“We want to be as visible as possible in the community”

Rhiannon Cummings, PCSO, South Wales Police

Tell us about your job during the pandemic

It’s a strange time at the moment and our core business has changed quite a lot. The main part of our role involves engaging with the community so normally we go along to local events, visit community groups and organisations, educational facilities and get involved with projects ongoing in the area; however places are either closed or not functioning at the moment.

What’s your view of how public service workers have responded to the crisis?

They have responded brilliantly. They’ve come together to continue serving their community.

What’s your message to the government?

Personally, I would have liked to have seen the Government impose harsher penalties for persistent or blatant Covid-19 breaches. We’ve found that the vast majority of the public are following the rules, but for the minority who aren’t I think increased fines may have acted as more of a deterrent. We have found that we are calling to the same places, or dealing with the same individuals, and primarily we want to educate these people and work with them to comply. But some simply don’t think the rules apply to them and it can be frustrating.

How are you going to celebrate the end of the lockdown?

That depends on what the end of the lockdown looks like! I can’t wait to see my family and my friends to give them a hug and see how they are.

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