Gwent Police

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
Crest of Gwent Police / Heddlu Gwent
MottoProtecting and Reassuring
Amddiffyn a Chysuro
Agency overview
Formed1967
Preceding agencies
Annual budget£119,539,273
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionGwent, Wales
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

Map showing Croesyceiliog in Torfaen
Sworn members1,281 (2018)[2]
Including 138 Special Constables
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible
Agency executive
Divisions
Facilities
Stations17
Vehicles174[3]
Website
www.gwent.police.uk

History

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.

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

in 2019, a mugshot of a wanted drug dealer that Gwent Police had posted to FaceBook received than 89,000 comments, many of which mocked his hairstyle. Gwent Police warned that abusive comments could be against the law.[8]

Collaborations and resources

Gwent Police, like many Home Office police forces, has seen budget cuts since 2010. In an attempt to manage spending for specialist resourcing the force has worked with South Wales Police to share resources and expertise.

Examples of collaborations and specialist resources held 'inhouse':

Policing divisions

Gwent Police have two policing areas:

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

Several front offices and stations have been partially or fully closed following a review of the function and role of front desks in police stations.

Newport Central police station is the only front desk service that is available 24 hours a day, a custody suite is based at the station.

The following police stations are operational as of 2019:[10]

Police and crime commissioners

Chief Constables

  • 1967–1981 : William Farley [11]
  • 1981–1997 : John Over[12]
  • 1997–1999 : Francis J. Wilkinson
  • 1999–? : Keith Turner
  • 2004–2008 : Michael Tonge
  • 2008–2010 : Mick Giannasi [13]
  • 2011–2013 : Carmel Napier
  • 2013–2017 : Jeff Farrar [14]
  • 2017–June 2019 : Julian Williams [15]
  • June 2019–onwards : Callum Cooke [16]

See also

References

  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. Quinn, Ben (12 August 2019). "Gwent police warn people who mock wanted drug dealer's receding hairline". The Guardian. London.
  9. "About". TARIAN ROC. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  10. "Find Your Local Police Station". Gwent Police. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  11. "Ex-police chief dies in blaze". BBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  12. Kirby, Terry (26 August 1993). "Police 'in peril' from Sheehy report". The Independent. London. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  13. "Gwent Police chief constable Mick Giannasi to retire". BBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  14. "Gwent Police Chief Constable Jeff Farrar to retire". BBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  15. "Chief Constable Julian Williams". Gwent Police. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  16. "New chief constable announced by PCC". Gwent Police. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
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