It probably won't be giving chase down a country lane in the fight against crime anytime soon but Dyfed Powys Police has unveiled its latest vehicle this week - a tractor with flashing blue lights.
The force hopes the novelty piece of kit will strike a chord with rural communities and encourage public engagement in agricultural events over the summer months.
It was launched this week at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells.
We're very impressed with this new piece of kit - and are hoping it'll encourage people to come and have a look and to then speak to us at events over the summer. Engagement with our rural communities is important to us. We're sure it will appeal to children and adults alike, and as part of the fun why not have your photo taken with the police tractor.
But the tractor will not be taking to the streets or lanes carrying out patrols as it is on loan and will be handed back later in the year.
Five police stations could close under plans by Dyfed Powys Police and the Crime Commissioner who says he wants to save money and get more bobbies on the beat.
Commissioner, Christopher Salmon says he wants a modern police force where money is invested in officers rather than bricks and mortar.
Those under threat are:
- Burry Port Police Station
- Knighton Police Station
- Llandysul Police Station
- Llwynhendy Police Station
- Saundersfoot Police Station
I understand that some people may be concerned at the prospect of change but I assure them that they can start looking forward to improved services. In the meantime, we've created 30 new police officer posts in response to what the public have consistently told me in the 18 months since my election - they want to see officers on the streets. After all, it's bobbies that catch criminals - not bricks.
There is growing concern for a missing teenager from Talsarn near Lampeter. Ryan Evans, 13, was last seen leaving his home at around 3:30pm yesterday. He did not return home last night which, his family say, is out of character.
Ryan is described as 5’6”, of stocky build, with collar-length dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a biscuit coloured t-shirt, socks but no shoes.
Police and mountain rescue teams have been searching for Ryan overnight. Anyone with information is urged to call Dyfed Powys Police on 101 or 0845 330 2000.
People have had to be cut free from a serious two-vehicle crash on the A487 using hydraulic equipment, Mid and West Wales Fire Service has confirmed.
The crash happened between the A486 in Synod Inn and the B4342 in Llanarth. An air ambulance and other emergency services are currently at the scene.
Road Accident on A487 - Diversions will be in place at Synod Inn and at Llanarth square, directing vehicles through Newquay. Delays expected
Dyfed Powys Police confirmed that the road has been closed both ways and that diversions are in place.
The family of a woman who died in a road crash near Welshpool on Sunday have paid tribute to her.
Melanie Roseanne Lakin, 29, from Glascote, Tamworth, was described as "a kind, caring and generous person".
Her motorbike was involved in a collision on the A458 just west of the Raven roundabout near Welshpool.
"She was a keen motorcyclist who loved life, people, nature and animals" said her family.
"She had just completed her first year at Birmingham City University in Diagnostic Radiography, which she was thoroughly enjoying and was looking forward to a successful career in the NHS combining her love of helping people and a technical, visual subject."
The death of a motorcyclist in Welshpool on Sunday afternoon has been referred to the police watchdog.
The incident happened on the A458 Llanfair Caereinion to Welshpool Road, near Cyfronydd. A female rider was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family have been informed.
A marked police motorcyclist was conducting a vehicle check and police say a number of cars were stopping behind the stationary vehicles.
Initial investigations show that a motorcyclist collided with a car, within the line of traffic behind the police motorcycle.
Dyfed Powys Police voluntarily referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because a police vehicle was nearby at the time.
Dyfed Powys Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died following a collision on Friday 9th May. It happened at around 10.55pm on the A478 between Begelly and Narbeth, and involved a single vehicle and one driver.
A 62 year old man from the Narbeth area died at the scene, his family have been informed.
A police investigation into the handling of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire county councils' handling of tax payers money has found "no evidence of criminal offences."
Gloucestershire Constabulary launched an investigation into the two councils in February after the publication of three Wales Audit Office reports that found that the two councils had acted unlawfully.
Gloucestershire Constabulary have now completed their enquiries and have confirmed that following an objective and independent analysis of the evidence, they did not find any evidence to suggest that any criminal offences had taken place. On the basis of this, the police will be taking no further action in relation to these mattes. Both local authorities have been advised of this decision.
The matter was referred to Gloucestershire Constabulary due to the close working relationship between Dyfed-Powys Police and both local authorities involved.
A motorcyclist has died and two other people have been injured on the A489 in Powys.
Police were called to the road between Newtown and Kerry at approximately 11.50am Sunday morning.
The collision involved a yellow Suzuki Wagon, a blue Ford Galaxy, a green MG ZR and a black Honda CBR motorcycle.
The road was closed for over six hours and is expected to open again later this evening.
Dyfed Powys Police say it has informed the motorcyclist's next of kin.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision, or anyone travelling along that stretch of road at the relevant time to contact them on 101.
Police are investigating why a man was laying unconscious man on a carriage way in Haverfordwest earlier today. He was discovered by a passing motorist at 12 40 this morning on Cartlett Road. Dyfed Powys police are asking anyone with information to come forward.