Swansea Valley PCSO to become PC
A SWANSEA Valley police community support officer has decided to become a PC.
Mark Jones was a familiar face in Pontardawe but he is about to swap the job for the role of a full time police officer.
Although PCSOs do not have the same powers as police officers - such as the power of arrest - they carry out vital work in the community, often freeing up officers in the process.
Their primary purpose is to improve the community and offer greater public reassurance.
Being from the town the 45-year-old former Cwmtawe Comprehensive School pupil had tremendous local knowledge having also played rugby for the town’s first XV.
He said: “I've now resigned as a PCSO today and will start my career as a Police Constable in September. It's not been an easy decision to make so I'd like to say a huge thank you to those close to me for supporting me and putting up with my moans and groans at times.”
Of his patch he said: “The community is so close and everyone is so friendly. I have always been proud to patrol my own village.”
Of the new challenge he added: “It’s something that I have always wanted to do and now’s the time before it’s too late.
“An old friend told me once, life's not about the journey, but about the people you meet on the way.
How right he was.
“Hopefully one day I will be back in Ponty as a PC.”