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Five new recruits begin to tackle crime

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: October 03, 2012

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THE latest group of police community support officers (PCSOs) have joined the force.

The new recruits will play a vital role in tackling antisocial behaviour and crime in communities throughout mid and west Wales.

Of the new recruits, five will be based in Carmarthenshire, where they will join their local neighbourhood policing teams that consist of police and support officers.

The latest Carmarthenshire recruits are Robert Kindred, who will be based in Burry Port; Benjamin Staniforth and Jenny Dee who will be based in Carmarthen; James Pike who will be based in Llanelli; and Guto Roberts, who will be based in St Clears.

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The posts are being funded by the Welsh Government, which has made funding available for an additional 500 officers across Wales — one of its top five priorities.

Dyfed-Powys Police will recruit a total of 74 new support officers by October, who will all be on the beat by March next year throughout the four counties in the force area.

Chief constable Jackie Roberts said: "Our aim is to safeguard our communities by tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

"The new support officers will play an important role in achieving this goal.

"They will be visible in their communities and will work with partner agencies and community organisations to proactively tackle issues to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour at a local level."

Carl Sargeant, the Welsh Minister for Local Government, said: "The Welsh Government is committed to working closely with police forces across Wales to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.

"The 500 extra community support officers we are putting in place across Wales are in addition to warranted police officers, not instead of them.

"They will make a valuable contribution to the policing of neighbourhoods, primarily through highly visible patrols and being accessible to local communities," he added.

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  • maxmin  |  October 04 2012, 1:16PM

    You just reminded me in the early 70's when I was in the middle east we all rigged our land rovers up with loudspeakers. I had mine playing Andrew Sisters!

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  • maxmin  |  October 04 2012, 1:12PM

    Yes it does and if you had wrote that we wouldn't be doing this now! I always found Wagner to be very loud and noisy, personally I prefer Strauss. Never sniffed napalm, cooked a few meals on C4 though!

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  • Gwyddno  |  October 04 2012, 1:06PM

    846 (Squadron at) RNAS, Yeovilton makes perfect sense. Been playing Wagner and sniffing napalm?

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  • maxmin  |  October 04 2012, 11:40AM

    Gwyddno, No what you wrote was "846 RNAS" which doesn't make any sense as RNAS stands for Royal Naval Air Station, so you wrote 846 Royal Naval Air Station. What you should have written was 846 NAS which stands for Naval Air Squadron or 846 NACS which stands for 846 Naval Air Commando Squadron. Junglies get very touchy about that - just like Marines when they are referred to as 'soldiers'. Yes I was in 846. I've never heard that translation of the motto before we always thought it stood for Always Ready or Always Urgent, along those lines. Mottos rarely translate exactly.

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  • Gwyddno  |  October 04 2012, 11:24AM

    maxmin The badge that you are using is that of a Naval Air Squadron so, that is what I wrote. Link to Fleet Air Arm archives. 846 Squadron: null Were you in 846?

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  • maxmin  |  October 04 2012, 10:47AM

    Not quite - pretty close though!

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  • Stork  |  October 04 2012, 10:42AM

    Maxmin, I thought that when you joined the Navy, it was the Petty Officers' normal role to knock recruits into shape, via attempted murder, before you "went afore the mast !"

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  • maxmin  |  October 04 2012, 10:28AM

    hacker, I don't count that as a serious incident merely two very bad police officers. This was a case of attempted murder.

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  • hacker_jack  |  October 04 2012, 9:53AM

    Was this the serious "one way road" incident or yet another?

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  • maxmin  |  October 04 2012, 9:37AM

    Gwyddno, Sorry I completely forgot to answer your question. No the stats don't rely on convictions but on Crime Reports. However too often people who have been threatened or had damage done to their property do not have crime reports filed, but are told instead the matter is being handled by other means. I did have a very serious crime committed against me and the police refused to take any action at all, not even bothering to take a statement which would have found it's way into the stats.

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