DYFED-Powys Police will received 42 additional officers as part of a national uplift programme.

Last week, the Home Office announced that new officers would be granted to the police force as part of phase one of the programme.

The announcement was welcomed by both Chief Constable Mark Collins, and Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn.

CC Mark Collins said: “We welcome today’s Home Office announcement of an additional 42 officers for Dyfed-Powys Police in the first year of the uplift programme.

“Due to the introduction of a new joint recruitment system for policing in Wales, we are in a really good position as a force and have a contingent of future officers who have already gone through the recruitment process and are ready and waiting to join us.

“Confirmation of the numbers allocated to Dyfed-Powys as part of the national officer uplift means we can bring these individuals in at the earliest opportunity.

"We look forward to deploying them into the areas where we know they’ll make the biggest difference, as early as January.

“I look forward to seeing who else steps forward for a rewarding career with Dyfed-Powys Police when we next open for recruitment on January 9.”

PCC Dafydd Llywelyn added: “I am positive, but cautious about today’s announcement of an additional 42 officers for Dyfed-Powys Police.

"The funding needs to be sustainable and to be sustainable it needs be reflected in the police grant. I’d like to see more detail on this.

“I’m very much looking forward to welcoming those officers of the future the force has ready and waiting to join, and to seeing the difference they will make will within our communities."