New bobbies on the beat in Port Talbot
THERE are some new bobbies on the beat in Port Talbot.
Nine new PCSOs have hit the streets throughout the town and nearby areas.
Sergeant Andy Matthews said the new recruits are very keen and enthusiastic.
"They are doing a really good job," he said.
"They are valued members of the police, and the service they provide is second to none."
The new officers have been recruited to replace PCSO's who have moved on or who have become full fledged police officers.
Neighbourhood Police Sergeant Melanie Knight said: "They are all at different stages, but all apart from one are in independent roles.
"It is all about raising their profiles now in the community and getting everyone to know their name so they can have a point of contact.
"Their contact details are on ourbobby.com. They all have personal numbers which can be used for non-emergency issues."
Mr Matthews added: "We are encouraging people to get to know their PCSO's.
"They are our eyes and ears on the ground and they have a really important role.
"The interaction they have with the community is brilliant."
Karen Davies, 41, has been a PCSO for the past five and a half years, but has just been transferred to Port Talbot from Essex.
"I am from Port Talbot and I missed it so I came back," she said.
"My patch is Cwmavon and it is a lovely place to work.
"People are very friendly and proactive with us."
Owen Smith is a new PCSO for Port Talbot and Velindre.
The 25-year-old from Taibach, who attended Dyffryn Comprehensive School, has been a PCSO since the end of January.
"I love it," he said. "I really enjoy it. There is always something to do."
Steffan King from Ystradgynlais only started as a PCSO four weeks ago.
"I have come out of training and now I have been with PCSO Sean Wiliams in Cwmavon for four weeks," he said. "I have got another four weeks and then I will be out on my own."
Elliot Griffin who lives in Sandfields started 11 months ago. The 25-year-old is a PCSO for Aberavon.
"Waste seems to be an ongoing issue in Aberavon which we are keeping an eye on," he said.
"Some more alley gates have been put up which hopefully will help."