IN 1967 Sandy Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest, the QE2 was launched, and a young Graham Jones became a police constable with the then Mid Wales Police.
50 years on, Mr Jones is going strong as the public enquiry officer at Aberystwyth Police Station, and was honoured for his dedication to Dyfed-Powys Police on Friday (Sept 1).
Chief Constable Mark Collins and Ceredigion Superintendent Robyn Mason led the celebration, joined by High Sheriff Susan Balsom and Aberystwyth police officers and staff.
Mr Jones said: “I am very surprised and humbled to see so many people here. It is recognition for a job I have always enjoyed.
“I joined the Mid Wales force as a cadet, and during that time I went to Newtown to do a mechanic course. I gained some qualifications and then I had a dilemma – should I join the force or should I become a mechanic?
“A local garage tried to persuade me to become a mechanic, so I went to see him and I asked him how much he would pay me. He said he would match whatever the force was paying.
“I thought about it and I -decided to join the police. I haven’t looked back.”
During his 50-year career, Mr Jones has worked under eight different chief constables as a PC, in custody and the traffic unit, before becoming a public enquiry officer at Aberystwyth.
“There have been a lot of changes,” he said. “Both personally and in the job. When I started, the Road Safety Act of 1967 came in, breathalysers came in, and then the Theft Act of 1968. I have evolved through so many changes.
“Beer was 12.5p a pint, you could get four gallons of petrol for a pound, and even though it sounds cheap that was expensive compared with our wages.
“I have my first wage packet here – my gross pay was £86 for the month, with a £1 boot allowance.
“Before that they had typewriter allowances too – that’s how much things have changed. Looking back, the job has evolved so much and it makes me wonder what policing will look like in 50 years’ time.”
Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “I fondly remember working with Graham on the front counter, and I was very happy to come up and mark his 50 years of service.”
Annual Canvass to go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic
The 2020 annual canvass is required by law and will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Ceredigion’s Electoral Services are continuing their service, however staff will be working differently due to the coronavirus.
Electoral Registration Officer, Eifion Evans said: “This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”
If we have sent you a letter that asks you to respond or complete a form, you can help us by replying to it quickly and, online, rather than posting it back to us if possible. This will save Council resources and reduce the number of letters that have to be handled by Council and Royal Mail staff.”
The link to respond is on the first page of the A4 letter you will receive with part 1 and part 2 security codes.
Residents who have any questions can contact Ceredigion’s Electoral Services on 01545 572032.
CCTV cameras to be installed in Newcastle Emlyn
Three new cameras are being installed in Newcastle Emlyn as part of the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s key pledge to reinvest in a public CCTV system.
The work on the installation programme in the town will begin on Monday, August 10.
Cameras will be cameras installed in Sycamore Street, Emlyn Square and Heol y Bont. The camera locations have been decided following a review of a crime pattern analysis and in consultation with partner agencies.
The work is being carried out by contractors Baydale Control Systems Ltd. The hi-tech cameras are being supplied by Hikvision UK & Ireland.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Brecon is the next town in Powys to benefit from my key election pledge to re-install public space CCTV. This is a busy town, and I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping the town safe and assisting with the detection of crime.
“The CCTV project is continuing across the force, with three cameras also installed in Newcastle Emlyn last week. The number of towns we have now included in the CCTV project is 23.
“I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping these towns safe and assisting with the detection of crime.”
Ceredigion Commander, Superintendent Robyn Mason, said: “This is a positive move for Newcastle Emlyn. Having the cameras in place while we experience an increase in visitors to the area during the holiday period will help us to keep everyone as safe as possible and assist us in carrying out quality investigations when required.”
The CCTV project is bringing over 120 state of the art CCTV cameras to towns throughout the police force area of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys.
‘Cam Nesa’ project provides wellbeing packs to 16 – 24 year olds
The Cam Nesa project is part of European Structural Funds (ESF) Operational Programme and work’s with young people aged between 16 and 24 by providing them with options to access a range of tailored personal support and work-related opportunities to meet their needs and aspirations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ceredigion’s County Council Cam Nesa team have been busy putting together wellbeing packs for its participants. The Well-being packs have been put together to support young people who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation or other vulnerabilities during this difficult time.
The wellbeing packs have been distributed to Ceredigion’s young people in recent weeks, over 3 months since the pandemic began and our usual way of life dramatically changed. Throughout the pandemic participants has also receive weekly calls as part of Porth Cymorth Cynnar’s keeping in touch service and it is hoped that the well-being packs support the work already done by this service by bringing some comfort and reassurance to Ceredigion’s young people.
Wellbeing packs included newsletters, leaflets, important contact details, information letters, puzzles, newspaper, hand cream, stress ball, calming art and colouring pencils, Shampoo/Shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products, confectionery and a motivational quote card all in a reusable cotton bag.
One Cam Nesa participant you who received a wellbeing pack said, “Thank you so much for the wellbeing pack. Its very kind thank you very much!”
Another participant said “Thank you for the welfare pack, I am very impressed with its contents, especially the chocolates”
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