Specials on patrol on the Ammanford beat

ON THE BEAT: Carmarthenshire magistrates David Davies and Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Pam Kelly congratulate new Special Constable  Adam Wilson.

ON THE BEAT: Carmarthenshire magistrates David Davies and Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Pam Kelly congratulate new Special Constable Adam Wilson.

First published in News

There will be two new faces pounding the beat in Ammanford as Dyfed-Powys Police welcomed a new intake of volunteer Special Constables to the Force.

Adam Wilson and Simon Davies are based at the town police station and are already out on patrol.

The pair are two of 24 new Special Constables who took an oath to the Constabulary at a recent ceremony.

“Being a Special Constable has the potential to be life changing,” said Simon. “It is extremely rewarding and gives everyone an opportunity to get involved and help resolve the issues that matter to people living in our communities.”

The latest intake of Special Constables marks a change in policy at Dyfed-Powys Police, with Chief Constable Simon Prince committed to recruiting 200 active Special Constables throughout the Force area over the next two years.

“Traditionally joining as a Special was a stepping stone to becoming a regular officer, I want to change that mind set and I want to recruit people who want to be a volunteer and share their skills and experience with us,” said Mr Prince.

“The Special Constabulary provide a valuable resource to policing in Dyfed-Powys, they are part of our police family and take part in operations and on day-to-day patrol.”

Special Constables take part in front-line police work spending most of their time on patrol in communities, gathering information in crime hotspots or taking part in crime-prevention initiatives. This could mean anything from keeping town centres safe at night through to conducting house-to-house enquiries or helping prevent vulnerable members of the community from becoming victims of crime.

“You meet a lot of new people as a Special Constable,” said Adam Wilson, “and it is a lot of fun.”

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