Graduation success for Chief Officer of Dyfed Powys Police’s Special Constabulary

11.07.2018

Cairn Newton Evans is today celebrating having graduated with a first class BA honours degree in Law and Public Services at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Cairn Newton-Evans

As well as studying full time, Cairn has also juggled his academic commitments with his role as Chief Officer for the Special Constabulary for Dyfed Powys Police

During his time at UWTSD, Cairn also won the Citizenship award at the 2017 St David awards – annual awards that annually recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people in Wales. 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.

Eight years after he was attacked in a shocking homophobic assault, Cairn who lives in Ammanford, is now working to help others battling against homophobia and other forms of discrimination.

Cairn, a regular volunteer and a passionate advocate for LGBT rights - was put forward in the citizenship category for having “joined the police to try to stop such attacks happening to others”.

Having now graduated, Cairn is looking forward to juggling even more responsibilities as he embarks on a Masters course in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology as well as starting a part-time lecturing role at UWTSD where he’ll be teaching on the Policing course.

He’ll be doing all of this alongside working 16 hours a week in his voluntary role with Dyfed Powys Police Force as the Special Constabulary’s Chief Officer.

“Today is fantastic - it feels as if it’s been worth the hard work,” says Cairn.

As well as his policing and university commitments, Cairn has also been working night shifts in his local supermarket to finance his studies.

“Quite often I’d be going straight from a night shift into Uni but today has made it all worthwhile.

“This is the culmination of a 6 year journey for me.  I originally joined the special constabulary the same time as doing my HND in Technical Theatre but volunteering as a special constable led me to realise that policing was my passion – so my career path changed slightly to what I expected it be.”

He adds: “Doing a course that fitted with my line of work made it so much easier and more interesting as I could instantly apply what I was learning to my work and vice versa.

“The course has inspired me to further my education and my career as I’ve been learning from people from within my industry who’ve had such long careers and have a wide variety of policing and public sector roles.  It really inspired me even more.

“I now can’t wait to start my MA degree as well as lecturing on the Policing courses at UWTSD – I’m so, so excited.  I already travel around colleges and schools youth groups talking about equality, diversity and policing in general so talking to a lecture hall full of students won’t faze me.  It’s just nice to apply more of my training and knowledge onto to degree students.  It’s a challenge I can’t wait to tackle.”

Bronwen Williams, Programme Director for the Law and Public Services portfolio is extremely proud of Cairn’s achievements and is very pleased that he’s going to be joining UWTSD as a lecturer in the autumn.

“Cairn is a fantastic ambassador for the University. He regularly visits schools and colleges promoting the course and I’m delighted that he’s going to continue to work with us.  He’s also helped to ensure that our students are involved with the Dyfed Powys police force and regularly coaches other students.  He’s a perfect ambassador and I’m very proud of all he’s achieved.”