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Officer praises police staff and public for open day success

Created on 08/08/2019 @ 09:55
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A senior Dyfed-Powys Police officer has praised the colleagues and the public for making Newtown Police Station's latest open day a success.

Superintendant Ifan Charles said the open day last Thursday was the largest yet.

A range of specialist police departments, support organisations and others took part in the event that attracted hundreds of visitors to the police station in Park Lane.

Superintendent Ifan Charles said: “The Newtown open day continues to grow year on year, with this being the best turn out ever. The good weather contributed to the atmosphere and gave us the opportunity to show the local community how our specialist Police units and the partner agencies work together to keep them safe.

"I was very proud to be part of it and thank the Newtown Neighbourhood Policing Team for their efforts in making the day such a success. “

Over 50 tours of the Custody Suite were conducted which allowed people to see inside the cells and other rooms inside the suite.

They were shown the clothing and food that is available to people who are detained in custody and had their shoe prints taken.

There was an opportunity for guests to have their say in local policing by engaging in ‘Prioritising your patrols’ and completing the ‘Community Safety Survey.'

"Over 100 surveys were completed which will enable the Neighbourhood Policing Team to ensure they are tacking the issues that matter most to the public. The Police and Crime Commissioner staff were also on hand to discuss issues," said a police spokesperson.

There were a number of external agencies in attendance who were offering valuable advice and information as well as offering interactive stands and promotional items.

These included Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, St John Ambulance, Welsh Ambulance Service, Wales Air Ambulance, Blood Bikes, Powys County Council Waste and Recycling, Road Safety, Citizens Advice, Mid Wales Housing, Age Cymru, CAIS, Kaleidoscope, Montgomeryshire Family Crisis, Children’s First Project, TAF, CREDU, PAVO, Parent, childcare and employment.

The lower lawn of the Police Station was taken over by children’s activities: Pont Hafren assisted children in decorating tiles, logs and making leaf head bands, WRU had a bungee course and Army Cadets and Sport Powys had a climbing wall and other sports. Water and fruit for participants was generously provided by Tesco and Morrisons.

There were competitions for the youngsters including, Play Detective, Find Sam, a colouring competition and many more. As the day drew to a close, the competition winners were announced and presented with their prizes by Newtown Police Cadets.

The last few guests who had waited patiently had their Custody Suite Experience and finally the face painting queue at RUSH came to an end and the slime that Mid Wales Housing were making ran out.


Photo: Newtown's mayor, Cllr David Selby, who also congratulated the police on their open day

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