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Gwent Police (Welsh: Heddlu Gwent) is a territorial police force in Wales, responsible for policing the local authority areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.

Gwent Police
Heddlu Gwent
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Patch worn by Gwent Police
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Badge of Gwent Police
MottoProtecting & Reassuring
Amddiffyn a Chysuro
Agency overview
Formed1967
Preceding agencies
Annual budget£119,539,273
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionGwent, Wales
Gwent police area map.svg
Gwent Police area within Wales
Size1,554 km²
Population576,700 (2018)[1]
Governing bodyIndependent Police Complaints Commission
Independent Office for Police Conduct
Home Office
General nature
HeadquartersCroesyceiliog
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Map showing Croesyceiliog in Torfaen
Sworn members1,281 (2018)[2]
Including 138 Special Constables
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible
Agency executive
Divisions
Facilities
Stations22
Vehicles174[3]
Website
www.gwent.police.uk

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HistoryEdit

Gwent Police was formed in 1967 by the amalgamation of Monmouthshire Constabulary and Newport Borough Police. In 1974 its area was realigned to cover the new administrative county of Gwent. In 1996, the force's area was expanded to cover the former Rhymney Valley district area as a consequence of it becoming part of the Caerphilly county borough, in order to incorporate the entirety of the county borough in the police area.

In 2009 Gwent Police worked with film maker Peter Watkins-Hughes to create the short film Cow as part of a campaign to stop texting while driving.[4] The film earned honours in the Advertising Age's weekly Creativity Top 5 video.[5] and became an overnight worldwide internet hit after being shown on the USA The Today Show television show.[6]

At the start of 2010 the government announced cut-backs to all UK police forces. Currently Gwent Police has 1,204 officers and 649 civilian staff and 217 Police community support officers. A number of stations have closed, including those at Newbridge and Abertillery.

From April 2011 the Chief Constable was Carmel Napier. Jeff Farrar was confirmed as Chief Constable in November 2013 after carrying out the role in a temporary capacity from June 2013. Farrar retired in July 2017 and replaced by his deputy, now chief constable Julian Williams, with DCC Pam Kelly joining from Dyfed Powys Police

Gwent Police along with all other Welsh police forces were given specific funding from the Welsh Government for the purpose of employing Police community support officers to get greater communication to communities and sparsely located towns like Chepstow. Gwent Police currently employs 219 Police community support officers.

In 2016 Ian Johnston the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner stated that Gwent Police will be having a recruitment drive with the potential of taking on 100 new officers. Since then Gwent police has trained approximately 200 new officers with at least another 100 scheduled for 2018.

Jeffrey Cuthbert was elected as the new Gwent Police and crime commissioner in the England and Wales police and crime commissioner elections, 2016. Johnston did not run for re-election.

Chief constable Julian Williams retired on 1 July 2019 and Pam Kelly has been named as his successor.[7]

Social media went viral when the police agency published a routine bulletin of a wanted criminal, and later threatened users who mocked the drug dealer’s ‘receding hairline’, and that they could be prosecuted. The agency's post was later deleted.[8]

Collaborations and ResourcesEdit

Gwent Police, like many home office police forces have seen budget cuts since 2010, as a result, in an attempt to manage spending for specialist resourcing the force has worked with South Wales Police principally to share resources and expertise.

Examples of Collaborations and specialist resources held ‘inhouse’:

  • Joint Response Unit - call sign Papa Mike zero one (PM01) (with Welsh Ambulance Service) sees a Special Constable working alongside a Paramedic or Technician. This specialist resource is funded by the Welsh Ambulance Service and solely staffed by Gwent Police Special Constabulary - it’s duty times are flexible but mainly reserved for peak demand shifts for both ambulance and police such as weekends or bank holidays. Typical instances where they may attend are RTC’s, mental health calls where self-harm injuries are reported by attending officers, or large scale public disorder or night time economy type calls.
  • Joint Firearms Unit (with Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police) - the JFU allocates dedicated Gwent resources crewed by both Gwent and South Wales Police AFO’s (Authorised Firearms Officers) to patrol and respond to firearms incidents within Gwent Police force area. This shared resourcing works in turn to support South Wales Police with spontaneous and pre-planned firearms incidents within their area.
  • Tarian (with Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police) this department is principally run from South Wales Police Headquarters in Bridgend, but supported and staffed by officers from Gwent Police.
  • Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (with Dyfed-Powys Police, North Wales Police and South Wales Police)
  • Joint Scientific Investigation Unit (with South Wales Police) processes all forensic submissions on behalf and in conjunction with seconded Gwent Police staff.
  • Air Support is provided to Gwent Police by National Police Air Service, mainly utilising NPAS47 a Eurocopter EC-135 Police Helicopter based at MOD St Athan - however covering air support is provided by NPAS43 at Bristol Filton Airport in the event NPAS47 is out of service or unavailable.
  • Police Dogs - based in both the West and East of the force, covering the entire force area, dog units are available to respond 24-hours a day.
  • Missing Children's Unit (with several local councils)
  • Youth Offending Service (with several local councils, healthcare bodies, CAHMS, and Probation Service).
  • Joint Legal Services (with South Wales Police)
  • Joint Printing Unit (with South Wales Police)
  • Record Management (Niche Systems) (with South Wales Police) - a joint collaborative version of NICHE RMS is utilised by both South Wales and Gwent Officers and staff.

Policing divisionsEdit

Gwent Police have two policing areas which are:

These divisions are run independently, controlled by superintendent ranks, with more senior officers having full overview of the whole force. The force has its headquarters at Croesyceiliog in Cwmbran.

Both divisions have independent specialist departments such as their area support units (ASU) which combine traffic officers and support group officers, and CID and public protection teams. However they still share some departments such as dog section, force planning and learning and development.

Police Stations

Currently, a number of front offices and stations have been closed, fully or partially as a result of changes to access to services after a review of the function and role of front desks in police stations.

Cwmbran Police Station for example is now the only front desk service available to the public in Torfaen, between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday - resulting in the nearby Pontypool Police Station being utilised purely as a response ‘hub’. Meaning members of the public can no longer report an incident directly at the front desk. Pontypool Police Station is still home to response officers, neighbourhood police teams and cells which are currently no longer ‘designated’ and have since been repurposed.

Newport Central Police station is the only 24-hour front desk available in the entire force, with a custody suite based at the station.

Gwent Police have recently re-opened the PFI Ystrad Mynach Police Station which houses a large, modern custody suite utilised by the West LPA of the force. This has increased the ‘actual’ cell capacity of Gwent Police by over 48%.

Chief ConstablesEdit

  • 1967–1981 : William Farley [9]
  • 1981–1997 : John Over[10]
  • 1997–1999 : Francis J. Wilkinson
  • 1999–? : Keith Turner
  • 2004–2008 : Michael Tonge
  • 2008–2010 : Mick Giannasi [11]
  • 2011–2013 : Carmel Napier
  • 2013–2017 : Jeff Farrar [12]
  • 2017–June 2019 : Julian Williams [13]
  • June 2019–onwards : Pam Kelly [14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.gwent.police.uk/en/about-us/your-right-to-information/force-performance/
  2. ^ "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2018". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/467758/response/1131922/attach/html/4/FOI%202018%2020677.XLS.xls.html
  4. ^ "Cow - the film that will stop you texting and driving". Archived from the original (web) on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Creativity Top 5: 24 August 2009" (web). Retrieved 25 August 2008.
  6. ^ WalesOnline (25 August 2009). "Graphic film about dangers of texting is internet hit".
  7. ^ "Pam Kelly named Gwent Police chief constable". 12 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Gwent police warn people who mock wanted drug dealer's receding hairline". The Guardian. 12 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Ex-police chief dies in blaze". BBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  10. ^ Kirby, Terry (26 August 1993). "Police 'in peril' from Sheehy report". The Independent. London. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Gwent Police chief constable Mick Giannasi to retire". BBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Gwent Police Chief Constable Jeff Farrar to retire". BBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Chief Constable Julian Williams". Gwent Police. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  14. ^ "New chief constable announced by PCC". Gwent Police. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

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