17 May 2017

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Dyfed-Powys Police has just kicked off its Force Day of Action, with a #TotalFocus on tackling individuals and groups who take advantage of those who are most vulnerable to exploitation.

Police officers, PCSOs, Special Constables and multi-agency partners are busy executing arrest warrants, undertaking spot checks and pooling intelligence to crackdown on those who are known to be offending.

Superintendent Ian John, BCU Commander for Pembrokeshire and force lead on today’s activity, said:

“Abuse of the most vulnerable more often than not takes place behind closed doors or in dark corners. Today is about shining a light on those spaces and raising awareness of the tell-tale signs.”

“We are running multiagency operations across the force to raise awareness of the signs that might suggest someone is being exploited and, are confronting head on those who are known to be offending.”

Our work with partners is key to tackling those who take advantage of the most vulnerable. Today’s activity sees us together, put a #TotalFocus on activity including modern day slavery, child sexual exploitation (CSE), domestic abuse, drug supply and misuse and, travelling criminality.

Superintendent John added, “If you know about it, report it. The exploitation of the most vulnerable cannot be tackled by us and our partners alone. Our communities have a big part to play in this.”

“We police the safest towns and villages across England and Wales, but we know that that means little to those who are living with the misery, torment and pain of criminal exploitation day-in day-out. We need to hear from you if you are suffering. We also need you to tell us if you suspect that others are being taken advantage of.”

Call us on 101 if you have information to share. Or, if you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. We also appreciate that some people would prefer to report anonymously and this can be done via the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Throughout today activity and advice is being shared via our local Twitter accounts and on our corporate Twitter account (@DyfedPowys). We will also be providing round ups on Facebook throughout the day.

Follow #TotalFocus to track updates.