WHILE most of the country wakes up and races to look under their tree on Christmas morning, Dyfed-Powys Police officers will be preparing for business as usual.

Colleagues across the force will be on duty round the clock to help keep our communities safe.

One officer on duty in Carmarthenshire on Christmas Day is PC Ceris Davies in Llwynhendy. Ceris has worked more than half of her eight Christmases at Dyfed-Powys Police (five), and is set to work again next year.

This year she swapped her rota so her colleague could spend the day with family:

“I don’t mind working – we work 365 days a year and Christmas is just another one of those days.  I was originally rota’d to work the evening shift, but swapped with a colleague so that he could spend the day with his family.

“I think I’ve worked five Christmas days out of the eight that I could have. I’ve worked the last two years and I’ll be working it again next year.

“For us it will mostly be business as usual, perhaps with some Christmas music.  It will be nice to have company this year, I’ve previously worked a Christmas day on my own but now there are two of us. It can be a bit lonely working one of the happiest days of the year on your own!

“A few colleagues who live in Llanelli have offered a turkey sandwich during the day so I’ll probably take someone up on their offer.

Ceris is looking forward to some family time in the evening.

“If I wasn’t in work I would spend the day with my family, which now centres on my nephew, who turns four in January,” she said. “I’ll finish work at 5pm and will definitely have a dinner kept for me! I will probably go straight to my sister’s house for it and to see my nephew before he goes to bed.”

If you need police assistance over Christmas, call handlers will be available 24/7. Call 999 if there is an immediate threat to a person or property, or 101 to make a non-urgent report.

You can also email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk for slow-time, non-emergency queries or advice.

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