A Brief History of
the DyfedPowys Police
Police (Heddlu DyfedPowys in Welsh) is the
territorial police force responsible for policing
the Counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and
Pembrokeshire (these made up the former
administrative area of Dyfed) and the unitary
authority of Powys (covering the Counties of
Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire),
in Wales. The territory it covers is the largest
police area in England and Wales, and the third
largest in the United Kingdom, after Police
Scotland and the Police Service of Northern
Ireland. The force's headquarters are located in
the town of Carmarthen.
force was formed in 1968, with the merger of the
Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary,
Pembrokeshire Constabulary and the Mid Wales
DyfedPowys region has over 350 miles of
coastline and many remote rural communities. It
also has a number of old industrial areas that
are currently experiencing significant change and
redevelopment, adding to the pressures of modern
area has a small population of under 500,000,
although it is boosted each year with large
numbers of tourists.
The small population is reflected in the size of
the Dyfed-Police force; 1,159 full-time police
officers, 98 Special Constables and 140 Police
Community Support Officers (PCSOs), 38 designated
officers and 589 police staff.
is the eleventh smallest police force in the
United Kingdom in terms of number of police
Ford Anglia's as
used by the DyfedPowys
had a small fleet of Ford Anglia Estate's.
They were painted light blue and white with a
Police box on the roof.