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BEREAVEMENT NOTICE

Mr Richard (Ritchie) John Henry Thomas (Rtd. Supt) of Llandrindod Wells passed away at Bronglais hospital, Aberystwyth on Thursday 15th August 2019 after a long illness. Further information can be found in the Obituaries section.

 

 

POLICE MUTUAL FACTSHEETS

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)

 

FALLS AWARENESS

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 

 

FORCE DEVELOPMENT LOTTERY

The June draw together with a Summer Spectacular draw was made on Thursday 6th June – go to the Members Only section to view the list of winners.

 

TIME TO BE KIND PROJECT

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

Internet: www.aceawarewales.com         

Facebook: /acehubwales/ 

Twitter: @acehubwales

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR NON UK BASED NARPO MEMBERS

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 http://www.voyagerinsurance.com/NARPO/

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.

 

WIDOWS PENSION FOR LIFE

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

 

NARPO GOLF DAY 2019

Entries are being taken for this year's NARPO Golf Day which will take place at Builth Wells Golf Club on Tuesday 24th September and will follow the format of previous years. 

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Coffee and a bacon bap will be served in the club house from 10.30 am (a vegetarian option will be available) with the first tee off at 11:00 am. The event will finish with prize giving and a two course meal. Provided that there are a minimum of twelve entrants, the cost has been held at £30:00.

If however there are less than twelve taking part, the cost will increase to £33:00.

Grateful thanks are given to the continued sponsorship of the event by member David Jones.

Please contact Phil Hopkins to secure your attendance at the event -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

07801865386 or 01938554302.

 

NEW NARPO BENEFITS PORTAL

The NARPO Benefits Portal is a new bespoke microsite developed for NARPO members by Hanson Financial Partners, with specially negotiated deals and personalised services for you and your family.

The site offers you an array of savings across:

  • High Street Discounts –join up through the portal today and enjoy until May 15th 2019 exclusive NARPO introductory offers from:

Caffe Nero - 15% saving

National Garden Centres - 13% saving, accepted in over 2000 garden centres across the UK

Naked Wines - £75 saving for new members on a spend of £149.99 or more

And regular savings on your weekly shopping bills with discounts at Sainsburys (4%) & M&S (4.5%) as well as at TKMaxx (8%) for those home and clothing purchases.

The savings are delivered to you either via a discount code or rechargeable prepaid discount cards.

  • Travel –the NARPO online search tool will trawl the websites of all of the internet booking firms to find NARPO members the best possible deals for both hotels and short breaks.
  • Insurances –You can search on the open market quotation facility for pet, motorbike, van and life assurance and see how much you can save by using your own comparison site.
  • Mortgage review - If you’ve still got a mortgage then you can ask for a free of charge review to ensure you’re not paying more than you need to each month.

These are just some of the offers and savings available from the new NARPO member benefits portal at: https://www.hansonwealth.co.uk/narpo

Terms and conditions apply.

 

DYFED POWYS NARPO AGM AND UPDATE

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.

 

IMPROVING ACCESS TO GP SERVICES

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

 

CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA – THE HERBERT PROTOCOL

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 BLUE BADGE SCHEME

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.

 

ANNUAL TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY – 1ST MAY 2019

The annual travel insurance policy is due for renewal on 1 May 2019. Due to the claims performance of the scheme and in order that the policy remains sustainable going forward, there are a number of changes that are being made from renewal by AXA PPP Healthcare (the insurer).

To read more about these changes, click here

 

PUBLIC ENQUIRY INTO NHS CONTINUING HEALTHCARE

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.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/238047

 

IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN WALES

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

 

WIDOWS PENSIONS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN

The following has been received from Mr Steve Edwards, Chief Executive of NARPO:

Further to the recent article in NARPO News, we are reinvigorating our Widows Pension for Life Campaign and have arranged a Parliamentary drop-in reception to take place between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday 1st May in Room R, Portcullis House, London.

The reception will be a good opportunity to reach Members from both Houses. We encourage you to write to your MP to highlight this campaign and a template letter to complete is attached (to download the template click HERE)

This information is also available via our website at: https://www.narpo.org/widows-pension-life/

Please contact your MP to raise awareness of this extremely important campaign and to end this inequality.

 

REPORT ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE POLICE PENSION REGULATIONS 2015

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

 

BEREAVEMENT LETTERS

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.

 
OLDER PEOPLE’S FREEDOM PASS

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

Cardiff

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

 

WELLBEING TOOLKIT

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

 

NARPO GOLF DAY 2018

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!

 

SIGN THE PETITION CALLING FOR A ROYAL COMMISSION ON POLICING

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:

https://www.change.org/p/maria-caulfield-mp-it-is-nearly-60-years-since-the-last-royal-commission-on-policing-we-need-another-one-now

 

AGE CYMRU SURVEY

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

 

DYFED-POWYS POLICE FEDERATION GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME

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: http://www.dppf.org and clicking on the Insurance tab.

 

MID-WALES CONSTABULARY REUNION 2018

 

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.

 

 

 

DYFED – POWYS GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME

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.

 

PHIL AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF NARPO

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.

 

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR DYFED-POWYS NARPO

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.

 

POLICE WIDOWS PENSION FOR LIFE

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:  

https://www.change.org/p/home-secretary-amber-rudd-mp-grant-police-widows-pensions-for-life-don-t-make-them-choose-between-future-happiness-and-pensions

 

SPECIAL OFFER FOR NARPO MEMBERS

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. 

 

EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE AND INJURY AWARDS

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

 

NARPO CENTENARY YEAR 2019

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:  

http://www.narpo.org/narpo-centenary-2019/

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

                                                                             

WERE YOU A SERVING OFFICER IN 1972 OR 1990?

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.

YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT YOUR PENSION ADMINISTRATOR TO MAKE SURE THEY STILL HAVE A RECORD OF YOUR ELECTION www.narpo.org/find-pension-administrator

 

AGE UK- TACKLING LONELINESS

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 https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/loneliness/

 

CLAIM A POWER OF ATTORNEY REFUND

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.

Visit-https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund

 

WIDOWS PENSION ENTITLEMENT

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.

 

BE AWARE!

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.

 

MARRIAGE TAX ALLOWANCE:

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.

HOW IT WORKS

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.

WHO CAN APPLY?

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: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-allowance

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.

 

NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY 2017

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.

 

DPP NARPO GOLF DAY 2017

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

 

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS

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.

 

CARDIGANSHIRE CONSTABULARY – CAN YOU HELP?

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.

 

PENSION OMBUDSMAN DETERMINATION ON TAX LIABILITIES ON RE-EMPLOYMENT

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: https://www.pensions-ombudsman.org.uk/determinations/2015/po-7096/police-pension-scheme/

 

CARE AND NURSING HOME INVESTIGATION

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.

 

TACS REST - HOLIDAY HOME AT BORTH

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 www.tacsrest.co.uk.

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'.

 

DPP GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME

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.  

 

THE DMW MOTORCYCLE IN YSTRADGYNLAIS

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

 

WIDOWS PENSION FOR LIFE – PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR MP

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

 

FORCED A19 RETIREMENTS ‘LAWFUL’ - RULES COURT OF APPEAL

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).

 

BED & BREAKFAST AT POLICE TREATMENT CENTRES

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 www.thepolicetreatmentcentres.org/hospitality-offers/b-and-b/StAndrews-HarrogateBB where you will also find our online booking form which can be used for either centre.

 

FREE CARE LINE

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 - BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

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: http://host.burnmarketing.com/bhf/emails_2016-2017/bhf_NARPO_acquisition_email_join_a.html

 

WHAT TO DO ABOUT A POLICE PENSION WHEN SOMEONE DIES

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.

 

TRIPLE LOCK FACT SHEET

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

 

THE DMW DEEMSTER MOTOR BIKE (CONTINUED)

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.

 

NARPO WEBSITE GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH!

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.

 

Year

Visitors

Number of Visits

2016

24,152 49,141

2015

22,178

45,546

2014

10,983

21,051

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY IN THE 60's

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.

 

PHOTO ALBUM INDEX 2016

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)

 

PHISHING EMAIL ALERT

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: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS PHONE SCAM

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 www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

INFORMATION REGARDING DPP NARPO EMAIL CIRCULATIONS

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: http://dyfed-powys-narpo.org.uk/

 

BEWARE NEW HOTEL SCAM!!

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.

 

SCAMMERS ARE AT IT AGAIN!

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.

 

 

EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE (ESA) - UPDATE

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.

 

DYFED POWYS POLICE FEDERATION GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME.

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)

N.B. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY A MEMBER OF THE SCHEME.

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

 

EXCLUSIVE TOURS FOR NARPO MEMBERS

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: http://www.narpo.org/index.php/member-services/leisure-time.html

 

2016 MID WALES CONSTABULARY ASSOCIATION REUNION LUNCH

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.

 

OPERATION JULIE FORTY YEARS ON

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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35963741

 

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.

WIDOWS PENSION FOR LIFE INJUSTICE

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."  

 

TELEPHONE SCAM - TRUE EXPERIENCE OF A NARPO MEMBER

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.

 

DO YOU NEED ADVICE?

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: www.helplines.org and click on Find a Helpline.

 

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG SCAMS

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 http://www.met.police.uk/docs/little_book_scam.pdf

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES - DPP NARPO WEBSITE

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.

 

NARPO CENTENARY - CAN YOU HELP?

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

 

LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY

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.

 

POLICE PENSION OVERPAYMENTS

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: http://www.narpo.org.uk/index.php/pensions/police-pensions.html 

  1. COURSE OF ACTION 
  2. RECOVERY OF OVERPAYMENTS 
  3. PENSIONS ADVISORY SERVICE ADVICE 

 

CLASSIFIED ADVERT SERVICE

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*

 

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS: WANT MORE CUSTOMERS?

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.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE 1857 - 1968

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!

 

HOTPOINT PRIVILEGE PURCHASE SCHEME

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.

NB: THIS OFFER IS ONLY OPEN TO NARPO MEMBERS

 

 

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