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Wales Office minister visits Dyfed Powys police

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Stephen Crabb MP will today meet Chief Constable Jackie Roberts and see how Dyfed Powys police undertake major specialist operations.

Wales Office Minister, Stephen Crabb MP will today meet Chief Constable Jackie Roberts and see first hand how Dyfed Powys Police undertake major specialist operations like the search for April Jones.

On his visit Mr Crabb will visit the working dog section at the Dyfed Powys Police Headquarters in Carmarthen, to understand how this specialist team underpins important investigative police work. 

During the visit he will also go to the firearms collaboration project at Cross Hands, to see how Dyfed Powys, Gwent and South Wales Police are bringing their expert firearms teams together to increase capability and deliver a more effective and streamlined service to the public.

Mr Crabb will then travel to Pembrey and visit the Powys Police helicopter, to learn how this facility supports police search and rescue operations.

Wales Office Minister, Stephen Crabb said:

My visit to Dyfed Powys has been extremely interesting and I admire the dedication of the officers who undertake very complex and extremely dangerous operations daily in the line of duty.

Investigations can regularly require searches across large areas in very bad conditions, with extremely challenging terrains like woodlands, mountains and streams to consider. 

As important decisions are being considered about the future of air support to Welsh forces, I have been keen to see first hand how these resources are used in operations.