UK: Welsh-speaking bobbies wanted

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sat May 31 15:47:17 UTC 2008

Welsh-speaking bobbies wanted

A scholarship scheme to increase the number of Welsh speakers in the
police force is being extended by North Wales Police and Bangor
University. For the first time, a further scholarship is being offered
aimed at people of all age groups who have an interest in studying a
BA degree in Sociology and Social Policy through the medium of Welsh.
The successful applicant will receive an annual 1,000 pounds
scholarship for three years. He or she will also be offered the
opportunity to undertake a six week work placement with North Wales
Police. The new venture extends the partnership established two years
ago with Bangor University School of Social Sciences, with a
scholarship being offered to 6th form students across Wales.

Chief Inspector Ray Hughes, Head of the force's Welsh Language
Services said: "North Wales Police are very eager to increase the
number of staff with good quality written and spoken Welsh. "The aim
of the joint project is to increase the number of students following a
higher education degree through Welsh, who can then consider a career
with the police on graduating. "According to the terms of the Welsh
Language Act 1993, we, as a public body, are duty bound to provide
bilingual services. As a major employer in North Wales we also
acknowledge our responsibility to promote projects that widen
participation of groups by providing new opportunities in the Welsh

Gwenda Rhian, Admissions Tutor for the degree at the School of Social
Policy said: "The work placement is a great opportunity to experience
how an emergency service operates, and to learn more about the varied
challenging, and satisfying career opportunities that are available."
The University and police are inviting anyone interested in the
scholarships to attend one of three meetings to find out more about
the project. The meetings are to be held on the following dates:

Wednesday 4th June between 6pm and 7:30pm - Room S5 (Second floor),
College of Education & Lifelong Learning, Bangor University, Dean St,

Tuesday 10th June between 6pm and 7:30pm - Room D17, Coleg Meirion
Dwyfor, Ffordd Ty'n Coed, Dolgellau

Wednesday 18th June between 6pm and 7:30pm - Llys Clwyd, Lon Parcwr
Industrial Estate, Rhuthin, Denbighshire

The original scholarship scheme was launched at the University in
September 2006. Four scholarships are offered every year by North
Wales Police, each worth 1,000 pounds a year for three years. The new
scheme is extended to people of all age groups who are interested in
developing a career with North Wales Police. For further details or to
book a place contact Eirlys Jones n 01492 804146 or e mail
eirlys.jones at
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