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National innovation honour for Commissioner’s office

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Christopher Salmon: Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyed-Powys.

THE OFFICE of Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has been highly commended in a national study of innovation. 

It was the only Welsh office to be shortlisted for honours in the review of PCC teams across England and Wales by independent analyst CoPaCC. The Dyfed-Powys success comes six months after an award for public engagement and 10 months after an honour for transparency. Mr Salmon said: “Innovation is being used to put the public first across Dyfed-Powys. My office puts much effort into this and is eager to continue looking at improvements to reflect evolving public needs.” Bernard Rix, chief executive of CoPaCC, said: “Dyfed-Powys is among those most successfully demonstrating significant progress on the innovation journey.”

CoPaCC published a detailed innovation report this summer and today revealed that Mr Salmon’s office was one of three to be highly commended. The others were Northamptonshire and Surrey. Innovations by Mr Salmon include the Commissioner’s Fund, new links with academia and a mental health triage unit. Launched in summer 2013, the Commissioner’s Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to community initiatives that develop ideas with a positive impact on the area they serve. Its first two rounds, in summer 2013 and spring 2014, saw £161,000 distributed to 46 projects. Round three is now open for bids. An example of linking with academics is the new Centre for Rural Policing and Justice. Mr Salmon said: “This combines the best of practice in rural policing (done every day in Dyfed-Powys) and the best thinking about rural policing (done every day in our universities).

Get it right and we’ll be able to support police decisions better, widen academic evidence behind policing and give opportunities to staff on both sides to improve their skills.” Meanwhile, the triage scheme will see two vehicles staffed by police and with facilities for mental health nurses. They will help those in mental distress when involved in an incident. Dyfed Powys Police said that there is a lot of positive news for the force contained in the report. Chief Constable Simon Prince said, “In Dyfed Powys we put the victim at the centre of all our decision making, they are our priority and we seek to do our absolute best for them, providing a high level of service that people have come to expect. “Through consultation and knowing what matters to our residents we have tailored the priorities of the force accordingly, focusing on the areas of work that are important to the communities within Dyfed Powys.

Unlike many forces in the UK we investigate every crime and do our best to provide a first class professional service throughout the investigation, seeking a positive outcome where ever possible. “Over the last year we have been restructuring and streamlining the way that we support our front line officers, reducing the level of bureaucracy and making things as straightforward and as easy as possible for information to be completed, shared and processed quickly, safely and effectively.A high percentage of our residents think we are doing a good job to safeguard our communities and are satisfied with the level of service that we provide. “We know that there are some areas where we can improve even further, and we have put plans in place to ensure that this happens. “I want people to be reassured that Dyfed Powys Police is a high performing police force and does it best to go the extra mile to safeguard our communities.”

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School staff video spreads positive message to students

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A VIDEO featuring hundreds of Pembrokeshire educators, teachers and support staff is spreading a positive message to their students and around the world.
The video, set to the Madness hit ‘It Must Be Love’, features all staff from the education world in Pembrokeshire from hub schools to staff in their own homes, writing uplifting and supporting messages to their students.

It has been a difficult time for teachers, staff and students, with schools closed for the vast majority of pupils due to the coronavirus outbreak.
And the video underlines that the education world, including teachers, is thinking of their students and urging them to remain upbeat.
Positive messages include ‘keep moving forward’, ‘keep calm, stay safe, look after each other’, ‘keep smiling’ and ‘we will get through this’.
There are also messages of support for key workers and NHS staff.
And the final video – which went from idea to release in just two days – has been a hit on social media, reaching more than 33,000 people in less than a week.
It has attracted supportive comments from Canada to Australia.
Educators rallied to the call to get involved in the Together Educate project which was the idea of Kelly Monroe, Schools Curriculum Manager with Really Pro who provide innovative alternative education services to secondary schools across the county.
Kelly, along with teachers from HHVC school Kate Hudson-Brown, Mollie Hughes, Rhian Owens, and videographer Dean Harries from We The Dee set about getting all educational staff involved in the project.
As well as filming at hubs which have remained open to cater for children of key workers, such as Milford Haven and Haverfordwest High School, an essential ingredient was to get school staff who are currently are at home to join via video link.
And when the time came, the response from the educational world was incredible.
“We didn’t really know what the response would be,” Kelly explained.
“But when we turned on we were absolutely blown away.
“We had to get extra screens just to try to fit everyone in. We had about 300 people wanting to get involved.
“The whole idea was about bringing people together and what shone through is the way that teachers and school staff are missing their students, missing the buzz and the noise of school life and missing what they are fantastic at – educating and teaching.”
The messages that have flooded in following the video have been full of support.
One from a NHS worker said they had suffered a bad day but the video had greatly lifted their spirits.
Kelly added: “The response has been overwhelming. It was a balancing act to bring some joy without being flippant at the situation.
“It was eerie filming in some of the empty classrooms and corridors.
At times I felt quite tearful and overwhelmed because when you love this profession seeing an empty classroom is actually hard to absorb especially when you know what’s going on outside in the world, and you care about the kids.
“But the video’s aim was not to focus on the situation but be full of positivity and the message is that those classrooms and corridors will be full of life again.
“We may not know exactly when but they will and when they are all the amazing educators, support staff and teachers will be there ready to greet our pupils with energy and gratitude”
Together Educate Facebook page has also re-released a video entitled ‘The Gift of Kindness’ filmed in Milford Haven School with Really Pro and the staff and pupils from the school which was originally shared on social media in December 2019.
The video has taken on extra meaning in the current circumstances.

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Pembrokeshire suspends car parking charges for NHS, health and social care workers

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is to waive charges in its car parks for NHS, health and social care workers from Thursday, April 2.

The Authority’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Licencing and Major Events, Cllr Phil Baker, said: “We are very aware that the car parks provide our NHS, health and social care workers with access to essential services such as food and medical supplies.

“The Council will, from today, waive car park fees for this group of workers and this will remain in place during the current lockdown.

“These critical workers will be encouraged to display supporting evidence in their windscreen, such as photocopies of their work pass – with any sensitive information removed – or a letter of evidence from their employer as their parking permit.”

Councillor Baker said the decision would be reviewed in line with Welsh and UK Government guidelines.

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Public bus services change in Pembrokeshire

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Due to the current situation there are a number of changes required
to public bus services in Pembrokeshire.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Licensing
and Major Events, Councillor Phil Baker, said: “Changes are required
in order to respond to the Coronavirus situation, and to continue to
maintain services to key locations such as hospitals, GP surgeries,
pharmacies and certain food stores.

“The timetable information on the Council’s website will be kept up-to-
date but unfortunately it is not possible to update the information
displayed at all bus stops.

“These arrangements may be subject to further change at short
notice, and I would ask that anyone wanting to use public transport
services to please visit our website or ring 01437 764551 for the latest
up to date information.”

The one-day-a-week timetable for Coastal Buses (387/8, 400, 404
and 405) will remain until further notice.

Both Community Transport and the Bus Buddies service are

A full list of all public bus services in Pembrokeshire and the current
service provision is listed below. A number of services will be
operated on a dial-a-ride basis.

suspended until further notice.

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