Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Andy O'Keefe who covers the Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar area
I have recently taken over as the Geographical Inspector for Blaenau Gwent and I am pleased to be given this opportunity to return to the area that I have worked in a number of times throughout the years.
Just as a matter of introduction I would like to go back a few years, I have been a Police Officer for 25 years having served in the Metropolitan Police and then in December 1999 I transferred into Gwent Police as a PC arriving at Ebbw Vale Police Station. Since that time I have served in a number of areas across Gwent but when it comes to Blaenau Gwent I have served as a PC, Sergeant and Inspector.
For the last 2 ½ years I have been the Geographical Inspector for Caerphilly North covering the area from Rhymney all the way down through to Ystrad Mynach, I really enjoyed my time there and had the honour of working with dedicated Police Officers and Staff as well as Partners in CCBC, 3rd Sector and residents. I can’t thank them all enough for their support over those years. I have been replaced by Inspector Paul Biggs who I am sure will receive the same support that I did and will take the area to new levels in supporting the community.
My background is in Community Safety and Partnership working and so I am a strong believer in the value of collaborative working, the Police alone cannot address all of the issues that affect residents but together with the Local Authority, other statutory Partners, your elected representatives, Voluntary Sector and residents we can make a positive impact.
I look forward to working in Blaenau Gwent again and will attempt to keep you updated on the good work that is being done by your local Policing Team over the coming months.
With Halloween and Bonfire Night approaching traditionally we encounter an increase in Anti-Social Behaviour calls and reports of bonfires; I do not want to spoil anyone’s fun but I would ask residents to consider those more vulnerable in their communities and to speak to our young people to encourage them to be respectful of others and if a house displays a poster saying that they don’t want callers that they move on to the next.
My first Official engagement after arriving in post was to have the pleasure of attending the Premiere Screening of the Brynmawr & Coedcae Interact Club Summer Film Project; it was an excellent film put together by your local young people highlighting the issues of Mental Health and its impact on the young. Mr Cuthbert the PCC was in attendance as the project had benefited from funding provided by the OPCC. I was so impressed by the work of the young people but disappointed that the PCC didn’t buy the popcorn!
At the beginning of my Blog I said that I am a strong believer in the value of collaborative working, as I said the Police alone cannot address all of the issues that affect residents but together we can take positive steps to tackle crime in the Community; below is an example of what can be achieved by local intelligence. As residents you have a key role to play in tackling drugs in our community by passing on information. You can do this in many ways, 101, On-Line to Gwent Police, Crime Stoppers or just by stopping one of my Officers and speaking to them.
Great result by the team and a quantity of drugs stopped from getting onto the streets.
Well I will sign off for this month but will update you again on the build up to the festive season.