Police officers, PCSOs, support staff and members of the public from across Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil were recognised at a police commendations evening on Wednesday, 7 May (2014).
Chief Superintendent Kevin O'Neill commended over 50 people at an event this month.
Over 50 people – more than any previous event – received commendations from Chief Superintendent Kevin O’Neill at the ceremony which was held in the Glamorgan Deaf Club, Pontypridd for the third year.
Commendations were given for acts of bravery, professionalism and unwavering commitment to roles within the police service or in the community.
Many police officers and staff were commended for their investigative work and for their dedication to other types of roles, such as family liaison support roles and crime scene investigation.
Members of the public including Christopher Gore, a supermarket security guard from Porth, was commended for the bravery he showed when he chased a shoplifter out of the store and detained him in a snooker club where despite being assaulted, until police arrived. Another man from Llantwit Fadre was commended for his quick thinking after a photograph he took of two men acting suspiciously in his street helped to end a burglary campaign by a duo from Cardiff who stole valuables worth around £200,000 from residents across south Wales.
Chief Superintendent Kevin O’Neill, said:
“During my time as the region’s Divisional Commander there has never been a shortage of officers who have displayed professionalism, bravery, innovation, compassion, and dedication in their role. This is a reflection of what goes into policing communities every day.
“Good policing relies on teamwork between police officers, between police and partners such as the local authority and many voluntary agencies, and of course between police and the public. Everyone fully deserves this recognition as they are shining examples of why Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr are safe places to live and why crime has fallen to unprecedented levels, and continues to fall despite the obvious challenges over the past few years.”