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Important - Regarding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance, concerns have been raised in respect of GDPR implications in publishing photographs, and details of ill health of members/partners and significant birthdays.

The advice we have received is that there is no problem with respect to photographs - implicit consent to them being used is implied when they are taken. However, it's a different matter with the other two - the person's consent should be obtained before publishing details of birthdays and ill health. Please keep this in mind when publishing the above information, for example on Facebook or anywhere else, publicly. As a result of GDPR, we will no longer be publishing any such details on this website or Newsletter, unless of course, we have prior consent!

Pay Rise Police Pensions - The annual reporting of the CPI, published for September 2018 confirms that the annual percentage increase for police pensions 2019 will be 2.4% (previously 3%). Read more here

As from the 1st January 2019 the minimum subscription will be £21.12 (previously £20.64), this amounts to £1.76 per month (previously £1.72).

Christmas Lunch 2018 - Please view our 'Social Events' page.

Social Events - Christmas Shopping Trip and Christmas Dinner 2018.
Make sure you place an entry in your diaries! Places are filling up fast - don't lose out!

More details here...

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Ernest Rollings - The Policeman who ended the War

Ernest Rollings - The Policeman who ended the War
This is the last in South Wales Police's series of commemorative booklets.

Please click here to download and read. (PDF format)


Gareth Madge
5th November 2018

 

IPA Newsletter - Oct 2018 -
Denis Hunt
- Nov 5th 2018IPA Newsletter Oct 2018

 

Help the Police Federation celebrate 100 years
Next year, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The organisation will mark the occasion by highlighting key milestones in the Federation’ history and sharing stories, pictures and memories from officers over the years.

The Federation would love to hear your stories of your time as a serving officer. In particular they are looking for stories around these subjects:

Officers that served during key moments in policing history;
Female officers that can remember the equal pay act coming in;
Reflections on how different policing was in the past;
Amusing stories about the uniform, personal protection equipment, police stations etc.;
Recognition/awards given/special commendations;
Special moments in your policing career – e.g. helping someone special
How the Federation may have helped you.

If you would like to share your story, please get in touch with Ally Crouch, PFEW Campaigns Officer, on alison.crouch@polfed.org or call 01372 352052.

Coffee mornings - We now have a brand new page with links to photographs of our Coffee Mornings.
A special mention to Cheryl Taylor for your photo contributions during this and previous years.
(Photos are now available to view here)

Coffee Mornings reminder - just turn up - enjoy your coffee/ tea and biscuits and have a chat  at the Tapestri Café/ Bar (old CPS) in Alexandra Road  between 10.30am and 11.30am on the 3rd Friday of the month.  Our next date is on Friday 16th November 2017. There will be no Coffee Morning in December. Facebook, website and Email reminders will be sent.

New Photographs available to view below
Select links of your choice - Updated 14th September 2018

Coffee Mornings - New page
More to follow
Golf competition May 2018
Part 1
Part 2
Christmas Lunch 2017


 

Bereavements – Our condolences are passed to the families of Len Ballinger, John Hovestadt, Ethel Stokes, “Jono” Bevan (Son of Charles and Pat) and non member Phil Every.

Computer News

Computer stuff...Website/Newsletters by Email - our rolling programme on this is progressing well and it continues it's onward march. We appreciate your co-operation and the Branch funds are now benefitting as a result.

It is though vital that we have your correct email addresses. If you are not yet receiving your copy of the news letter by Email only and you wish to change to that method, then send Phil Taylor an Email to narposwansea@yahoo.co.uk and he will arrange it. This saves us postage costs and gives you a much better presentation in colour etc.

All e-mails are sent via BCC (Blind copy) so that members e-mail details will not be shown on any one else’s e-mail, thus protecting their privacy. If you are receiving the Newsletter by Email and by post could you please contact Phil Taylor to let him know that you are content to receive the e mail copy only?

Facebook Our Swansea Narpo Facebook page (already over 300 members) is already a well-used and an established part of our communications network with news updates, old photos etc. being added daily.  Regular users will be already aware of some of the information in the Newsletter but many of our members do not have computers. Also, many who do are not Facebook subscribers so some repetition is unavoidable.

All members with access to computers are welcome to join in - including bone fide family members who can show the items to their Narpo parents for example. It's a closed group so the content is not available to non-members.

Committee changes – following recent changes, your committee is now as follows:

Brian Davies (Chairman) Phil Taylor (Secretary) Gerry Coad (Treasurer) and– Jeff Davies- Erika Fowler- Mike Green -Tony Imlach- Barrie Lewis - David Rees- Bryon Tucker- Bob Whitter-Jones – Stuart Yeandle.

Allan Rees has stepped down due to personal commitments and we thank him for his efforts particularly as our liaison with invitations concerning Armed Forces etc.  We welcome Mike Green to the Committee and Mike will be arranging our social trips as well as taking over Allan’s duties.

Our next Committee Meeting will on 7pm on Mon 21st January 2019 at Cockett Police Station.
Please contact any Committee Member or our Secretary Phil Taylor on Tel: 01792 842378 or email narposwansea@yahoo.co.uk if you want any issue raised. If you fancy joining us, please feel free to turn up (with no obligation) at any of our Committee meetings; we are always looking for 'fresh blood' and welcome new ideas!

Old Photographs - our treasure trove of old Swansea Police photographs is in need of some new items - contributions have virtually dried up.  If you also have in your possession some old photographs that are not in good condition- perhaps cracked or blemished - our new Committee Member Mike Green can enhance the quality considerably. If you have such items. You can contact Mike by Email : mikal.greenberg@me.com and he will advise accordingly.

Update: 17th May - Photo Repair. Please do not use shown phone number on the Summer Newsletter but email me instead - mikal.greenberg@me.com with highest quality scan that you can do. Or, send the original to my address (Please email me for the address) I will respond straight away. Mike Green.

NARPO Travel Insurance   Members of the Travel Scheme have recently seen a large increase in their annual renewal, the letter below from AXA tries to answer the question of the large hike in renewal. Prior to the renewal negotiations for the coming year, AXA PPP Healthcare conducted an exercise to look at the profitability of the scheme from their perspective. They discovered that last year the loss ratio of the scheme was 130%. This means that for every £1 they received in terms of premium they paid out £1.30 in terms of claims. Numerous claims have been over £100,000. Obviously, this is not a sustainable situation, and AXA PPP initially proposed an increase of 35% for the coming year. We managed to limit the increase to 26%, but we realise that this still represents a sizeable increase.
The scheme continues to offer medical history disregarded underwriting terms, no age limit (if joining before 85), and generous package of benefits, but these attributes have undoubtedly also contributed to the loss.
Having looked for viable alternatives, we have discovered that this scheme continues to represent a good deal for NARPO members, but if members can source an alternative for themselves, then they can cancel within 14 days of the renewal date. I hope that this helps clarify the situation.

Harry McGimpsey Senior Healthcare Partner

Social Matters - Again thanks to those of you who support our various functions -

Website appeal - Our Website continues to flourish, is well visited and complemented by our Facebook page 'Swansea Narpo'. We are confident though there must be many photographs and interesting/amusing anecdotes from 'your time in the job'. So, please do feel free to contribute and get in touch - you can of course remain anonymous if you so wish! We also welcome any suggestions you may have for improving 'your' website.

Difficulty opening our Newsletters - We are aware that some of you may still be experiencing problems when opening Newsletters. The Newsletter is created using Microsoft Word but not everyone has this program installed, so to get around this issue, the document is sent out as a PDF file which can then be opened and read using the FREE program Adobe Acrobat Reader. Be very careful though when about to install because the 'optional offer' boxes are already ticked. To disable, just untick the 2 boxes before installing. We hope this clarifies things but of course should you have further questions then please feel free to contact us.

Jeff Davies
Website Officer

Travel Services Offered - Hi, my name is Christina and I’m a Travel Counsellor In my ‘former life’ I was a Police Officer for 13 years in South Wales. In 2014, my husband Andy retired from South Wales Police and we bought a round the world ticket and went exploring for a year. On our return, we decided I should set up my own business doing what I love and bought a franchise in Travel Counsellors.
You can read about all I have offer right here...
8th Feb 2017

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