New community policing team for Pontardawe
MEET new face of community policing in Pontardawe.
Crime fighting duo Holly Probert, aged 24, and Carys Pudner, 25, are the new police community support officers for the Swansea Valley town.
While PCSO Pudner has chalked up 10 months in the role her colleague has had just over a month to get to know her patch.
And while the pair have big boots to fill - after popular PCSO Mark Jones left to become a police constable in the summer - their immediate boss has already given them the thumbs up.
Sergeant Andy Abrahams said: “With Mark having moved on it’s nice to have new officers who are enthusiastic about working in Pontardawe.
“So far they have both been excellent in terms of their development and tackling their roles.
“It’s a tight knit team of officers here and they are fitting in well.”
Miss Probert, who is from near by Gellinudd, said: “I started my train in July and have been independent for around a month.
“It’s been great so far, it’s a lovely town and everyone has been really friendly.”
Of her role in reassuring the community and getting crime prevention messages across she said: “It’s all about high visibility patrols and integrating into the community and communicating with them - it’s all about be seen really.
“That’s what I enjoy most about the job, being out and about and meeting new people every day nit knowing what’s around the corner.”
Her favourite part of the job involves the schools.
She said: “It’s nice being able to go around the schools and talk to the children, we also do a lot with the youth club as well.”
Miss Pudner, from Skewen, said: “I have always wanted to join the police. I could possibly try to follow Mark and become a police constable in the future but for now I’m happy being a PCSO; it’s a good way to get to know the job and seeing if it’s right for you at the same time.
“I like Pontardawe, it’s a nice little community and really welcoming as well.”
Of the major issues facing the town Miss Pudner said: “Anti social behaviour isn’t a big problem in Pontardawe, we have more problems with speeding and parking issues.”
Both officers said that they were looking forward to members of the public saying hello in the future or attending the next Pact meting on December 5 at 6.30pm in the Cross community centre.