UWTSD BA Law and Public Service Student Cairn Newton-Evans is named as a finalist in the St David Awards 2017


University of Wales Trinity Saint David is proud to announce that Cairn Newton-Evans has been shortlisted in the Citizenship Category for the St David Awards 2017.

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The St David Awards annually recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people in Wales. The Awards reflect and promote the aspirations of Wales and its citizens to be a modern, vibrant country, with a growing reputation as a confident and clever nation valuing innovation, community spirit, and above all its people. There are nine St David Awards, each of which is given in a specific category of activity and achievement, decided upon by the First Minister of the Welsh Government and his advisers.

Cairn is a second year BA Law & Public Services student. He is also the Special Chief Officer of Dyfed Powys Special Constabulary (the volunteer Police Force). He is the youngest Chief Officer in the UK at the age of 25 and after graduating he aspires to achieve direct entry at Inspector level for the regular Police Service.

When Cairn, from Ammanford, was 17 years old he was the victim of a homophobic hate crime. He was brutally attacked, which resulted in him needing surgery. Rather than focus on the negative impact of such a devastating incident, Cairn decided to join the Police Service so that he could stop this kind of attack happening to others.

 At 18, he joined the Special Constabulary as a volunteer and unpaid Special Constable with the same powers and uniform as a regular Police Constable. He has also served as a Special Constable, Special Sergeant, and Special Inspector and more recently he was promoted to Special Chief Officer for Dyfed-Powys Police, the highest rank possible within the Special Constabulary and is the youngest Chief Officer in the UK at the age of 25.

Cairn dedicates 40-50 hours a month of his free time (sometimes as much as 70 hours a month) to the service of his community. He is responsible for a large team of Specials and leads on the use of volunteers or citizens in policing across Dyfed-Powys as well as taking part in various police operations and initiatives. Cairn is a passionate advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights. He is a trained Hate Crime Support Officer and the deputy lead of the Dyfed Powys Police LGBT Staff Network and has also established an LGBT Social & Support project in Carmarthenshire to support and counsel people.

 His post as Special Chief Officer is not his only responsibility. In September 2015 he returned to education and is currently in his second year at UWTSD studying BA Law & Public Service. Cairn also volunteers with the RAF Cadets and the Police Cadets on weekday evenings. Cairn volunteers because of his sense of duty and dedication to champion LGBT rights and to prevent what happened to him from happening to his fellow citizens. 

Cairn said: “The role of a police officer especially that of a member of the Special Constabulary is unique, and one that has given me a wide breadth of experience in public service and in a leadership capacity. I’m very honoured and humbled to be nominated and shortlisted for the St David Award, Citizenship category 2017, for a role that I am so passionate about; I am very lucky to serve my community on a daily basis and turning a negative experience into a positive one to help others is something that I am very proud about and is something I wouldn’t be able to do without the continued support of my family, friends and colleagues.”

Bronwen Williams, Public Services Lecturer at UWTSD said: “Cairn is a hardworking and determined young man, balancing his degree with his work with Dyfed Powys Police, where he works long hours. Cairn has helped other students become specials and is working closely with the university to get more of our Law and Public service and Public service students into the specials in Dyfed Powys. We are very proud of the work that he does and his selection as a finalist is well deserved. Specials give up their free time to volunteer for the police but have great responsibility put upon them to uphold the law and provide an essential public service.”

The St David Awards Ceremony takes place at the Senedd on March 23.

Further Information

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