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BEREAVEMENT NOTICE
The following has been received from Dean Richards (Rtd. C/Supt) of Haverfordwest:

It’s with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of my brother Ian Richards retired Dyfed Powys Police Inspector, aged 54 who died on Saturday 20th November at ICU the University Hospital Cardiff.

A Cremation service will be held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium Narberth SA67 8UD, on Friday 10th December 2021 at 11.30am.

Family Flowers only, donations if desired to the Welsh Air Ambulance and the Coach and Horses Doctors Surgery at St Clears.

Donations can be forwarded to funeral directors EC Thomas and Son of Zoar Chapel Funeral Home Llanteg, Narberth SA67 8Q

Ian leaves his wife Karen and daughter Amy; their home address is 2 Pen-y-ffordd St Clears Carmarthen SA33 4DX. (Family have asked for the address to be circulated)

His mum Olive lives in Haverfordwest.

His dad was the late Geoff Richards retired Chief Inspector of Dyfed Powys Police.

Ian transferred to Dyfed Powys in 2000 where he worked in Carmarthenshire Division HQ Operations and Air Support retiring in 2017.

Ian also served in Thames Valley Police from 1987 to 2000.

 

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Mr David Evans, 77years (Rtd. PC330) affectionately known as 'Dai half past three' passed away peacefully at Glangwili Hospital on Wednesday 24th November 2021.

Dai served in Llanelli, Llandybie and Lampeter and was a past B Div Federation representative. His brother Dylan is also a member of our branch.

Public funeral at 1230 Friday 3rd December 21 at Noddfa Baptist Chapel, Lampeter, followed by family only internment at Brynteg Chapel  , Llanwenog .

Donations towards Steffan Ward, Glangwili, West Wales General Hospital  via Gwilym C Price Son and Daughters, Funeral Directors, Lampeter 01570 422050  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

ROLLING BACK THE YEARS!

The following has been received from Anthony Mattick & Ieuan Matthews:

We are holding a pre-Christmas get together at Pembroke Rugby Club commencing at 7.30pm on Friday the 3rd of December.

An invitation is extended to former colleagues and friends for a few drinks and a buffet. We have assembled lots of names so far that we have contact details for and hoping that you would be able to join us on the night. However we would also encourage you to pass on the invite to others you know and have details for, who may have worked at South Pembrokeshire Police Stations during the 90’s through until around 2010.

It would be great to catch up with some old friends and reminisce about the good old days!! As mentioned, please feel free to pass on the invite and the above criteria is quite loose.

If you are able to attend, please let us know by replying to this message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can monitor numbers for the buffet and possible car sharing arrangements.


BOWLS HOME INTERNATIONALS
If any officers / staff / retired are interested in representing Welsh Police in the Home internationals to be held on 22nd and 23rd June 2022. (Venue as yet unknown). All those taking part will do so at their own expense unless Dyfed Powys Athletic Association  are prepared to contribute.

All interested to contact Martin Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile 07971222353

 

NORTH POWYS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

After last year’s Christmas lunch had to be cancelled, as indicated in the last Newsletter, this year’s event is again being held at the Lakeside, Garthmyl, on Tuesday 30th November at 12.30 pm.  

The cost is £18.95 for two courses and £24.95 for three courses - to view the menu, click on MENU  

Please reply by Sunday 31st October with your choice of menu, along with a £10 per person deposit to Derek Bloomfield.   

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NEW PHOTO ALBUM

Due to technical issues, it has not been possible to post photos into the Photo Album section and despite numerous attempts to rectify the problem, the problem has not been fixed.

Therefore, the DPP NARPO website now has TWO Photo Albums.

To access photos posted on the website from October 2021 onwards go to the Menu Bar and click on NEW PHOTO ALBUM

To access photos posted on the website pre October 2021, go to the Menu Bar and click on OLD PHOTO ALBUM.

 

POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER APPOINTS NEW CHIEF CONSTABLE

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has announced that he is to appoint Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Richard Lewis as the new Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police.

Cleveland Police confirm new chief constable | The Northern Echo


THE SOCIAL SERVICES AND WELL-BEING (WALES) ACT 2014

The following has been received from Age Cymru:

Please find attached information (see below) about the evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act that is currently being carried out.

There are two online focus groups being held on Tuesday 29th June from 10am to 11.30am and on Thursday 1st July from 2pm to 3.30pm. If you would like to be involved, you can book a place by following this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/impact-hearing-from-you-clyw-gennych-chi-impact-tickets-159504092033

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Lye​ (Phone: 02920 431570)

For more information click on IMPACT STUDY

 

MOBILE PHONE UPGRADE SCAMS

The following has been received from DC Gareth Jordan (DPP Cyber Crime Team):

We have received notice from NFIB that Mobile Phone Upgrade Scams are on the increase UK wide.

We have only had a total of two reports to date – so not a massive increase in DPP. Hopefully, we can ensure that we stop more people being scammed before the criminals’ campaign reaches DPP in full swing?

To find out more about the scam click on MOBILE SCAM (English) or MOBILE SCAM (Welsh)

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING SUPPORT SURVEY

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

Thank you to those who responded to our recent survey regarding mental health and wellbeing support for retired police officers.

 We received a very high number of respondents and the information provided will help us with our campaign for increased support to retired officers.  The key findings were:

  •  94% of retired police officers agreed that the police service, nationally and locally, should have a duty to provide mental health and wellbeing support for police officers, as well as those serving.
  • 95% of retired police officers were not aware of any specialised support available to them if they were experiencing negative mental health and wellbeing issues.
  • 53% of retired police officers said being a member of the police had negatively affected their mental health and wellbeing.
  • When asked which aspects of their role had contributed to negative mental health and wellbeing in retirement:
  • 66% of retired police officers said experience of distressing or traumatic crimes
  • 57% said supervisory and management decisions
  • 48% said excessive workload
  • 75% of respondents said they had not received any training to help support their own and/or colleagues’ mental health and wellbeing when they were serving in the police.
  • 56% of retired police officers felt that their local force never encouraged them to talk openly about wellbeing issues.

These results, although distressing and concerning, are incredibly important in helping us to make the case to Government, who are currently progressing their Police Covenant through Parliament.

Our campaign, so far, has secured confirmation that the Police Covenant will be extended to retired police officers and staff. We have also been meeting with politicians to discuss our concerns at the current lack of provision and highlighting the need for change.

To help add to the weight of our survey results, we are now looking for any members who might be willing to speak more individually about any work related experiences they have had which have affected their mental health and wellbeing in retirement. This will help us to illustrate why improved support is needed.

Please rest assured that at this stage this would consist of an informal conversation with the CEO and DCEO at NARPO HQ which would be treated in the strictest confidence.  

We appreciate that for some speaking about their mental health or experiences may be distressing. NARPO has some available support and we would encourage you to visit the NARPO website, where you can find further information, including the details of help lines. Your local Branch can also provide advice and support.

If you would be interested in sharing your experiences, your case study would provide a powerful addition to our campaign, please contact either CEO Steve Edwards This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or DCEO Alan Lees This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NARPO CALLS FOR ACTION ON AGE-RELATED PENSION DISCRIMINATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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