CELEBRATIONS for the force’s 50th anniversary continued on Sunday, September 16th, with an open day held at Police Headquarters in Llangunnor, Carmarthen.

On the 1st April 1968 Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary, the Mid Wales Constabulary and the Pembrokeshire Police came together to form Dyfed-Powys Constabulary, making it the largest police force geographically in England and Wales. The name changed to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1974.

Lots has changed since 1968 including the uniform worn, the locations of police stations, the improvements in technology and the make-up of the police family. The force Open Day provided a great opportunity to get an insight on the developments over this time.

Visitors were able to look around and sit inside the Constabulary’s fleet of vehicles, from past to present, climb aboard the police boat, meet the dogs from the police dog unit, hear about how the scenes of crime unit works and find out a bit about the history of the force. There were stalls from partners where the public could learn about the role of other organisations that work with the police to help the communities we live in.

Highlights of the day were the chip pan fire demonstration by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, a police pursuit demonstration and a road traffic collision demonstration.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said:

“I’m very pleased that members of our community have had the opportunity to visit our headquarters and gain an insight into policing. There have been many changes over the last 50 years but the one aspect of policing which hasn’t changed is our ethos of working together with the public. The force continues to seek opportunities to engage the public in order to listen, understand and respond to the issues which impact on the day to day life or of communities.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llewelyn said:

“The Open Day was an invaluable opportunity for members of the public to visit police headquarters and speak to officers and staff on a variety of issues linked to policing.  Interesting and important discussions were had on the services available for victims of crime and the vulnerable, the work of our volunteers, the ongoing CCTV project and police use of force.  Thank you to those who stopped by for a chat – diolch.

I will soon be launching my first ever Youth Engagement Forum, which will be an opportunity for young people to have their say on Policing and Crime issues. If you are aged between 11 and 18, then we want to hear from you. Get in touch with my office and check out our website to hear more on how you can get involved – 01267 226440 / opcc@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk / http://www.dyfedpowys-pcc.org.uk/.”

Superintendent Gary Mills, Carmarthenshire Commander, said:

“I would like to thank our partners, police officers and staff for their contribution to make the open day a success. Most importantly I would like to thank the public who braved the weather  to come and support us. It was an opportunity for the public to get a behind-the-scenes view of our work to keep our communities safe.”

Dylan Evans, Carmarthenshire Community Safety Watch Manager, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We are delighted to have been here today, it’s a fun day out and an opportunity to highlight the partnership work that exists between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Dyfed-Powys Police and other agencies to protect our communities.

Today, our Road Safety Team have been talking with visitors and promoting the Fatal 5 road safety messages. Whenever you get behind the wheel of a vehicle to drive, no matter how short a journey, remember to:

  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Kill your speed
  • Don’t get careless, always drive cautiously
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Turn off your mobile phone

We’ve also been promoting our Home Fire Safety Checks today. If you would like to talk to us about the possibility of a home safety visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel or for general home fire safety advice, please contact 0800 169 1234.”

Follow #HDPP to see what else we’ve done to celebrate our 50th year as one service.

Photos: Dyfed-Powys Police

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