Well-known Newtown Police Community Support Officer Graham Jennings was recognized for his work at a national awards ceremony.

    The UNISON Center in London recently hosted a special lecture and awards ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Police Community Support Officers

    There were 32 finalists across the 8 categories of the awards and two of the finalists were Dyfed-Powys Police PCSOs, including Graham.

    PCSO Graham Jennings of the Newtown Neighborhood Police Team was a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Dyfed-Powys Deputy Chief Constable Claire Parmenter and the NPCC’s Head of Neighborhood Policing paid tribute to the immense contribution they are making: ‘Congratulations to all the worthy winners , as well as all the finalists – but especially our very own Johanna and Graham. It’s a fantastic recognition that they were worthy finalists on this national stage.

    “The PCSOs are the absolute backbone of neighborhood policing. We couldn’t do what we do in our communities without them. The engagement work, problem solving with partners and the insights they get are invaluable.

    “They play a key role in making our communities safer. They lead our work against anti-social behavior, intervene to protect crime scenes and witness serious incidents, and I regularly hear how PCSOs have apprehended violent offenders, rescued members of the public, found high-risk missing persons or engaged with vulnerable children and adults.

    “Every day they make a difference to the public and local communities. It was an honor to celebrate their dedication and commitment.

    “I know how much they are valued and the fantastic job they do to prevent crime and reassure our communities across Wales. The four Welsh Forces are supported by the Welsh Government which funds part of the PCSOs across Wales. This helps maintain this important resource at a time when police forces have many competing demands for funding.

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