A campaign recognising Police Community Support Officers and the value they add to policing in Wales is being celebrated for its second year next week (Dec 10-14).
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) work on the front line providing a visible and reassuring presence on streets throughout the country.
The campaign, called #ThoseInBlue, is being supported by Dyfed-Powys Police, South Wales Police, Gwent Police, North Wales Police and British Transport Police. All week they will be showcasing the work of their PCSOs and recognising the vital role they play.
PCSOs are the eyes and ears of police in communities – building trust and gathering information that is crucial to tackling crime and antisocial behaviour.
Dyfed-Powys Police’s Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Richard Lewis, leads the portfolio for PCSOs in Wales. He said: “PCSOs are an integral part of the police family. It is different to being a warranted Police Officer, and is a job in its own right.
“PCSOs are not only the eyes and ears in our communities, but also help tackle problems which cause the most concern for people living in Wales.
“PCSOs bring a wide range of skills and experience to the role and in the Dyfed-Powys area we have specialist PCSOs tackling rural crime, cyber crime and antisocial behaviour, and crime reduction experts.
“This Christmas, PCSOs will be a reassuring presence for some of the most vulnerable people living in towns, cities and villages across Wales.”
As part of the campaign, Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Officers will be heading ‘back to the floor’ – going on patrol with PCSOs working across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
All week PCSOs across Wales will be using #TweetMyWeek on Twitter to showcase the work they do every day that helps keep people safe. Follow the hashtag or keep up with the campaign on Dyfed-Powys Police’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
If you have concerns about crime or antisocial behaviour in your community speak to a PCSO or call 101.
MEET CARMARTHENSHIRE PCSOs
Name: PCSO 8009 Sharee Treharne
Where you’re stationed: Cross Hands
Length of service: 14 years
Why did you join: It was the first full time job I ever applied for after leaving school and working part time in retail.
Best moment: Too many to choose from, the job satisfaction is immense at times.
Interests outside of work: Rugby, netball, cycling and photography
Aspirations: To keep providing a high standard of neighbourhood policing and consider further opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge.
Speciality: Engagement with my communities and schools, young people in particular.
Previous experience: I started working in the criminal justice department in 2004. In 2009 I started my role as a PCSO stationed at Ammanford police station and transferred to Cross Hands police station in 2015.
Name: PCSO Helen Fender
Where you’re stationed: Rural Crime Team Llandeilo
Length of service: 3 years
Why did you join: I wanted to work directly with the community and make a difference through helping and supporting people.
Best moment: The Dementia Town launch in Llandovery and having the opportunity to expand my links with the farming community through my new role as a Rural Crime Officer.
Interests outside of work: Travelling and reading
Aspirations: To have all the farming communities in Carmarthenshire know my Rural Crime Team by name, and have confidence in us to provide support to make rural areas safe.
Speciality: Rural Crime and Mental Health support.
Previous experience: I was a Practice Manager in a doctor’s surgery for 23 years.
Swansea Bay City Deal leaders are supporting Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposals for changes
SWANSEA Bay City Deal leaders are supporting Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposal to amend some of their projects due to be part-funded by the £1.3 billion investment programme.
Any amended or enhanced projects, they say, will be progressed through City Deal governance and approval processes before submission to the Welsh Government and UK Government for consideration.
This follows on from the City Deal’s Joint Committee accepting all recommendations arising from two reviews into the City Deal, which included enabling flexibility in the investment programme to bring new projects in if they’re beneficial to the region.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee Chairman, says a Neath Port Talbot Council call for the City Deal to change approach is also being put in place.
Cllr Stewart said: “As a Joint Committee, we have accepted all recommendations from the City Deal reviews, and work is ongoing to implement them as soon as possible.
“These include the appointment of an independent programme director to manage the City Deal, as well as flexibility to amend or enhance projects forming part of the investment programme if they’re good for the region.
“The City Deal is still at an early stage of its development, but we’re doing all we can to make governance and project approval processes more efficient to speed up the investment programme’s delivery.
It would be too great a risk for communities and businesses in Neath Port Talbot to miss out on City Deal investment, so we stand ready to help Neath Port Talbot Council move their projects forward.
“All City Deal partners remain committed to delivery. It’s widely recognised that the City Deal presents a once in a generation opportunity to create considerable economic growth and well-paid jobs across the region as a whole.”
The independent review into the City Deal commissioned by both governments recommended immediate approval for two City Deal projects – the ‘Yr Egin’ creative sector development in Carmarthen, and the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District.
Cllr Stewart said: “We expect funds to be released for these projects imminently.
“We also welcome Neath Port Talbot Council’s continued commitment to the regional Homes as Power Stations project, which will help people save money on their energy bills by introducing cutting-edge energy-efficient technology to both new houses and existing buildings throughout South West Wales.”
The Swansea Bay City Deal investment programme is due to be funded by the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector. It’s being led by the four regional councils – Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea – in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
The City Deal is projected to create over 9,000 high-quality jobs and give the regional economy a £1.8 billion boost in coming years.
June completion date for A484 at Cwmduad promised by Council
WORKS to repair and fully re-open the A484 at Cwmduad are scheduled for completion in June.
The road was partially re-opened in March, following extensive work to clear and make the area safe after a landslide which occurred during Storm Callum in October.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s highways team has been leading a highly complex operation to clear the highway and stabilise the land following the landslide which tragically claimed the life of a young man.
Contractors are due back on site at the end of this month as work continues to rebuild a parapet wall before the road can be fully re-opened.
The programmed completion date for re-opening is June 7.
Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “We understand that this has had a major impact on the local community and road users, and we would like to thank them for their patience and co-operation whilst the recovery and repair works have been carried out.
“This has been a very complex operation involving a number of agencies, and the safety of the public has been paramount. Please be assured works are continuing and the end is now in sight.”
Almost 100 jobs to go at Calsonic Llanelli
A MAJOR Llanelli employer is to shed almost a quarter of its employees following what it describes as a ‘significant drop-off in sales’.
Calsonic Kansei, based says that continuing political and economic uncertainty have contributed to its decision to lay off 95 workers at its Lleithri Road factory on the outskirts of the town.
Calsonic were offered £4.4m from the Welsh Government to create 88 jobs at the plant late last year.
Llanelli’s local AM, Lee Waters, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for the Economy and Nia Griffith MP issued a joint statement about the jobs blow.
Lee Waters AM said “Nia Griffith and I will be doing what we can to work with the company, trade unions and other employers in the area to help the workers directly affected. And the Welsh Government will be extending the taskforce helping workers at Schaeffler to offer practical support.”
“Calsonic were offered significant Welsh Government help to develop new products at the end of last year, and we will continue to do what we can to help create a sustainable future for the site, through what is clearly a troubling period.”
Nia Griffith MP said “The next month will be a difficult period for the workers and their families at Calsonic, both Lee and I are ready to do whatever we can to help anyone affected. Alongside working directly with the factory staff and the trade unions, I’ll be using my voice in Parliament to ask the UK Government to match Welsh Government’s ongoing commitment to the plant and the workforce.”
Calsonic’s vice-president of HR for Europe, Neil O’ Brien, said: “The automotive industry is at a transitional stage, as well as being at a key point in several major vehicle ‘life cycles’, with car manufacturers developing their technologies to satisfy the ever demanding environmental legislation and moving towards autonomous and electric vehicles.
“During this period of transition, the added pressures of market instability caused by the political and economic conditions have affected our customers’ volumes and, consequently, Calsonic Kansei’s sales have seen a significant drop.
“The company intends to do everything reasonably possible to reduce the impact of this proposal on its employees.”
In January Schaeffler announced plans to close its plant in Leave-voting Llanelli with a loss of 200 skilled jobs.
Schaeffler also cited uncertainty about the UK’s economic and political future as being partially responsible for its decision.
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