THIS week is the first ‘Those in Blue’ campaign, a celebration of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and the value they add to policing, across Wales.

PCSOs are not only the eyes and ears in the community, but help tackle problems which cause the most concern inDyfed-Powys, and, this Christmas, will be a reassuring presence for some of the most vulnerable people living in communities across Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys.

Milford Haven PCSO, Laura Galdo, said: “Reassuring the elderly in my community is very important to me, to make sure they don’t feel alone, especially at Christmas. I regularly visit care homes in Milford Haven to make sure they feel safe.

“Over the busy festive period I will also spend time reminding shop owners of their responsibilities when selling alcohol, and to challenge anyone they suspect is under the age of 18. Much of the antisocial behaviour that concerns people is linked to alcohol.”

Tenby PCSO, Beth Mayhew, said: “Working over Christmas gives me the opportunity to help vulnerable people who live in my area. It can be a particularly hard time for some; I will be working to support the small community of homeless people in Tenby, linking with partners to make sure they have food, shelter and clothing.

“I have regular contact with TRI Hafal – a charity supporting people living with a mental health condition in the community – and this year Tenby Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will be helping out at their Christmas dinner.

“Tenby gets very busy over the festive period with the large number of party-goers and events in the town so I will be on-hand to provide a visible on-foot presence, helping reduce antisocial behaviour and violence.”

Superintendent Robyn Mason, Dyfed-Powys Police lead for PCSOs, said: “We recently carried out a public consultation on the role of PCSOs in Dyfed-Powys, and the feedback paints a positive picture about the impact PCSOs have in the community. Pleasingly, most people told us they know their local PCSO at least by sight, and many know them by name.

“PCSOs are an integral part of the Dyfed-Powys Police family; they’re not only the eyes and ears in the community, but help tackle problems which cause the most concern in our towns and villages, and, this Christmas will be a reassuring presence for some of the most vulnerable people living in our communities.”

All week PCSOs across Dyfed-Powys, and Wales, have been using #TweetMyWeek on Twitter, to showcase the work they do in the community. Visit http://bit.ly/2Coj4R1 to see what they’ve been saying, or follow your local officers on Twitter for updates and local information: http://bit.ly/2Bmz9p7.

The message Dyfed-Powys Police is sending during #OpSanta this Christmas, is presence not presents. If you have concerns about crime or antisocial behaviour in your community, speak to a PCSO or police officer, or call 101.

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