Five new recruits begin to tackle crime
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.
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.