ARMED POLICE will be at Pembrokeshire County Show later this month, but Dyfed-Powys Police says their presence should not cause alarm.
The officers will be patrolling the show and liaising with security to ensure the safety of all attendees.
Superintendent Huw Meredith said: “We will be deploying specialist assets and armed officers who will help keep show-goers safe. Please don’t be alarmed when you see armed officers patrolling the show site, they are there to protect you and are a friendly bunch if you want to speak to them.
“Security is paramount to us at events such as this, so we ask for your patience and cooperation when getting through the gates. You can help us keep the event safe by being vigilant for anyone or anything that looks out of place or suspicious by reporting it to us on the 101 number.
“If you have any questions or concerns, our officers will be on hand to assist you. Equally, all those working at the show have been briefed to keep an eye out for suspicious activity so they will also be on hand to help.”
At the show, Dyfed-Powys Police is inviting visitors to visit their stand to find out more about how to safely enjoy what the area has to offer over the summer.
The stand is geared at bringing to life the force’s #EnjoyDPP summer campaign which is about helping people who live in and visit Pembrokeshire safely enjoy their summer.
Officers and staff from Dyfed-Powys Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be on hand to offer practical advice to help people enjoy the towns, beaches, mountains and events. They will be joined on various days by key partners including Trading Standards, Immigration, Border Force Agency, Local Council Agencies, Victim Support, BAWSO, Community Cohesion Groups and Crimestoppers.
Inspector Shaun Bowen said: “Come say hello, meet our experienced and knowledgeable officers and staff and find out more about how to stay safe and enjoy the summer while taking advantage of the many wonderful places and events the area has to offer.”
Visitors will be able to explore a police vehicle and a tractor, meet a police dog, dress up as a police officer or Police Community Support Officer and pose for photos at an #EnjoyDpp photobooth.
You can also have a chat with experts on issues including summer safety, rural crime, financial crime, digital policing, crimes and issues that affect children and so much more.
To allow people to chat without distractions from the children there will be a special children’s corner where they can have their fingerprints taken and colour a police-themed picture.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) liaison officers will be in attendance to offer advice and discuss any issues with the public. The officers are trained to provide specialist support to any LGBT victims of crime.
There will also be volunteers from the Special Constabulary there who will give advice and support to anyone considering volunteering as a Special.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has a host of activities planned, including promoting the Commissioner’s crime plan, giving people opportunity to pose their questions to the Chief Constable via the Commissioner, hop on a cow print exercise bike and help rack up the miles while hearing more about the Commissioner’s charity challenge.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I’m delighted that representatives from my office will be there to talk to visitors about the role of Police and Crime Commissioner and the work I’m carrying out to ensure our four counties remain the safest in England and Wales.”