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Police Officers Pride at being assigned her late fathers force number

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A serving South Wales Police officer has spoken of her pride at being assigned her late father’s force number – saying it is like having him with her on duty.

Tributes poured in for well-loved Mark Dicks after he died suddenly at the age of 53 in January. He had spent almost three decades in the police, initially in South Wales before transferring to Gwent in 1996.

His daughter Jemma, 25, fulfilled a childhood ambition by following her father into serving with the police, and the duo used to joke about having the same force number – he in Gwent and she in South Wales.

Following the tragedy, in which Mark died after falling ill while racing motorbikes around a track in South Yorkshire, Jemma decided to ask whether that would be feasible.

Such requests are usually not possible, but South Wales Police made an exception in Jemma’s case.

It has meant that, since May 1, Jemma has been PC 1115, having had Mark’s Gwent force number assigned to her. She says she is “chuffed to bits” with the honour.

Jemma joined Gwent Police as a special constable in 2013 at the age of 21, and was based close to her father, who served in the force’s roads policing unit and as a force driving instructor. As well as being her inspiration to join the police, he was now also her colleague and mentor.

She moved to South Wales Police and became a full-time officer almost a year ago – on May 31, 2016 – and serves as a constable in Eastern BCU, based at Cathays Police Station.

After former Merthyr, Ebbw Vale and South Wales Police rugby player Mark’s tragic passing, Jemma enquired about turning what she and her father had previously joked about into reality.

“My dad passed away earlier this year. He worked in Gwent Police as a traffic officer, and his collar number was 1115,” Jemma explained.

“Seeing as I followed my dad’s footsteps into the police force, I just thought it was worth asking if there was any chance of having his collar number reallocated to myself.

“We always joked about having the same number, and so in the circumstances I thought it would be worth asking.”

Chief Superintendent Belinda Davies, commander of Eastern BCU, supported Jemma’s request, but initially she was informed that it might not be possible.

“I didn’t think HR would be able to do it,” admitted Jemma, from Merthyr Tydfil.

“I was told it would be unlikely, but to leave it with them. Three weeks later, I had a phone call to say that there was no news – but that no news could be good news. Then I was told at the start of April that it had been agreed.

“I was chuffed to bits. It’s not something that might mean much to many people but it means so much to me.

“One day I was 5891 and the next day I was 1115. It does feel like my dad is with me, in a sense. What has happened is never going to go away, but this does help.

“My mother has never been in the police, but she understands just how much it means to me to have this collar number.”

Jemma added: “I’ve now been able to change from 5891 to 1115, and hopefully follow in his footsteps all the way through my career.
“I’m completely chuffed. It just feels amazing, to be honest, to be able to wear his collar number on my shoulder.

“I wear it with pride, knowing how well he did with his job, and hopefully I’ll go on to do exactly the same as him.”

Jemma added that, because of her father’s influence, she has never had eyes on any way of life other than joining the police.

“Since I was really little he came home with all these stories,” she explained.

“I have never thought about doing anything else. Everything has always revolved around the police.”

It was also the thought of her father that helped her when she returned to work following his passing.

“I wanted to come back to work straight away, because I know that’s what my dad would have wanted,” she said.

“It was what pushed me into coming back to work, knowing how proud he was of me working for the police.”

Jemma has also thanked her BCU commander, Chief Supt Davies, for her support.

“She rang me on the first day I was off and sent me a few texts to see how I was, and was just really supportive,” Jemma explained.
“I really want to thank her, and HR, for what has been done.”

Chief Superintendent Belinda Davies said: “Being a police officer really is a vocation, not just a job. Jemma is a promising young officer who is very worthy of her father’s collar number.

“Mark was a popular police officer, a real professional who led by example, so I am encouraged to know that Jemma is following in his footsteps and continuing the proud family tradition.

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10k cases could be affected ‘tampered samples which include rape and murder convictions in forensic data manipulation.

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More than 10,099 cases may have been affected by alleged data manipulation by individuals working at a Randox Testing Services forensics laboratory in Manchester.

These include thousands of toxicology samples some of these include samples used to secure rape and murder convictions

It is believed these have been tampered with and could no longer be considered reliable.

Many rape and murder convictions could now be overturned.

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Gaia Pope no injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death

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Dorest Police have confirmed that they do not believe another person was invloved within 19-year-old Gaia Pope’s death.

Those arrestes on suspiscion of her murder have been released from police custody but remain under police investigation.

At around 3pm yesterday, Saturday 18 November 2017, specialist search teams discovered the body of a woman near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November near Swanage.

Although the body has yet to be formally identified, officers are confident that it is Gaia and her family is being supported by specially-trained officers.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The post-mortem examination has not identified any injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death. The cause of death is undetermined pending toxicology.

“The coroner is involved in the oversight of these examinations but at this time this remains an investigation into an unexplained death.

“We would like to take this further opportunity to pass our thoughts to Gaia’s family who we continue to support and who ask for respect of their privacy at this incredibly stressful time.

“Once again I would like to pass our thanks to the public volunteers and partner organisations who have supported this inquiry throughout and have been material in locating Gaia.

“The area where the body was located is likely to remain cordoned off for some time while forensic examinations and searches are concluded.

“Please can I ask that the public no longer attend to assist with searches and that they remain a safe distance from the location. I reiterate this area is steep and slippery in an exposed area close to sea cliffs. The area is covered in dense undergrowth and gorse and can present a hazard. Only specially-trained search and forensic teams are entering the area, assisted by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service recovery teams.”

Gaia’s family is issuing their thanks to the Find Gaia volunteer group for all their hard work and unwavering support.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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We want to help you but we know you don’t like us being involved

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We know you follow this account and want you to see this, We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner. We know you follow this account and we want you to see this.

Lochaber & Skye Police have penned an emotional letter addressed to ‘a young woman in Skye”.

The official Police Scotland account won the best tweeting police account at the UK-wide Police Tweet Awards in 2016 and could just take the 2017 title as next week.

They went on to say “We want to help you and are doing lots with other agencies to try and keep you safe.

“You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you.”

“Your family and friends have told you they think you are in danger they support you and want you to be safe”.

“We think he’s probably told you, “it won’t happen again”, “I’m sorry”, “I’ll change”, he’s maybe even told you that it’s your fault – IT’S NOT.”

“The violence, threats, degrading comments and controlling behaviour are not the life you need to lead, it can be better.”

“You are not trapped and you are not alone, we can help you get out, your family and friends can help you get out and Scot Women’s Aid can help you get out.

Call us, come to the Police Station, phone someone, speak to local Women’s Aid worker on 01478613365 or 08000271234.”

“There is no excuse for domestic abuse, help is out there.”

Lochaber & Skye Police then went on to thank everyone for the positive response to the domestic abuse appeal.

They told everyone that the meaning behind it was to “reach-out to anyone who may be at risk”.

Hopefully, by sharing this another young lady, lady or even young man or man could be helped from harm.

 

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