AN AMMAN Valley special police officer has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to policing in the area.

Special Sergeant Cairn Newton, from Garnant, claimed the prestigious Harry King Award.

The Dyfed-Powys Police officer received the award at the All Wales Special Awards ceremony, hosted by North Wales Police.

This award, which was initially donated by the late Anne King to commemorate the time her husband Harry spent in the Special Constabulary, is presented each year in recognition of a Special Officer’s outstanding contribution to policing.

Cairn has been a Special for just over three years, and has already made an outstanding contribution to policing, both within his neighbourhood and across the force.

According to his commendation: “He performs his duties with enthusiasm and professionalism, and has demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to the police service.”

Between April and September, he completed 50 shifts, comprising a total of 360 hours.

He has one the highest arrest rates within the Dyfed- Powys force and is one of the most pro-active in the use of his powers.