DYFED-Powys Police is inviting Royal Welsh Show visitors to their stand to find out more about what the force is doing to protect its rural communities.
The stand, located at E366 behind the main grandstand, will be bringing to life the key pledges and crime prevention messages from the force’s Rural Crime Strategy.
The campaign is about helping people who live in and visit the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys respect rural areas and prevent crime from occurring.
Rural-trained officers from Dyfed-Powys Police and North Wales Police will be offering practical advice, including property marking demonstrations, at the police stand. They will also be on patrol throughout the showground listening to any concerns from the farming community. They will be accompanied by other officers, staff, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Special Constables and Police Cadets.
To pledge their joint commitment to tackling rural crime, Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, is hosting a Rural Crime Forum at the showground on Monday, July 23 at 11am at the FUW Building. The Chief Constable Mark Collins, who is the Wales lead for Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs, will also be in attendance, along with a panel of experts from across Wales.
Superintendent of Powys Jon Cummins said: “The Royal Welsh Show is the biggest event of the year we police in Dyfed-Powys and also where we concentrate huge efforts on engaging positively with visitors to the show at our police stand. Come say hello, meet our experienced and knowledgeable officers and staff and find out more about our commitment to keeping our rural communities safe by giving people the advice and confidence to protect themselves effectively. Whatsmore it is another opportunity for the force to celebrate its 50th anniversary and we encourage people to come along, take a seat and reminisce with us over memories of policing over the last half a century.”
Visitors will be able to explore police vehicles – old and new, chat to Tarian colleagues about cybercrime, meet a police dog, dress up as a police officer or Police Community Support Officer and pose for photos at the 50th anniversary photobooth. Venture inside, relax on a hay bale and have a chat with experts on issues including rural crime, cyber-crime, issues that affect children and so much more.
Key partners will also be based at the stand including Crimestoppers, Modern Slavery group, WECTU, Tarian, Go Safe and on Monday only, CCTV providers Baydale and Hikvision demonstrating the technology behind the force’s CCTV project, which is being driven by Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn.
There will also be a special children’s corner where young people can have their fingerprints taken, colour a police-themed picture or play a giant police-themed garden game.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has a host of activities planned throughout the week. In addition to engaging with our communities, he is particularly eager to speak with young people, to hear their views and ideas on crime and policing. Later this year, he plans to use his research and findings to launch a Youth Forum with Dyfed-Powys Police.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “The Royal Welsh Show is an important event for Dyfed-Powys Police, and features heavily on the Welsh calendar. Set in the heart of the scenic Powys countryside, this year’s Show is particularly significant as it marks the launch of the CCTV roll-out across 17 towns in the Dyfed-Powys area, starting here in Builth Wells. I’m also looking forward to hosting the Rural Crime Forum in the FUW Building at 11:00 on Monday, where I will pose the question ‘Are we doing enough?’.The event welcomes a panel of experts from across Wales to discuss and consult with the public on matters of wildlife crime and rural affairs.