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Police force tees up for Ryder Cup
September 28, 2010

South Wales Police are supporting colleagues from Gwent and the Celtic Manor Resort to ensure the many visitors for the biggest event in golf, have a safe and enjoyable time.

Chief Inspector Andy Morgan, the force lead on event planning said "We continue to work closely with our colleagues in Gwent, and the planning and logistical arrangements for the event will continue right up to the first tee shot."

Chief Inspector Andy Morgan continues "Whilst the event itself takes place in the Gwent Police area, our aim is to provide the very best support to our colleagues in Gwent if required, whilst also ensuring that we maintain business as usual for our own communities. We will also have many visitors to our towns and cities enjoying both accommodation and the area's stunning golf courses, and we will be playing our part in ensuring they are made to feel welcome, and have a safe visit to South Wales ."

South Wales Police is launching a 'Spirit of the Game' crime prevention campaign that involves a police twist on the traditional golf scorecard. Visitors to South Wales will be able to pick up a scorecard, which is packed with crime prevention advice, ranging from local rules (with advice on safe shopping and safe transport), etiquette (for a safe stay), and the rules officials (how to contact South Wales Police).

Also included is a 'The Spirit of the Game' extract from the R&A Rules of Golf... "The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for others and to abide by the rules. Everybody should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times."

Marketing Officer James Harper said "We are very proud to be policing the great communities of South Wales , and the campaign promotes the work of officers to Keep South Wales Safe whilst ensuring the many visitors to the area take sensible precautions to prevent crime. It was designed to capture the attention of golf fans and also represents a change in the way in which police forces engage customers, using the social media site twitter."

The scorecard will be available at Cardiff Wales Airport , hotels, golf courses, shops, and attractions, and will also encourage visitors to provide feedback on their visit to South Wales and experiences with officers via twitter

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