‘Eye-opening experience’ with bobbies on the beat

By Alex Jones in Local People

DWYFOR and Meirionnydd’s newly re-elected MP has worked alongside bobbies on the beat to get a better understanding of policing in north Wales.

Liz Saville Roberts has recently been acknowledged for completing the Police Parliamentary Scheme with her local police force.

The scheme, which was established 16 years ago by Sir Neil Thorne OBE enables Members of Parliament to study first-hand the role of police officers at inspector rank and below – in other words with those officers most closely engaged in day-to-day policing.

The programme is made up of both core elements and of optional components to reflect the particular interests of an individual MP who spends a period of time in their local station.

The Plaid Cymru MP started her programme in April 2016 and during her 20-day attachment she accompanied police officers on day, late and night shifts in Bangor, Caernarfon and Porthmadog as well as visiting specialist units such as CSI, Firearms, Police Support Units, Dog Section, Rural Crime Team and Professional Standards.

She also experienced how North Wales Police is protecting the most vulnerable with attachments to the Cybercrime and POLIT (Paedophile On-line Investigation Team), Amethyst (sexual offence investigation team) and PVPU (Protecting Vulnerable People Unit).

At an awards ceremony in Westminster earlier this year she was presented with a plaque and other mementoes of her time with North Wales Police by Chief Inspector Richie Green from Caernarfon Police Station.

CI Green, whose policing territory includes Dwyfor Meirionnydd, coordinated the MP’s time with the force and said: “Mrs Saville Roberts had a real insight into what makes up the long, challenging, varied and at times dangerous role of a police officer.

“In fact I’m still trying to get to the bottom of what happened when she and I attended some PSU (Police Support Unit) riot training where some of the wooden training ‘bricks’ hurled in our direction by pseudo rioters came suspiciously close, I’m not sure if it was aimed at me or the MP!”

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