Bridgend councillors ‘Patrol Along’ the town
Two Bridgend councillors have become the first people in the town to take part in south Wales Police’s Patrol Along scheme
Councillors Peter Foley and Roger Marsh stepped out on patrol with Pc Chris Thomas and Pcso Donovan Smith on June 6, 2016.
They walked through Bridgend town centre and the Morfa ward to see how police are using their stop and search powers.
The Patrol Along scheme gives ordinary people the opportunity to join police officers or PCSOs as they complete their tours of duty.
The aim of the scheme is to increase public confidence in the police by building relationships with people in the community and increasing public understanding of the work police officers and PCSOs do.
Superintendent Martin Jones, said: “The Patrol Along scheme enables us to show people what we are faced with day in, day out. It is also an opportunity for people to see what really happens on the front line and to understand how things work and how officers make decisions.”
Councillors Peter Foley and Roger Marsh enjoyed the experience so much that plans are being drawn up for them to carry out monthly patrols with their local police officers.