- South Wales Police
Infobox UK Police
name= South Wales Police
Heddlu De Cymru
Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swanseaand Vale of Glamorganunitary authority areas
size= 2,074 km²
title= Chief Constable
web= [http://www.south-wales.police.uk www.south-wales.police.uk]
South Wales Police ( _cy. Heddlu De Cymru) is one of the four
territorial police forces in Wales. Its headquarters are based in Bridgend.
Covering Wales' capital city,
Cardiff, as well as Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfiland Swansea, and the western South Wales Valleys, it is the largest police force in Wales in terms of population, and the seventh largest in the UK.
The force was formed as South Wales Constabulary (the name was changed in 1996) on
1 June 1969by the merger of Glamorgan Constabulary, Cardiff City Police, Swansea Borough Policeand Merthyr Tydfil Borough Police. [cite web|url=http://www.wpfa.fsnet.co.uk/teams.htm|title=Welsh Police Football Association—Teams|accessdate=2006-11-01] [ [http://www.south-wales.police.uk/docs/MuseumLeafletEng.pdf South Wales Police Museum] ] In 1974, with the re-organisation of local government, the force's area was expanded to cover the newly-created Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorganand West Glamorgan.
In further local government re-organisation in 1996 the force area lost the
Rhymney Valleyarea to Gwent Police. Today it covers the principal areas of Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swanseaand the Vale of Glamorganndash most of what was the ancient county of Glamorgan.
Under proposals made by the
Home Secretaryon February 6, 2006, the force would merge with North Wales Police, Gwent Policeand Dyfed-Powys Police, to form a single strategic force for all of Wales. [cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4684590.stm|title=All-Wales police force confirmed|date= 6 February 2006|accessdate=2006-11-01]
The South Wales Police has participated in the
World Police and Fire Gamessince 1995, except for the 1999 Stockholm Games.
The current Chief Constable is
Barbara WildingQPM, CBE, CCML.
Policing in the United Kingdom
List of police forces in the United Kingdom
* [http://www.south-wales.police.uk/ Force website]
* [http://www.archivesnetworkwales.info/cgi-bin/anw/search2?coll_id=2095&inst_id=33&term=Aberdare%20%7C%20Wales Glamorgan Constabulary records]
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