Plans are well underway for a range of activities on the North Wales Police stand at the National Eisteddfod in Boduan this week (August 5th – 12th).
All those who are attending this year’s event are being invited to visit the Force engagement stand on the Maes and speak to representatives about the issues which matter to them.
Throughout the week Police Officers, staff and volunteers will be available to discuss matters ranging from career opportunities with North Wales Police to staying safe and protecting youngsters online.
Visitors will also hear about current initiatives and campaigns – including meeting some of the Force’s specialist teams such as Roads Policing, Dog Section, Drone Unit and SchoolBeat – the all Wales Police Schools Programme.
Amongst the activities which will be held over the week will be an opportunity to meet the Force’s Rural Crime Team who are celebrating their 10th anniversary next month and meet some of the Chief Officer Team.
“The National Eisteddfod is the largest annual festival in Wales and one of Europe’s oldest cultural festivals which attracts thousands of competitors and visitors every year, so it’s a fantastic platform for us to engage with visitors,” said Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman.
“This will be my first Eisteddfod as Chief Constable and I’m very much looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere. There will be lots of exciting and fun things to do on the stand so if you are planning on visiting this year, why not pop in for a chat.
“Close engagement with our communities is key to making people feel reassured and that we are listening to their needs and we very much look forward to the event.”
To ensure children don’t get lost, free wristbands for parents to write their telephone numbers will also be distributed during the week and these will be available from the North Wales Police tent, situated on stands 120 and 121.
The stand will be open from 9am until 6:00pm each day.
Motorists are being advised that the roads will be busy and that delays are likely in the area over the festival period.
The Council, the Eisteddfod and the Police are calling on festival goers – whether they are local people or those travelling from other areas of Wales and beyond – to plan their travel arrangements in advance and to follow the road signs that will be in place.
Drivers are being reminded to take care if driving in the vicinity of the Maes and to be mindful that there may be pedestrians on the roads.
To ensure traffic flow, and in the interests of the safety of all road users and local communities, temporary traffic arrangements and clear signage will be in place in the area. Some minor roads will also be closed.
The public is kindly asked to respect the temporary arrangements for the short period that the festival will be held. These temporary arrangements will apply to all road users, not just people attending the Eisteddfod.