I am in the process of giving the website a spring clean and will be deleting items and sections that are no longer of interest to members.

Should you find items that you believe no longer serve a useful purpose, please advise the webmaster via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view that consideration can be given to its removal.




The army logistics expert brought in by Prime Minster Boris Johnson to help speed up the coronavirus vaccine roll-out is the son of NARPO member, Gwyndaf Prosser  of Llanelli.

Brigadier Phil Prosser (above), commander of the 101 Logistic Brigade, also known as the Iron Division, spoke alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a press conference recently, where he outlined the army's involvement in delivering millions of doses of the vaccine in the coming weeks.

‘We are extremely proud of the role he is playing,’ said Gwyndaf. ‘He has served all over the world, including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq and it is great to see him now taking on this role at home’. ‘He was heavily involved in the early stages of the pandemic last year, helping distribute PPE equipment to the NHS.

Phillip was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours List for his role in that operation’.

Formerly in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Brigadier Prosser studied at Welbeck College, Sandhurst and Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, before doing a master’s degree with the Open University.

His wife Shani is from Fishguard and they have a daughter Emily.

Brigadier Prosser is under no illusions about the size of the task ahead. ‘We aim to deliver the vaccine as soon after it is supplied as possible, not leaving vast quantities in the warehouse - it needs to be in arms not on shelves’ said Brigadier Prosser.

He added that the operation would be ‘unparalleled in its scale and complexity. It is the equivalent of setting up a major supermarket chain in less than a month’.



Mrs Vera Bowen aged 94yrs, the widow of Mr Meurig Bowen (Rtd. PC25) and mother of branch member Mr Aled Bowen.

The funeral will be subject to the current Covid regulations. Donations are being collected for the Alzheimer's Society via the Funeral Directors, Silcox Family, 83 New Road, Llanelli. SA15 3DS Phone: 01554 773120


Mr Peter Morgan Evans (Rtd. C/Insp) passed away at his home in Carmarthen on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Predeceased by his wife Moira, Peter is survived by his daughters Jane and Mari together with several grandchildren.  

A private ceremony will be held at Aberystwyth Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to CT Evans Funeral Directors (01970) 820013.

Peter joined Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary in 1964 following service in the Welsh Guards. He served in various parts of the force area including Aberystwyth, Brecon and Carmarthen. In addition, Peter held a senior rank in the St.John’s Ambulance.



Police officers are not on the priority list to receive the Covid-19 vaccination, even though they are in a high-risk job.

Petitions with more than 10,000 signatures will be considered for a debate in the Senedd.

To sign the petition please click on:



The safest of the 42 police force areas in England and Wales are Hertfordshire, West Mercia, Gloucestershire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Dyfed-Powys, Devon and Cornwall and North Yorkshire. 

The Home Office data covers five crime areas: arson, theft, robbery, sex offences and violence against a person. Drugs offences and crimes involving weapons are not included.Cases of crimes per 1,000 people in each category were grouped together to find overall figures for each region. The regions were then ranked in order.

(Full article can be viewed by clicking on:



ITV has released the date for its new true-crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders, giving a first glimpse of Luke Evans as Welsh detective Steve Wilkins. Adapted from the true-crime book Catching the Bullseye Killer, which was written by Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill, the three-part mini-series will depict the detective's pursuit of serial killer John Cooper.

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Luke Evans who plays the role of DCS Steve Wilkins

In the series, Wilkins is seen racing against time to find evidence after Cooper is released from prison on parole. The detective is convinced that he committed four murders in the '80s, charges Cooper was later convicted of. Speaking about his lead role in the mini-series, Evans said: "It is a privilege to be playing the role of Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders.

"It's a huge responsibility for me as the drama depicts a true crime which to this day still affects the families of those whose lives were tragically taken."

The Pembrokeshire Murders begins on ITV on January 11, 2021.





Here at NARPO HQ we are currently planning the 2021 issues of NARPO News.

NARPO News is our flagship publication, which is first, and foremost, for you, our members, and we want to make sure we’re giving you the best publication possible. So that we can make sure we’re doing that, we would like to find out your views on the magazine as it is currently, things you might like to see in future issues, and more about you. This is so that we can make sure future content and advertising matches Members’ interests and outlooks.

To do this, we are asking if you would take part in this short survey, that should take around 5 minutes to complete. All you have to do is click on the Survey Monkey link below to take part. The closing date for responses is 4th January 2021.

NB. COVID-19 – Coronavirus has affected all our lives this year and has meant that we haven’t been able to do the things we normally do or had planned to do. Hope is on the horizon though and as this survey is about the bigger picture could we please ask that you answer the questions from the perspective of ‘normal/none COVID times’.

Thank you

Don’t forget, we are also always on the lookout for member participation in NARPO News, whether that’s letters, an event you would like to publicise or something from across the work, life leisure spectrum which you think would inspire others, we want to hear from you. Please send your submission ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





NARPO HQ have been notified by ACC Forber of South Yorkshire Police that their Force are considering opening up the Miners’ Strike archives. The intention is to publish the material within the South Yorkshire Police Miners’ Strike Archive (‘the archive’), so that it is electronically accessible to all.

The aim is to release as much of the archive as possible into the public domain, However, before doing so, the Force is proposing to carry out a redaction process of some of the material prior to its disclosure.

Before releasing any material, South Yorkshire Police are seeking the views of interested parties, including Staff Associations, Police Forces, National Police Chiefs Council and NARPO in relation to their proposed redaction policy.

Protecting our Members’ personal data and welfare are of paramount importance. NARPO has sought advice from our Data Protection Officer, and we have made an initial response to the consultation. We will be making further, more detailed submissions in due course to best protect our members and their welfare.

The matter was discussed at the recent NEC meeting and it was agreed to contact Branches on this issue, as well as providing advice to Branches and Members on ‘historical’ enquiries and events.

Therefore, it is extremely important to remind our Members to exercise caution when responding to any requests regarding this, and any other ‘historical’ policing events.

This includes refraining from posting any information and / or comments on any social media or other platforms on such matters which can be accessed or viewed by the public, which could lead to the possibility that it could be used in any future criminal or other enquiry.


Mercury Claims is a nationwide insurance claims investigation and handling specialists that undertakes the investigation of several thousand road traffic accidents annually on behalf of major insurers and leading solicitor firms. A local agent has retired, and they wish to find a replacement-purely part time work.

Virtually all Investigators are ex police officers, Tenby. Haverfordwest, Carmarthen etc would be good locations

For more information click HERE



The quarterly draw was made on Wednesday 2nd December together with the Christmas Cracker draw. The Christmas Cracker saw 31 winners receiving £500 each! In total, 27 retired officers were among the winners of the two draws with NARPO members well represented.

To find if you were lucky go to the Members Only section.





To mark the 15th anniversary of the building of the U.K’s National Police Memorial in 2005 the Police Memorial Trust are proud to announce the launch of a brand new website.

The specially built website gives a unique insight into the work undertaken by the Trust over the last thirty-five years. They unveiled their first memorial in 1985 following the murder of Yvonne Fletcher in St James’s Square, London.

It is a sad fact that the Trust have gone on to place a further forty nine memorials to a total of fifty five fallen British police officers.

The new website will go live tomorrow, Wednesday the 18th of November.

The launch date is especially poignant as it marks exactly fifteen years to the day since P.C Sharon Beshenivsky was murdered in Bradford, West Yorkshire. In May 2009, the Trust unveiled a memorial to Sharon at the location of her murder.

The new website contains individual pages dedicated to each of the fifty five officers they have commemorated with memorials together with exclusive images of all the unveiling ceremonies.

Commenting on the new website the Trust’s Chair, Mrs. Geraldine Winner said: “The launch of our new website marks fifteen years since The Queen opened U. K’s National Police Memorial in The Mall in London. Sadly, we have placed far too many of our memorials to fallen officers around the country.”

She added: “Our new website gives the officers loved ones, the police family and the public a lasting historical record of the commemoration of the brave police officers we have erected memorials to.”

The new site can be viewed at:



Thousands of temporary jobs are up for grabs as part of the 2021 Census.

The Census is a survey that takes place every 10 years to give a picture of all people and households in England and Wales.

This helps to plan and fund public services. Billions of pounds of public money is distributed using Census figures.

Data Cymru uses Census information to identify pressures on schools, roads and transports, for example.

A range of roles are available with more than 35,000 field staff required across England and Wales.

Field staff are the public face of the Census and jobs are available for people with knowledge of a local area and who can relate to the communities within it.

The hours are flexible and include the opportunity to work part-time, evenings and weekends.

Census Day is March 21st, 2021.

See more information and how to apply at:



Dyfed-Powys Police has received reports that people in the force area are being contacted by fraudsters as part of a scam known as ‘courier fraud’.
Criminals will call you out of the blue, pretending to be police officers, and advising you about fraudulent activity on your bank account or card. They will then move to asking for personal information or even your PIN to verify who you are, before in some cases offering to collect your card from you to save you the trouble of having to go to your bank or local police station.
These callers are criminals, who will try to gain your trust. You can help protect yourself from these scams by following these steps:
• Do not engage in conversation with them.
• Do not allow anyone to arrange collection of bank cards.
• Put the phone down.
• Block the number they called from.
• Do not call any number provided to you during the call. If you need to contact your bank, use the number on your card.
• Report this to us, online at, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 101.
Please help us by sharing this message with your friends and family, and telling those who may not be on social media.



The Office for National Statistics have now published the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2020 and this stands at 0.5%

Full details can be found on the ONS website



We're asking the public to be vigilant in respect of any unexpected calls claiming to be from Dyfed-Powys Police.

A resident recently received a telephone call where the caller claimed to be a police officer from Dyfed-Powys Police, and that they were going to be arrested. The call was eventually terminated, but if it had gone on there would have inevitably been a demand for funds. Worryingly, the scammers had gone to great lengths to make it look like the call had come from the force – as the non-emergency number to call if you’re outside of the force area was displayed on the victim’s mobile when it rang– 01267 222020. The scam caller also stated that they were calling from a station local to the victim.

Please be aware that if an officer from Dyfed-Powys Police was genuinely trying to contact you via telephone, these 01267 numbers would not show up. Therefore if you receive a call like this, please do not engage with the caller or carry out any actions they may ask you to do, and instead terminate the call as soon as you become suspicious.



Statement from Royal London:

We are delighted to welcome Police Mutual to Royal London.

Royal London is financially strong, and our strength will allow for future enhancements in service and propositions, and wider support for the Police family. Importantly, the transfer preserves what Police Mutual customers and the Police service value most about Police Mutual.

We are fully committed to the Police Mutual brand. As the UK’s largest mutual life, pensions and investment company we are also committed to continuing the programme to improve the financial wellbeing of the Police family, and delivering the best value for our customers and members:

o There will be continued support for a financial education programme
o We will build on the good work of the Police Mutual Foundation
o We are proud to extend the sponsorship of the various Police Bravery Awards for another five years

Having completed the transfer on 1 October 2020, as part of Royal London, Police Mutual will continue to serve, and improve the financial wellbeing of, Police officers for the long-term.

I would like to give a warm welcome to Police Mutual customers. We are excited that, together, we’re starting a new chapter in both Police Mutual and Royal London’s long, proud and evolving history.

For more information visit



The following has been received from Nigel Williams of Carmarthen:



NARPO member Ian James retired from Dyfed-Powys Police in 2013 having completed over 30 years service – all served in the Powys area.

Since retirement, Ian has worked as a Service Coordinator with the British Red Cross and is currently working for Powys Association of Voluntary Services (PAVO) as an Outreach worker for the Powys Befriending Service.

More volunteers are need - could YOU help to keep our over 50’s smiling?

To find out more about the Powys Befriending Service, please click HERE



Survivors shouldn’t have to choose between financial security and happiness.

We need a UK-wide policy that mirrors Northern Ireland’s, ensuring that those that remarry or cohabit after the loss of their loved one retain their pensions in full, regardless of circumstance.

Further information about the campaign is contained in these leaflets: Widows Pension for Life  and An inequality in a United Kingdom

It’s time to get rid of this inequality. #pensionsforlife

August 2020 - Article in Guardian Newspaper:

The Home Office is being forced to defend regulations in England and Wales that are less generous than similar schemes operating in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and for members of the armed services.

Lawyers acting on behalf of four widows and a widower on Friday 21st August lodged their claim against the government in the high court in Manchester, alleging that regulation C9 of the 1987 police pension scheme breaches their human rights.

The National Association for Retired Police Officers and the Police Federation, which both support the legal action, say the rules force bereaved partners to choose between “financial security or isolation”.

Brian Burdus, the president of NARPO, said: “We have been campaigning to remove this archaic and unfair regulation for a number of years, due to the restrictions it places on the rights of widows and widowers.”

He added: “It is extremely disappointing that the government have not worked with us to resolve this matter, despite our repeated attempts, but we hope now that the court will deliver justice so that widows and survivors are not faced with making the choice between financial security or isolation.”

To see the full Guardian article, please use the following link-



Have you received an automated telephone call claiming to be from Amazon Prime?

These calls are a scam! This scam has seen criminals steal over £1M from victims.

The call states that you have been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription and to ‘press 1 to speak to an operator’ to cancel.

However, pressing ‘1’ can connect your call to a criminal posing as an Amazon Prime member of staff.

There are variations of the scam, including being ‘owed a refund’ for a ‘fraud committed on your Amazon account’. All of which aim to gain your information.

Typically, the criminal will ask for your bank details, but in some cases they ask for direct access to your online device, giving various reasons why they need to do this.

To enable this access, they will ask you to install software onto your device. They may then ask you to login to your online banking.

Remember - if you receive an unexpected message by telephone, email or text:

  • Verify the message using your own trusted method.
  • Do not press ‘1 to speak to an operator’ or use contact information within the message.
  • Go via your own trusted route to check with the company.
  • Do not give out your personal or financial information.
  • Do not click onto web links or attachments in the message.
  • Protect your device and your data.



Age Cymru is working in partnership with Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA), the Welsh Senate of Older People, Active Wales, National Pensioners Convention Wales, and Pensioners Forum Wales to gather views and experiences of the Covid 19 lockdown from those aged 50 plus whether you were shielding, self-isolating, living alone or with family members to help inform future policy and planning. The partners also want to know what is needed to help older people re-engage with community life as the lockdown is lifted.

In particular they would like to hear how older people accessed information during this period. Did you rely upon TV, radio, internet or family and carers for information? What sort of support did you get from local authorities, voluntary groups and informal sources such as family members, friends and neighbours?  And, if needed, were you able to access health and social care services during lockdown?

 Age Cymru and partners are particularly keen to hear from older people about the support and information they need to help older people re-engage with their communities. Do older people feel confident enough to go shopping again, use public transport or visit the dentist and if they don’t what would help?

To take part in our research, funded by Welsh Government, you can write to us with your experiences and views of the lockdown via the following freepost address: Age Cymru, FREEPOST RTZG-JHGC-RYJJ, Ground Floor, Mariners House, Age Cymru, Trident Court, East Moors Road, CARDIFF CF24 5TD

Or, you can complete our survey online by visiting:

Limited hard copies of the survey are available by calling 029 2043 1570 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



NARPO have agreed with Bernard and Suzanne from Affinity Resolutions to provide for NARPO members a free legal advice helpline and quarterly email newsletter on legal topics.

The advice line will support members by explaining where they can find information on any legal problem.

To use this membership benefit please register at



As you may know, I am assisting John Murray in his quest for justice for our colleague Yvonne Fletcher murdered on 17/4/1984, now 36 years ago. Our civil action is proceeding through the courts at its own pace but we have not given up on our attempts to have the suspect Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk ( the defendant in our civil case) charged with conspiracy to murder Yvonne.

At the heart of this problem is the decision of the Government to withhold certain evidence, upon which he would have been charged, on grounds of national security.

Justice for WPC Yvonne Fletcher

This was a matter we challenged and lost at the time, funded by the PFEW with the strong support of the Met. Police Federation.

We are now mounting a petition for a public inquiry to try and have the decision to withhold that evidence reversed. We had a meeting arranged with the Prime Minister for 21/7/2020 which had to be cancelled due to world events, but it has been rescheduled for 29/9/2020

In the meantime, we are hoping that our petition will have sufficient support from the public generally, and from serving and retired officers and our civil staff in particular, to have the necessary influence to have that decision reversed.

There is a simple principle here, if the rule of law is seen not to prevail then what possible function can we, as serving or retired officers, be asked to perform.

I would respectfully ask that this petition be circulated to our NARPO membership and that we invite the support of all our colleagues and friends to help us bring this long suffering matter to a successful conclusion.

I attach the details of our web page for your consideration

Yours sincerely

Tony Bruce ex Met

Petition for public inquiry:



The summer edition of the newsletter is a different format to previous editions. As well as ‘serious’ topics there are photographs / anecdotes from ‘the good old days’ and a couple of cartoons to lighten the mood. The newsletter can also be found in the Members Only section of the website



The following has been received from Age Cymru:

My name is Kelly Barr and I run the arts and creativity programmes for Age Cymru. I am writing to you today, as I am in the first phases of a project that is exploring how older people in Wales are represented in the media. We’d like to work with you and your members to challenge the ‘hands on a walking stick’ images that we so often see!

In this initial phase, we’d like to have conversations with older people from all over Wales to gather their views so that we can create a document that tells the media and other organisations exactly what words and images older people want used to represent them.

I appreciate that you won’t be meeting in person at this current moment in time, but if you were meeting digitally or over conference call, my colleague Leslie and I would love the opportunity to speak to your members about the project and gather their views. We can fit in with your agenda and be as flexible as you need us to be.

Alternatively, if any of your members would prefer to talk to us over the phone, they can add their names to our call list by emailing me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text50717+'<\/a>'; //--> or phoning me on 07944 995494 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm).

We will be asking for people to respond to this project through local and national papers, and through social media as well, in the coming months.

 If you are interested in helping us to explore this project, please do let me know how we might be able to work together.



The following has been received from Age Cymru:

Please find information about listening events Age Cymru is organising with carers. If you would like to get involved, please contact Danielle Welsh on the details shown in the letter. To view the letter, click on LETTER



NARPO member David Allen of Pentlepoir, Nr Saundersfoot can offer a range of professional services to help plan your future including Wills, Testamentary Trusts, Right to Reside, Probate, Will and legal paper storage, Lasting powers of attorney, Funeral Plans and Property trusts.

Free consultation via telephone, online, or in person, covering Wales.

40% reduction for NARPO officers - for more details click HERE.



NARPO member Derek Edwards spent nine days unwell at his home and 14 days at Glangwili Hospital fighting Coronavirus. He is now recuperating at his home in Carmarthen and has kindly written an excellent article about his experience together with advice for anyone who may have to deal with Covid 19. To read the article click HERE



Later Life Ambitions recently conducted a members’ survey on the impact of Coronavirus on your everyday life.

The findings of the survey can be found by clicking on RESULTS



How can we best provide sustainable care and support to help older people live happier and more fulfilling lives?

Health and Care Research Wales and Social Care Wales want to identify research priorities for the social care and support of people aged 65 and over. They have launched a survey aimed at people in Wales aged 65 and over who have received care or support, and professionals, volunteers and family members who provide that care. 

Please take part in the survey. It will take about 10 minutes to complete and is open from 8 June to 6 July 2020.



The following has been received from TIB Services & may be of interest to retirees within Powys:

We urgently need more retired police officers with DIY skills in the Powys area to help us to support schools affected by the COVID-19 crisis with relief caretaker cover. 

I wanted to ask if you would be kind enough to please forward the below information to your NARPO membership? Once they have registered with us, we will notify them when schools in their area need help. 

We support schools when their own site team are unwell, have left or are absent for any reason. Unfortunately, many employed caretakers have been unable to return to work due to the virus and this has left a large number of schools in serious difficulty. The caretaker role is more important than ever to ensure the hygiene, safety and security of pupils and staff.  

We have become inundated with requests from schools and our existing teams are already working flat out. We are now in urgent need of additional trusted and reliable competent DIYers to ensure that we can assist all of the schools who approach us. Some schools just require part time help maybe 2-3 days each week whereas others need full time weekday cover, we always try to match up assignments with people looking for that level of work. Works are usually within 20 minutes of a relief caretaker's home. 

Relief caretakers do not need any related qualifications or experience, but should as a minimum requirement be a competent and confident DIYers with excellent communication skills. Any prior property maintenance experience is a bonus. Tasks vary and might include security, checking premises, alarm tests, supervising cleaning staff, driving, porterage, minor repairs and maintenance. Full training provided on site for each job.

Retired officers looking to support local schools in the Powys area just need to register on our website, we will then notify them when schools need help:





A message from our Travel Insurance providers AXA PP.

These are challenging and uncertain times. And, at AXA PPP healthcare, we are committed to pulling together with our members, partners and colleagues to find the right way through for all of us. We understand travel options are restricted right now. With that in mind, you will need to consider whether our annual travel insurance meets your travel needs for the coming year.

In response to the current circumstances we’ve set out some additional options and specific considerations for you to think about.

You can view this on the following link: AXA PPP Annual Travel Insurance 

You can also see the following FAQ’s



As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Police Mutual, put together a range of factsheets focusing on mental health during the Coronavirus Pandemic.The first one focuses on how to look after your own mental health during the crisis.

Follow the links to read now:

Your own mental health:

Supporting others:

Supporting Children: CHILDREN



The May edition of Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner’s newsletter can be read by clicking on:

The newsletter outlines information around Coronavirus and its impact on his office and Dyfed-Powys Police..



The Post Office is making two of its products – ‘Payout Now’ and ‘Fast PACE’ (a pre-authorised cheque encashment service) – available to all the UK’s banks, building societies and credit unions to offer to any of their customers who are most in need of access to cash simply and speedily during this national emergency.

The improved services mean that self-isolating or vulnerable citizens affected by the coronavirus pandemic can now contact their financial institution if they choose to offer these services and arrange to withdraw cash quickly from their normal accounts through any local Post Office branch, with the help of a friend, family member, carer or local support worker.

Further information can be found at:



While browsing the web yesterday I came across this poem, which I would like to share with you. We all share a past in which we protected and looked after everyone, especially the vulnerable in our Communities.

A lot of us now find ourselves in the vulnerable category, I have been very grateful to my family for the support they have given me whilst in isolation, I hope you are not left in need of anything, except freedom, which will come soon, this will be a memory, and hopefully the start of the return of a nicer more friendly society.

Stay safe, look after yourselves and each other, most of all keep well and protect the NHS.

Clive Cowey (Branch Vice President)


When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine check-up
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.
When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way — better
for each other
because of the worst."

by Laura Kenny Fanucci



A genuine ‘GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT’ text has been received by many mobile phones nationwide to inform the public of new rules in force to stay at home.

A second text message was received appearing in the same thread stating, ‘We would like to inform you that you have been recorded leaving your home on 3 occasions yesterday. A fine of £35 has been added to your account. For further information please visit ... (fake penalty web address). ….’

The second message was a scam and included web links to fake payment pages.

Criminals are able to place texts following genuine messages in order to trick readers.

Never click on web links or attachments in messages. If you need to verify a message, do so via your own trusted method



Chief Constable Mark Collins said “The pace at which the situation has unfolded over the last week has been unprecedented, and this is a situation that the majority of us could never have anticipated.

“I understand that our communities are being asked to live in a way which they are likely never to have experienced before, and I hope the majority are complying with the Prime Minister’s instruction to limit movement and time out of the house.

“We take pride as a service in the relationship we have with our communities and I’m confident that people will follow these stringent but very necessary measures that the Government have put in place. For those who will not follow the measures, we will utilise the existing powers we have, as well as any additional powers as they become available to us.

“I am extremely proud of the work that has gone into the planning around this operation and the commitment shown by my staff.

“We have a history of very positive relationships with our colleagues across health, local authorities and other blue light services across the Dyfed-Powys area, and with our counterparts in the three Welsh forces - we are all working together to support each other through this time.

“I ask our communities for their support too, and with that, I’m confident that together we can get through this. Now is the time for us all to pull together.”



Please use the following links to information in relation to the ongoing situation:

For queries on the NARPO Group Travel Insurance, please use the following link:



This consultation seeks views on the principle of implementing a Police Covenant in England and Wales, to enhance support for the police and their families. It will look at the themes of:

  • Physical protection
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Support for families

It will also consider the scope of the Covenant and who should be covered.

We would like to hear from anyone who has been affected, indirectly or directly, by the impact of policing work and to hear what more can be done to help.

NARPO CEO, Steve Edwards, intends to submit a response on behalf of NARPO. He has already met with the lead civil servant heading up the work and given his initial views that this should most definitely extend to retired police officers and their families, in particular in relation to their physical and mental wellbeing in retirement.

He also raised the issue of widows pension but was informed that the Covenant will not look at pension matters, but nevertheless he intends to make the point in our response.

This is an open consultation and you can complete the survey yourself including your own views on the questions raised within the survey. See website at:…/…/police-covenant-for-england-and-wales



Police Care UK is the charity for serving and retired police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families, who have suffered harm as a result of policing. We are independent of any police forces, so we are funded entirely by donations and fundraising. We receive no money from government or forces for our work.

Potential Beneficiaries can access practical, emotional and financial support that is confidential and impartial by submitting a referral. We can provide confidential care - for life.

We have helped more than 10,000 serving and veteran police colleagues, and their families, come to terms with their situation, and rebuild their lives.

In 2019, we helped 502 families through our support services. We published the research from The Job and The Life in May, the UK's first force wide policing survey to assess trauma management and working conditions. We facilitated training in Suicide Awareness and Prevention for over 300 serving police officers and staff. We designed, developed and delivered our first Trauma Impact Processing Techniques course. We have provided £68,000 of funding to forces for small Wellbeing Grants. We established our strategic partnership with the Police Treatment Centres.

As a charity, we rely on assistance form our volunteers, but we need more help!

If you care about police our colleagues, why not consider a volunteering opportunity which will fit around you, and in your area, by visiting our website. There’s no obligation, and we don’t pressurise our volunteers to do any more than they want to. Any out of pocket expenses are paid.

There’s nothing to lose by simply finding out more about our volunteer roles, below:

Police Care Champion

1hr a month - Promote Police Care UK within their team, station, or community, highlighting what help is available and how to access it.

Force Ambassador

4-5hrs a month - Be a point of contact for Champions with questions, hold awareness stands, and provide briefings to teams and shifts about Police Care UK.

Support Volunteer

6-8hrs a month - Be a point of contact for the people we care for, checking to see that they're ok, and supporting them to access support from Police Care UK.

All you have to do, is visit our website here:

Dave Blundell (Engagement Officer), Police Care UK



Currently, when emails are sent to members notifying them of bereavements, social events etc, over 50 emails are returned as being undeliverable due to the address being ‘not known’. This is normally due to the member having changed his / her internet provider and being given a new email address.

If you are aware of any members who are not receiving E-mails from the NARPO secretary - please ask them to update their contact details.



BBC Wales is looking at the issue of people having to sell their homes to be able to afford to pay for their own or their relatives care bills.

They are looking for a Welsh language speaker that’s currently in this situation and willing to share their story and experience. They are happy to discuss the details and what it would entail in more detail if anyone is interested in sharing their story.

Please call BBC Wales’ Anna Glyn on 0303 082 3145 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text19882+'<\/a>'; //--> if you would like to share your story.



Are you, or do you know of any older person that is, struggling to access their local GP service for some reason?

For example, is it difficult to get through on the phone, are there too few appointments available, are the consultations too short, do the patients have to travel long distances, is the triage service appropriate etc.?

If you, or anyone you know, is willing to tell their story, pre-recorded, to BBC Wales news please let me know.

Of course, I would be on hand to speak to them first just to explain the process and offer any support.

Michael Phillips (Communications Officer)

Phone: 02920 432545 / 07794366224



Many thanks to NARPO members Liz & Grahame Davies, former West Midlands officers, who have compiled the following information regarding the State Pension and Police Pension:


Pensioners on highest rate will receive £175.20p per week (instead of £168.60p) This equates to £700.80p every 4 weeks. The increase for the year will be £343.20p up to the end of tax year 20/21. 

Most will receive below the highest amount due to ‘contracting out’ in 1978. Contracting out was a system where employees gave up their right to additional state pension, in the form or the state earnings related pension scheme, ‘Serps’.


The increase from April will be 1.9% due to increase in the CPI (Consumer Price Index).


Useful information if you qualify and have not claimed, it can be backdated to 2015:

You can benefit from Marriage Allowance if all the following apply:

  • You’re married or in a civil partnership
  • You do not pay Income Tax or your income is below your Personal Allowance (usually £12,500)
  • Your partner pays Income Tax at the basic rate, which usually means their income is between £12,501 and £50,000 before they receive Marriage Allowance



The Guardian newspaper would like to speak to an older person in Wales who is struggling to get the social care they need.  This can simply be a chat over the phone to the reporter.  If you’re interested please contact our Comms Manager Michael Phillips 029 2043 1545 or 07794366224 for a brief chat.



There is now a NEW dedicated email address for the DPP NARPO Secretary which is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is also linked to the mass e-mail system which is used to send out notifications such as bereavement notices. This means that in future, undeliverable e mail notifications will ‘come back’ to Phil Addicott and not as in the past to NARPO HQ.

When the last bereavement notification was circulated by email, over fifty messages  ‘bounced back’ and therefore were not delivered.

To ensure membership data is accurate, please inform the secretary if you need to update your contact details e.g. a new email address.



A digital memorial to thousands of UK police officers and staff who lost their lives on duty has been launched.

Each day the names and images of people who died on that date will be published on the Digital UK Police Memorial.

In-depth stories, that are compiled by Liverpool John Moores University students, will also be published.

The roll of honour has been set up as part of plans for a new physical memorial which is due to open at the National Memorial Arboretum in 2021.

Since the first professional police force - the Bow Street Runners - was set up in 1749, 4,200 UK police officers and staff have died on duty.

The new digital memorial can be seen at



The NARPO National Executive Committee recently agreed that we should take legal advice to ascertain if there was a claim in law to challenge the archaic regulation surrounding this matter. As a result, we (NARPO) have consulted with solicitors and a leading Human Rights barrister who is of the opinion that we have a sound case to pursue the matter under the Human Rights Act and the right to fair proceedings under Article 6, the protection of property under Article 1 Protocol 1 and the Right to Respect for Private and Family Life under Article 8.

NARPO are now in the process of gathering as much information as we can both from those widows, widowers and families of those who have been affected by this Regulation and have compiled questionnaires for members to complete and return to our Solicitors. Once all the evidence and information has been assessed and relevant witness statements obtained, the next step will be to formulate a Protocol letter of Claim and send it to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will then make a formal letter of response to our Solicitors and at that stage we will review prospects and consider whether formal proceedings can and should be commenced at Court.

We are pleased to say that the Police Federation have now joined us in this legal action and will add their weight behind the argument.

At some point surely the Government will see that this Regulation is outdated and that ALL police widows and widowers throughout the United Kingdom should have the right to retain their pension and retain their dignity without having to make that difficult and almost impossible choice.

We will continue to pursue this matter to obtain parity for police widows and widowers throughout the United Kingdom.

To find out more about how this unfair Regulation is affecting widows and their families today watch our video here.



A well attended seminar was held at Newtown on Tuesday 1st October with delegates attending from throughout the Wales region. The event, expertly organised by Phil Hopkins, gave plenty of food for thought as it was agreed that the presentations were both interesting and informative.

Welfare & general NARPO matters – Alan Lees (Deputy CEO NARPO)

  • Raising Prostate awareness – Dai John (Prostate Cymru)
  • Cyber scams from a Police perspective – DC Gareth Jordan (DPP)
  • Services provided by Age Cymru – Kathy Lye (Age Cymru)
  • Wills, Powers of Attorney & Trusts – Tony Harvey (Howell Co. Ltd.)



You may have read or heard reported recently about a joint letter being sent to the Prime Minister by Barbara Windsor and the Alzheimer’s Society. It is calling for fairer funding in dementia care through a Dementia Fund.

So, please take a few minutes to sign Barbara Windsor’s and the Alzheimer’s Society letter to The Prime Minister who are standing with people affected by dementia by letting the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Boris JohnsonMPknow that the dementia care crisis cannot be ignored any longer. Link to letter below:



Police Mutual has compiled factsheets which may be useful to members. Click on the below links to open the relevant factsheet.

Living with or Caring for Someone with a Physical Disability: (Click here)

Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One: (Click here)



The following has been received from Phil Hopkins:

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board are involved in a project to produce a book about falls awareness. The idea is that young children and their grandparents can read it together and will learn about falls – it is hoped that it will also tie in with some intergenerational work that is being carried out.

The Board would like some older people and children to read the text and answer a few questions about the story and design. This feedback can come from individuals or Age Cymru can help to carry out larger focus groups.

The text and questions are attached (see below links). If you would like to give feedback individually, please contact Angharad Phillips on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click on: Text for George's Race  and  George's Race Questions 



Age Cymru has agreed to support Cymru Well Wales, a division of Public Health Wales, on their project called Time To Be Kind.  The project aims to share real stories from people who may have gone through Adverse Childhood Experiences but were helped by a person or an act of kindness that sticks in their mind. In order to strengthen the social media element of the campaign, they’re looking to feature an older person’s story.

There are a variety of ways that we can depict these stories, so individuals shouldn’t worry about having to reveal their identity if they don’t want to! If anyone is interested in sharing their story to support the campaign, highlighting who their trusted adult was when they were younger and experiencing ACEs, the next step would be for their campaign agency, Cowshed, to contact individuals for a quick chat so they can pull out key parts of the story, in order to choose common threads with the other stories we are receiving. They can then come up with creative ideas on how to tell that story.

So if you have a story to tell please contact:

Sarah Ingham (Tel: 02920 104693)

ACE Support Hub Stakeholder and Engagement Lead

Cymru Well Wales, 5th Floor, No. 2 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff CF10 4BZ


Facebook: /acehubwales/ 

Twitter: @acehubwales



Travel insurance designed specifically for non – UK based NARPO members who live in the European Economic Area (EEA) or for UK based NARPO members seeking single trip cover only.

 For further details please visit the dedicated NARPO /  voyager website

Or call The Health Insurance Group on 0800 389 7724.

Please quote code NARPO15 to receive a 15% discount applicable to NARPO members. Terms & conditions apply.



Between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at Portcullis House, London, we held another drop-in reception to raise awareness of our Widows Pension For Life campaign, which calls for parity for police widows / widowers within the United Kingdom, should they choose to remarry or cohabit following the death of their husband / wife. The reception was a good opportunity to reach Members from both Houses.

Parliamentarian Briefing document was given to MP’s and their Advisers with the actions we would like them to take in support of this Campaign.

Please find the following link to those MP’s or representatives who attended-

Drop In attendees

Holly Lynch MP, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) which can be found here:

Police widows pension equality

We also encourage NARPO members to write to their MP to highlight this extremely important campaign and to support the EDM.

Please use this link to the template letter for members to complete and send to their MP- Letter to MP

You can find your MP at: Find your MP

Further information about the campaign is contained in these leaflets: Widows Pension for Life  and An inequality in a United Kingdom



The AGM was held at The Falcon Hotel Lammas Street, Carmarthen on Tuesday 2nd April 2019. 

The following posts were confirmed

Chairman : Peter Davies

Secretary : Phil Addicott

Treasurer / Deputy Secretary : Paul Herdman (New appointment to Treasurer)

Vice Chairman : Mike Benbow

Web Master : Hugh Colley

Chaplain : Rev Lynn Rees ( New appointment)

The Agenda, 2018 Minutes and Report can be found in the Agendas, Newsletters, Lottery Results etc part of the Members Only section.



Age Alliance Wales and the Bevan Foundation are charities which want to improve access to GP services for older people and need your help to do this.

Please tell us what happens when you contact your GP’s practice by filling in a short survey.

To access the survey click HERE for PDF or HERE for Word document.

Please return to the Bevan Foundation, 145a High Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8DP



The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme which encourages carers, family members or friends to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Using the Herbert Protocol form, you can record all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers and places regularly visited, or previously located if they have gone missing before. In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily sent or handed to the police, along with a recent photograph – saving valuable time when you first contact the Police.

The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

Note: To download the form click on the BLUE link above.



The following has been received from Age Cymru:

We will shortly be giving evidence to a Welsh Assembly Government Committee about the issues facing older people applying for a Blue Badge – the scheme that helps you park closer to your destination if you have mobility problems.

Were you happy with the process or did you think it was unfair?  Perhaps another older person within your network has told you about their experiences.  Either way we’d love to hear about older people’s experiences, good or bad, so please contact Michael Phillips on 029 2043 1555 or email by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Continuing Healthcare funding is in many instances mismanaged by Clinical Commissioning Groups, leaving families emotionally and financially devastated when they should be spending quality time with loved ones who, as enshrined in law, should have healthcare free at the point of delivery.

Please support the call for an enquiry into the system which denies many of those who are entitled to free healthcare.

You can sign the petition using the below link.



The Welsh Government  has published a White Paper on proposals to legislate for reforming the planning and delivery of local bus services and licensing of taxis and private hire vehicles. As part of the consultation process the Welsh Government has published a comprehensive questionnaire seeking responses from the general puuublic.

To download the questionnaire click HERE.

Completed response forms to be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or by post to: Welsh Government, Cathay Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ



On 12 February 2019, the SAB Chair wrote to the Home Office, confirming a unified agreement from the board that a one year extension of the employee contribution rate should be made.

The Home Office has confirmed that under this interim proposal the cost of accruing pension scheme benefits will remain the same for members of the 2015 scheme for the year 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020. If it is agreed that changes to member contribution rates (or other changes) are required as a result of the overall valuation process, HMT has confirmed that any changes will be backdated until 1 April 2019, where it is appropriate to do so.

You can view the full report here:

Report on proposed amendment to the Police Pensions Regulations 2015



The following has been received from Phil Addicott (Secretary):

During the time that Mr Terence Grange was Chief Constable, a scheme was introduced whereby for the monthly deduction of 20p (the price of a second-class stamp at the time), letters would be sent from FHQ notifying subscribers when a former colleague had died. 

This worked well for some time and was expertly managed by Ms Bet Jones, who was employed at Force HQ. However, following Bet’s tragic death in 2017, very few letters have been sent out and the system has now ceased completely.

Following conversations with FHQ, it was my understanding that the process was under review.

I have contacted FHQ again today (Monday 25/02) and hope  to have a resolution soon whereby the service will resume; most likely the letters will only contain the information sent in my E mails.

Therefore, if you are receiving this e mail you also receive e mail notifications regarding bereavements which are also posted on the website in the Obituaries section..

If you wish to cancel your deduction of 20p per month from your pension, I suggest you send an E mail to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Quoting your full name and pension number.

NB: Should you decide to contact Payroll please be specific – it’s the 20p per month deduction you wish to cancel and NOT your NARPO subscription.


The following has been received from Phil Hopkins (Wales Region Representative):

As you know, I attend meetings of the Pensioners Forum Wales group in Cardiff. One of the topics which the group have initiated involves sounding out interest throughout Wales on the idea of a Freedom Pass (extending the concessionary bus pass to include free rail travel throughout Wales).  

To this end, a questionnaire has been produced which is self-explanatory and I would be grateful if you would take the time to complete the questionnaire and return it to:

Pensioners Forum Wales

Ground Floor

Mariners House

Trident Court

East Moors Road


CF24 5TD

Alternatively, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To download the questionnaire click HERE



This toolkit, developed by Police Mutual, is designed to support you to find resources and insights that will enable you to function better and change some patterns of behaviour that may be holding you back from enjoying life.

To access this practical guide to improving well-being, please click HERE



The sixth annual NARPO Golf Day was held at Builth Wells Golf Club recently and the below photo shows the 15 members that vied for the prestigious trophy. For a full report on the highly successful event click HERE

From Left to Right: Phil Gower, Phil Hopkins, Graeme Dickson, Robin Wilson, Gareth Wheatman, Phil Small, Mike Benbow, Mark Edwards, Alan Jones, Colin Finch, Paul Jones, Jane Ingram, Gary Evans, Des Parkinson, David Jones.

Staying with golf, Huw Rees and Nick Ingram, members of Carmarthen Golf Club, qualified as county winners to compete in the finals of the Welsh Seniors Greensome Foursomes Championships held at Denbigh Golf Club at the end of September. They came third in the finals, scoring a very creditable 38 points, which in golfing parlance equates to a very good round! Congratulations to both!



The following has been received from Mr Brian Moore of the NARPO Eastbourne Branch: 

I am a retired Sussex Detective Chief Superintendent and recently became a committee member of the NARPO Eastbourne Branch. I spoke at the NARPO Conference held in Torquay last week seeking NARPO support regarding challenging the Government over the current plight of Policing in the UK.

The attached petition is critical I believe to helping to achieve the long overdue holding of a Royal Commission into policing. The wording contained within the petition summarises things succinctly. I have also been in communication with the national Police Federation Office as well as the Superintendents Association also seeking their support for this petition.

I am now hoping to gain your support in sending this out to NARPO Branch Secretaries for distribution amongst their members.

To sign the petition, click on:



The following has been received from Age Cymru:

Age Cymru recently launched its ‘Community Calculator’ at the 2018 National Eisteddfod in Cardiff. 

The bi-lingual survey will help the charity gain a better understanding of how older people view their locality in several key areas that are vital to creating an age friendly community.  For example, the survey gauges opinion on areas such as public transport, neighbourhood safety, and local health and social services.

You may use the electronic links to Survey Monkey below, download the pdf versions or call us for paper copies – whichever is easiest for you. 

If you need any further information, please contact: Michael Phillips (Communications Manager) on 029 2043 1555.

Electronic link to the survey: English version or Welsh version

To open the PDF version click on English.pdf or Welsh.pdf



Relevant documents relating to the Dyfed-Powys Police Federation Group Insurance Scheme including the Travel Insurance Policy can be found by visiting the federation website: and clicking on the Insurance tab.




The annual reunion of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association was held at The Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells on Friday 11th May with members traveling from far and wide to meet up with former colleagues.

An account of the event, plus photographs taken during the reunion can be found in the Photo Album section.





An update for the Dyfed Powys Police Federation Group Insurance Scheme can be found in the Members Only section. Please note this only applies to those retired officers already who are already members of the scheme as new applications are not taken from officers who have already retired.



Mr Phil Hopkins stood down as Chairman at the 2018 AGM having fulfilled the role for the past 14 years.

Phil receiving his Certificate of Life Membership from Mr Brian Burdus (NARPO President)

During the recent well attended Annual General Meeting held at Carmarthen, the NARPO President, Mr Brian Burdus, made a presentation to Phil Hopkins who was retiring as Chairman of the Dyfed-Powys branch after 14 years in office.

In addition, Phil received a gift from the branch in recognition of his outstanding work as Chairman together with a bouquet for his wife Gill.

Before standing down, Phil acknowledged the huge support he has received over the years from NARPO officers and committee members who work so hard in the background. A special word of thanks was extended to Gill, who for many years accompanied him to meetings within the force area and further afield. In conclusion, he wished his successor best wishes for the future.

The branch wishes to place on record its sincere thanks and gratitude to Phil for his outstanding work during his tenure in office.



At the Annual General Meeting, Mr Peter Davies was elected as the new chairman of the Dyfed-Powys branch of NARPO.

Peter replaces Phil Hopkins, who had been Chairman since his retirement in 2003 and during his tenure has overseen development within the organisation which now has 1,000 members.

Peter (left) being congratulated by Phil.

The new Chairman on accepting the position mentioned that it was a fantastic honour to be Chairman and thanked his predecessor for his hard work at force and regional level. Peter made special reference to members of the Welfare Committee for their efforts.

At the same meeting Mike Benbow was elected Vice Chair.



Due to a change in government policy, the petition for police widows / widowers to retain their pension for life was unsuccessful in gaining an early day motion. Please consider signing the petition and sharing. Currently only the spouses of those who are killed or die on duty retain their pension. Any other widow/widower that remarries or co-habits would lose their pension. Remember they already get far less than you. Northern Ireland has changed the law so that the pension is retained. 

Here is the link:



The National Botanical Garden of Wales, Llanarthney (mid-way between Cross Hands and Carmarthen) offer a two for one entry throughout the year, on production of a Dyfed Powys NARPO membership card. 

New features for 2018 include large butterflies and chrysalis located in the glasshouse and the Pembrokeshire Falconry Centre has relocated to the gardens with a daily ‘Birds of Prey’ flying display. 



Important changes have been made to the Police [Injury Benefit] Regulations 2006. The amendment rectifies the situation created via the previous amendment which made ESA deductible from an injury award in any circumstances, even if for a different illness / injury than the illness / injury subject of the injury award.

The NARPO bulletin that provides further details can be found by clicking HERE



The following has been received from Mr Steve Edwards (NARPO Chief Executive):

HRH The Princess Royal has very kindly agreed to be our Patron in our Centenary year of 2019.

The Patronage will be for 2019 only and I would add that NARPO is extremely proud and delighted to have secured Royal Patronage as NARPO celebrate its Centenary.

Planning is well underway for our Centenary events which include a Centenary Dinner at The Tower of London on Thursday 13th June 2019 and Branches have already been informed of ticketing details.

Further information regarding our Centenary events can be found on our website at:

This page will be updated as and when further details and information become available.



The following has been posted on the NARPO HQ website:

Were you a serving officer in 1972 or 1990? If so you will have been given the opportunity to uprate your widow[er] pension.

We (NARPO HQ) have recently been made aware of an issue in relation to the inadequate retention of important pension records around the election made by Officers in 1972, when an option was given to uprate their widows pension entitlement from a third to a half.

The issue initially arose where a NARPO member died and told his wife before he died to make sure she received the half–rate pension as he had decided to uprate. The Pension Authority could find no records relating to the officer’s pension in 1972 and as a result made the decision that they would only pay the widows pension at the rate of a third. The officer in question had transferred from another Force and it would appear that his pension record was not transferred over with him. The widow was adamant, but nevertheless the Pension Authority refused to uprate the pension despite their being no record whatsoever covering his previous service.

Owing to the widows’ persistence and with assistance from our local NARPO Branch, the widow managed to find her late husband’s records in a separate location. That file contained a form signed by her husband in 1973 showing that he had elected to increase the widow pension entitlement through reduction in his own pension.

In correspondence with the Force concerned they have confirmed that in the absence of any records being found from 1972 they would automatically pay the widows pension at the rate of a third.

This record keeping issue could also affect those female officers serving in 1990, when an opportunity was given for them to ‘buy back’ previous service so that it attracted a half rate widower’s pension. This should be recorded on their pension records. Make sure your loved one receives the pension to which they are entitled.




More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

Contrary to what many people think, loneliness is not a normal part of ageing. It not only makes life miserable, but also it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health too. Unless we act, our rapidly ageing population means we’ll see ever greater numbers of lonely older people and, because loneliness undermines resilience, this means more pressure on our already stretched NHS and social care services.

For further information, please visit



You can get part of your application fee back if you applied to register a power attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017. This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA). You can only claim a refund if you made the power of attorney in England or Wales.




The following has been received from NARPO HQ:

There appears to some uncertainty regarding the widows pension entitlement.
For clarity prior to April 1972 widows pension entitlement was a third. The Police Pension Regulations changed in 1972 and Pension Contributions increased to 7% which increased the widows entitlement to a half.
The Regulations allowed those in service prior to 1st April 1972 to enhance their pre-April 1972 widows entitlement to a half at a cost. At that time officers were given a time limited opportunity to upgrade pre-1972 service for the purpose of their widows pensions. To achieve this upgrade of earlier years, three options were offered; the payment of a lump sum, additional contributions from pay until the end of service or payment from the future police pension. Not all officers took the option to 'buy' back service.
Anyone who joined after April 1972 will automatically leave a half rate widows pension. Anyone with service prior to April 1972 and continuing to serve, will either leave a half [if they chose to uprate] or a mixture of a third for service prior to April 1972 and a half for the period after 1972. The election was effectively to ‘buy back’ previous service pre-April 1972, to attract a half rate widows pension.



Reports received from Action Fraud of DPP that residents are being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from BT saying that there is a problem with their internet connection. BT will never ask for remote access to your computer or access your online banking.



Did you know you may be entitled to a tax break called the marriage tax allowance? The marriage tax allowance is a little known way for couples to transfer a proportion of their personal allowance (the amount you can earn tax-free each tax year) between them.


Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,150 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner - if they earn more than you.

This reduces their tax by up to £230 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the next year).

To benefit as a couple, you (as the lower earner) must have an income of £11,500 or less. You can calculate how much tax you’ll pay as a couple.


You can get Marriage Allowance if all the following apply:

  • You’re married or in a civil partnership
  • You don’t earn anything or your income is £11,500 or less
  • Your partner’s income is between £11,501 and £45,000 (or £43,000 if you’re in Scotland)

For more information and to apply online click on:

You can backdate your claim to include any tax year since 5 April 2015 that you were eligible for Marriage Allowance.

N.B. You don't need to reapply if you got the marriage tax allowance last year.



The annual National Police Memorial Day Service is held in each of the four countries which make up the United Kingdom, in alternate years. The 2017 event was held at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Sunday 24th September. NARPO Chairman, Phil Hopkins and his wife Gill were privileged to represent the Dyfed-Powys Branch of NARPO and Phil has compiled the following article containing recollections of what was an emotional afternoon.

A  proud Phil with his wife Gill at St. David's Hall

The afternoon commenced with the band of the South Wales Police and Corps of Drums marching through the city centre and into St David’s Hall through a guard of honour formed by representatives of most of (if not all) the police forces in the country.  We also saw a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as part of the guard. The rain which had threatened had held off until this point then started, so we went into St David’s Hall before the fly past by the National Police Air Service.

Before the service started, we were treated to a programme of music by the band and also members of the National Police Orchestra, conducted by John Morgan, a retired Dyfed Powys officer.

South Wales Police Band on parade led by standard bearers carrying the Union and Welsh flags

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff opened the service and the Book of Remembrance (provided by The Police Roll of Honour Trust) was carried by a serving officer from Police Scotland and dedicated by the Chair of Police Chaplaincy UK.  All serving officers in the congregation were then asked to stand and reaffirm their oath of allegiance by Chief Constable Sara Thornton, the Chair of the national Police Chief’s Council. Every rank was represented, from Constable through to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.  At this point I felt extreme pride to be among such personnel and to have had the privilege of serving my force for almost thirty four years.

The scene inside St. Davids Hall during the memorial service

The service continued and there were other connections to the Dyfed-Powys area. Llanelli Male Voice Choir performed musical items and the address was given by the Dyfed-Powys Police Chaplain, the Reverend Tom Evans.  Parts of the proceedings were very emotional – four people came up onto the stage, representing the police forces of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and lit a candle in memory of officers from each of the four countries who had passed away on duty. The Welsh representative was a serving police officer from Gwent, PC Lowri Davies, whose father had been knocked of his bicycle by a stolen car whilst cycling home after his tour of duty in 1990.

The six officers who had died on duty since last year’s memorial service were then remembered, including Keith Palmer, murdered outside the House of Commons earlier this year. Another officer, PC Gareth Browning, from the Thames Valley Police, died less than two weeks later, from injuries received when he was hit by a stolen car whilst deploying a stinger device in an effort to stop the vehicle, the incident occurring in November 2013.

At the end of this part of the service the Last Post was sounded by John Morgan on the trumpet. Reminiscent of The Royal Albert Hall at the Service for Remembrance Day, petals fell from the ceiling representing all those who have died, before the Reveille was sounded.

The service continued with readings and prayers, from Steve White, the Chair of the Police Federation, Mr Peter Vaughan the Chief Constable of South Wales, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wales and the Anglican Archbishop of Wales.

The service ended with the singing of the two National Anthems – both sung with fervour.

I mentioned the emotions which welled through me at different points of the service. There was pride when all my ex colleagues reaffirmed their oath of allegiance, relief for all officers who return home safely at the end of a shift, deep sorrow for the loved ones of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, especially those who were present at St David’s Hall and further pride that the whole event, planned and carried out with precision planning took place in my home country.



Builth Wells Golf Club was the venue on Tuesday 26th September for the fifth DPP NARPO Golf Day – held two weeks later than the previous four competitions. During the days leading up to the eagerly awaited contest, a watchful eye was kept on the weather forecast with all of us hoping that the weather we have been blessed with in previous years (last year’s thunderstorm apart), would prevail.

The competitors (L to R): David Jones (Sponsor), Derek Bloomfield, Phil Hopkins, Steve Cole, Alan Jones, Mike Benbow,  Huw Rees, Phil Small and Gary Evans.

We needn’t have worried – the day dawned fair and fair it stayed all day – perfect weather for golf.  A gentle breeze, somewhat cloudy with numerous sunny spells and mild, meaning shirt sleeves and shorts (for some) was the dress code.  What more could one ask for?

A few unavoidable late withdrawals meant a slight tweaking of the draw, but after coffee, a bacon bap (to be pedantic, an egg bap was produced for the vegetarian among us) and swapping yarns, it was time to tee off.  

There was one newcomer to the event, Steve Cole who travelled all the way from ‘Sunny Pembrokeshire’ let it slip that he had played the picturesque course only six weeks previously.  He maintained that he had merely travelled up from Tenby to caddy for his wife Pam, who had qualified to play in a competition at Builth and he took the opportunity to play a practice round. The rest of us agreed that the real reason was for him to have a sneak preview of the course in an effort to improve his chances of victory!

The rounds passed relatively uneventfully, Phil Small was delighted that he was drawn in a different group to me, thus minimising the chance of me hitting him with a golf ball as happened last year.

Fore! - Organiser Phil Hopkins about to tee off.

And now for what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for – the results! As mentioned, this was the fifth event, and there are now five different names inscribed on the prestigious winner’s trophy.  Mike Benbow brought the highly polished cup which he won last year, hoping to be the first person to retain the splendid trophy, but sadly (for him!) it was not to be. Gary Evans romped home to the winner’s enclosure by a clear two points.  It was tighter competition for second place, with the runner up’s prize having to be decided on a count back - I am delighted to report that the runner up was a certain Phil Hopkins. 

However, Phil Small, the person to miss out, more than made up for his extreme disappointment, by taking home the prizes of lowest gross score, nearest the pin and longest drive. Steve Cole had hit a longer drive, but was persuaded by the other members of his group that the rough where his ball had ended up did not form part of the fairway – a necessary factor to conform to the rules!

Left: A delighted (but slightly fuzzy) Gary Evans - winner of the main competition

Right: Gary Evans flanked by the other main prizewinners - Huw Rees and Phil Small.

The day concluded with the eagerly awaited prize giving and an excellent meal, during which the stories which had commenced over morning coffee were continued. Everyone agreed that next year’s Golf Day should again be held at the same venue, on or around the same date. As soon as this is confirmed, an e mail will be circulated and an item put on the website so that the date can be marked in next year’s diary.

Huge thanks go to our sponsor, David Jones from Hay on Wye, for his continued support of the event. Thanks also to the management of Builth Wells Golf Club for allowing us to use their facilities.

Phil Hopkins



Please write to your MP to sign the Early Day Motion (EDM) on Later Life Ambitions. This EDM welcomes Later Life Ambitions, a campaign organisation that represents over a quarter of a million pensioners through three partner organisations; the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers. A template letter can be found HERE.

Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners through the National Association of Retired Police Officers, The National Federation of Occupational Pensioners and the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance. Our members have ambitious aspirations for the next generation of pensioners.

From fair pensions to safe and sustainable care services, and from accessible housing to regular bus services to promote independence. We require bold and forward-looking action from our political leaders.

With your support, we want to change the terms of the debate – to focus on the ambitions of pensioners rather than the perceived ‘costs’ to the rest of society. So we urge you to join us in calling for an aspirational and ambitious future for those in later life.



The Cardiganshire Constabulary was formed in 1843 and ceased to exist in 1958 when the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary was formed.

Following research, NARPO member Gwyndaf Prosser has ascertained that the following who served in the Cardiganshire Constabulary are still alive:

  • PC 261 Eric Hughes - resigned prior to retirement
  • PC 205 Ken Owens - also resigned prior to retirement
  • PC 265 John Evans - transferred to the MOD Police at Aberporth
  • PC 264 Dennis Davies – no further details
  • PC ??? Eiryl Evans - living in Cardigan was stationed at Brynhoffnant.
  • PC 202 A Williams - living at Aberystwyth
  • DC 263 Wyn Morris - residing in North Wales
  • PC 236 David Jones (Dai Corris) - living in Aberystwyth
  • PC 259 John Charles Davies - retired as Chief Inspector
  • PC 222 Watkin Lowe - resides in Cardiff and retired as Chief Inspector
  • PC 260 Harold Davies - resides in Cardigan.
  • PC257 Emrys Evans - brother of John Owen Evans (ACC)

Gwyndaf now wonders whether there are any other former members of the Cardiganshire Constabulary to be added - if anyone is able to assist please contact Gwyndaf (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note:Gwyndaf is grateful to Watkin Lowe who provided most of the information.



An important decision if any NARPO members are facing tax liabilities as a result of re-employment by the Police:

The Pension Ombudsman in a South Wales case has determined that the Police and Crime Commissioner had a duty of care, as an employer, to have informed the Applicant of the tax implications of re - employment on his retirement benefits. Its failure to do so has led to the Applicant incurring tax charges on his retirement benefits.

As a responsible employer the Commissioner had a duty of care to inform the Applicant of the tax implications of re-employment on his retirement benefits. I find that as a consequence of their failure to do so that they should reasonably meet the tax PO-7096 liabilities incurred by the applicant in this regard. So, I agree with the stance taken by the Commissioner that it proposes to pay the tax liability for the applicant in relation to this issue on confirmation of the amount from HMRC.

Full case link:



Six months ago, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into the issues affecting the 430,000 older people in care and nursing homes in the UK. The CMA has been examining whether the care home industry is working well and treating residents and their families fairly. The CMA is now halfway through its process and has published an update report with its interim findings. The CMA has also opened a consumer protection case addressing concerns that some care homes may be breaking consumer law.

NFOP/CSPA/NARPO has been working through Later Life Ambitions to support the CMA in its inquiry to ensure that care homes are upfront and transparent about the costs that will be charged to people at all stages of their care. We have met with the CMA and will be submitting our views to their inquiry. We would like to hear whether any of our members have had a negative experience with the care home market. In particular, we would like to know whether you or a family member has experience

  • Large upfront payments charged for care home residents
  • Fees for extended periods after the death of a resident
  • Uncertainty about the care options available
  • Complexity of the complaints system

If you would like to help us with our submission to the CMA, please email your thoughts and experiences to Fenella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All information will be treated in confidence, and your details will be anonymised.



The following has been received from Phil Hopkins (NARPO Chairman):

We have recently become aware of a charity called Tacs Rest, listed as ‘Tac’s Rest Charity – Supporting Police and associated families / friends’.It has been formed by serving and retired officers and supports colleagues who have and are experiencing tough times. It is not a Dyfed Powys charity, but offers support to officers/retired officers nationally.

However,  the charity maintains a fully equipped static caravan sleeping six at Brynrodyn holiday park, near Borth and offers free holidays for those in need of a break with available dates for this year (at the time of writing). 

If you know of a retired colleague who has had a tough time and would benefit from a break at this location, the force contact is PC 988 Neil Davies on 07539212521,  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or visit the website

As stated, this facility does not exist just for Dyfed Powys officers and retired officers, so there is no guarantee of availability.

Note: The holiday home is dedicated to Tony 'Tac' Spry. Tony was an original member of Bobby on a Bike cycling Canada to Mexico in 2002 and again in 2005. Together with Neil Smith MBE and Jeff Cribb, Tony helped raise over £32,000 from those first two rides. Despite retiring his bike in 2005, Tony remained a committed member of Bobby on a Bike.

Sadly Tony lost his battle with cancer in October 2014; the holiday home is a tribute to his memory, hence known as 'Tac's Rest'.



Notification has been received from Dyfed-Powys Police Federation, that as of 1st April 2017 there is a new provider for the Group Insurance Scheme as the Police Mutual no longer provide this service. The new provider is Philip Williams & Co who have a long association with other Police Federations.

As a result, there are a number of changes to certain aspect of cover, including new telephone contact numbers, including the breakdown cover that appears to have changed the service provider from the RAC. It is hoped that the Federation will arrange for official notification by letter.

The new GIS Policy booklet and contact number card can be found in the Member’s Only section of the website. Should you require further information please contact the DPP Federation office on 01267 2220731 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



Mr Tony Davies (Rtd. PC280) recalls riding a DMW during his time at Ystradgynlais - posted in the Further Articles section.



We urge you to write to your MP to ask them to support Early Day Motion (EDM) 1063 laid by Mr Tim Farron MP which calls for parity for police widows / widowers within the United Kingdom, should they choose to remarry or co-habitat following the death of their husband / wife. Please write to your MP as soon as possible using the template: LETTER TO MP 

You can view the EDM at: Early Day Motion 1063 and you can find your MP at: Find your MP. Further information is contained in the leaflet at: Pension for life



Officers have lost an appeal against the decision to force them to retire under controversial cost-cutting plans. More than 1,300 officers with 30 years’ service were made to retire when forces began applying Regulation A19 in 2010.

A 2014 Employment Tribunal found that its use by five forces amounted to indirect discrimination, but this judgment was overturned by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales (PSAEW, along with a number of officers and former officers, lodged an appeal against the EAT’s verdict in 2015.

On Wednesday 1st February the Court of Appeal dismissed this case and ruled that the use of Regulation A19 was lawful. (The full written judgment will be available in due course).



The following has been received from Wendy Bartlett, (Marketing Officer), Police Treatment Centres:

We have been offering weekend B&B rooms at both our centres (Harrogate, North Yorkshire and Auchterarder, Perthshire) for a few years now and thanks to the success of this venture and the support of NARPO members country-wide we have been able this year to increase the number of rooms we are offering.  

Bookings are going very well across the year with sales particularly strong as usual in Harrogate. There is now very limited availability in April and for certain dates in May. Full details of all dates and availability for Harrogate specifically can be checked on our new online calendar at where you will also find our online booking form which can be used for either centre.



In partnership with Police Mutual, NARPO are pleased to announce the launch of the Police Mutual Care Line providing support for the police family, serving and retired, in times of need.

The service will be provided by Red Arc, a nurse led advice service, who are at the end of the telephone to help with a range of concerns, including coping with bereavement, serious physical or mental health problems, disabilities, trauma, post-hospital care or dealing with long term elderly matters.

All nurses are specially trained advisers with a great deal of knowledge who treat all callers with compassion, sensitivity and in confidence. Please click on CARE LINE for more information.



Heart Matters is designed to help you keep your heart healthy, especially if you have a heart condition, care for someone who does or might be at risk of developing heart problems.

The free, award-winning magazine offers information, inspiration and support with access to the latest research and updates on treatments and condition. You’ll also receive fabulous heart-healthy recipe cards in every issue, as well being able to browse hundreds of recipes as via an online recipe finder and explore nutrition features and information.

You can choose to have the magazine delivered to your door four times a year, or an online magazine can be accessed any time and features exclusive content such as quizzes, videos and animations. There are also popular fortnightly emails containing magazine highlights as well as a helpline if you have a heart health related question

So why not join this FREE support programme from the BHF today at:



Pensions don’t automatically ‘sort themselves out’ when someone dies. DPP NARPO has compiled guidance notes about what to do upon the death of a person in receipt of a pension from Dyfed-Powys Police. The guidance notes can be found in the Members Section.



During the 2016 Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced there would be a review of indexation arrangements for the state pension to take effect after the 2020 election.

Since then, there have been a number of politicians, media commentators and think tanks calling for the triple lock to be scrapped.

A fact sheet containing some useful facts /statistics supporting the retention of the triple lock can be found by clicking on FACT SHEET



Following on from a recent article by Peter Griffin which mentioned riding the DMW in Mid-Wales, Berwyn Williams has supplied some interesting information and photographs regarding the DMW. In addition, Phill Hopkins recounts his time as a probationer at Llandrindod Wells whe he came a cropper while riding a Deemster. To read both articles please go to the Further Articles section.



The DPP NARPO website continues to grow in popularity with the Photo Album being the most visited section.The below table provides statistics based on the years 2014-2016.




Number of Visits


24,152 49,141









Mr Peter Griffin joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary and served at Welshpool, Newtown and Llandrindod Wells prior to transferring to West Mercia in 1970. Peter has compiled some recollections of his time in Mid Wales and the article can be found in the Further Articles section.



NB: Photographs marked * have been transferred from the News Section


  • DPP NARPO Member appointed Mayoress (2016)*
  • NARPO Golf Day (2016)*
  • NARPO Members honoured for Ebola Aid work (2016)*
  • Clive awarded Life Membership of NARPO (2016)*
  • Welshpool Coffee Morning (2015)*
  • Second award for Tom (TO) Davies (2015)*
  • NARPO Golf Day (2015)*
  • Investigation into suspicious deaths at Llangolman (1976)
  • Ho ho ho at Drugs Squad Christmas party! (1985)
  • Llandindod Wells Police Wives Christmas Dinner (1983)
  • Getting ready for duty at Tenby (1976)
  • Football at Newtown (early 70’s)
  • Peace demonstration at Brawdy (1980)
  • Springbok visit to Haverfordwest (early 80’s)
  • HMI at Newtown (1966)
  • Duty at Presteigne Assizes (1953)
  • Management Development Course (1994)
  • C Division PSU - Miners' Strike 1984/85
  • Police Charity Auction at Welshpool (1987)
  • Newtown Cricket Xl (early 80’s)
  • Tutor Constables’ Course at Friars Park (Late 70’s / early 80’s)
  • National Eistedfodd (1974)
  • Royal Visit to Coombe Cheshire Home (Year unknown)
  • Retirement of WPS Jean Evans (Late 60’s)
  • Pig Roast at Carmarthen (Year unknown)
  • Three of a Kind – A trio of former DPP JBB Chairmen
  • Queen’s Commendation for Bravery awarded To Alwyn
  • Firearms Training at Dering Lines (1975)
  • ‘A’ Division Rugby XV (mid 80’s)
  • Haverfordwest Marine Section Revisited (1978)
  • Cheque Presentation to Dyfed Victim Support (1994)
  • D Division Golf Tour 2016
  • On duty at Llanidloes Carnival in the 50's and 70's
  • Joining Instructions from 1966
  • Why no Rock in Milford Haven? (1992)
  • First Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd (1963)
  • The loss HMS Ardent (1982)
  • Patrol Cars at Llandrindod Wells in the 80's
  • D Division farewell to Pat (1982)
  • Another farewell to Pat
  • Happy Days at Bridgend DPTC (1962)
  • Gareth ready for action at Bridgend
  • What's going on 'ere then?
  • Standard Driving Course (2 photos)
  • Ford Cortina on patrol in Welshpool (1979/80)
  • Newtown Police Wives Dinner (1966)
  • Llanidloes Police Station (1954)
  • Police Communications in the past (1970)
  • Dulais comes to the rescue (1988/89)
  • Mid - Wales Constabulary First Aid Team (1968)
  • Advanced Driving Courses at Bridgend (2)
  • The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Murders (1989)
  • KBX158G Rides Again!
  • Newtown Police Cricket (1994)
  • Regional Sergeants Course at Cwmbran (1978)
  • DPP lose their cool - and the game (1983)
  • Liaison visit to RAF Brawdy (1984)
  • Coded for Keeps at Ammanford
  • C Division Rugby XV v RAF Brawdy (1983)
  • Superstars Celebrate an Emphatic Victory (1978)
  • Fund –raising at Llandod for a Special Cause (1987)
  • Cardiganshire Constabulary (1840’s)
  • On patrol in Pontyberem Square (1960’s)
  • Farewell to DPP Air Support Unit
  • Haverfordwest Police ‘Marine Section’ (1978)
  • ‘A’ Division rugby in the 80’s (three photos).
  • Montgomeryshire Constabulary (1943?)
  • D Division Golf Society (1991)
  • PAA Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition (date unknown)
  • Tom’s a High Flyer at St. Athan (1974)
  • Farewell Dinner for Mr JR Jones CVO (1975)



Message sent by: Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo.
The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false. The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to.
Protect Yourself:
• Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
• The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information.
• If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre:



Dyfed-Powys Police has issued a warning to residents following numerous reports of a phone scam in Ceredigion and Powys over the last few days. Officers have received reports of someone purporting to be from the Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC) asking for money.

DC Gareth Jordan said: “It would appear that Ceredigion and Powys have been targeted with a phone scam and I am very keen to get the message out to the whole of our police force area that this is a scam as no doubt this will continue to spread throughout the area.

“It is probably a non-UK company carrying out these calls in an effort to phish details from the victim, and eventually get them to pay money stating that they owe taxes.

“The HMRC would never target people in this way and would certainly never ask for money or bank details over the phone.

“Please be vigilant, do not part with any money or personal information. Remember - It is OK not to speak with cold callers - just put the phone down. If you are concerned please contact police on 101.”

Fraudsters are contacting victims in three ways:

·         Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them.

·         Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300 number and convincing them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC.

·         Text messages: Fraudsters are sending text messages that require victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately. 

Top tips on how to avoid scams:

·         HMRC would never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.

·         Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display. 

·         If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

·         Do not enter into conversation with them, provide them with any personal details or send them any money

For further advice and information on how to avoid being scammed visit



The following has been received from Mr Phil Addicott (Secretary):

There have been a few instances recently of NARPO members not receiving my circulated email messages. 

It is difficult to circulate messages using the temperamental system that DPP NARPO, together with most NARPO branches have adopted, i.e. using Gmail and other free E Mail accounts. I and others have communicated our concerns to NARPO HQ at Wakefield and hopefully the situation will be rectified centrally in the near future.

In the meantime I would ask that if members who have an E mail address and haven’t received recent circulations or have heard concerns from a member who hasn’t received recent circulations that they inform me by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that most of the information by email is also posted on the DPP NARPO website:



The below is an extract from the NARPO Cardiff Bulletin: 
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room) and they don't retain the card. You go to your room and settle in. All is good. The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 - which happens to be your room.
The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: 
'This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information. 
Please re-read me your credit card numbers and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.'
Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk you oblige. But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel. They have asked for a random room number, then ask you for your credit card and address information. 
They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.
If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems.
Then, go to the front desk or call directly and ask if there was a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.

This was sent by someone who has been duped ........ and is still cleaning up the mess.



Once again the scammers are trying to make members part with confidential information. The scam involves an e-mail purporting to come from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) - the following has been received from a member of Cardiff NARPO:
I recently received an e-mail from HM Revenue and Customs regarding a pending Tax Refund, I have checked with HM Revenue and Customs today by telephone and they confirm this is a scam.
Do not start the claim as an unknown source is trying to access personal details.

Remember if you think it’s a scam then it probably is.




The below update has been received via e-mail from the CEO at NARPO Wakefield and is published in its entirety here in order that those retired officers that may be affected by the illegal deductions are fully aware:

​We have today received an email from the Home Office stating that whilst they are going to alter the Police [Injury Benefit] Regulations 2006 to make ESA a relevant deductible benefit, they have confirmed that any such change will not be retrospective.

As such all those Forces who have refused to refund any monies already unlawfully deducted from injury pensions should now be requested to repay such money unlawfully deducted without delay.​

The email has been sent to all Forces so they should now be aware of this. See email below:

From: Police Pension Team 
Sent: 06 April 2016 14:40
Subject: RE: Employment and Support Allowance - Update

Dear colleagues, 

As you may be aware there has been an inconsistent approach being adopted by forces regarding the deduction of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). 

We have confirmed in the past that we will be amending the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 to make it express on the face of legislation that ESA payments are to be deducted. Until the Regulations are amended, the advice remains that forces should comply with the current Regulations. 

Please note that these changes will not have retrospective effect and will come into force on the date of implementation. 

The Home Office will be providing further updates, including the intended implementation date, in due course. 

Kind Regards,

Police Pension Team

Police Workforce and Capability Unit I Home Office I 6th Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF I Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The following has been received from Mr Phil Addicott (NARPO Secretary):

Due to renegotiation, on the 1st April 2016 the scheme has had additional benefits added. The main one of interest to those already on the Retired Officers scheme is that there is now extended cover for those over 65 and up to your 70th birthday. (Previously the scheme finished at the age of 65).

For a reduced monthly fee of £9.84 it will include £5,000 of life cover and continue with the Travel Insurance, RAC and Family Legal. It is also available to a spouse who is already on the scheme for a fee of £2.50. (Full details can be found on the below PDF)


Those interested in the extension need to complete a new form (see below PDF) to be submitted via the Federation office to Force finance. This cannot be done early but just before you are 65.

I believe that a letter outlining changes will be sent to scheme members. The DPP Federation website will be updated in due course; they have some issues at the moment due to the loss of the web master. It does mention a health declaration form which I do not have. Once obtained. It will also be posted on our website.

If you are still serving or a member of Police staff, I encourage you to join.

Any queries please contact Eleri at the Federation office. 01267 200731. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To access the Retiring Officer's application form click on Application Form

To access the Summary of Cover click on Summary of Cover



NARPO have teamed up with SLT Travel who will offer tours exclusively for NARPO members, they plan to arrange tours which only NARPO members from all over the country can book.

So even if you travel alone or are a small group, you will know that the other travellers on your tour will be NARPO members from around the country.

For more information go to:



On Friday 13th May, thirty members plus two guests journeyed through the stunning mid Wales countryside to attend the annual reunion lunch held at The Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells.

During an excellent meal, there was plenty of laughter and convivial chat with members reliving their service in a constabulary that was formed in 1948 and ceased to exist just 20 years later upon amalgamation to form Dyfed-Powys Constabulary on 1st April 1968.

Following lunch, Mr Brian Stubbs (President) reminded attendees that the association was formed in 1981 to rekindle the camaraderie enjoyed whilst serving in a small force, by holding an annual reunion it provides an ideal opportunity for former colleagues to meet at a social gathering. He expressed his gratitude to Barry Hicks (Secretary / Treasurer) for his ongoing hard work during the year and for organising the event. He also thanked Clive Cowey and Hugh Colley for their work on behalf of NARPO members.

Prior to proposing the loyal toast, Brian regaled his audience with amusing anecdotes relating to his experience as a young traffic officer in Newtown during the early 1960’s. Mr Henry Jones (Chairman) responded by proposing a toast to absent friends and to the continued success of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association.

Photographs taken during the day will appear in the Photo Album.



Forty years ago this month (April 1976) police descended on Ceredigion and Powys, as part of what remains one of the worlds biggest ever counter-drug operations. An article about the investigation, together with photographs, has been posted on the BBC Wales website.

To read the article, go to:


WARNING – BE AWARE OF COLD CALLS CLAIMING TO BE FROM SCOTLAND YARD                                                 Dyfed-Powys Police has received numerous calls today (Saturday 2nd April) from concerned residents, predominantly in the Pembrokeshire area, relating to cold calls they've received claiming to be from Scotland Yard. The callers elaborate by saying that they are an officer working in the financial fraud investigation department of Scotland Yard, and claim to be for example a 'PC Clifton', among other names. They then ask the person they've called to call 161 to verify these details. Police are advising that if you receive one of these calls, you should terminate the call immediately, and do not call back any number or provide any of your details.


Following recent changes to the Regulations concerning survivors’ pensions  and how they are dealt with should the survivor remarry, co-habit or form a civil partnership, it has become clear that there are three different approaches in operation within the United Kingdom.

In Northern Ireland all survivors of members of the RUC pension scheme now retain their pensions for life irrespective of the circumstances of the death of the former officer. As a result all survivors are entitled to have their pensions reinstated effective from 1st July 2014.

On the 18th January this year the 2006 Police [Injury Benefit] Regulations were amended. This change means that survivors’ pensions paid in respect of 1987 scheme members will no longer be subject to the forfeiture rule where the police officer dies or dies as a result of an injury received on duty.

In England and Wales this change only applies to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners, who marry, remarry, form a civil partnership or start to cohabit on or after 1st April 2015. This change came into force retrospectively from 1st April 2015.

In Scotland however the change applies to all those wives, husbands, or civil partners of police officers who died on duty who have already had their pension withdrawn because of remarriage, forming a civil partnership or cohabitation and consequently they will have their pension reinstated with effect from 1st October 2015, irrespective of the date of their remarriage, cohabitation or civil partnership.

Steve Edwards Chief Executive of NARPO said: "This is a ridiculous situation, and extremely unfair to those survivors of police officers who deserve to be treated fairly and equally throughout the United Kingdom. This further highlights the vagaries of the system of Government in this country, which allows one section of society to be treated less favourably than others, based solely on where a police officer served. We urge Government to think again on this issue and restore the pensions of those survivors irrespective of where their loved one served or when they married, remarried, cohabited or formed a civil partnership and bring the rest of the UK into line with Northern Ireland."  



I was one of the people whose details were stolen in the cyber attack on Talk Talk last year. Recently, I have received calls from a person purporting to be from TalkTalk’s technical department telling me my computer was allegedly connected to suspicious I.P. addresses in India and China.
My computer wasn't on at the time but the person wanted me to log on to the computer and I soon realised this was a scam and disconnected. I contacted TalkTalk who confirmed it was a scam. The next stage would have been to get me to download something to my computer and this would have allowed them to take it over and steal passwords and bank account details etc. I continued to receive calls from the same number and person.

I have reported the matter to TalkTalk again who say they will block the calls at a network level and I have reported it to Action Fraud Police. The scam calls came from a Swansea number 01792 417623 and this is obviously intended to convince people that the calls are coming from a legitimate, local call centre.

Please be aware that if you receive an unsolicited call purporting to be from a telephone company or from Microsoft or a company that deals with internet security this will be a scam and you should never download anything to your computer or give them any information from your screen. You should immediately report it to your telephone company and Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.



In the UK there are thousands of organisations that provide invaluable help and advice on a huge range of matters. Until recently details of help lines were contained in a booklet published by the Telephone Helplines Association. However, as the publication went out of date so frequently, the book is no longer published and the association have moved to an on-line version which you can access through their website: and click on Find a Helpline.



Every year the British public loses billions of pounds to fraudsters who bombard us with online, door-to-door and telephone scams. Scam or frauds target people of ALL ages and can be extremely difficult to investigate. Therefore, prevention is a vital tool in combating scammers.

The Metropolitan Police have recently published an excellent booklet entitled The Little Book of Big Scams which provides a guide to many of the scams currently operating in the UK and useful advice on beating the scammers.

To download the booklet click on



Regular visitors to this website may have noticed that some of the older items have now been removed from the News Section. However, many articles have not been removed completely and can still be found by clicking on: ARCHIVE (1) The PDF (Text Only) document will be updated on a regular basis.



The following has been received from Angela Buckley who has been commissioned by NARPO to research the organisation’s history, in preparation for the centenary in 2019:

‘I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting project and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone to piece together the past 100 years of NARPO activities and events.I would be very grateful if you could circulate the attached request flyer to all the members of your regional groups. I’m hoping that lots of members will get in touch with memories, stories and photos etc’. For further information click on NARPO CENTENARY



Preparation for mental incapacity is about planning your well-being and welfare for when you may be vulnerable. Making and registering a legally binding document called a Lasting Power of Attorney allows you the opportunity to prepare in advance of possible incapacity. You choose and appoint who will help you; you say how they will help you; and you say when they will help you. This person is called an Attorney. As an adult it does not matter how young or old, rich or poor you are, life changing events and illness can happen at any time and you may need support temporarily or permanently.

Allied Services Trust provides education, assistance and support helping individuals prepare for possible incapacity, to find out more click on Are you Prepared and AST Leaflet.



It has come to the notice of NARPO that throughout England and Wales as Forces outsource their Pension Administrators to external or other providers, a large number of anomalies are arising; which have resulted in them identifying that a number of Pensions have been paid incorrectly, for a variety of reasons.

This has led to the Pensioner having been underpaid or overpaid for a number of years. In the event that you have been underpaid, the monies owed should be paid to you as soon as possible; if the Administrator is indicating that you have been overpaid it is important that you DO NOT agree to repay any monies; at least until you have established the exact reason for the overpayment.

Most of these overpayments will have been made as a result of 'mistakes' or 'errors' made by the Pension Administrator and in view of that you should follow the course of action as outlined in the following documents that can be found at: 




Did you know that members can now advertise on the Dyfed - Powys NARPO website just as you would use a traditional classified advertisement in your local newspaper?

The following are just an example of the categories in which you can create an advert:

  • Motors for sale / wanted
  • Miscellaneous items for sale / wanted
  • Leisure & Hobbies
  • Businesses / Services
  • Jobs
  • Home & Garden
  • Property for sale / rental
  • Holidays and travel
  • Wanted Advertisements

To find out more go to the Members Section.

*Please note the service is only available to members of Dyfed-Powys NARPO*



Did you know that this website has a page specifically for members to advertise their services to other NARPO members? (See Services section).This is an excellent opportunity for NARPO members to obtain new custom and the customer(s) can be assured of the integrity of the supplier. 

We have members who since leaving the Police have set up their own businesses, including driving schools, painters / decorators, plumbers, photographers and alternative practitioners. 

If you would like your service to appear on this website then why not provide Hugh or Clive with details of the service that you can provide, together with the area covered and contact details.



An informative article and photographs submitted by Harry Rees and Tony Eden - to find out more visit the Further Articles section.

Please remember we welcome articles and photographs from YOU!



Did you know that NARPO has linked up with Hotpoint to offer members genuine discount on the latest home appliances from Hotpoint, Indesit and Cannon.

To find out more, log into the ‘Members Information’ section of this website.






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