone:07825107408 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

DYFED-POWYS POLICE 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The following has been received from Mr Phil Hopkins (Charman) in relation to the above:

As you may well be aware, this year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Dyfed Powys police from its three constituent forces – Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary, Mid Wales Constabulary and Pembrokeshire Police. 

The force has arranged a celebration commemorative service to be held at Police Headquarters, Llangunnor, on Friday, 27th April. 

DPP NARPO have been offered an invite for sixteen persons to attend the event.  The stipulation is that you must have served in one of the constituent forces prior to the amalgamation on 1st April 1968. We have decided that in the first instance, sixteen places should be allocated as follows: six for Carms and Cards retired officers and five each for Mid Wales and Pembs retired officers. 

Some retired officers who qualify may not of course be members of NARPO.  However, as we have no record of who these retired officers are, this information can only reach NARPO members. If non NARPO members become aware of the event and express an interest in attending, then they will be considered on a par with NARPO members.

Any person who qualifies by virtue of having served in one of the three forces who is interested in attending the event is asked to contact either the secretary Phil Addicott, or myself by the end of February. If more people apply than there are spaces available, then a ballot will be held. 

The function will take the form of a drinks reception at Headquarters commencing at 1:00pm, followed by the presentation / service. The event is expected to conclude by 4:00 pm.  An Order of Service will be available in due course.

                                                                                 

WELSHPOOL COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning will be held at The Royal Oak, Welshpool, on Monday, 19th March, commencing at 10.30 am. Please make an effort to attend and meet up with retired colleagues.

 

WERE YOU A SERVING OFFICER IN 1972 OR 1990?

The following has been posted on the NARPO HQ website:

Were you a serving officer in 1972 or 1990? If so you will have been given the opportunity to uprate your widow[er] pension.

We (NARPO HQ) have recently been made aware of an issue in relation to the inadequate retention of important pension records around the election made by Officers in 1972, when an option was given to uprate their widows pension entitlement from a third to a half.

The issue initially arose where a NARPO member died and told his wife before he died to make sure she received the half–rate pension as he had decided to uprate. The Pension Authority could find no records relating to the officer’s pension in 1972 and as a result made the decision that they would only pay the widows pension at the rate of a third. The officer in question had transferred from another Force and it would appear that his pension record was not transferred over with him. The widow was adamant, but nevertheless the Pension Authority refused to uprate the pension despite their being no record whatsoever covering his previous service.

Owing to the widows’ persistence and with assistance from our local NARPO Branch, the widow managed to find her late husband’s records in a separate location. That file contained a form signed by her husband in 1973 showing that he had elected to increase the widow pension entitlement through reduction in his own pension.

In correspondence with the Force concerned they have confirmed that in the absence of any records being found from 1972 they would automatically pay the widows pension at the rate of a third.

This record keeping issue could also affect those female officers serving in 1990, when an opportunity was given for them to ‘buy back’ previous service so that it attracted a half rate widower’s pension. This should be recorded on their pension records. Make sure your loved one receives the pension to which they are entitled.

YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT YOUR PENSION ADMINISTRATOR TO MAKE SURE THEY STILL HAVE A RECORD OF YOUR ELECTION www.narpo.org/find-pension-administrator

 

AGE UK- TACKLING LONELINESS

More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

Contrary to what many people think, loneliness is not a normal part of ageing. It not only makes life miserable, but also it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health too. Unless we act, our rapidly ageing population means we’ll see ever greater numbers of lonely older people and, because loneliness undermines resilience, this means more pressure on our already stretched NHS and social care services.

For further information, please visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/loneliness/

 

INCREASE IN POLICE PRECEPT

Statement following the agreement to increase the Police precept by 5%:

Dyfed - Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, said: “I am pleased my proposal to increase the police precept by 5% has  been unanimously accepted by the Police and Crime Panel.”

“Today’s agreement means a typical Band D property will pay £224.56 for policing in 2018/19, an increase of £10.69 for the year, or 21p per week.

“The Force has been graded as Good in the most recent report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, and this level of funding will protect the number of police officers and allow the force to continue to make positive progress over the coming year”. 

 

CLAIM A POWER OF ATTORNEY REFUND

You can get part of your application fee back if you applied to register a power attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017. This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA). You can only claim a refund if you made the power of attorney in England or Wales.

Visit-https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund

 

WIDOWS PENSION ENTITLEMENT

The following has been received from NARPO HQ:

There appears to some uncertainty regarding the widows pension entitlement.
For clarity prior to April 1972 widows pension entitlement was a third. The Police Pension Regulations changed in 1972 and Pension Contributions increased to 7% which increased the widows entitlement to a half.
The Regulations allowed those in service prior to 1st April 1972 to enhance their pre-April 1972 widows entitlement to a half at a cost. At that time officers were given a time limited opportunity to upgrade pre-1972 service for the purpose of their widows pensions. To achieve this upgrade of earlier years, three options were offered; the payment of a lump sum, additional contributions from pay until the end of service or payment from the future police pension. Not all officers took the option to 'buy' back service.
Anyone who joined after April 1972 will automatically leave a half rate widows pension. Anyone with service prior to April 1972 and continuing to serve, will either leave a half [if they chose to uprate] or a mixture of a third for service prior to April 1972 and a half for the period after 1972. The election was effectively to ‘buy back’ previous service pre-April 1972, to attract a half rate widows pension.

 

IAN MILES INVESTED AS MEMBER OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER

On Friday 12th January 2018 Mr Ian Miles (Rtd.C/Insp) was invested as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order for his work in support of the Royal Family. Ian was jointly invested with the honour at his home by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Powys, The Hon. Dame Shân Legge-Bourke DCVO.  Also present was the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police – Mr Mark Collins.

From L to R: The Hon. Dame Shân Legge-Bourke DCVO, Mr Ian Miles MVO, Miss Sara Edwards and the Chief Constable – Mr Mark Collins

The Royal Victorian Order is awarded at the discretion of Her Majesty the Queen recognising distinguished personal service to the Monarch and members of the Royal Family.

Until his recent retirement Mr Miles was serving in his 50th year with Dyfed-Powys Police.  Joining the force in 1968 as a cadet he became an officer in 1970 before rising through the ranks to become a Chief Inspector. Following his retirement as an officer he re-joined the force in a civilian role first as head of firearms licensing then returning to the Specialist Operations Department as a senior manager and the force’s Security Coordinator.

During his 50 years Ian planned and maintained the security during numerous Royal Visits, oversaw the visit of President Clinton to the Hay Festival, Commanded the policing response to the 2000 Fuel Protests, and oversaw the policing response to the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak. In 2012 he was responsible for the Olympic Baton relay, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour and more recently assisting in the security arrangements for the 2014 NATO summit and the 2017 Champions’ League Final.

Following the investiture of Mr Miles, Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “It was a privilege and an honour to be present at the investiture of Ian Miles who has selflessly served the Royal Family and the residents of Dyfed-Powys throughout his career with the force. It is fitting that Ian receives the Royal Victorian Order for his loyalty and dedication to the force over 50 years.”

 

BE AWARE!

Reports received from Action Fraud of DPP that residents are being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from BT saying that there is a problem with their internet connection. BT will never ask for remote access to your computer or access your online banking.

 

NEW POLICE STATION FOR CARMARTHEN

A new police station will be opened at Carmarthen’s historic Guildhall as part of its redevelopment.The announcement lays to rest speculation over whether the town would be left without a town-centre police base, after the Friars Park station closed and relocated to a building next to the Dyfed-Powys Police force headquarters in Llangunnor.

Town leaders have welcomed the plans by the police to occupy space on the Hall Street (left) side of the Guildhall to have a focal point for the public and a base for officers in the heart of the town.

In addition, Carmarthen, Llanelli and Ammanford will be the first towns to have upgraded CCTV camera systems, monitored live by police staff, as part of a £2 million, four-year project across the two counties.

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY 2018

 

Date

Time

Event

Contact

Tuesday 6th March

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Wednesday 7th March

7:00pm

Llanelli ‘Curry & Pint’ evening

Gwyndaf Prosser

Monday 19th March 10:30am Coffee Morning at Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool Phil Hopkins

Monday 26th March at 11:00am - DPP NARPO Annual General Meeting & Lunch

Tuesday 3rd April

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Date to be confirmed   Ammanford 'Get Together' Harry Rees
Friday 27th April -  50th Anniversary Commemorative Service  (More details above)

Tuesday 1st May

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Tuesday 5th June

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Wednesday 6th June

7:00pm

Llanelli ‘Curry & Pint’ evening

Gwyndaf Prosser

Tuesday 3rd July

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Tuesday 7th August

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Tuesday 4th September

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Wednesday 5th September

7:00pm 

Llanelli ‘Curry & Pint’ evening

Gwyndaf Prosser

Friday 7th September - NARPO National Conference at Torquay

Tuesday 25th September

10:30am

NARPO Golf Day at

 Builth Wells GC

Phil Hopkins

Tuesday 2nd October

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Date to be confirmed   Ammanford 'Get Together' Harry Rees

General Meeting - October (Details to be finalised)

Tuesday 6th November

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning

Peter Davies

Sunday 11th November – Remembrance Sunday

Tuesday 4th December

10:00am

Carmarthen Coffee Morning &

NARPO / IPA Christmas Lunch

Peter Davies

Wednesday 5th December 

7:00pm

Llanelli ‘Curry & Pint’ evening

Gwyndaf Prosser

NB Carmarthen Coffee Mornings are held at The Falcon Hotel, Lammas Street.

Llanelli events are held at The Thomas Arms, Thomas Street, Llanelli.

Ammanford events are held in April & October at Tycroes RFC (dates to be notified)

Aberystwyth hold social events every Wednesday throughout the year.

 

FORCE DEVELOPMENT LOTTERY

A list of winners for the December 2017 draw can be found in the Members Only section together with the 31 winners of the Christmas Cracker draw. (Quite a few NARPO members on the lists).

 

IMPORTANT – CHANGE OF ADDRESS

In order to keep DPP NARPO branch details up to date, could you please ensure that you inform Phil Addicott (Branch Secretary) of address change, telephone number and email addresses as failing to do so could mean missing out on NARPO correspondence including emails.

You can contact your Branch Secretary by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07807956928

N.B. It is important that you also inform Police Pensions and Force Lottery (if applicable) of address changes.

 

SEPTEMBER CPI RELEASED

The Office of National Statistics have released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2017 which shows an increase of 3%. As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 3% as of 1st April 2018.

Full details can be found on the ONS website

 

NARPO SUBSCRIPTION FEES 2018

In line with the above pension increase as from 1st January 2018 the minimum annual subscription will be £20.64 (previously £20.04) this equates to £1.72 per month (previously £1.67)

 

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS STATE PENSION SURVEY

The Labour Party has launched a consultation on how best to protect and improve the State Pension following their manifesto commitment to “ensure dignity and security in older age”

The consultation seeks to gather the views of older people across the country, and their experience of the State Pension. Responses to the consultation will complement the Pensions Commission that Labour established at the beginning of 2017 and will feed directly into the development of Labour Party policy.
Later Life Ambitions would like to hear about your experience of the State Pension.

This short survey will help us frame our response to this consultation, and ensure that your views are properly reflected.

The survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/J7M292G

 

DATE FOR THE DIARY

The 2018 NARPO Golf Day will be held at Builth Wells Golf Club on Tuesday 25th September 2018, commencing at 10.30 am. Further details will appear on the website in due course.

 

AMMANFORD AREA ‘GET TOGETHER’

Another genial evening was held at Tycroes Rugby Club on Thursday 12th October with 21 steadfast members in attendance. An excellent buffet was provided thanks to the generosity of Roger Anthony and Geraint Davies (Gezi) - many thanks also to those who donated the raffle prizes.

The next get-together will be held in April 2018 at the same venue and members are reminded that the actual date will appear on the website in early March. Eirian Williams and Mike Davies (Mike Pop) have generously agreed to fund our next get together.

 

MARRIAGE TAX ALLOWANCE:

Did you know you may be entitled to a tax break called the marriage tax allowance? The marriage tax allowance is a little known way for couples to transfer a proportion of their personal allowance (the amount you can earn tax-free each tax year) between them.

HOW IT WORKS

Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,150 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner - if they earn more than you.

This reduces their tax by up to £230 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the next year).

To benefit as a couple, you (as the lower earner) must have an income of £11,500 or less. You can calculate how much tax you’ll pay as a couple.

WHO CAN APPLY?

You can get Marriage Allowance if all the following apply:

  • You’re married or in a civil partnership
  • You don’t earn anything or your income is £11,500 or less
  • Your partner’s income is between £11,501 and £45,000 (or £43,000 if you’re in Scotland)

For more information and to apply online click on: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-allowance

You can backdate your claim to include any tax year since 5 April 2015 that you were eligible for Marriage Allowance.

N.B. You don't need to reapply if you got the marriage tax allowance last year.

 

NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY 2017

The annual National Police Memorial Day Service is held in each of the four countries which make up the United Kingdom, in alternate years. The 2017 event was held at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Sunday 24th September. NARPO Chairman, Phil Hopkins and his wife Gill were privileged to represent the Dyfed-Powys Branch of NARPO and Phil has compiled the following article containing recollections of what was an emotional afternoon.

A  proud Phil with his wife Gill at St. David's Hall

The afternoon commenced with the band of the South Wales Police and Corps of Drums marching through the city centre and into St David’s Hall through a guard of honour formed by representatives of most of (if not all) the police forces in the country.  We also saw a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as part of the guard. The rain which had threatened had held off until this point then started, so we went into St David’s Hall before the fly past by the National Police Air Service.

Before the service started, we were treated to a programme of music by the band and also members of the National Police Orchestra, conducted by John Morgan, a retired Dyfed Powys officer.

South Wales Police Band on parade led by standard bearers carrying the Union and Welsh flags

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff opened the service and the Book of Remembrance (provided by The Police Roll of Honour Trust) was carried by a serving officer from Police Scotland and dedicated by the Chair of Police Chaplaincy UK.  All serving officers in the congregation were then asked to stand and reaffirm their oath of allegiance by Chief Constable Sara Thornton, the Chair of the national Police Chief’s Council. Every rank was represented, from Constable through to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.  At this point I felt extreme pride to be among such personnel and to have had the privilege of serving my force for almost thirty four years.

The scene inside St. Davids Hall during the memorial service

The service continued and there were other connections to the Dyfed-Powys area. Llanelli Male Voice Choir performed musical items and the address was given by the Dyfed-Powys Police Chaplain, the Reverend Tom Evans.  Parts of the proceedings were very emotional – four people came up onto the stage, representing the police forces of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and lit a candle in memory of officers from each of the four countries who had passed away on duty. The Welsh representative was a serving police officer from Gwent, PC Lowri Davies, whose father had been knocked of his bicycle by a stolen car whilst cycling home after his tour of duty in 1990.

The six officers who had died on duty since last year’s memorial service were then remembered, including Keith Palmer, murdered outside the House of Commons earlier this year. Another officer, PC Gareth Browning, from the Thames Valley Police, died less than two weeks later, from injuries received when he was hit by a stolen car whilst deploying a stinger device in an effort to stop the vehicle, the incident occurring in November 2013.

At the end of this part of the service the Last Post was sounded by John Morgan on the trumpet. Reminiscent of The Royal Albert Hall at the Service for Remembrance Day, petals fell from the ceiling representing all those who have died, before the Reveille was sounded.

The service continued with readings and prayers, from Steve White, the Chair of the Police Federation, Mr Peter Vaughan the Chief Constable of South Wales, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wales and the Anglican Archbishop of Wales.

The service ended with the singing of the two National Anthems – both sung with fervour.

I mentioned the emotions which welled through me at different points of the service. There was pride when all my ex colleagues reaffirmed their oath of allegiance, relief for all officers who return home safely at the end of a shift, deep sorrow for the loved ones of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, especially those who were present at St David’s Hall and further pride that the whole event, planned and carried out with precision planning took place in my home country.

 

DPP NARPO GOLF DAY 2017

Builth Wells Golf Club was the venue on Tuesday 26th September for the fifth DPP NARPO Golf Day – held two weeks later than the previous four competitions. During the days leading up to the eagerly awaited contest, a watchful eye was kept on the weather forecast with all of us hoping that the weather we have been blessed with in previous years (last year’s thunderstorm apart), would prevail.

The competitors (L to R): David Jones (Sponsor), Derek Bloomfield, Phil Hopkins, Steve Cole, Alan Jones, Mike Benbow,  Huw Rees, Phil Small and Gary Evans.

We needn’t have worried – the day dawned fair and fair it stayed all day – perfect weather for golf.  A gentle breeze, somewhat cloudy with numerous sunny spells and mild, meaning shirt sleeves and shorts (for some) was the dress code.  What more could one ask for?

A few unavoidable late withdrawals meant a slight tweaking of the draw, but after coffee, a bacon bap (to be pedantic, an egg bap was produced for the vegetarian among us) and swapping yarns, it was time to tee off.  

There was one newcomer to the event, Steve Cole who travelled all the way from ‘Sunny Pembrokeshire’ let it slip that he had played the picturesque course only six weeks previously.  He maintained that he had merely travelled up from Tenby to caddy for his wife Pam, who had qualified to play in a competition at Builth and he took the opportunity to play a practice round. The rest of us agreed that the real reason was for him to have a sneak preview of the course in an effort to improve his chances of victory!

The rounds passed relatively uneventfully, Phil Small was delighted that he was drawn in a different group to me, thus minimising the chance of me hitting him with a golf ball as happened last year.

Fore! - Organiser Phil Hopkins about to tee off.

And now for what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for – the results! As mentioned, this was the fifth event, and there are now five different names inscribed on the prestigious winner’s trophy.  Mike Benbow brought the highly polished cup which he won last year, hoping to be the first person to retain the splendid trophy, but sadly (for him!) it was not to be. Gary Evans romped home to the winner’s enclosure by a clear two points.  It was tighter competition for second place, with the runner up’s prize having to be decided on a count back - I am delighted to report that the runner up was a certain Phil Hopkins. 

However, Phil Small, the person to miss out, more than made up for his extreme disappointment, by taking home the prizes of lowest gross score, nearest the pin and longest drive. Steve Cole had hit a longer drive, but was persuaded by the other members of his group that the rough where his ball had ended up did not form part of the fairway – a necessary factor to conform to the rules!

Left: A delighted (but slightly fuzzy) Gary Evans - winner of the main competition

Right: Gary Evans flanked by the other main prizewinners - Huw Rees and Phil Small.

The day concluded with the eagerly awaited prize giving and an excellent meal, during which the stories which had commenced over morning coffee were continued. Everyone agreed that next year’s Golf Day should again be held at the same venue, on or around the same date. As soon as this is confirmed, an e mail will be circulated and an item put on the website so that the date can be marked in next year’s diary.

Huge thanks go to our sponsor, David Jones from Hay on Wye, for his continued support of the event. Thanks also to the management of Builth Wells Golf Club for allowing us to use their facilities.

Phil Hopkins

 

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS

Please write to your MP to sign the Early Day Motion (EDM) on Later Life Ambitions. This EDM welcomes Later Life Ambitions, a campaign organisation that represents over a quarter of a million pensioners through three partner organisations; the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers. A template letter can be found HERE.

Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners through the National Association of Retired Police Officers, The National Federation of Occupational Pensioners and the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance. Our members have ambitious aspirations for the next generation of pensioners.

From fair pensions to safe and sustainable care services, and from accessible housing to regular bus services to promote independence. We require bold and forward-looking action from our political leaders.

With your support, we want to change the terms of the debate – to focus on the ambitions of pensioners rather than the perceived ‘costs’ to the rest of society. So we urge you to join us in calling for an aspirational and ambitious future for those in later life.

 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017

NARPO’s Annual Conference took place on Friday 8th September 2017 at the Spa Complex, Scarborough. The main motion was the Rules of the Association, which were agreed and can be found in the Members Only section.

 

RE-VAMPED NARPO WEBSITE

The NARPO website has been redesigned and is a vast improvement on the previous version. It is very easy to use and means NARPO HQ at Wakefield can provide up-to-date information on news and deals on whatever device you prefer - be that your home computer, mobile or tablet.

To access the website go to: http://www.narpo.org/

 

CARDIGANSHIRE CONSTABULARY – CAN YOU HELP?

The Cardiganshire Constabulary was formed in 1843 and ceased to exist in 1958 when the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary was formed.

Following research, NARPO member Gwyndaf Prosser has ascertained that the following who served in the Cardiganshire Constabulary are still alive:

  • PC 261 Eric Hughes - resigned prior to retirement
  • PC 205 Ken Owens - also resigned prior to retirement
  • PC 265 John Evans - transferred to the MOD Police at Aberporth
  • PC 264 Dennis Davies – no further details
  • PC ??? Eiryl Evans - living in Cardigan was stationed at Brynhoffnant.
  • PC 202 A Williams - living at Aberystwyth
  • DC 263 Wyn Morris - residing in North Wales
  • PC 236 David Jones (Dai Corris) - living in Aberystwyth
  • PC 259 John Charles Davies - retired as Chief Inspector
  • PC 222 Watkin Lowe - resides in Cardiff and retired as Chief Inspector
  • PC 260 Harold Davies - resides in Cardigan.
  • PC257 Emrys Evans - brother of John Owen Evans (ACC)

Gwyndaf now wonders whether there are any other former members of the Cardiganshire Constabulary to be added - if anyone is able to assist please contact Gwyndaf (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note:Gwyndaf is grateful to Watkin Lowe who provided most of the information.

 

PENSION OMBUDSMAN DETERMINATION ON TAX LIABILITIES ON RE-EMPLOYMENT

An important decision if any NARPO members are facing tax liabilities as a result of re-employment by the Police:

The Pension Ombudsman in a South Wales case has determined that the Police and Crime Commissioner had a duty of care, as an employer, to have informed the Applicant of the tax implications of re - employment on his retirement benefits. Its failure to do so has led to the Applicant incurring tax charges on his retirement benefits.

As a responsible employer the Commissioner had a duty of care to inform the Applicant of the tax implications of re-employment on his retirement benefits. I find that as a consequence of their failure to do so that they should reasonably meet the tax PO-7096 liabilities incurred by the applicant in this regard. So, I agree with the stance taken by the Commissioner that it proposes to pay the tax liability for the applicant in relation to this issue on confirmation of the amount from HMRC.

Full case link: https://www.pensions-ombudsman.org.uk/determinations/2015/po-7096/police-pension-scheme/

 

CARE AND NURSING HOME INVESTIGATION

Six months ago, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into the issues affecting the 430,000 older people in care and nursing homes in the UK. The CMA has been examining whether the care home industry is working well and treating residents and their families fairly. The CMA is now halfway through its process and has published an update report with its interim findings. The CMA has also opened a consumer protection case addressing concerns that some care homes may be breaking consumer law.

NFOP/CSPA/NARPO has been working through Later Life Ambitions to support the CMA in its inquiry to ensure that care homes are upfront and transparent about the costs that will be charged to people at all stages of their care. We have met with the CMA and will be submitting our views to their inquiry. We would like to hear whether any of our members have had a negative experience with the care home market. In particular, we would like to know whether you or a family member has experience

  • Large upfront payments charged for care home residents
  • Fees for extended periods after the death of a resident
  • Uncertainty about the care options available
  • Complexity of the complaints system

If you would like to help us with our submission to the CMA, please email your thoughts and experiences to Fenella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

All information will be treated in confidence, and your details will be anonymised.

 

TACS REST - HOLIDAY HOME AT BORTH

The following has been received from Phil Hopkins (NARPO Chairman):

We have recently become aware of a charity called Tacs Rest, listed as ‘Tac’s Rest Charity – Supporting Police and associated families / friends’.It has been formed by serving and retired officers and supports colleagues who have and are experiencing tough times. It is not a Dyfed Powys charity, but offers support to officers/retired officers nationally.

However,  the charity maintains a fully equipped static caravan sleeping six at Brynrodyn holiday park, near Borth and offers free holidays for those in need of a break with available dates for this year (at the time of writing). 

If you know of a retired colleague who has had a tough time and would benefit from a break at this location, the force contact is PC 988 Neil Davies on 07539212521,  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    or visit the website www.tacsrest.co.uk.

As stated, this facility does not exist just for Dyfed Powys officers and retired officers, so there is no guarantee of availability.

Note: The holiday home is dedicated to Tony 'Tac' Spry. Tony was an original member of Bobby on a Bike cycling Canada to Mexico in 2002 and again in 2005. Together with Neil Smith MBE and Jeff Cribb, Tony helped raise over £32,000 from those first two rides. Despite retiring his bike in 2005, Tony remained a committed member of Bobby on a Bike.

Sadly Tony lost his battle with cancer in October 2014; the holiday home is a tribute to his memory, hence known as 'Tac's Rest'.

 

MID-WALES CONSTABULARY AGM AND REUNION LUNCH

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association was held recently at Builth Wells. The meeting was tinged with sadness due to the loss of a number of members during the year including Mrs Joan Rees, Mr Bob Wildblood, Mr Brian Stubbs, Mr Hughie Smout and Mrs Monica Jones.  

The late Mr Brian Stubbs was President of the association for many years and Mr Henry Jones agreed to take over the position with Alan Harding succeeding him as Chairman.  

 

From L to R; Mr Barry Hicks (Secretary / Treasurer), Mr Dafydd Llywellyn (PCC) and Mr Alan Harding (Chairman).

Following the AGM, 22 members and three guests sat down to lunch organised by Barry Hicks (Secretary / Treasurer) - one of the guests being the current Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Dafydd Llywelyn.

Following the meal, Mr Llewellyn gave a resume of his career background including his role as Principal Crime and Intelligence Analyst at FHQ. He stated that one of his key priorities as Police & Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys is to introduce more CCTV systems within the force area in order to combat crime.

Many thanks to Peter Davies for the photograph - more will appear in the Photo Album section in due course.

 

DPP GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME

Notification has been received from Dyfed-Powys Police Federation, that as of 1st April 2017 there is a new provider for the Group Insurance Scheme as the Police Mutual no longer provide this service. The new provider is Philip Williams & Co who have a long association with other Police Federations.

As a result, there are a number of changes to certain aspect of cover, including new telephone contact numbers, including the breakdown cover that appears to have changed the service provider from the RAC. It is hoped that the Federation will arrange for official notification by letter.

The new GIS Policy booklet and contact number card can be found in the Member’s Only section of the website. Should you require further information please contact the DPP Federation office on 01267 2220731 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

THE DMW MOTORCYCLE IN YSTRADGYNLAIS

Mr Tony Davies (Rtd. PC280) recalls riding a DMW during his time at Ystradgynlais - posted in the Further Articles section.

 

DYFED-POWYS POLICE FEDERATION GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME

Members of the above scheme can find the 2017/18 travel policy schedule in the Members Only section.

 

WIDOWS PENSION FOR LIFE – PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR MP

We urge you to write to your MP to ask them to support Early Day Motion (EDM) 1063 laid by Mr Tim Farron MP which calls for parity for police widows / widowers within the United Kingdom, should they choose to remarry or co-habitat following the death of their husband / wife. Please write to your MP as soon as possible using the template: LETTER TO MP 

You can view the EDM at: Early Day Motion 1063 and you can find your MP at: Find your MP. Further information is contained in the leaflet at: Pension for life

 

FORCED A19 RETIREMENTS ‘LAWFUL’ - RULES COURT OF APPEAL

Officers have lost an appeal against the decision to force them to retire under controversial cost-cutting plans. More than 1,300 officers with 30 years’ service were made to retire when forces began applying Regulation A19 in 2010.

A 2014 Employment Tribunal found that its use by five forces amounted to indirect discrimination, but this judgment was overturned by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales (PSAEW, along with a number of officers and former officers, lodged an appeal against the EAT’s verdict in 2015.

On Wednesday 1st February the Court of Appeal dismissed this case and ruled that the use of Regulation A19 was lawful. (The full written judgment will be available in due course).

 

BED & BREAKFAST AT POLICE TREATMENT CENTRES

The following has been received from Wendy Bartlett, (Marketing Officer), Police Treatment Centres:

We have been offering weekend B&B rooms at both our centres (Harrogate, North Yorkshire and Auchterarder, Perthshire) for a few years now and thanks to the success of this venture and the support of NARPO members country-wide we have been able this year to increase the number of rooms we are offering.  

Bookings are going very well across the year with sales particularly strong as usual in Harrogate. There is now very limited availability in April and for certain dates in May. Full details of all dates and availability for Harrogate specifically can be checked on our new online calendar at www.thepolicetreatmentcentres.org/hospitality-offers/b-and-b/StAndrews-HarrogateBB where you will also find our online booking form which can be used for either centre.

 

REMINDER - DYFED-POWYS POLICE LOTTERY

An application form to join the Dyfed Powys Police Lottery can be found in the Members Only section. If you wish to join or increase your number of chances (maximum of four), please complete the application and return it to Rob Chapman at the address shown on the form. 

 

FREE CARE LINE

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.

 

HEART MATTERS - BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

Heart Matters is designed to help you keep your heart healthy, especially if you have a heart condition, care for someone who does or might be at risk of developing heart problems.

The free, award-winning magazine offers information, inspiration and support with access to the latest research and updates on treatments and condition. You’ll also receive fabulous heart-healthy recipe cards in every issue, as well being able to browse hundreds of recipes as via an online recipe finder and explore nutrition features and information.

You can choose to have the magazine delivered to your door four times a year, or an online magazine can be accessed any time and features exclusive content such as quizzes, videos and animations. There are also popular fortnightly emails containing magazine highlights as well as a helpline if you have a heart health related question

So why not join this FREE support programme from the BHF today at: http://host.burnmarketing.com/bhf/emails_2016-2017/bhf_NARPO_acquisition_email_join_a.html

 

WHAT TO DO ABOUT A POLICE PENSION WHEN SOMEONE DIES

Pensions don’t automatically ‘sort themselves out’ when someone dies. DPP NARPO has compiled guidance notes about what to do upon the death of a person in receipt of a pension from Dyfed-Powys Police. The guidance notes can be found in the Members Section.

 

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

Would you be willing to take part in a project which will inspire the public to make healthier choices?

If so, then this is the opportunity for you! BBC TV is looking for people, aged 35 -70, who want to have a healthier lifestyle to take part in an exciting new project. The aim is to make people feel younger, look younger and live a longer, healthier life. For more information click on HOW TO STAY YOUNG

 

TRIPLE LOCK FACT SHEET

During the 2016 Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced there would be a review of indexation arrangements for the state pension to take effect after the 2020 election.

Since then, there have been a number of politicians, media commentators and think tanks calling for the triple lock to be scrapped.

A fact sheet containing some useful facts /statistics supporting the retention of the triple lock can be found by clicking on FACT SHEET

 

THE DMW DEEMSTER MOTOR BIKE (CONTINUED)

Following on from a recent article by Peter Griffin which mentioned riding the DMW in Mid-Wales, Berwyn Williams has supplied some interesting information and photographs regarding the DMW. In addition, Phill Hopkins recounts his time as a probationer at Llandrindod Wells whe he came a cropper while riding a Deemster. To read both articles please go to the Further Articles section.

 

NARPO WEBSITE GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH!

The DPP NARPO website continues to grow in popularity with the Photo Album being the most visited section.The below table provides statistics based on the years 2014-2016.

 

Year

Visitors

Number of Visits

2016

24,152 49,141

2015

22,178

45,546

2014

10,983

21,051

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY IN THE 60's

Mr Peter Griffin joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary and served at Welshpool, Newtown and Llandrindod Wells prior to transferring to West Mercia in 1970. Peter has compiled some recollections of his time in Mid Wales and the article can be found in the Further Articles section.

 

PHOTO ALBUM INDEX 2016

NB: Photographs marked * have been transferred from the News Section

 

  • DPP NARPO Member appointed Mayoress (2016)*
  • NARPO Golf Day (2016)*
  • NARPO Members honoured for Ebola Aid work (2016)*
  • Clive awarded Life Membership of NARPO (2016)*
  • Welshpool Coffee Morning (2015)*
  • Second award for Tom (TO) Davies (2015)*
  • NARPO Golf Day (2015)*
  • Investigation into suspicious deaths at Llangolman (1976)
  • Ho ho ho at Drugs Squad Christmas party! (1985)
  • Llandindod Wells Police Wives Christmas Dinner (1983)
  • Getting ready for duty at Tenby (1976)
  • Football at Newtown (early 70’s)
  • Peace demonstration at Brawdy (1980)
  • Springbok visit to Haverfordwest (early 80’s)
  • HMI at Newtown (1966)
  • Duty at Presteigne Assizes (1953)
  • Management Development Course (1994)
  • C Division PSU - Miners' Strike 1984/85
  • Police Charity Auction at Welshpool (1987)
  • Newtown Cricket Xl (early 80’s)
  • Tutor Constables’ Course at Friars Park (Late 70’s / early 80’s)
  • National Eistedfodd (1974)
  • Royal Visit to Coombe Cheshire Home (Year unknown)
  • Retirement of WPS Jean Evans (Late 60’s)
  • Pig Roast at Carmarthen (Year unknown)
  • Three of a Kind – A trio of former DPP JBB Chairmen
  • Queen’s Commendation for Bravery awarded To Alwyn
  • Firearms Training at Dering Lines (1975)
  • ‘A’ Division Rugby XV (mid 80’s)
  • Haverfordwest Marine Section Revisited (1978)
  • Cheque Presentation to Dyfed Victim Support (1994)
  • D Division Golf Tour 2016
  • On duty at Llanidloes Carnival in the 50's and 70's
  • Joining Instructions from 1966
  • Why no Rock in Milford Haven? (1992)
  • First Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd (1963)
  • The loss HMS Ardent (1982)
  • Patrol Cars at Llandrindod Wells in the 80's
  • D Division farewell to Pat (1982)
  • Another farewell to Pat
  • Happy Days at Bridgend DPTC (1962)
  • Gareth ready for action at Bridgend
  • What's going on 'ere then?
  • Standard Driving Course (2 photos)
  • Ford Cortina on patrol in Welshpool (1979/80)
  • Newtown Police Wives Dinner (1966)
  • Llanidloes Police Station (1954)
  • Police Communications in the past (1970)
  • Dulais comes to the rescue (1988/89)
  • Mid - Wales Constabulary First Aid Team (1968)
  • Advanced Driving Courses at Bridgend (2)
  • The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Murders (1989)
  • KBX158G Rides Again!
  • Newtown Police Cricket (1994)
  • Regional Sergeants Course at Cwmbran (1978)
  • DPP lose their cool - and the game (1983)
  • Liaison visit to RAF Brawdy (1984)
  • Coded for Keeps at Ammanford
  • C Division Rugby XV v RAF Brawdy (1983)
  • Superstars Celebrate an Emphatic Victory (1978)
  • Fund –raising at Llandod for a Special Cause (1987)
  • Cardiganshire Constabulary (1840’s)
  • On patrol in Pontyberem Square (1960’s)
  • Farewell to DPP Air Support Unit
  • Haverfordwest Police ‘Marine Section’ (1978)
  • ‘A’ Division rugby in the 80’s (three photos).
  • Montgomeryshire Constabulary (1943?)
  • D Division Golf Society (1991)
  • PAA Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition (date unknown)
  • Tom’s a High Flyer at St. Athan (1974)
  • Farewell Dinner for Mr JR Jones CVO (1975)

 

BODY WORN VIDEO CAMERAS LAUNCHED

Wednesday, 29th March 2017 marked the beginning of the force wide training roll-out for the approximately 800 police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who will be issued with the Body worn Video cameras.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn and Chief Constable Mark Collins with a camera.

The footage provides visual and audio evidence for use at court; meaning offenders are more likely to plead guilty and can be brought to justice faster. It will improve the process of investigating complaints against officers, and make them more accountable to the public. Officers will only record if there is a policing need and it is proportionate to do so. 

 

For more information click on https://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/newsroom/press-releases/dyfed-powys-police-body-worn-video-cameras-launched/

 

WELL DONE MARCUS!

A Newtown police officer has described the amazing experience of running the New York Marathon in aid of a fund set up in the wake of a fellow officer's murder. PC Marcus Wright took on the marathon on Sunday 6th November, raising £2,000 for the PC Nicola Hughes fund which will help to establish a homicide counselling service.

Nicola was one of two Greater Manchester officers who were shot in a routine call to a burglary in Manchester in September 2012. Her father set up the fund and sought an officer from every force in the UK to take part in the New York Marathon.

Marcus completed the marathon in an excellent time of 3 hours and 54 minutes, and believes it wasn’t a bad time for a 44 year old.

Afterwards he paid tribute to the tremendous American crowds which spurred him along on the way. He said, ‘The crowd were incredible. I had Marcus on my top, and I must have heard people shout my name about 300 times’.

Marcus thanks all who supported him and you can still donate by going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MarcusWright81.

 

CLIVE AND PAT (COWEY) TO THE RESCUE!

In early June I received a phone call from John Dawson (Rtd. PS) a member of Lancashire NARPO who currently lives near Lancaster. He informed me that he was coming to Tenby on holiday in the near future and he and his partner had decided to get married at the Carmarthen Registry Office at 4:00pm on Saturday 8th July.

 

John and Sandra  on the steps of the Register Office

As the couple would holidaying alone, the Registrar enquired who the two witnesses were to be, to which John replied that he would get two passersby to assist. It was explained to John that due to the isolated location of the Registry Office this was virtually impossible!

As the ceremony could not go ahead without witnesses, John decided to contact NARPO branches in the area and initially spoke to Phil Taylor (Swansea Branch) who gave John my number. Pat and I said we would be only too pleased to help out as witnesses and attended as requested. John and his wife Sandra were delighted with the help given and were presented with a carved Welsh love spoon from the DPP NARPO branch as a memento of the occasion.  .

The happy couple were both making their first visit to West Wales and were so impressed with the area that they intend to return to explore further.

Article and photo submitted by Clive Cowey

 

 

PHISHING EMAIL ALERT

Message sent by: Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo.
The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false. The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to.
Protect Yourself:
• Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
• The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information.
• If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS PHONE SCAM

Dyfed-Powys Police has issued a warning to residents following numerous reports of a phone scam in Ceredigion and Powys over the last few days. Officers have received reports of someone purporting to be from the Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC) asking for money.

DC Gareth Jordan said: “It would appear that Ceredigion and Powys have been targeted with a phone scam and I am very keen to get the message out to the whole of our police force area that this is a scam as no doubt this will continue to spread throughout the area.

“It is probably a non-UK company carrying out these calls in an effort to phish details from the victim, and eventually get them to pay money stating that they owe taxes.

“The HMRC would never target people in this way and would certainly never ask for money or bank details over the phone.

“Please be vigilant, do not part with any money or personal information. Remember - It is OK not to speak with cold callers - just put the phone down. If you are concerned please contact police on 101.”

Fraudsters are contacting victims in three ways:

·         Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them.

·         Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300 number and convincing them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC.

·         Text messages: Fraudsters are sending text messages that require victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately. 

Top tips on how to avoid scams:

·         HMRC would never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.

·         Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display. 

·         If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

·         Do not enter into conversation with them, provide them with any personal details or send them any money

For further advice and information on how to avoid being scammed visit www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

INFORMATION REGARDING DPP NARPO EMAIL CIRCULATIONS

The following has been received from Mr Phil Addicott (Secretary):

There have been a few instances recently of NARPO members not receiving my circulated email messages. 

It is difficult to circulate messages using the temperamental system that DPP NARPO, together with most NARPO branches have adopted, i.e. using Gmail and other free E Mail accounts. I and others have communicated our concerns to NARPO HQ at Wakefield and hopefully the situation will be rectified centrally in the near future.

In the meantime I would ask that if members who have an E mail address and haven’t received recent circulations or have heard concerns from a member who hasn’t received recent circulations that they inform me by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please note that most of the information by email is also posted on the DPP NARPO website: http://dyfed-powys-narpo.org.uk/

 

BEWARE NEW HOTEL SCAM!!

The below is an extract from the NARPO Cardiff Bulletin: 
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room) and they don't retain the card. You go to your room and settle in. All is good. The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 - which happens to be your room.
The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: 
'This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information. 
Please re-read me your credit card numbers and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.'
Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk you oblige. But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel. They have asked for a random room number, then ask you for your credit card and address information. 
They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.
If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems.
Then, go to the front desk or call directly and ask if there was a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.

This was sent by someone who has been duped ........ and is still cleaning up the mess.

 

DYFED-POWYS POLICE COMMUNITY MESSAGING (DPCM)

DPCM is a free community messaging system for the Dyfed-Powys area that allows you to register to receive the latest crime notifications and community news happening in your local neighbourhood.

DPCM allows you to decide when and how you are kept informed about the issues that matter to you:

  • Choose your interests:

Crime prevention, burglaries, gangs, vandalism, missing person appeals etc.

  • Choose how to receive your alerts:

Phone, email, text message or mobile app!

  • By area(s):

School, home, places of work, elderly relatives

Registering for DPCM is Safe, Secure and Easy –

To register go to: https://www.dyfedpowyscommunitymessaging.org/en/

Just click on the 'Join' button and follow the step by step instructions.

Your privacy is assured under the Data Protection Act and will never be shared with commercial organisations.

For further information on DPCM please visit www.dpcm.co.uk or speak to officers from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

 

SCAMMERS ARE AT IT AGAIN!

Once again the scammers are trying to make members part with confidential information. The scam involves an e-mail purporting to come from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) - the following has been received from a member of Cardiff NARPO:
I recently received an e-mail from HM Revenue and Customs regarding a pending Tax Refund, I have checked with HM Revenue and Customs today by telephone and they confirm this is a scam.
Do not start the claim as an unknown source is trying to access personal details.

Remember if you think it’s a scam then it probably is.

 

DPP OFFICER WINS WALES BRAVERY AWARD

A Dyfed Powys police officer, Sergeant David Steer, who saved a woman from drowning, was recently named the Region 7 (Wales) winner at the 21st Police Bravery Awards in London. The awards sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.

Responding to a report, during the early hours of the morning, that a young woman had entered the water of the swollen River Severn near Newtown,  Sergeant David Steer discovered the lady struggling to hold on to a branch in an effort to prevent herself being swept away in the strong current.

In the pitch black and with only torchlight to see, Sgt Steer entered the water, wading in up to his chest. He was able to reach the woman and carry her to safety. Once on the river bank she suffered a seizure and became unconscious. Sgt Steer quickly carried her further up the river bank to reach colleagues who were waiting to assist and were able to offer her medical attention. Now freezing cold Sgt Steer headed home to get changed, before coming back on shift to carry on working.

On receiving the award from Sir Tom Winsor, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sgt Steer said: "It's nice to be recognised but there are an awful lot of other winners out there that put things into perspective. I feel very humbled to be in their company. I'm not a particularly strong swimmer but things just happen".

Simon Prince, Chief Constable, said: “We pride ourselves on being a family force and we’re extremely proud of David’s actions that night. He took an instant decision to enter the water and pull an unconscious woman to safety, undoubtedly saving her life.”

 

THE STORY OF THE RED KITE PIN BADGE

As many of you are aware, the Red Kite is the symbol for Powys but did you know that pin badges incorporating the majestic bird of prey have raised thousands of pounds to raise funds for a children's hospice? 

To find out more go to the Further Articles section.

 

COMMUTATION FACTOR DISPUTE – OFFICERS WHO RETIRED PRE 2001

Following on from the determination that male officers who retired on or after 1st December 2001 would receive additional amounts, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has attempted to get the Pensions Ombudsman to provide logic to the decision to use the current implementation date i.e. 1/12/2001.

An email has been sent to Mr Steve Edwards (Chief Executive Officer) at NARPO HQ seeking his views on this matter and the following response has been received:

‘Our position remains the same – there is in our view no prospect of this going back further than 2001 but there are claims waiting to be heard at the Pension Ombudsman for earlier dates in 2001’. Legal advice is available on the website at: http://www.narpo.org//images/stories/Commutation%20pre%202001.pdf

 

EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE (ESA) - UPDATE

The below update has been received via e-mail from the CEO at NARPO Wakefield and is published in its entirety here in order that those retired officers that may be affected by the illegal deductions are fully aware:

​We have today received an email from the Home Office stating that whilst they are going to alter the Police [Injury Benefit] Regulations 2006 to make ESA a relevant deductible benefit, they have confirmed that any such change will not be retrospective.

As such all those Forces who have refused to refund any monies already unlawfully deducted from injury pensions should now be requested to repay such money unlawfully deducted without delay.​

The email has been sent to all Forces so they should now be aware of this. See email below:

From: Police Pension Team 
Sent: 06 April 2016 14:40
Subject: RE: Employment and Support Allowance - Update

Dear colleagues, 

As you may be aware there has been an inconsistent approach being adopted by forces regarding the deduction of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). 

We have confirmed in the past that we will be amending the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 to make it express on the face of legislation that ESA payments are to be deducted. Until the Regulations are amended, the advice remains that forces should comply with the current Regulations. 

Please note that these changes will not have retrospective effect and will come into force on the date of implementation. 

The Home Office will be providing further updates, including the intended implementation date, in due course. 

Kind Regards,

Police Pension Team

Police Workforce and Capability Unit I Home Office I 6th Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF I Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

DYFED POWYS POLICE FEDERATION GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME.

The following has been received from Mr Phil Addicott (NARPO Secretary):

Due to renegotiation, on the 1st April 2016 the scheme has had additional benefits added. The main one of interest to those already on the Retired Officers scheme is that there is now extended cover for those over 65 and up to your 70th birthday. (Previously the scheme finished at the age of 65).

For a reduced monthly fee of £9.84 it will include £5,000 of life cover and continue with the Travel Insurance, RAC and Family Legal. It is also available to a spouse who is already on the scheme for a fee of £2.50. (Full details can be found on the below PDF)

N.B. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY A MEMBER OF THE SCHEME.

Those interested in the extension need to complete a new form (see below PDF) to be submitted via the Federation office to Force finance. This cannot be done early but just before you are 65.

I believe that a letter outlining changes will be sent to scheme members. The DPP Federation website will be updated in due course; they have some issues at the moment due to the loss of the web master. It does mention a health declaration form which I do not have. Once obtained. It will also be posted on our website.

If you are still serving or a member of Police staff, I encourage you to join.

Any queries please contact Eleri at the Federation office. 01267 200731. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To access the Retiring Officer's application form click on Application Form

To access the Summary of Cover click on Summary of Cover

 

EXCLUSIVE TOURS FOR NARPO MEMBERS

NARPO have teamed up with SLT Travel who will offer tours exclusively for NARPO members, they plan to arrange tours which only NARPO members from all over the country can book.

So even if you travel alone or are a small group, you will know that the other travellers on your tour will be NARPO members from around the country.

For more information go to: http://www.narpo.org/index.php/member-services/leisure-time.html

 

2016 MID WALES CONSTABULARY ASSOCIATION REUNION LUNCH

On Friday 13th May, thirty members plus two guests journeyed through the stunning mid Wales countryside to attend the annual reunion lunch held at The Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells.

During an excellent meal, there was plenty of laughter and convivial chat with members reliving their service in a constabulary that was formed in 1948 and ceased to exist just 20 years later upon amalgamation to form Dyfed-Powys Constabulary on 1st April 1968.

Following lunch, Mr Brian Stubbs (President) reminded attendees that the association was formed in 1981 to rekindle the camaraderie enjoyed whilst serving in a small force, by holding an annual reunion it provides an ideal opportunity for former colleagues to meet at a social gathering. He expressed his gratitude to Barry Hicks (Secretary / Treasurer) for his ongoing hard work during the year and for organising the event. He also thanked Clive Cowey and Hugh Colley for their work on behalf of NARPO members.

Prior to proposing the loyal toast, Brian regaled his audience with amusing anecdotes relating to his experience as a young traffic officer in Newtown during the early 1960’s. Mr Henry Jones (Chairman) responded by proposing a toast to absent friends and to the continued success of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association.

Photographs taken during the day will appear in the Photo Album.

 

OPERATION JULIE FORTY YEARS ON

Forty years ago this month (April 1976) police descended on Ceredigion and Powys, as part of what remains one of the worlds biggest ever counter-drug operations. An article about the investigation, together with photographs, has been posted on the BBC Wales website.

To read the article, go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35963741

 

WARNING – BE AWARE OF COLD CALLS CLAIMING TO BE FROM SCOTLAND YARD                                                 Dyfed-Powys Police has received numerous calls today (Saturday 2nd April) from concerned residents, predominantly in the Pembrokeshire area, relating to cold calls they've received claiming to be from Scotland Yard. The callers elaborate by saying that they are an officer working in the financial fraud investigation department of Scotland Yard, and claim to be for example a 'PC Clifton', among other names. They then ask the person they've called to call 161 to verify these details. Police are advising that if you receive one of these calls, you should terminate the call immediately, and do not call back any number or provide any of your details.

WIDOWS PENSION FOR LIFE INJUSTICE

Following recent changes to the Regulations concerning survivors’ pensions  and how they are dealt with should the survivor remarry, co-habit or form a civil partnership, it has become clear that there are three different approaches in operation within the United Kingdom.

In Northern Ireland all survivors of members of the RUC pension scheme now retain their pensions for life irrespective of the circumstances of the death of the former officer. As a result all survivors are entitled to have their pensions reinstated effective from 1st July 2014.

On the 18th January this year the 2006 Police [Injury Benefit] Regulations were amended. This change means that survivors’ pensions paid in respect of 1987 scheme members will no longer be subject to the forfeiture rule where the police officer dies or dies as a result of an injury received on duty.

In England and Wales this change only applies to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners, who marry, remarry, form a civil partnership or start to cohabit on or after 1st April 2015. This change came into force retrospectively from 1st April 2015.

In Scotland however the change applies to all those wives, husbands, or civil partners of police officers who died on duty who have already had their pension withdrawn because of remarriage, forming a civil partnership or cohabitation and consequently they will have their pension reinstated with effect from 1st October 2015, irrespective of the date of their remarriage, cohabitation or civil partnership.

Steve Edwards Chief Executive of NARPO said: "This is a ridiculous situation, and extremely unfair to those survivors of police officers who deserve to be treated fairly and equally throughout the United Kingdom. This further highlights the vagaries of the system of Government in this country, which allows one section of society to be treated less favourably than others, based solely on where a police officer served. We urge Government to think again on this issue and restore the pensions of those survivors irrespective of where their loved one served or when they married, remarried, cohabited or formed a civil partnership and bring the rest of the UK into line with Northern Ireland."  

 

TELEPHONE SCAM - TRUE EXPERIENCE OF A NARPO MEMBER

I was one of the people whose details were stolen in the cyber attack on Talk Talk last year. Recently, I have received calls from a person purporting to be from TalkTalk’s technical department telling me my computer was allegedly connected to suspicious I.P. addresses in India and China.
My computer wasn't on at the time but the person wanted me to log on to the computer and I soon realised this was a scam and disconnected. I contacted TalkTalk who confirmed it was a scam. The next stage would have been to get me to download something to my computer and this would have allowed them to take it over and steal passwords and bank account details etc. I continued to receive calls from the same number and person.

I have reported the matter to TalkTalk again who say they will block the calls at a network level and I have reported it to Action Fraud Police. The scam calls came from a Swansea number 01792 417623 and this is obviously intended to convince people that the calls are coming from a legitimate, local call centre.

Please be aware that if you receive an unsolicited call purporting to be from a telephone company or from Microsoft or a company that deals with internet security this will be a scam and you should never download anything to your computer or give them any information from your screen. You should immediately report it to your telephone company and Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.

 

DO YOU NEED ADVICE?

In the UK there are thousands of organisations that provide invaluable help and advice on a huge range of matters. Until recently details of help lines were contained in a booklet published by the Telephone Helplines Association. However, as the publication went out of date so frequently, the book is no longer published and the association have moved to an on-line version which you can access through their website: www.helplines.org and click on Find a Helpline.

 

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG SCAMS

Every year the British public loses billions of pounds to fraudsters who bombard us with online, door-to-door and telephone scams. Scam or frauds target people of ALL ages and can be extremely difficult to investigate. Therefore, prevention is a vital tool in combating scammers.

The Metropolitan Police have recently published an excellent booklet entitled The Little Book of Big Scams which provides a guide to many of the scams currently operating in the UK and useful advice on beating the scammers.

To download the booklet click on http://www.met.police.uk/docs/little_book_scam.pdf

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES - DPP NARPO WEBSITE

Regular visitors to this website may have noticed that some of the older items have now been removed from the News Section. However, many articles have not been removed completely and can still be found by clicking on: ARCHIVE (1) The PDF (Text Only) document will be updated on a regular basis.

 

PHOTO ALBUM

During 2015, over 140 photographs were posted on the DPP NARPO website. Many thanks to members that have submitted such a wide variety of interesting photographs and to those members that have assisted by supplying additional information. An index giving brief details all 144 photographs can be found by clicking on INDEX

 

NARPO CENTENARY - CAN YOU HELP?

The following has been received from Angela Buckley who has been commissioned by NARPO to research the organisation’s history, in preparation for the centenary in 2019:

‘I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting project and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone to piece together the past 100 years of NARPO activities and events.I would be very grateful if you could circulate the attached request flyer to all the members of your regional groups. I’m hoping that lots of members will get in touch with memories, stories and photos etc’. For further information click on NARPO CENTENARY

 

LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY

Preparation for mental incapacity is about planning your well-being and welfare for when you may be vulnerable. Making and registering a legally binding document called a Lasting Power of Attorney allows you the opportunity to prepare in advance of possible incapacity. You choose and appoint who will help you; you say how they will help you; and you say when they will help you. This person is called an Attorney. As an adult it does not matter how young or old, rich or poor you are, life changing events and illness can happen at any time and you may need support temporarily or permanently.

Allied Services Trust provides education, assistance and support helping individuals prepare for possible incapacity, to find out more click on Are you Prepared and AST Leaflet.

 

POLICE PENSION OVERPAYMENTS

It has come to the notice of NARPO that throughout England and Wales as Forces outsource their Pension Administrators to external or other providers, a large number of anomalies are arising; which have resulted in them identifying that a number of Pensions have been paid incorrectly, for a variety of reasons.

This has led to the Pensioner having been underpaid or overpaid for a number of years. In the event that you have been underpaid, the monies owed should be paid to you as soon as possible; if the Administrator is indicating that you have been overpaid it is important that you DO NOT agree to repay any monies; at least until you have established the exact reason for the overpayment.

Most of these overpayments will have been made as a result of 'mistakes' or 'errors' made by the Pension Administrator and in view of that you should follow the course of action as outlined in the following documents that can be found at: http://www.narpo.org.uk/index.php/pensions/police-pensions.html 

  1. COURSE OF ACTION 
  2. RECOVERY OF OVERPAYMENTS 
  3. PENSIONS ADVISORY SERVICE ADVICE 

 

CLASSIFIED ADVERT SERVICE

Did you know that members can now advertise on the Dyfed - Powys NARPO website just as you would use a traditional classified advertisement in your local newspaper?

The following are just an example of the categories in which you can create an advert:

  • Motors for sale / wanted
  • Miscellaneous items for sale / wanted
  • Leisure & Hobbies
  • Businesses / Services
  • Jobs
  • Home & Garden
  • Property for sale / rental
  • Holidays and travel
  • Wanted Advertisements

To find out more go to the Members Section.

*Please note the service is only available to members of Dyfed-Powys NARPO*

 

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS: WANT MORE CUSTOMERS?

Did you know that this website has a page specifically for members to advertise their services to other NARPO members? (See Services section).This is an excellent opportunity for NARPO members to obtain new custom and the customer(s) can be assured of the integrity of the supplier. 

We have members who since leaving the Police have set up their own businesses, including driving schools, painters / decorators, plumbers, photographers and alternative practitioners. 

If you would like your service to appear on this website then why not provide Hugh or Clive with details of the service that you can provide, together with the area covered and contact details.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE 1857 - 1968

An informative article and photographs submitted by Harry Rees and Tony Eden - to find out more visit the Further Articles section.

Please remember we welcome articles and photographs from YOU!

 

HOTPOINT PRIVILEGE PURCHASE SCHEME

Did you know that NARPO has linked up with Hotpoint to offer members genuine discount on the latest home appliances from Hotpoint, Indesit and Cannon.

To find out more, log into the ‘Members Information’ section of this website.

NB: THIS OFFER IS ONLY OPEN TO NARPO MEMBERS

 

 

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