TWENTY members of the Dyfed-Powys Police family gathered with their family and friends at Police HQ in Llangunnor to be awarded with their Long Service medals, certificates and awards on Friday (Sep 14).
The Police Long Service Medal is presented by Royal Warrant to Police Officers who have completed twenty years’ service in recognition of their exemplary service to the public. Police staff are presented with Long Service certificates and badges in recognition of their dedication and commitment following twenty years’ service, and Special Constables receive a Long Service Award in recognition of their service, and the tremendous support they provide to regular colleagues.
Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “The Police Service is a true vocation and the achievement of all the award recipients was a reminder of their hard work and commitment in safeguarding our communities. It was a privilege to witness these officers, staff and volunteers receive their awards for their commitment and dedication. We’re also very aware of the tremendous support given by families and friends – we’re very grateful for their patience and understanding in supporting their loved ones in what can be challenging circumstances and roles.”
Everyone’s story was different – some had always served in Dyfed-Powys Police, others had begun their careers serving for other police forces and other services such as the Royal Marines Commandos, the Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force. But each story is testament to their commitment to exemplary service to the public.
As well as recognising staff, a courageous member of the public was also presented with a Royal Humane Society Certificate by Chief Constable Mark Collins. Tania Phillips, was Commended by the Royal Humane Society for her praiseworthy action in saving the life of a woman in December 2017. Ms Phillips did not know the woman, and just happened to be in the area – but undoubtedly saved the woman’s life.
Officers presented with Medals:
PC 966 Jason Edwards – Jason is from Cardigan and started his career with Dyfed-Powys Police in 1997 where he was stationed in Newtown. He was a member of the Roads Policing Unit in Newtown, and then joined the Ceredigion Roads Policing Unit at Cardigan. Later he became a member of the Joint Firearms Training Unit at Bridgend.
Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Evans – Anthony lives in Haverfordwest and joined Dyfed-Powys Police in 1997 where he was posted to Milford Haven. He was then promoted in Carmarthenshire, and then joined the Major Crime Support Team at Police HQ. He has received Certificates of Appreciation from the Chief Constable, including one for the April Jones murder investigation in 2012. Anthony also received a Judge’s Commendation for his role in the case of an armed robbery investigation which resulted in several members of an organised crime group from Merseyside being given lengthy prison sentences. He is currently the Detective Chief Inspector for Ceredigion division.
Sergeant 964 Byron Fawcett – Byron lives in Pembrokeshire, and joined the force after leaving the Royal Marine Commandos where he served in Plymouth and Taunton and had the opportunity to travel the world. He was initially stationed in Haverfordwest. He then passed his Sergeants exams and was based in Milford Haven, but is currently stationed in Tenby.
Inspector Richard Janas – lives in Carmarthenshire and joined in 1997 where he was posted to Llanelli. He was promoted to Sergeant in Llanelli, and was subsequently promoted further to Inspector when he became a Force Incident Manager in the Force Communications Centre. He is currently Partnership Inspector for Carmarthenshire.
Chief Inspector Paul Jones – Paul joined the force following ten years’ service in the Royal Navy, and was initially posted to Carmarthen. He transferred to CID, and was then promoted to Sergeant in Burry Port. He returned to CID where he was promoted as Detective Inspector, and has worked on a number of major investigations all around the force area, one of which being Operation Ottawa where John Cooper was given a life sentence, never to be released, for the murder of four people in Pembrokeshire in the eighties. He is currently the Detective Chief Inspector for Pembrokeshire division.
Sergeant 219 Andrew King – Andrew joined the force in 1997 and was posted to Lampeter. He then moved to Carmarthenshire, before being promoted to Sergeant in Fishguard and Narberth. He is a qualified Forensic Collision Investigator. In 2018 he returned to Carmarthen as an Operational Sergeant.
DC 567 Phil Kite – Phil joined Avon and Somerset Police in 1997. He was Commended for the arrest of a violent suspect whilst there. In 2002 he transferred to Dyfed-Powys Police and was stationed in Pembrokeshire. He then joined CID and worked with the Major Crime Support Team in HQ. He received a Chief Constables Commendation for his role on a murder investigation in Narberth in 2011. He was then promoted to
Detective Sergeant and currently works in the Joint Investigation Team in Pembrokeshire.
Temporary Inspector Richard Lewis – Richard joined in 1997 and was initially stationed in Cardigan. He then moved on to Cardigan Cid and Aberystwyth proactive team. He passed his Sergeant exam and moved to Milford Haven. He returned to proactive duties and during that time was awarded three Judge’s Commendations and a Chief Constable Commendation for his work in investigating complex drugs enquiries. He then served in Pembroke Dock, Haverfordwest, and HQ, and then passed his Inspectors exams. He is currently in Offender Management in Pembrokeshire.
Detective Sergeant 1052 Keith Mages – Keith joined South Wales Police in 1998. He then transferred to Dyfed-Powys Police in 2001 where he was stationed in Llanelli. He became a self-defence police instructor and continues with this role. During his time with the Serious and Organised Crime Team he has been involved in a number of Organised Crime Group investigations. He is now based in the Offender Management Unit.
PC 657 Susan Naul – Susan joined the force in 1998 and was posted to Pembroke Dock. She is a personal safety instructor. She transferred to Haverfordwest in 1999, and then had an attachment to the Prince’s Trust in Pembroke Dock. This year she became a Lead Officer for the Mental Health Street Triage. She has represented the force competing in various sports, and has been on the Lifesaving Team for 19 years. Last year she came second in the ladies individual competition.
PC 1168 Rory Pearce – Rory joined South Wales Police in 1997, and then transferred to Dyfed-Powys in 2005. He is stationed in Narberth and is passionate about tackling rural crime, crime prevention and providing the best service to the community of Narberth.
Sergeant 404 Roger Webb – Roger was first posted to Llanelli, and then the Roads Policing Unit at Cross Hands. He then completed Firearms Training and was posted to the Carmarthenshire Armed Response Unit. Roger was then posted to Cwmbran as a Law Trainer and returned to HQ as a trainer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2014 and worked in Burry Port and Llwynhendy. This year he has been elected as Secretary for the Dyfed-Powys Police Federation.
Sergeant 288 Philip Edwards – Philip served with the Royal Air Force for nine years, before joining the force in 1998 where he was posted to Llanelli Police Station. He was later posted to Lampeter and then Aberystwyth before being promoted to Sergeant. He returned to cover Lampeter and Aberaeron. He then moved onto Aberystwyth Custody, before he moved to his current role in Newtown Custody.
Detective Inspector Adam Ellis – Adam joined Surrey Police in 1997, where in his last year he received a Commendation for entering a gas filled property to detain an occupant threatening to set fire to the property. In 2001 he transferred to Dyfed-Powys and was stationed in Llandrindod Wells. He then spent “the most rewarding and challenging period” of his career as a child abuse Detective Constable in Brecon. He was then promoted to Sergeant, and then was further promoted to Detective Inspector. He is now the Detective Inspector for South Powys.
PC 119 Stephen Swales – Stephen joined Dyfed-Powys Police in 1995, where he was originally stationed at Brecon. He then transferred to Hay on Wye, and then Llandrindod Wells. He has been a member of the Search Team for over 20 years, and has taken part in over 250 Police Search Advisor (POLSA) led searches – including murders, London Olympics, Royal Family and VIP visits, missing person enquiries etc. He was captain of the Dyfed-Powys Police football team for several seasons and has represented Wales at international level.
Staff presented with certificates and badges:
Mr Michael Hughes – Mike joined the force in 1997 as a Custody Assistant in Ammanford, Llanelli and Carmarthen. Prior to this Mike had also served as a Special Constable in Ammanford for 20 years.
Mr Hywel Lloyd – Hywel joined Dyfed-Powys Police as an Analyst Programmer in the ICT Department in 1993. He then spent a brief period working for Swansea Council, before returning as a Senior Analyst Programmer. He has represented the force on national projects. In 2012 he was part of a team that designed and developed a new intelligence, briefing and tasking system that was recognised nationally by being shortlisted for the Virgin Media Business Innovation National Award. He is currently the Senior ICT Applications Manager.
Mrs Gwen Salisbury – Gwen started her career with the force in 1996 on the Youth Training Scheme. Whilst on the scheme she worked in the Scientific Support Unit and the Accounts section in Finance. She was then employed permanently with the force in 1998 within Registry. She then moved to the Disclosure and Barring Unit which is responsible for comprehensive background checks on people seeking employment with children or vulnerable adults. She was then promoted to her current role as Disclosure and Barring Manager.
Special Constabulary presented with medals:
Special Chief Officer Cairn Newton-Evans – Cairn joined Dyfed-Powys Police as a Special Constable after he was the victim of a violent, homophobic hate crime. He has held the roles of Special Sergeant for Ammanford and Rural, and Special Inspector for Carmarthenshire prior to his promotion as Chief Officer for the Special Constabulary. Cairn is also the drill instructor and assistant cadet leader for the Ammanford Volunteer Police Cadets. He has been awarded by the High Sheriff of Dyfed, won the All Wales Special Constable Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Policing and received the Welsh Government’s St David Award for Citizenship.
Special Constable Richard Wootten – Richard started his career with the Special Constabulary with Avon and Somerset Police. He transferred to Dyfed-Powys Police in 2013 and served as a Special Sergeant.