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  1. POLICE in Carmarthenshire have launched an account on the popular photo-sharing social media channel Instagram. Dyfed-Powys Police launched a profile for Carmarthenshire division on Thursday. At noon 'dyfedpowyscarms' posted its first photo featuring the three Police Community Support Officers who will be leading the Instagram trial for the county. Carmarthen PCSO Jayde Probert, Ammanford PCSO Dayton Hughes and Llanelli PCSO Dan Brown will be responsible for posting photos on the app. .text-links-grid .videoCube { height: 4.7em; } .text-links-grid .trc_rbox_header_span, .trc_spotlight_widget .trc_rbox_header_span { font-family: 'verb_regularbold',Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 18px; margin-left: 10px; } .text-links-grid { margin-top: 20px; width: 100%; } They will be on the look-out for photo opportunities that will engage young people, as well as other Instagram users, while giving a behind the scenes tour of policing in Carmarthenshire attempting to capture the novel moments that would otherwise not be seen by the public. Followers of the Instagram account can expect to see a mix of photos and videos of officers engaging with local people, behind-the-scenes at police stations and inside police vehicles, historical pictures of police in Carmarthenshire and crime prevention and police enforcement messages.PCSO Jayde Probert said: "We were hearing time and time again from young people we speak to that they were using Instagram, so we have listened to their feedback and are going to trial an Instagram account for Carmarthenshire to communicate more effectively with a younger audience "We are aiming to show people a different side to policing in Carmarthenshire. Police officers and PCSOs have to deal with serious crimes and incidents on a day to day basis, but we do enjoy our work too and we hope we will encourage Instagram users to see us as real people, not just uniforms." Superintendent Claire Parmenter is driving the Instagram pilot for Carmarthenshire in Dyfed-Powys Police. Supt. Parmenter said: "Digital engagement is a rapidly-growing, continually developing area of communication that Dyfed Powys Police wants to be part of. The Force currently has profiles on Twitter, Facebook and You Tube. "The use of Instagram has been explored by our Digital Engagement Board and it has been agreed that a pilot Instagram will be run in Carmarthenshire to test a new way of communicating more effectively with a younger community. If Instagram is successful for Carmarthenshire its use will be adopted for the entire Force area. "This is a really exciting time for police in Carmarthenshire and I urge Instagram users to follow our account 'dyfedpowyscarms' for an insight to police life." To follow police in Carmarthenshire on Instagram go to www.instagram.com/dyfedpowyscarms. Carmarthenshire's Neighbourhood Policing Teams are also on Twitter! Follow @NPTLlanelliWest, @LlwynhendyNPT, @NPTCarmsWest, @DPP_Ammanford and @DPP_Towy_NPTfor all the latest updates. http://www.carmarthenjournal.co.uk/Dyfed-Powys-Police-aims-picture-perfect-Instagram/story-26514591-detail/story.html#ixzz3aKg7YGkP
  2. Several British police forces have questioned newsagents in an attempt to monitor sales of a special edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine following the Paris attacks, the Guardian has learned.   Officers in Wiltshire, Wales and Cheshire have approached retailers of the magazine, it has emerged, as concerns grew about why police were attempting to trace UK-based readers of the French satirical magazine.   Wiltshire police apologised on Monday after admitting that one of its officers had asked a newsagent to hand over the names of readers who bought a special “survivors’ issue” of the magazine published after its top staff were massacred in Paris last month.   Related: UK police force apologises for taking details of Charlie Hebdo readers   The case in Corsham, Wiltshire, was thought to be an isolated incident but it has since emerged that Cheshire Constabulary and Dyfed-Powys police have also approached newsagents over the sale of Charlie Hebdo.   In at least two cases – in Wiltshire and in Presteigne, Wales – officers have requested that newsagents hand over the names of customers who bought the magazine.   “This is so ridiculous as to be almost laughable. And it would be funny if it didn’t reflect a more general worrying increase in abuse of police powers in invading privacy and stifling free speech in Britain,” said Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of free expression campaign group Index on Censorship.   “Does possessing a legally published satirical magazine make people criminal suspects now? If so, I better confess that I too have a copy of Charlie Hebdo.”   Paul Merrett, 57, the owner of a newsagent in Presteigne, Wales, said a detective and a police community support officer from Dyfed-Powys police spent half an hour asking his wife Deborah, 53, about the magazine.   “They wanted to know about Charlie Hebdo. They came in unannounced and we had customers,” he said. “There were questions asking where we got the Charlie Hebdo copies from, did we know who we sold them to – which we didn’t say. We were a bit bemused because it was out of the blue.”   “My wife said, ‘Am I in trouble?’ because she thought she was in trouble for selling them. They said, ‘No, you’re not in trouble’ but just continued with their questioning for half an hour.”   Merrett added: “It was all about Charlie Hebdo. I guess they wanted names and addresses of people we sold them to, which we didn’t tell them anything like that. We sold 30 copies.   “My wife was a bit worried with the questioning but she certainly wouldn’t have given any names to the police. I’m shocked they asked. They wanted to know where we got the copies from, how did we let the customers know that we had them.”   A Dyfed-Powys police spokeswoman declined to say why officers sought the names of Charlie Hebdo readers but said: “Following the recent terrorism incidents, Dyfed Powys Police have been undertaking an assessment of community tensions across the force area.   “Visits were made to newsagents who maybe distributing the Charlie Hebdo magazine to encourage the newsagent owners to be vigilant. We can confirm the visits were only made to enhance public safety and to provide community reassurance.”   In Warrington, Cheshire, a police officer telephoned a newsagent that had ordered one issue of the magazine for a customer, who asked to remain anonymous. She said: “My husband ordered a copy of the special edition of Charlie Hebdo from our local newsagent in North Cheshire. “Several days later the latter had a phone call from the police, saying they’d been told that he had been selling and advertising Charlie Hebdo in his shop. He replied that this was untrue: he had supplied in total one copy, concealed, to a customer who was a French lecturer. I find the police action quite disturbing.”   DCI Paul Taylor, of Cheshire Constabulary, said he was not aware of any officer contacting newsagents by telephone but added: “We were aware of the potential for heightened tensions following the attacks in Paris. Therefore where it was felt appropriate officers visited newsagents to provide reassurance advice around the time of its publication.”   The MP and former Conservative shadow home secretary David Davis said he thought the police action was more “stupid than sinister” but disquieting nonetheless.   “Quite what they think they’re doing and why they are wasting police time tracking down individual readers of Charlie Hebdo, really makes you wonder what sort of counter-terrorism and security policy those police forces are pursuing.   “It also has to be said that when police forces check up on what you are reading it’s unsettling in a democracy. I’m quite sure it’s not intentionally so, but it is unsettling and not something you should do lightly.”   The Metropolitan police said they were unaware of any such investigations by their officers in London.   A spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said there had been no national guidance issued to forces about approaching newsagents that stocked copies of Charlie Hebdo.   However, counter-terrorism officers are known to have shared intelligence nationally following an assessment of potentially vulnerable communities after 17 people were killed in three days of violence in Paris.   The attacks began with two gunmen bursting into the Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices and opening fire in revenge for its publication of satirical images of the prophet.   In the UK, counter-terrorism officers have stepped up protection of police officers and the Jewish community over concerns that they may be targeted by Islamist militants.   Five million copies of the magazine – which has a usual print run of around 60,000 – were published in a special edition, with about 2,000 of them reportedly distributed in the UK.   View the full article
  3. Dyfed-Powys Police Special Constabulary Contents: Application ProcessTrainingRank StructureFrequently Asked QuestionsOther1. Application Process To become a Special Constable within Dyfed-Powys Police, an applicant can find the application forms and other information on the Dyfed-Powys Police website. The forms etc are also listed here: Becoming A Special Constable BrochureSpecial Constable Application FormEqual Opportunities and Diversity Monitoring FormSpecial Constable Vetting Check FormSpecial Constable Fitness Test Information Once these forms have been read, completed and submitted, they are marked by the Special Constabulary Co-Ordinator, and the post holder will then contact the applicant via letter, to inform them whether they have passed the paper sift or now. If you have been successful in passing the paper sift, you will in due course receive a date for an Assessment Centre. The Assessment Centre (AC), consists of: Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT) which is split into 4 sections.Verbal UsageInformation CheckingNumeric ReasoningLogical ReasoningPanel Interview - The interviewers are a mixture of serving and senior Special Constables, Trainers, and HR, and the questions are based upon the Police Professional Framework. More information can be found here on the Skills For Justice website. After successful completion of the Assessment Centre, applicants are invited for a Fitness Test and Medical Examination; fitness information has been posted above. Vetting and security checks are carried out throughout the process, and an in-depth form is provided to gather details in regards to family members, previous addresses etc. 2. Training Training has changed over the years; it has previously been 6 weekends, then 8 weekends. Recently in a restructuring of the Special Constabulary; the training was extended over 14 training weekends over 6 months and covers your basic law input, common offences, Pocket Notebook Rules, First Aid, Officer Safety Training and using AIRWAVE radios as well as a diversity input. 3. Rank Structure Dyfed-Powys Police service, through late 2010 and early 2011 re-structured its Special Constabulary; The Special Constabulary is the part-time volunteer section. Its officers are known as Special Constables (all hold the office of Constable no matter what their rank) or informally as Specials. It has become known to many organisations as well as the police that volunteers are best managed by volunteers, so this new command and rank structure has been designed with that in mind, to boost the effectiveness of the Special Constabulary. With this re-structuring, there have been many new appointments, these include the following: Special Constabulary Lead - SuperintendentSpecial Constabulary Co-Ordinator and then we go on to the Specials themselves:Special Constabulary, Chief OfficerSpecial Constabulary, Inspectors; x4 Inspectors, one per Basic Command Unit (BCU)Special Constabulary, Sergeants; formerly Section Officers With this restructuring, Dyfed-Powys Police is the first Police service in Wales to adopt the former National Policing Improvement Agencies (NPIA) National Standard for the Special Constabulary. 4. Frequently Asked Questions Am I eligible to join the Special Constabulary?What powers will I have?What duties can I perform?How much time am I expected to commit?Do I get paid?How long does the application process take?How fit should I be?Are there any occupations a Special Constable cannot hold?What if I got into trouble in my past?How much time is a Special Constable expected to commit?Is this a stepping stone to the Regular Police?Do I need to inform my employer?Do you take my Fingerprints?If I want to apply, what should I do next?What if I want to help, but not as a Special Constable?Am I eligible to join the Special Constabulary? In order to become a Special Constable you must: Be a British or Commonwealth citizenBe aged between 18½ and 55Enjoy good health and have good vision. The wearing of spectacles or contact lenses is permitted.Be of good characterWhat powers will I have? Special Constables have all the legal powers of their regular counterparts when on and off duty and, as of 1 April 2007, can use their powers throughout England and Wales. Prior to this date, Special Constables' powers were restricted to within their force areas and neighbouring forces only. What duties can I perform? The duties Specials are asked to perform are many and varied. Examples are: Foot patrol with a Community Beat Officer.Crowd and traffic control at local events.General response patrols with Regular Officers.In fact Special Constables participate in most areas of policingHow much time am I expected to commit? As a Special Constable in Dyfed Powys, you are asked to commit a minimum of sixteen hours per month and attend a monthly training session. Do I get paid? Special Constables do not get paid. However, out of pocket expenses are paid. Uniform and equipment are provided free, except for footwear for which a small 'Boot Allowance' is paid annually. How long does the application process take? We aim to process applications as quickly and efficiently as possible and will keep applicants informed at all stages of the process. What qualifications should I have? You do not require qualifications to become a Special Constable or a Police Officer. However you will be asked to sit a Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT) as part of the recruitment process for the Special Constabulary. Further information will be provided about the test when you request an application form. The main areas tested in the PIRT are: The ability to spell words and construct sentences correctly.The ability to check information quickly and correctly.The ability to solve numerical problems accurately.The ability to reason logically when given facts about events.How fit should I be? You should be reasonably fit, as a fitness test forms part of the recruitment process. Further information will be provided in recruitment pack. Are there any occupations a Special Constable cannot hold? As Special Constables possess the powers and privileges of a regular Constable, it is necessary to minimise the risk that they may be pressed to abuse their powers whilst off duty. The Home Office has identified a number of occupations where there may be a conflict of interest with the role of Special Constables. In view of this, applicants who are employed in these capacities would not be eligible for appointment to the Special Constabulary. A full list is available upon request by telephoning our recruitment team on 01267 226294. A list of Restricted Occupations list Revised by the NPIA in 2011 What if I got into trouble in my past? A conviction or caution is not an automatic eliminator. Disclose all details, including mitigations and each case will be considered on merit. Is this a stepping stone to the Regular Police? The majority stay in the Special Constabulary to give many years of valuable service to the community. Some Special Constables find that they enjoy policing and go on to become regular, full-time Police Officers. The training and experience from being a Special Constable will stand you in good stead both in preparing your application and at the interview. Do I need to inform my employer? All Special Constables are advised to inform their employers of their appointment and the hours they are likely to perform each week so as to satisfy certain requirements under the Working Time Regulations (WTR). You may occasionally have to attend court as a witness during your working hours. If this occurs you would receive prior notice and would be able to claim for any loss of earnings, which resulted. Do you take my Fingerprints? All appointees to the Special Constabulary are required to have their fingerprints taken. These will be retained on file for elimination purposes only and will be destroyed when a Special Constable leaves the Force. If a Special Constable is successful in an application to join the regular force, this information may be transferred. If I want to apply, what should I do next? An application form can be obtained by ringing the Recruitment & Selection 24hr answerphone on 01267 226165, quoting the following reference number 323/WEB or alternatively you can e-mail Specials Recruitment stating your full name, address and date of birth. What if I want to help, but not as a Special Constable? Dyfed Powys Police are also looking for Civilian Volunteers. We give individuals the opportunity to use their skills, experience and local knowledge to make a positive contribution in their community by supporting our work. 5. Other Dyfed-Powys Police SC related videos:

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