Newtown officer nominated for top police community award


Jonny Drury

A NEWTOWN PCSO is one of five officers on the Dyfed Powys Police force to be nominated for a We Care Award.

PCSO Graham Jennings, of Newtown, is one of the nominees put forward for their dedication to the people they serve.

The public will now get  a chance to vote on who they believe should win the award on March 30.

PCSO Jennings has been nominated for his community spirit, approachability and professionalism.

His nomination said: “I think PCSO Graham Jennings in Newtown deserves an award due to the way he builds relationships with people around the town.

“He is especially good with the children, making sure that they are comfortable talking to him.

“He makes people feel safe and he is very respected, many people look up to him. Graham is a welcome sight walking around the town dealing with local issues.”

He was a serving police officer for 12 years with the South Wales Police and in 2004 he became a CDO at Newtown police station in 2004 and a PCSO in 2006.

He lives in Newtown with his wife Karen, a nursing sister, and has two daughters – Charlotte, a serving police officer with the Metropolitan Police in London, and Isabella, who is studying law at Aberystwyth University.

In 2006 he received a divisional commander’s commendation relating to a serious firearms incident, and in 2016 received a Chief Constable’s commendation for acting as a first responder to a fatality in Newtown.

PCSO Jennings said: “I feel very privileged to be nominated for this award, especially as a member of the public had recommended me for it.

“I thoroughly enjoy my job as a PCSO because I am also part of the community I serve.

“I realise that at my age that I can’t change the world, but I, and hopefully like-minded people, can definitely make a difference to how we improve the quality of life of the community, and provide them with the confidence and satisfaction the police service strives to achieve.”

He is the Powys SPOC for the Muslim community, and has recently been part of the Syrian Refugee Focus group.

He has also been a school governor at the Newtown High School for eight years, and is the main point of contact for local police-run surgeries at the Newtown Market Hall, and the Ponthafren resource in Newtown for vulnerable adults.

Outside work, Graham is a senior instructor with the Newtown Shotokan Karate Club.

He has been training in karate for more than 40 years and holds the rank of black belt 5th Dan.

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