Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has swapped his Parliamentary duties to spend a day going behind the scenes at South Wales Police’s headquarters in Bridgend.
This is the latest in a series of visits Chris has made as part of the Parliamentary Police Scheme he is currently in the process of completing. The scheme seeks to broaden MPs’ understanding of frontline policing, as well as specialist police services, training, recruitment and a whole host of internal areas that many people may not realise have an impact on how police forces function.
As part of the day, Chris visited the force’s new training centre for new recruits and their specialist response teams, including their search and rescue, mounted and dog divisions.
Chris also met with senior officers, control room staff who field emergency 999 and 101 calls, human resources and recruitment staff, and officers from across the force.
As part of the scheme, Chris has been regularly getting involved with all of the different components which make up both South Wales Police and the Metropolitan Police.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“I’m over half way through completing my Parliamentary Police Scheme now and it’s been clear from day one that South Wales Police is made up of a truly dedicated team of hard-working people at all levels. Their sole focus is to protect and serve all of our communities across South Wales as best they can, while under significant financial pressures.
“Criminals do not recognise borders and it’s increasingly clear that policing is a UK wider service and needs to remain so, working with local and devolved governments.
“I’d like to thank everyone who gave me such a warm welcome on Thursday. It really was an incredibly interesting and informative day.”