Sunday, 15 November 2009

Police Commendation for RCT worker

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Senior Licensing Officer Dennis Young has received a police commendation for his crime-fighting actions.

Dennis, who joined the Council in 2003 after 30 years working for South Wales Police, was delighted to return to his former force this month and receive the accolade from BCU Commander, Supt Sue Hayes.

Dennis, who is based at Ty Elai, is commended for his prompt action after witnessing suspicious activity in Gilfach Goch, which led to the arrest of two men for theft of a motor vehicle and the subsequent arson of the stolen car. Legal proceedings continue, so no further information can be conveyed at this time.

Dennis joined Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to help the authority take forward and make best use of the new powers in was granted by the 2003 Licensing Act.

The work of Dennis, his team and colleagues has placed Rhondda Cynon Taf Council at the forefront when it comes to dealing with licensing issues and ensuring premises are safe, responsible, legal and have a clear understanding of the role they play in community reassurance.

From the training of off license, pub and club managers to help them work within the law, to enforcement against illegal, nuisance and irresponsible premises, the team has used a range of options in their ongoing work to make RCT a safer place to live, work and visit.

Before joining the Council, Dennis worked for South Wales Police, first as a uniformed constable, then in CID and, finally, in the force’s internal Professional Standards department.

Dennis, who is also a member of the Treorchy Male Choir, said: “I was honoured to receive such a commendation, but did see it as my duty, as a council officer and a citizen, to step in and do what was necessary in order to help the police.

“It was nice to return to my former force and be honoured by Supt Hayes.”

Paul Mee, Service Director for Public Health and Protection, said: “We are proud of Dennis’ achievement and that his exceptional conduct has been recognised by South Wales Police”.


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