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A NEW CHIEF CONSTABLE FOR DYFED-POWYS POLICE

Former Dyfed-Powys Police Special Constable Mark Collins, has now formally taken up his post as the Force’s Chief Constable.

Mr Collins said: “Today (19/12) is my first day back with Dyfed-Powys Police and I am truly privileged and humbled to take up my post here as Chief Constable.”

Mr Collins has outlined his priorities to Officers and Staff and will be working to ensure that these are delivered. They are:

1.       To support and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

2.       To improve standards across the organisation – doing the basics brilliantly!

3.       To improve victim satisfaction and confidence in Policing.

He added: “We are under ever increasing scrutiny from the HMIC, IPCC and the media. I welcome this and want us to be the very best that we can be.”

“These priorities are what we should be focussing on, on a daily basis; in every contact we have with our communities, our partners and our stakeholders.”

Mark Collins has a long association with the Dyfed-Powys area. He first entered policing as a volunteer in Carmarthen in 1987 when he became a Special Constable.

His commitment to policing was cemented in 1991 when he became a Police Constable with The Metropolitan Police in London.

In 1995, Mark returned to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1995 as a Constable in Cardigan and, over the next 10 years he went on to work in all four counties. He served here at every rank to Superintendent, in both Uniform Policing and CID.

In 2006, Mark was promoted to lead the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) and in more recent years has served as the ‘Preventing Violent Extremism Deputy National Coordinator’ based in London with a national remit. He has also served as a Borough Commander with The Metropolitan Police, and most recently has been both Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable at Bedfordshire Police.

Mark is the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for Mental Health & Policing.

 

He has a BSc in Criminal Justice Studies and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management.

 

2016 DYFED-POWYS NARPO AGM

The 2016 Annual General Meeting was held at the Falcon Hotel, Carmarthen on Tuesday 12th April attended by 35 members from all four counties that make up the DPP force area. (Minutes of the meeting will appear in due course).

Prior to the proceedings, the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys, Mr Simon Prince QPM, who will shortly be eligible to join NARPO, provided an update on the progress of the Force. Mr Prince informed the meeting that the current establishment is 1,163 officers with a further twenty joining in the next two months. In addition, there are 148 Community Support Officers. He was pleased to report that Dyfed-Powys has the lowest level of crime in England and Wales and has the highest level of public support. However, following a series of Home Office inspections it has been identified that there are certain areas in which the force needs to improve and these are in the process of being addressed.

A number of initiatives to assist front line officers have been introduced, including the introduction of a hand held electronic device which replaces the familiar pocket notebook. Officers equipped with the device can now remain on patrol thereby reducing the amount of time travelling from incidents to the nearest station. In addition, front line officers will be provided with body worn video to be used at specific types of incidents. The technology stands to provide better standards of evidence and an accurate record of street encounters.

In conclusion, the Chief Constable invited questions from members and a lively discussion ensued on a diverse range of subjects including speed enforcement, crime trends, perceived lack of a visible Police presence and the loss of the Dyfed-Powys helicopter.  

 

Phil Hopkins (Chair) thanked Mr Prince for taking time out from his busy workload to address the meeting and wished him well in his forthcoming retirement.

 

END OF AN ERA IN CARMARTHEN

 

If walls could talk, the iconic Guildhall in Carmarthen would have some colourful stories to tell.

The court building has been at the centre of some of the most momentous events in Welsh history during its 250-year lifetime. The court played a pivotal role in the Agrarian 'Rebecca Riots' in 1839-43 when some of the ringleaders were sent to transportation directly from there.

Carmarthen also attracted the national spotlight in 1953 when Ronnie Harries, one of the last men to be hanged in Wales, was sentenced to death there after murdering his relatives Phoebe and John Harries at their home, Derlwyn Farm, in the hamlet of Llangynin.

Recently, magistrates retired for the final time as it is one of ten Welsh courts closed by the Ministry of Justice. To read an interesting BBC Wales item about the court's role in Welsh history click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35586239

 

FOLLOWING WALES IN FRANCE - EURO 2016

As many NARPO members are aware, the Wales football team took part in a major tournament for the first time in 58 years. Our football mad Chairman, Phil Hopkins and his son Gareth, recently returned from France  where they travelled over 2,000 miles supporting Wales. Phil has written an excellent article about an unforgetable journey - to read the article go to the Further Articles section.ADULT SOCIAL CARE ENQUIRY

 

The following has been received from NARPO HQ:

An inquiry into adult social care is currently ongoing, and as part of Later Life Ambitions, NARPO are seeking input from members, I would be grateful therefore if you could please circulate to members, we need as much evidence as possible to submit to the inquiry.Please reply direct to the email address in the below notice: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you’d like to take part please tell us about your experience via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to visit the inquiry page use this link: http://www.parliament.uk/…/parliam…/adult-social-care-16-17/

 

JOIN AGE UK’S CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE 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, it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health too. And 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.

Age UK needs your help

Please support the campaign to draw attention to this big issue for older people, to mobilise people to help prevent and alleviate it, and to encourage the Government to take action.

No one should have no one. Please sign Age UK’s petition at www.ageuk.org.uk/loneliness or by writing to Age UK’s campaigns team to register your support: Freepost RTEH-ALYL-JJZU, Age UK Campaigns Team, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA

 

WE WILL NEVER FORGET ABERFAN

At approximately 9:15am on Friday 21st October 1966, a spoil tip containing waste material situated on the mountainside overlooking the village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil slipped and descended on Pantglas Junior School. The tip slid like an avalanche and destroyed the school and 20 nearby houses that lay in its path.

‘The disaster in Aberfan, 50 years ago, was one of the darkest days in modern Welsh history and we remember the adults and school children who lost their lives.

We also think about the survivors, those who lost loved ones and the people who answered the call to search and care for survivors, and recover those who had perished. Individuals, families and the community have been profoundly affected by the disaster. Half a century after, it is fitting that the country as a whole comes together, with respect and compassion, to remember.’ Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

Hundreds of rescuers helped to search for people trapped in the debris

The school was in session as it was the last day before the October half term holiday and while some children managed to escape, 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives. The local community was devastated by the tragedy and the whole country was deeply shocked and saddened when the news hit the headlines.

Many NARPO members will vividly recall the tragedy and some of our members were deployed to Aberfan under the Mutual Aid Scheme to assist with the painstaking aftermath.

 

(NB: The South Wales Police Museum website contains an excellent account of the tragedy and the role of the Police. To read the article click on ABERFAN).

 

APPROPRIATE ADULTS WANTED

Hafal delivers an Appropriate Adult Scheme to vulnerable adults within the Dyfed-Powys, South Wales and Gwent force areas. They are inviting applications from individuals who have an interest in supporting vulnerable adults through the Police custody process.

Hafal use a team of volunteers and paid staff to deliver the service and are seeking to recruit candidates in both categories. No previous experience is required as full accredited training will be given. They are currently looking to recruit individuals to cover the following Custody Suites in Dyfed Powys: • Newtown • Llanelli • Haverfordwest • Brecon • Cardigan • Aberystwyth.

Currently, there is an acute shortage of Appropriate Adults in the Montgomeryshire / Radnorshire areas. For more information go to: http://www.hafal.org/appropriate-adults-recruitment-pack/

 

 

NARPO WEBSITE

At the recent Wales Region Welfare Seminar held at Newtown, Mr Clint Elliott (CEO) gave a presentation on the range of advice provided to members by NARPO staff at Wakefield. Following the recent decision by the Pension Ombudsman regarding commutation factors, there has been a significant increase in the number of enquiries of late. However, a great deal of relevant information can be obtained from the main NARPO website (www.narpo.org.uk).

 

Mr Elliott has compiled a comprehensive guide to using the website which can be found by clicking on NARPO Website  

 

WALES REGION WELFARE SEMINAR 

Now in its third year, the Wales Region Welfare Seminar held recently (Thursday 24th September) at Newtown brought together NARPO representatives from throughout Wales.

The well attended seminar provided a platform to discuss a wide range of topics which, if not addressed, can have an adverse effect on the well being of our members, particularly the elderly.

The speakers were:

Mr Clint Elliot (Chief Executive Officer – NARPO)

Mr Gerry Keighley (AGE Cymru)

Ms Rhoda Highton (Alzheimer’s Wales)

Mr Chris Price (Citizens Advice).

 

NB Articles highlighting the various issues raised during the presentations will be posted on the website in due course 

 

WELSH SPEAKING TRAINERS WANTED

The following has been received from Mr Nick Williams-Jones of Sancus Solutions:

As a company comprised of retired police officers we are more than aware of the invaluable skills your members have. Although we have an extensive database of retired police trainers it is likely in this instance that your members may have unique skills that they may wish to utilise.

For more information and to register your interest click on the link: Sanucus Solutions - Welsh speaking trainers required.

 

 

DYFED-POWYS NARPO AGM 2016 - IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ

The following has been received from Mr. Clive Cowey (Secretary / Treasurer):

As you will have seen from the Notice of AGM document in the Members Section, four members of the Executive and Committee are not standing for re-election this year.

Vacancies currently exist in Carmarthen and Mid Powys and I am asking if there are members willing to assist the branch members and take one of these posts as it is an important post in a branch area as big as ours. There are no formal duties other than being the eyes and ears of the branch in a geographic area and informing the Secretary of members in hospital or in need of welfare / help. The only other occasional duty is visiting members if they require it, this is rare. If you want to discuss please give me a ring otherwise, just let me know your intention prior to the meeting and it can then be brought into the proceedings.

You will also notice that my name is also listed as standing down as Secretary / Treasurer. I have come to the conclusion over the past few years that the role of Secretary / Treasurer, is too much for one volunteer as the post holder is expected to be available at all times and operate, what is now a very complex and time consuming branch administration. Over the past few weeks the Chair, Assistant Secretary and I have discussed the future and we intend to present a proposal to the AGM that will alter the Executive and make the roles less onerous.

The main proposal is that the role of Secretary / Treasurer be abolished and split into two separate posts. Historically, they have remained one, but we now feel the workload is such that the roles should be separated and modern technology allows this to happen much more easily (Email and Internet banking). On a personal note, I have been in post since 2000 and have invested much into the branch and wish to continue in some capacity or other and oversee an effective handover, please see below:

The following have indicated a wish to stand for the following new posts if the proposal is accepted at the AGM:

Secretary:                                                                                                   Mr. Phil Addicott

Treasurer                                                                                                    Mr. Clive Cowey

The following are or will become vacant if the proposed change is accepted and nominations are invited:

Vice President:                             (Vacant following the passing of Mr. John Owen-Evans)

Assistant Secretary:                                                          (Present holder Mr. Phil Addicott)

Committee members:

Carmarthen (2 posts)            (Present holders - Mr. Nigel Williams and Mr. David. Davies)

Mid Powys                                                                         (Present holder - Mr. Mike Kelly)

No other changes have been notified to date but I will keep you informed as far as possible, I look forward to other nominations being received.

 

DYFED-POWYS NARPO AGM 2016

The notice, agenda and Secretary’s report for the branch AGM to be held at The Falcon Hotel, Carmarthen on Tuesday 12th April can be found in the Members Section. Please note, if you are attending and require a meal please let Clive know before the cut-off date (Tuesday 5th April).

In addition, if you intend to stand for election to a position on the Executive or Committee please inform Clive prior to the meeting.

 

 

POLICE DEPENDANTS' TRUST – FORMER OFFICERS SURVEY

The following item which is self explanatory has been posted on the Police Dependants' Trust website (www.pdtrust.org):

Around 11,000 officers and staff responded to our survey about the support that is available when an officer suffers a physical or psychological injury on duty. Now we’re inviting officers who have recently retired or left the service to share their experiences.

Thousands of officers are injured on duty every year and the support they can expect to receive varies across the country. It is anticipated that this research, which is being carried out by the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, will help us to identify ways in which we can provide more support.

If you have retired or resigned from a force in England and Wales (including British Transport Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary) within the last 5 years we would like to hear from you. You do not need to have experienced a physical or psychological injury to take part. The survey can be accessed by clicking on the link below, where you will find full instructions on how to participate: Click here to complete the survey

 

The survey will remain open until Sunday 6th March 2016. Please feel free to share the link with colleagues.

 

APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – NARPO

The following has been received from Mr Clint Elliott, Chief Executive Officer:

It is with pleasure that I am in a position to announce the appointment of our new Deputy Chief Executive Officer at NARPO. The appointment will be effective from January 2016.

Sarah Varney was selected following a stringent process adopted by the National Executive Committee. A review of the paper of applications for the post conducted by NEC members was followed by interviews of the four most suitable candidates and was conducted by a panel of NEC members appointed for that purpose.

Sarah was selected by the panel and her appointment was ratified by the NEC at their most recent meeting. Since then we have been finalising arrangement with Sarah before confirming her appointment.

Sarah has experience in marketing, business and personnel matters in the private sector. She has a background in event arranging and participation as well as running a commercial member association. She is a trained counsellor and coach. She has experience of writing and publishing.

 

I hope that you will join with me in welcoming Sarah to our Association.

 

CHRISTMAS BEGINS WITH CHRIST

I’m sure you have heard the phrase before – Christmas begins with Christ, but this is a message lost on most people in Britain today. The message is still important though and as a Minister of the Gospel and Army Chaplain I do my utmost to ensure the Christmas message is spread far and wide because the Christmas message, when it begins with Christ, is good news for all people and a time of great celebration. A celebration that we can extend to involve the secular, provided we don’t forget the true meaning of Christmas.

Many centuries before Jesus the Christ came into the world, there was a prophet called Isaiah. He looked to the future and foretold that Jesus would come into the world. He said, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Jesus came to save the world and to offer us His Peace. A peace that passes our understanding, an inner peace that will be with us regardless of what the world throws at us. In these turbulent times, I pray that you will indeed receive God’s Peace and remember that Christmas begins with Christ.

Revd/Parch Martin Spain (www.landskerpastorate.co.uk)

 

THE TURK GETS FEATHERED FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Well done to Geraint (Turkey) Phillips (Ex PC 388) of Pembroke who raised over £1,000 during the summer in memory of a close friend.

Geraint agreed to have his head, beard and eyebrows shaved at Pembroke Power Station Club to raise money in memory of Eric Pennington who passed away earlier in the year. The proceeds will be used to purchase items of equipment for Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.

Photographs show Geraint being ‘feathered’ by local hairdresser, Mr Trevor Knight, and Geraint after the event.

 

WANTED

OLD POSTCARDS OF PEMBROKESHIRE, CARMARTHENSHIRE, CARDIGANSHIRE  AND WEST GLAMORGAN.

Roger Davies (ex PC111) is looking to purchase postcard views of towns and villages, i.e. Burton, Neyland, Lamphey, Cresselly, Kilgetty, St Clears, Bancyfelin, Llanelly, Llwynhendy, Bynea, Aberystwyth, Bow Street, Penparcau, Gorseinon, Loughor, Pen clawed, Gower, and Pontardulais. Further information can be found in the Members Only section.

 

FOR SALE

Geraint Phillips (Ex PC 388) of Pembroke has items for sale including camping equipment and an aluminium greenhouse. For more details please go to the Members Only section.

 

UPDATE: DPP NARPO GENERAL MEETING - MINUTES NOW IN MEMBERS ONLY SECTION

A well attended General Meeting was held at The Regency Hall, Saundersfoot on Monday 12th October 2015. During the meeting Mr Tony Williams (DPP Pensions Officer) gave a presentation on his role and answered queries regarding the Commutation Factors issue. 

Mr Williams stated that the additional commutation payments in respect of the 183 retired DPP officers affected by the determination of the Pensions Ombudsman in Milne v The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) are in the process of being calculated. Full payment will be made by Christmas 2015.

The Minutes of the meeting can be found within the Members Only section of the website.

N.B. During the meeting a raffle was held to raise funds in memory of the late PC David Phillips (Merseyside) who was mown down and killed by a driver in a stolen car. The sum of £100:00 will be donated to the David Phillips memorial fund. Many thanks to Messrs Brian Stubbs, Phil Hopkins, Clive Cowey and Hugh Colley for donating the prizes.

 

NARPO REACTION TO THE CHANCELLORS BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT ON POLICE WIDOWS PENSIONS

NARPO note with interest the Chancellors statement in the recent Budget that: ‘The government will ensure that all widows, widowers and civil partners of police officers and fire-fighters who are killed on duty will no longer lose their survivor benefits if they remarry, cohabit, or form a civil partnership.’   

Commenting on the announcement NARPO President Ian Potter said: ‘Whilst NARPO are supportive of this announcement it does not address the real issue of all the other police widows who are faced with the demeaning and daunting choice of either living alone or forfeiting their pension to enjoy companionship and happiness in later life.

Whilst this move is welcomed, it comes nowhere near to putting police widows in the rest of the United Kingdom on the same footing as those police widows of deceased Northern Ireland police officers, who now retain and have had their widows pension reinstated as a result of a change made by the Northern Ireland Assembly last year.

All we are asking for is parity across the board for all police widows throughout the United Kingdom. I urge Government to take a closer look at this matter and eradicate this glaringly obvious inequality and unfairness as soon as possible.’

We also note that the Chancellor announced that: ‘On 1 April 2015, the government will be introducing new and reformed public service pension schemes. All these new schemes will allow widows, widowers and civil partners across the public sector workforces to retain survivor benefits if they remarry, cohabit or form a civil partnership'. This however is no different to the terms of the 2006 Police Pension Scheme which afforded the same rights. 

NARPO President Ian Potter commented: ‘I would welcome some clarification on this point; but it is hoped that the real intention is to give the same rights to ALL police widows from the 1st April 2015 and not just those whose husbands are members of the new schemes’.

 

PHOTO ALBUM 2015

  • Operation Seal Bay (1983)
  • Newtown Police Helping Good Causes (1991)
  • Football: DPP V North Wales Police (1981)
  • Women for Life Peace March (1982)
  • Police Vehicles in Pembrokeshire (2)
  • A Fond Farewell to Mike Evans (1993)
  • Pembrokeshire Police Retirement (1967)
  • Point Duty Leads to a Life Sentence!
  • Milford Haven Footbal Team (early 70's)
  • Retirement Party at Welshpool for a Sporting Superstar (1999)
  • Barrie boxing before Beat Duty at Pembroke Dock
  • Royal Visit by The Queen Mother (1964)
  • Royal Visit by Princess Margaret (1972)
  • Royal Visit by HM The Queen (1982)
  • A Division v C Division Cup Final at Pembroke Dock (1983)
  • Welshpool Sub-Division Social Evening (1981)
  • Classic Police Cars on Display at FHQ
  • DMW Deemster motor cycle - Help Wanted.
  • Fond Farewell to Tony 'Will' Ollin (1986)
  • Pembroke Police Officers - date unknown.
  • Pembrokeshire Police medals - help wanted!
  • Federation says Farewell to Gloria and Clive
  • Welshpool Police Station - Best Kept Nick? (1995)
  • The Dawn of a New Era (1968)
  • Long Service Medal Presentation (mid 70's)
  • Football at The Racecourse, Wrexham (1) (1957/58)
  • Football at The Racecourse, Wrexham (2) (1988)
  • Llanelli CID Christmas Party (1969)
  • Mid Wales Constabulary Joint Branch Board (1950) 
  • Getting ready for the Luftwaffe in Newtown (1939)
  • Horse Power meets Pedal Power at Sunny Tenby
  • Llanelli Police Ball (2)
  • Dubious Decision Denies Nigel (Superstars 1978)
  • Royal Visit to Pembroke (1955)
  • A Fishing Trip to The Emerald Isle
  • South Africa Barbarians RFC in Llanelli (1979)
  • Pembrokeshire Football Xl (1971)
  • Initial Training at Bryncethin (1947)
  • Aberystwyth Christmas Party (1957/58)
  • Llanelli Police Ball (1965)
  • Mayors' Parade at Aberystwyth (1956/57)
  • Fond farewell to Rene (1986)
  • Retirement of first Chief Constable of Mid Wales
  • Crowd Control at Llanidloes (1946)
  • Initial Training at Bridgend (1957)
  • A Safe recovery at Golden Grove
  • On yer Bike at Newtown
  • Cheque Presentation at Welshpool
  • DPP 25th Anniversary Fund - Raising at Welshpool
  • Duke's Cancer Fight 
  • Derek & Flash - Regional Police Dog Trials Winner
  • Gerard's Ready for the Off!
  • Long Service Medal Presentation (1991)
  • Standard Motor Cycle Course (1971)
  • Motor Cycles at the 1974 National Eisteddfod
  • Pembrokeshire's First Policewomen (1942)
  • Carmarthenshire's First Police Woman
  • An act of great courage - Tom 'TO' Davies GM
  • New Cars for Mid-Wales Constabulary in 1960/61
  • Brecon Police Football Xl in 1920
  • Breconshire Constabulary Reunion Dinner in 1983
  • Judges Escort Duty at Brecon in 1950
  • Farewell to Terry in 1984
  • Team building exercise at Milford Haven in the 70's
  • Night duty at Milford Haven in the 50's
  • Initial Training at DPTC Bridgend (1) in 1964
  • Initial Training at DPTC Bridgend (2) 1968/69
  • Farewell to Ken Lloyd (One Career – Three Forces)!
  • Regional Sergeants Course In 1987
  • Carmarthen Nightshift Briefing
  • Operation Julie (Part 2)
  • Newtown Police Ball (1960/61)
  • D Division Christmas Dinner 1988
  • A snippet of  motorcycling history 
  • Operation Julie (Part 1)
  • Lord Edmund-Davies visits Llanelli
  • Crime Prevention at Royal Welsh Show
  • Newtown Control Room under water in 1964
  • Hunt for fugitive near Crickhowell in 1986/87
  • Fishguard Police Ball in 1965
  • Mid Wales Constabulary Association Dinner in 1981
  • Tank Escort Duty at Castlemartin
  • D Division says farewell to ‘Dai Tec’
  • Another fond farewell to 'DM'
  • A Wandering Minstrel I!
  • Twinning Visit to Brittany in 1978
  • Super farewell to Mr RB Thomas in 1986
  • Don and Dai in perfect harmony!
  • New OSU at Newtown in 1983
  • Ammanford officers receive the LSM in 1984
  • Mrs Thatcher visits mid Wales in 1982
  • Sospan's Sporting Scene
  • Sergeants Course at Cwmbran in 1973
  • On his way to HMP Shrewsbury in 1967/68
  • Fond farewell to Gwilym
  • Newtown's Got Talent - 1980's style!
  • A lucky escape near Aberystwyth in 1978
  • NARPO Members enjoying golf at Coleford 
  • HRH Prince Charles at Aberporth in 1969
  • Mid Wales Constabulary Association reunion 2015
  • Collapse of the Cleddau Bridge in 1970
  • Former DPP officer and Mayor receives award
  • Dark blue for courage in Mid Wales in 1961
  • Schützenfest (Shooting Festival) at Castlemartin 
  • Sharpshooting at Castlemartin in 1980
  • Traffic Officers Course in May 1980
  • Royal Visit to Welshpool in 1958
  • Newtown Cricket Xl in the 80's
  • Royal Visit to St Davids in 1981
  • Prince Charles in Newtown in 1973
  • Williams brothers receive their Long Service Medals in 1984
  • Floody Days in Newtown in 1947
  • Mid - Wales Constabulary officers en route to the Coronation in 1953
  • Four photographs of  Long Service Medal presentations plus UPDATES 
  • Bowls in the 80's
  • Mid Wales Constabulary Football Team in 1966
  • A fond farewell to DM
  • Dining in Night at FHQ in 1988
  • The Carmarthen Shilling
  • The last mounted Police officer in Llanelli
  • Two Carms & Cards stalwarts getting ready for a night shift!
  • Retirement Party in D Division - one mystery is solved!
  • Cardigan Police Ball in the 80's
  • DPP SOCO'S & Support Staff in the 90's
  • Retirement party for long serving Traffic Warden
  • Powys officers meet a film 'star' in 1996.
  • New motor bikes for Pembrokeshire Police in the 60's
  • HMI visits Newtown Police Station in the 70's
  • Welshpool Police Ball 1967
  • Police Mobile Column on Parade in the 50's
  • Dyfed - Powys JBB in 1995/96
  • More photos of the 1986 Paris Marathon (Scroll down to original article / photo)
  • Charity football match in Haverfordwest in 2002 
  • Two photos of 'Team Building Exercises' in Newtown!
  • Opening of Pembrokeshire Police HQ in 1962
  • Initial Training at Bryncethin in 1946

2014

 

  • Murder investigation in Ammanford 1974 / 75
  • Drugs officers enjoy a team building exercise in D Division
  • South Pembrokeshire Police football team in 1974
  • Open Day at Pembroke Power Station
  • Another Traffic Officers Course - this time sometime in 1981
  • Murder briefing at Builth Wells in 1983
  • Helmets make a welcome comeback!
  • Pandas on Parade at Friars Park, Carmarthen in 1967.
  • Eleanor Rigby switches on Welshpool's Christmas lights in 1985.
  • Pembrokeshire Police on parade through Haverfordwest in the early 1960's
  • It's a Knockout in Newtown in 1976
  • South Pembrokeshire Police Cricket in 1975
  • The Mystery is Solved!
  • Traffic Officer's Course at Ferryside in 1978 
  • Newtown Police take part in the 1986 Paris Marathon
  • Royal visit to Ystradgylais in 1978/79
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MEET THE NEW ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE

Chief Constable Simon Prince has appointed Liane James as the Assistant Chief Constable for Dyfed Powys Police.

ACC Liane James, who joins Dyfed Powys from South Wales Police, said: “I am thrilled to have been selected and it will be a privilege to serve in such a fantastic organisation such as Dyfed-Powys Police.”

 

Liane started her career with South Wales Police in 1990 and has also worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers Terrorism and Allied Matters (ACPO TAM), and as lead Staff Officer with Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC). Whilst working with ACPO TAM Liane graduated from a two year international leadership in terrorism programme. Her project resulted in the formation of the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU).

 

Liane returned to South Wales in 2009 and worked in various police Commanders roles in Bridgend, the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff. As temporary Assistant Chief Constable of Specialist Crime she oversaw all specialist crime matters, including major crime investigation, intelligence, public protection, covert operations, the joint scientific investigation unit and major crime reviews. She was also responsible for Mental Health and e-crime in Wales, and was the national policing lead for Terrorism and Allied Matters, Counter Terrorism and Domestic Extremism.

 

'INSULAR' POLICE RESISTANT TO CHANGE, REVIEW CONCLUDES

The police service is resistant to change because of an "insular attitude" and chief constables who fail to listen to officers, the body responsible for training in England and Wales says.

A College of Policing review said the service needed to address issues of hierarchy, culture and consistency. It identifies positive aspects of police culture, such as decisiveness, compassion and a "can do" attitude.

But it also suggests there may need to be a reduction in the number of ranks as a "flatter system" could lead to significant improvements, it adds.

To read more click on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33314295

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR SIMON PRINCE (CHIEF CONSTABLE)

The below is an abstract from The Gazette (Official Public Record) dated 13th June 2015:

Queen's Police Medal

Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood

St. James’s Palace, London SW1

13 June 2015

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to approve the award of The Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service to the undermentioned:

Simon John PRINCE

Chief Constable, Dyfed Powys Police.

 

DVLA EXPLAINS LICENCE CHANGES

The DVLA has published advice and a series of simple step-by-step videos regarding the abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence which comes into effect shortly.

From Monday 8th June, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display details that could not be included on the photocard, including the vehicle categories the licence holder is entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.

The DVLA says the decision to abolish the counterpart was as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transportation.

The DVLA advises people to destroy the paper counterpart after 8th June, but keep their photocard driving licence. However, paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 remain valid and should not be destroyed.

From Monday 8th June 2015, penalty points (endorsements) will only be recorded electronically and will not be printed or written on either photocard or paper driving licences. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post.

People who drive for a living and have to provide evidence of their driving record can do this online for free by accessing DVLA’s Share Driving Licence service.

With regard to hiring a vehicle, DVLA advises people to check with the hire company what they need to see. The person hiring the vehicle can request a unique code which lasts for up to 72 hours (See below) and allows them to share their licence details, or download a summary of their driving licence record.

The ‘check code’ will be valid for 21 days to allow someone to see:

 

  • what vehicles you can drive
  • any penalty points or disqualifications you have
  • the last 8 characters of your driving licence number
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DPP NARPO MEMBER IS NEW VICE-CHAIRMAN

Retired Chief Inspector Tony Brinsden was recently voted in as the new Vice-Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council at the Annual Meeting held on Friday 15th May.

          

County Councillor Tony Brinsden receiving his chains of office from Cllr. Wynne Evans (Chairman) and delivering his acceptance speech.

Councillor Brinsden has represented the picturesque seaside village of Amroth since 2004 and is among a small number of councillors who have chosen to remain ‘independent’ without affiliating to any particular group or party.

Tony held off the strong challenge of three other candidates who were vying for the chains of office which automatically elevates to the chairmanship after a year.

Following his election Tony commented ’I have managed to break the run of Vice Chairs and Chairs being elected from the ruling group and am the first opposition member since the inception of Pembrokeshire County Council to come from the opposition. Hopefully, an advance for democracy in Pembrokeshire’.

In addition to his role as a County Councillor, Tony has a variety of other interests including being a member of Pembrokeshire MG Club, Norton Owners Club, Whitland Classic Motor Club, Llanteg History Society, Llanteg Village Hall Committee and Amroth Community Council He is also a governor of Stepaside School.

 

 

SAY GOODBYE TO EXPENSIVE PHONE CALLS

Did you know that you could save money by not using expensive telephone numbers, such as 0844, 0870 etc?  Just enter the company's name or the company telephone number into the following website: http://www.saynoto0870.com/

This site is all about listing the inclusive, geographic rate and free numbers, thereby saving you money.

To get started and find a particular number, click on the 'Search to find an alternative number' link at the top of the page. You can search by telephone number or by company name.

The service is consumer led; therefore it may not have an alternative phone number for every company (Sky TV for example) nor can it guarantee that the phone numbers listed are still in use!

Article supplied by Nigel Williams.

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Were you aware that under Freedom of Information legislation, questions may be put to the Dyfed-Powys Police & Crime Commissioner and to the Chief Constable via this hyperlink: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/select_authority
Recent items of interest can be found at:

Article supplied by Nigel Williams.

 

DYFED - POWYS NARPO AGM 2015

The minutes of the AGM held on Monday 23rd March 2015 are now available to members. They can be accessed via the Members Section (User name: dyfedpowys and password).ANOTHER ENJOYABLE AMMANFORD REUNION!

 

A very pleasant evening was held on Thursday 26th March at the Ammanford NARPO area with the Mountain Gate Hotel, Tycroes being the excellent venue.

       

Dorian Hague, Mike Kreciala, Tommy Davies and Dulais Williams    

There were twenty three of us in attendance, but unfortunately due to other commitments and ill health, a number of individuals were unable to put in an appearance.

Dai Williams, Dorian Hague, and David Walters who at one stage in their careers were all stationed at Llandeilo.

This is fifth occasion that similar functions have been held with ‘get togethers’ being held twice yearly in March and October. A number of new faces came along and hopefully this bodes well for our next meeting.

Eirian Williams, Geraint Rees and Dai Morgan

Amongst those who attended was Eirian Williams, well known to many as a former professional snooker referee who was a Police Officer for 18 years. During his Police service, Eirian was a traffic officer stationed at Llanelli, Ammanford, Llwynhendy and Llandeilo. Eirian retired from the professional snooker circuit in November 2014 having refereed numerous ranking finals, including four World Championship Finals at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and he is currently a tutor with the European Billiards and Snooker Association.

 

Photograph and article submitted by Harry Rees (Organiser)
 

 

ONE VILLAGE – TWO MURDERS!

Did you know that a small village set in the Heart of Wales was the scene for two murders – albeit a very long time ago? To find out more, go to the Further Articles section.

 

SMALL THINGS MATTER

That is the message from the research published this week, called Rural Connect. It looked at how the police can most effectively cut crime in rural areas. To read the latest blog Small Things Matter from Christopher Salmon, Police & Crime Commissioner, Dyfed-Powys click on http://www.christophersalmon.org/rural-connect/

 

INSPECTOR KEN BY EX-CHIEF INSPECTOR KEN LEWIS

The book (published in Welsh) is Ken's autobiography of his time as a young Constable in his local village, his career in Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire and later with Dyfed Powys Police. Profits from the sale of the book will be donated to charity.

 

The book launch was held at The Grannell public house, Llanwnenn, near Lampeter on Tuesday 31st March 2015.

 

INAUGURAL WELSHPOOL COFFEE MORNING IS A BIG SUCCESS

Having heard about the success of coffee mornings in other parts of the Branch area, members and partners in North Powys thought that it was about time 'we had a bit of that!', so on Monday 9th February, around twenty members and partners met at the Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool, to regale each other with tales of yore!

The ages were varied - ranging from 'retired within the last six weeks' to 'eighty nine and still going strong!'

 

We are grateful to Pat and Clive for travelling up from Carmarthen to join us at the inaugural event. Everyone enjoyed themselves and as there was not enough time for all the gossip to be shared, it was decided to hold another similar event at The Oak in mid September - details to follow via website and newsletter.

 

PUBLIC CAN RATE DYFED-POWYS POLICE

People can now post Trip Advisor style reviews on their dealings with Dyfed-Powys Police.

The force has launched a 'Rate your local police' website which the public can log on to and give up to five stars for the service they have received.

It aims to raise public confidence, help spot areas needed for improvement and create an easy way to get in touch as well as respond to feedback.

Dyfed-Powys Police is the only force in Wales piloting this project.

But it said the scheme is designed for leaving feedback and is not a forum for people to make formal complaints.

Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: "I hope that this tool will encourage people to feedback on positive experiences but also inform the force of areas they think can be enhanced."

 

PINT AND A CURRY AT LLANELLI

From left to right: John Bowen, Vernon Jones, Bob Cambell, Alan Davies, Michael Price, Gwyndaf Prosser, Gerald James and Berwyn Williams

A pint and curry night was held at The Thomas Arms on Wednesday 3rd December and a good time was had by all with lots of chat and laughter about the ‘good old days’!

Dates for the 2015 ‘get togethers’ will be posted on the website soon - a cordial welcome is extended to NARPO members to come along and meet up with ex-colleagues.

Well done to Gwyndaf Prosser for organising the evening.

 

DPP NARPO WEBSITE GOES MULTI LINGUAL!

Google Translate is now available on the branch website and offers translation into any one of seventy nine languages!

All the languages are available in a drop down menu located within a menu bar on the left of the screen with the two main languages for our area (English and Welsh) being prioritised. These can be accessed easily by just clicking the Union or Welsh Dragon flags. 

The website will continue to be produced in English (this is for practical reasons in line with the language skills of the contributors and webmaster) but this system is low cost and allows the reader to access their language of choice. The translation service will also allow for articles to be submitted in Welsh and the reader can then elect for it to be translated into English with just a few clicks of the mouse.

The translation system is computer based and therefore it may not be 100% accurate to the nuances and dialect of the chosen language but the translation should be understandable to the reader.

As we are trying this system on a trial basis, it is requested that anyone who has language skills in languages other than English, to select their language of choice and kindly provide feedback to Clive (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Hugh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) on content, accuracy and readability. 

In other words, please try it out and see what you think of it!

 

INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION – FREE MEMBERSHIP OFFER

The offer of free membership to those who wish to join the IPA continues, if you are a member already, please spread the word. If you are not a member and wish to join then now is the time as you can try it at no cost to see if it suits you.

To mark the year in which the International Police Association (IPA) was founded (1950), the Association is giving away FREE* membership to the first 1,950 people who apply after 1st December 2014. 

Places are available on a first come, first served basis to serving and retired Police Officers, Special Constables and members of Police Staff employed by a Chief Constable or other appropriately designated Chief Officer of the Police Services.

There's no catch to the offer. On receipt of a fully completed application form, the enrolment process is completed.  An annual membership card is then issued giving the holder full IPA membership entitlement

*For full terms and conditions, visit: http://www.ipa-uk.org/Join-Us

 

 

 

JOINT NARPO / IPA CHRISTMAS DINNER

 

                    

The Dyfed-Powys branches of NARPO and IPA held their first joint Christmas dinner at the Falcon Hotel, Carmarthen on Tuesday 2nd December. Twenty seven members enjoyed an excellent meal in a great atmosphere with some members having travelled from as far afield as Pembroke and Aberystwyth.

A raffle was held with the top prize, a Christmas hamper being won by Mrs Janet Hughes and the second prize, a Boots voucher was won by Mrs Pat Cowey.  There were numerous other prizes including a box of luxury chocolates donated by the IPA branch. 

The proceeds of the raffle (£53.00) will be donated to the Dyfed-Powys Police Welfare Fund as a small token of appreciation for the support it provides to serving and retired officers.

 

Many thanks to Clive Cowey for organising the function which everyone agreed was a huge success.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS DINNER

   

Above: A group of members and wives enjoying their pre Christmas get together.

Below: Committee Members namely:

Back: (L to R) Chris James (Chairman), Tony Eden (Secretary), Don Evans (Vice President)   

Front: Tom Mathias (President /Treasurer) and Mrs Val Petherick (Association Chaplain).

Haverfordwest Cricket Club was the venue for the association's annual Christmas Dinner held on Friday 28th November. The dinner was well attended with members enjoying the company of former colleagues and recounting stories from the pre-amalgamation era.

Many thanks to Tony Eden (Secretary) for organising the function.  

 

Submitted by Harry Rees (02/12/14)

 

NARPO REACTION TO THE RELEASE OF POLICE KILLER HARRY ROBERTS

The President of NARPO Ian Potter has described the release of the notorious police killer Harry Roberts, who was jailed for life for murdering three unarmed officers in Shepherd's Bush, West London, in 1966 as ‘a disgrace and an insult to the families of the victims and yet another demonstration of how this Government have scant regard for policing in this country.’

Roberts was released from Prison on Tuesday 11th November 2014 despite opposition from various police bodies including the Police Federation.

 

Ian Potter said ‘ A large number of our members will have been serving at the time of this heinous crime, which at the time sent shock waves through the Police Service owing to the nature of this callous and cold blooded murder of three unarmed Police Officers carrying out the job they loved. This man should never have been considered for release and should have remained incarcerated for the rest of his life for committing this cowardly act, which was an offence against both the victims and the nation as a whole. We wholeheartedly agree with the comments made by the Police Federation amongst others and our thoughts are with the victims’ families and our NARPO colleagues who served with the victims at the time of their deaths. I now call upon this Government to urgently introduce legislation that ensures life means an ‘entire life sentence’ for the killers of police officers.

 

DYLAN REES CHARITY RUGBY MATCH UPDATE

 

  Dylan Rees (left), a serving PC with South Wales Police was critically injured in March 2013 whilst playing rugby.

Ex-Wales rugby internationals showed their support recently for a South Wales policeman who is still in hospital after being injured during a match.

Dylan Rees, 35, cousin of former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies, was seriously injured during a game early last year and is still receiving 24-hour care at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

A crowd of more than 1,500 watched the game organised by Mr Rees's friends from school and Cardigan Youth days and organisers say the fund has now topped £50,000. 

Joining Davies, who is now a TV pundit, at Cardigan RFC on Saturday 25th October were former British Lion Brynmor Williams and other internationals including Phil Davies, Wayne Proctor, Iestyn Thomas and Tom Shanklin.

The money raised will help secure a more comfortable life for Dylan and support for his family in the challenging years ahead.

 

WELL DONE PHIL

Congratulations to our hard working Chairman, Phil Hopkins, who earlier this year was elected to the NARPO National Executive Committee and now represents the South Wales region taking over the role from Margaret Morgan (Gwent).

Photo: NARPO President Ian Potter pictured welcoming four new members of the National Executive Committee at the 2014 annual conference (Phil is standing extreme right).

Coming soon: Phil will shortly feature in an article on this website about his ‘Life after the Job.

 

SECOND ANNUAL DYFED-POWYS NARPO GOLF DAY

                 

Left:  A delighted Dylan Jones receiving his trophy.

Right: (L to R): Derek Bloomfield, David Jones, Eric Bailey, Adrian Evans, Phil Hopkins, John Williams, Colin Finch, Graeme Dickson, Gary Evans, Terry Davies, Alan Jones, Dylan Jones
The sun shone brightly on Tuesday, 16th September when 12 keen golfers pitted their wits and their golf skills against the elements. Fortunately, the elements proved to be very kind to us with a few hardy souls opting to bare their knees by wearing shorts!

This year we welcomed four new faces with a couple of last year’s entrants unable to make it for various reasons – one having vowed never to pick up a golf club again.

Builth Wells Golf Club set in the quiet Mid Wales countryside was again the venue for this popular event as its reasonably central location appears to make it a popular choice for all. The picturesque course has plenty of interesting holes that require good decision making from the tee and from the fairway - most importantly it has excellent club house facilities.

The author of this report was hoping to retain the cup which he won at last year’s inaugural event, but sadly (for him at least!) it was not to be. Dylan Jones from Aberystwyth, burned up the course and showed his class by scoring 41 Stableford points – beating Eric Bailey, who must have thought he was in with a good chance with 37 points, into second place. Dylan (15 handicap) also had the lowest gross score, beating Alan Jones (6 handicap) by two strokes.

Our thanks go to Police Mutual for sponsoring the prizes and to Builth Wells GC for their hospitality.  

During the prize giving it was unanimously agreed that Builth Wells GC would again host the 2015 Golf Day which has been booked for Tuesday 15th September, 2015

So to all you golfers out there, why not make a note of the date in your diary and come along - we would love to see you.

Submitted by Phil Hopkins

 

DYFED - POWYS POLICE FORCE PAINTING

                                                   

The Chief Constable, Mr Simon Prince, was recently presented with an outstanding original painting depicting a timeline of policing in the force area.

The painting portrays iconic buildings and locations from around the Force area and depicts policing from its inception to the present day, incorporating the six constituent Forces (see below) that today make up Dyfed-Powys Police. All of the Police Officers, vehicles and other equipment represented are taken from actual photographs, and some of the more recent ones are still in use and serving in the Force.

Limited edition prints of the painting are available through ‘Blue Lamp Prints’, and if anyone is interested in purchasing a print they can visit http://www.bluelampprints.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alternatively, you can also call the following numbers  01487 773799 or 01288 331461. 

(The six forces being: Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary, Pembrokeshire Constabulary and Mid-Wales Constabulary. In addition,  prior to the formation of the Mid-Wales Constabulary in 1948, Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire each had their own Constabulary)

 

A TRIBUTE TO 'JO' FROM NARPO
There are many far more qualified than me to write of the life and career of Mr Evans, but as Chairman of the DPP NARPO branch I thought that I would pen my own tribute to him.

Mr Evans, or JO as he was more commonly known, was a Vice-President of the Dyfed Powys Branch of NARPO.  He retired from the Dyfed Powys Police in May 1987, holding the rank of Assistant Chief Constable.  He was also a Past President of the International Police Association (IPA).

As an operational officer, I never worked directly under JO, other than under his general umbrella as ACC. He first came to my notice in 1969 when Prince Charles had a spell at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and his photograph frequently appeared in the press and on television. He held the rank then of Detective Chief Inspector, with a hands on role in the protection of the Prince.The striking feature of JO of course was his shock of hair, gradually changing over the years from black to grey to white, and which most of us have come to think as synonymous with JO.

JO was present at the first branch meeting of NARPO which I attended some twelve years ago in Carmarthen and was instrumental in my appointment, firstly as  Vice-Chair and then Chairman shortly afterwards. He has been present at the vast majority of meetings from that date until his illness earlier this year, throughout the branch area.

He was a true gentleman.Whenever JO spoke, you listened, as you could guarantee words of wisdom being spoken.On many an occasion, his point of view would settle a matter under discussion once and for all. He was a loyal member of our organisation and our branch is the poorer for his loss.

He was married to Enid for over fifty years – she predeceased him some twelve years ago. Wyn, their only child, a serving police officer with Avon and Somerset, died at a young age sometime before that.

RIP J O.

Phil Hopkins

(Chairman DPP NARPO)

 

LIFE SHOULD MEAN LIFE - PLEASE SIGN THE EPETITION

The recent announcement of the parole board that Harry Roberts, who was found guilty of the murder of three police officers in 1966 (The Shepherd’s Bush Murders), was to be recommended for release has prompted the following Epetition calling for a Compulsory Life Tariff for Murder of the Police:

‘Is it not wholly unjust that the murderer of an officer of the law may only spend a few years in prison?

Isn't killing someone trying to enforce the law amongst the most heinous offences to the respect of UK law possible?

We say it is, and must be dealt with more severely to ensure the Police are protected, so that they are able to protect us properly.

Parliament needs to consider harsher tariff requirements for people convicted under this law, so we can show, as a society, our abhorrence of such crime and to disincentivise such awful actions’.

To sign this petition go to:

https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62039

What are e-petitions?

E-petitions are an easy, personal way for people to influence government and Parliament in the UK. They can be created to support a cause or ask for a change in policy or the law.

If an e-petition gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY – NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD

The below has been received from Bob Price at Force HQ:

In my capacity as Specialist Operations Planning staff engaged on this year's National Eisteddfod of Wales planning team for the event to be held at Meifod, Powys between 31st July and 8th August, I've been requested by their senior manager Huw Aled Jones to place a job opportunity message for retired police officers who may be interested in becoming Stewards and Supervisor Stewards at this year's event.

He is particularly keen to have retired officers on the stewarding staff due to their previous training as police officers encompassing many specialist skills which would certainly be of benefit during any major or serious incidents, Mispers, dealing with traffic and general public, etc. Full training would be provided by the Eisteddfod.

Huw hopes that any personnel trained by the Eisteddfod would be retained on their books for future use at other events over the coming years.

 If any Narpo members or other retired officers are interested in this type of work then Huw has asked that they email him for details on his address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

PINT AND A CURRY EVENING

 

A reminder that the next  ‘Pint  & Curry) evening will be held at The Thomas Arms, Thomas Street, Llanelli on Wednesday 3rdJune (7:00pm for 7:30pm) so why not come along and catch up with all the latest news with ex – colleagues in conviial surroundings.

 

FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY

The following e-mail has been received from David French (Operations Director), White 7 Ltd a company that provides chauffeuring services: Please find attached our franchise document which may be of interest to some of your members (Click on White 7)

We plan to hold an Open Day on Wednesday 20th May at the Park Inn Hotel, Telford, Shropshire to which everyone will be welcome. It is requested that your members notify us if they wish to attend. [Solely for catering purposes].

Please feel free to contact me should you need further information or have any questions.
Contact details: White 7 Limited, 51 Racecourse Crescent, Shrewsbury, SY2 5BW
Telephone 01743 360007 Fax: 01743 249275
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.white7.co.uk 

N.B. It is strongly recommended that if you are interested in any work opportunity posted on this website that you take due diligence in researching the company as part of the application process.

 

 

YOUR POLICE: WHAT TO PAY

Mr Christopher Salmon, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys is consulting the public of this Police area about the future level of the Police precept payable as part of your council tax.

This is your opportunity to have a say regarding the future of Policing in Dyfed-Powys and how much it should cost you. 

 

The survey can be completed online by clicking the link: www.bit.ly/1v3NVpo

 

AMMANFORD 'GET TOGETHER' 

Twenty five former colleagues enjoyed a convivial get together at The Farmers Arms, Penygroes on Wednesday 15th October with the number swelled by four NARPO members who live in Ystradgynlais.

Obviously, the four were so keen to renew acquaintances and enjoy a chat over a pint or two about the ‘good old days’ that they were undeterred by the distance travelled. Hopefully, they will come along to the next event which will be held in April 2015.

Should you require further information please, contact the event organiser Harry Rees (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), also if you know of someone who may be interested in attending but does not have access to the internet, please let them know.

Submitted by Harry Rees

 

NARPO SUBSCRIPTIONS

Further to the recent news about the forthcoming pension increase in April 2015, NARPO subscriptions will also increase from the same date. That’s the bad news - the good news being that the monthly subscription will increase by only two pence per month (£1.63p to £1.65p)

 

COMMUTATION FACTORS EARLY DAY MOTION

Since the outset, NARPO have been following, and have taken a keen interest in the Police and Fire-fighter Commutation Factor claim lodged with the Pension Ombudsman. To that end we have been in correspondence with the Ombudsman and as such have protected our members position in relation to the matter.

The matter is now reaching a conclusion and the Ombudsman determination is expected soon. In an effort to expedite the release of that determination John McDonnell MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in which he calls on the named departments to accept the imminent ruling by the Pensions Ombudsman and take immediate steps to pay any recommended awards, should indeed there be any.

 

We would ask that members consider writing to their MP’s asking them to support EDM 768 as tabled by John McDonnell MP. The EDM can be viewed by using this link: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/768 - See more at: http://www.narpo1.metacraft.org/index.php/pensions/police-pensions.html#sthash.0DTjyIVz.dpuf

 

DPP WEBSITE STATISTICS - 2014

Now that 2014 has drawn to a close, regular visitors to the DPP NARPO website may be interested in some facts and figures about the use made of the website during the past year.

 

  • During 2014 the site received 21,051 visits with 10,983 unique visitors (Unique visits refer to the amount of visits the site receives over a period of time - usually within a 24 hour period. This means that if a person visits the website and then visits again a few hours later, that is counted as only ONE unique visit).
  • On average the website receives 1,754 visits per month which equates to approximately 58 visits per day.
  • The most popular time for visits is between 6:00pm and 7:00pm on Tuesday evenings. (Surprisingly, 55 visits were recorded on Christmas Day)!
  • The most popular pages for number of visits were: Photo Album, News and Obituaries.
  • While most visits are made by users based in the UK, several visits have been made from persons overseas including USA, China, Ukraine, Spain and Russia
  •  

 

WORK OPPORTUNITY

The following has been received from Mr Tony Hester (Director) of Sancus Solutions: My company is seeking to identify investigators in Wales in relation to a potential contract we are seeking. Would you be good enough to circulate the following link for the information of your NARPO members:

http://www.sancussolutions.co.uk/investigators-required-based-in-wales/

Tel. 01772 282800               Mobile. 07530098131

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

N.B. It is strongly recommended that if you are interested in any work opportunity posted on this website that you take due diligence in researching the company as part of the application process.

 

RTA INVESTIGATOR(S) WANTED

Mercury Claims Ltd of Southampton are looking for part time RTA investigator(s) for the Pembrokeshire / Carmarthenshire areas.

Dawn Reed, a NARPO member has recommended this post and will be happy to discuss details of the work involved / frequency etc. Dawn can be contacted on 07581382474 and will be happy to assist. 

To read the Job Profile please click here

If you are interested in making an application please contact the company direct:

Mercury Claims Ltd, 5 Saxon Gate, Back of the Walls, Southampton, SO14 3HA 

Phone: 023 8048 0222 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

POLICE PENSION INCREASE

 

The CPI Police Pension increase has just been released for September as 1.2% Police Pensions will rise for those eligible in April 2015 by said amount. See website for more at: http://www.narpo.org.uk/index.php/pensions/police-pensions.html.

 

WORK OPPORTUNITY

Lemon Tree Media is a publishing company based in West Lancashire that produce a quality A4 national police lifestyle magazine called NiCKED that is sent free of charge to all 46 UK forces. (Links below to the first two digital issues).

The company is owned and run by retired officers and need sales agents in every county to approach local businesses to advertise in the magazine. The company prefer to have retired officers as they have a more credible knowledge and authenticity when talking about what bobbies will pick and read.  

If you are interested in a part time secondary income or even a large full time income, contact Mike Shaw (Co-Founder) who can explain everything fully.  

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 01695668630 or Mobile: 07811 949265

Issue 2: http://issuu.com/lemontreemedialtd/docs/r6_final?e=14373204/10300395

 

Issue 1: http://issuu.com/mikeshaw3/docs/nicked_issue_1_r1

 

REMINDER RE DYFED – POWYS NARPO AGM 2015

The annual general meeting will be held at The Falcon Hotel, Lammas Street, Carmarthen on Monday 23rd March commencing at 11:00am. The agenda, secretary’s report, accounts and Pensions Board report together with catering arrangements can be found in the Members Information Section.

Please note: the closing date for ordering lunch following the AGM was Monday 16th March and requests received after that date cannot be accommodated.

The meeting is open to all members and all are encouraged to attend, there is no need to inform Clive of your attendance at the meeting. Tea and coffee will be available to everyone from 10:30 onwards and the meeting will commence at 11:00am prompt. The meeting will end at approximately 1:00pm when lunch will be served.

Also, if you have any photographs for inclusion on the website, please bring them with you so they can be scanned and returned.

 

DYFED POWYS NARPO WELFARE POLICY

The Branch Welfare Policy is due for annual review at the AGM to be held on Monday 23rd March. It has been viewed by Clive who is satisfied for it to remain in force unchanged for the next year. It is requested that members review the policy and notify Clive of any proposed changes you wish to bring to the notice of the meeting. 

 

The policy can be found within the Members Area of the website (access this area by using the username: dyfedpowys and the password).

 

General Meeting at Aberystwyth: Minutes of the meeting held at Aberystwyth on Monday 6th April 2014 are available on the Members page. There is presently a fault after signing in; please use the Top Menu link ' Members Information' to navigate to the correct page. This will be rectified asap. 
 

Annual General Meeting:  The NARPO Dyfed-Powys Branch AGM was held at The Falcon Hotel, Lammas Street Carmarthen on Tuesday 1st April 2014. The Minutes and report can be found on the Members page.

 

A NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM CLIVE

Firstly, may I wish you all a Happy, prosperous and above all healthy New Year, I look forward to another year with DPP NARPO going from strength to strength. For the record, the current membership is 893 compared with 862 at the beginning of 2014 and 818 in January 2013!

All the updates to my telephone/broadband system have been completed, my provider is now EE but email addresses remain unchanged and I appear to be up and running as previously, but with a much faster connection.

Thanks to Hugh, all dairy dates are now on the news page of the website, they will be updated as required; please check there if you are unsure.

 

Regards Clive

 

WELSHPOOL COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning will be held at the Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool between 10:30am and 12 noon on Monday 9th February  for NARPO members and partners. There is no necessity to pre-book, however, if you  intend coming along it would be appreciated if you could let Phil Hopkins know so that he has a rough idea of the number attending. It would be nice to see as many as possible attending to ensure the success of the event.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Contact details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Phone: 01938554302   Mobile: 07801865386

 

CHARLIE HEBDO MASSACRE: POLICE SILENCE FOR PARIS VICTIMS

Wales' police forces and media organisations held a minute's silence on Thursday to support those attacked in the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

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 Dyfed-Powys Police officers paid tribute to the victims at Police HQ, Carmarthen

Officers in Aberystwyth hold a silence

Officers from Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, South Wales and North Wales Police remembered the two police officers and 10 people killed in Paris yesterday (Wednesday 7th January). Eight journalists, died along with a caretaker and a visitor when masked men armed with assault rifles stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices during an editorial meeting on Wednesday morning.

Eleven people were also wounded, some seriously.Two policemen were killed on the street outside as the gunmen made their escape by car.

 

The Association of Chief Police Officers and the Police Federation wanted the tribute, stating that UK officers "stand in solidarity".

 

 

LEARN COMPUTER SKILLS FOR FREE!

 

 

HOTPOINT PRIVILEGE PURCHASE SCHEME

As a Christmas bonus, Hotpoint are offering NARPO members a further 10% discount on all products purchased between Friday 12th December 2014 and Monday 5th January 2015.

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

NB: THIS OFFER IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NARPO MEMBERS

 

Happy New Year to all our readers

The above watercolour depicting Main Street, Pembroke with a caped officer in the foreground and Pembroke Castle in the background, was painted by local artist Mr George Lewis, brother of the late Ray Lewis (Ex DC 521) who passed away in 2006.

 

THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS BY REVEREND MARTIN SPAIN (NARPO CHAPLAIN)

Christmas is a good time for the Christian. It is one of the two significant events in the Christian calendar and the one event that, in the United Kingdom, is also celebrated by people of all faiths and those with no faith. It pleases me, as a minister of religion, to see and hear people wishing each other a Merry Christmas as this is a traditional greeting that has been used for centuries. I am less pleased to see and hear ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Winter Festival’ as it highlights the politically correct world we live in. So from me to you, Merry Christmas! For Christmas starts with Christ.

This Christmas, communities throughout the land will be commemorating something that happened on Christmas day one hundred years ago, that which we now know as the Christmas Truce.

In1914, something special happened through a carol, a football match and two communities. What was most significant about this was that it happened on Christmas Day, because there is something about this moment and something about this day in history that can unite countries, communities, even enemies.

The carol was ‘Silent Night’ and is a translation of “Stille Nacht” – a German carol. Both Armies were familiar with the tune and the story of the Christmas Truce tells us that it was sung in both languages and that joining together, led to the cessation of hostilities for one day.

The carol sings of peace and summarises the Holy nature of Christmas. It starts off with:

Silent night, Holy night

All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

This Christmas, I pray that you will indeed have a Merry time and understand that Christ came to the world to save us and bring His peace.

May God Bless you and those you love this Christmas.

 

Reverend Martin SpainCHANNEL 4 TV LOOKING FOR EX POLICE OFFICERS (FEMALE)


 

 

 

Volunteer Trustees required - I am contacting you on behalf of Mind based in llanelli. We are a local drop in centre for people with mental health issues and are looking for volunteer trustees for our branch. It was suggested to us that some of your members may be interested in helping us in this role. Would it be at all possible to maybe advertise via your web site or newsletter?

 

Thanks so much for any help you can offer.

Best wishes

 

Karen. (Llanelli Mind welcome Centre, Llanelli)
Tel: 01554752751 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Web Site address
7th May

 

Work Opportunity - Clive Rees, retired PC194 has started in the Network Management/Marketing Business and is looking to give colleagues an opportunity to join him. If you are interested then please e-mail him on <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

New Strategic Partnership Board created that will drive change in health and social care workplace culture in Wales - Read all about it here (PDF file)

 

Jordan Hiking Challenge in Oct 2013 to raise money in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. I am seeking your assistance to promote this quest to all NARPO members in South Wales. A message from Peter Hayward, Suffolk Narpo. Read more here...       If you would like to donate, please click here

 

 Dear all, I do not usually send out any email’s which are not directly NARPO related but I felt this one  is too important not to send, I hope you all agree. Regards, Clive. Please click here to read all about it, it could help you save someone's life!

 

Information requested - Ex. Dyfed Powys Police motor cycle

Dear all, I have received a call this morning from a gentleman in Cornwall who earlier this year bought an old motor cycle in Swansea, this bike is in need of major restoration and on researching its early life it appears it is not a civilian machine but an ex Dyfed-Powys police bike, he has obtained some details and has asked if I would circulate this to see if anyone remembers it (or any others in the same batch) and can give any information as to its history or original equipment, colour, (Believed to be White) badging or if any photographs exist he would be very grateful, so that he can restore it back to as near original as possible for Show purposes.

Clive Cowey, NARPO Secretary/Treasurer

 

The machine is a 250cc BSA Fleetstar, supplied by a Carmarthen Dealer and registered new on 01/08/1968 with the number KBX 158G. As Dyfed-Powys only came into being on 1st April that year it must be one of the first vehicles purchased by the ‘new’ force.

 

If you have any information, please send it on to me and I will forward it on to the new owner so he

can restore a bit of our force history. Thank you.

Clive Cowey, NARPO Secretary/Treasurer,

 

Telephone Computer Fraud

Beware of this now quite widespread Scam (see below) - Be on your guard, don't let it happen to you!
21st August - 2012

 

NOTE: If it's already too late and you have allowed access to your Pc, then it's best, for peace

of mind to have your computer wiped and the Operating System re-installed. Otherwise, it's likely

that malicious software will continue to be used from another source, to extract confidential details!

 

Telephone Computer Fraud

 

Joining Dyfed Powys Narpo

The Joining Us page (Join Us) from the main Menu has now had a major re-vamp.

An invitation to join plus an application form can be viewed and downloaded direct from this page.

 


Appropriate adults needed - We are keen to recruit both paid staff and volunteers to act as Appropriate Adults and would value applications from individuals who have experience of the criminal justice system and/or supporting vulnerable adults. Full accredited training is provided. Many thanks for taking time to read this e mail. I look forward to hearing from you and your members (particularly those who reside within 1 hour travel time of any of the South Wales police Stations) Click here to view more information...

Regards

Penny Cram

Criminal Justice Lead officer, Hafal, Neath. West Glam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Watch Out For This Scam!  Police say that the gang usually is comprised of four members, one adult and three younger ones. While the three younger ones, all appearing sweet and innocent, divert their 'mark' (or intended target) with a show of friendliness, the fourth - the eldest -- sneaks in from behind the person's back to expertly rifle through his or her pockets and purses or bags for any valuables being carried.

The picture below, caught on CCTV cameras, show the gang in operation.

 

 

 



 


Email Scam - Watch out for emails claiming to be from DVLA asking you to verify your driving licence details via an online link – it's a scam. DVLA has not sent any such email, so if you get one delete it immediately.  Full details here...   3rd July
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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