RESIDENTS of Ceredigion are being given guidance on how to ‘make the right call’ when contacting the police.
Dyfed-Powys Police has launched its Make the Right Call campaign, to make it easier for members of the public to know when and how to contact the police, and who to contact when reporting matters that are not for police, such as stray dogs, fly-tipping and parking problems.
The campaign also aims to make sure all members of the public are aware of the 101 non-emergency number and how to use it correctly.
To help people decide if they need to call 101 or another organisation, such as the council or Natural Resources Wales, a new Contact Us has been added to the Dyfed-Powys Police website. It holds icons which once clicked on give information on who best to contact about that issue, as well as contact numbers, online reporting forms and links to partner websites or information pages.
It’s hoped the move will not only improve the service people receive when they call 101 but also ease the pressure on the Force Communication Centre, where all emergency and non-emergency calls are taken. A team of call handlers working twenty-four-seven receives over 1,000 calls a day. Around a third of all calls are not actually for police to deal with.
Chief Inspector Nicky Carter, Force Communication Centre Manager, said: “While we encourage the reporting of crime and anti-social behaviour in order to help us keep our communities safe, we frequently receive a high number of calls that are simply not a police matter.
“Make the Right Call is about encouraging people to stop and think about where best to report their non-emergency issues to before calling 101 and also making sure that the people who really need our help know how and when to contact us via 101.”
THE OFFICIAL POLICE ADVICE
To make the right call consider the following:
We are here 24/7: if you don’t need urgent assistance or have a general enquiry dial 101, but in an emergency always dial 999. You can also report non-emergency incidents by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the online reporting form on our website (ADD LINK ONCE LIVE). If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
In an emergency – dial 999
The 999 number is a 24-hour service and should only be used in situations where there is:
Danger to life
Use, or immediate threat of use, of violence
A crime in progress
Serious injury to a person
An offender that has been disturbed at the scene
A need for immediate police attendance such as when a crime is about to be committed.
Non-emergencies – dial 101
The 101 number should be used to report a policing issue that is less than urgent and does not require an emergency response. For example, if:
Your property has been damaged
You suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood
You wish to give police information about crime in your area
You wish to make a general enquiry.
Man sentenced following Tregaron assault
FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.
He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.
Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.
He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.
Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales
A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.
As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.
Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.
“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.
“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.
“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”
Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.
Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.
“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.
“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”
‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court
A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.
It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.
These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.
It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.
Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.
Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.
The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.
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