Inspector Steve Drayton

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Steve Drayton, who covers the Blackwood and Risca areas

Welcome to my first blog as the Caerphilly Central Inspector. My first week is nearly over and it is really good to be back where I started policing 17 years ago and also see some (older!) faces I haven’t seen for a while.

I’ve been meeting with my team in Blackwood and Risca this week and I’m really impressed with the good work that is going on.

One of my first jobs was to present PC Claire John and PC Shaun Jenkins with certificates of recognition for some great work in finding a high risk elderly missing person suffering with dementia – well done both and a reminder that policing is not just about crime, but looking after some of our most vulnerable people.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team continues to work to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime within our wards and address Your Voice priorities. There have been reductions in both areas and this is due to your help in passing on information so that we are in the right places at the right times. The team hold meetings regularly with your local councillors and community leaders who discuss your issues and concerns.

The anti-social use of vehicles remains a priority and we continue to receive complaints of the use of off-road bikes. Through July and August we have been running an operation to target this and a number of bikes have seized and warnings given to riders. Illegal off-roading is a real nuisance to communities, not only for the damage caused countryside but the risk to others using the area.

We have had seven new student officers join the team over the last few months and it’s great to have the extra staff, they have spent several months in training school and are now in their first few weeks out and about.

With extra staff it has given the team a chance to be more proactive and Sergeant Andy Boucher ran a successful operation in August that saw eleven people arrested for failing to turn up at court.

PC Lang, together with the Fire Service and other partners are busy organising a community day in Cwmcarn for September – more details of this to come soon.

We say good-bye to two members of staff this month. PC Jeanette Pearce who is retiring and Community Support Officer Jess Gilbert who is starting her career as a police officer. Thank you both and good luck!

It’s not only my team that Police the area, but also the Area Support Unit. Their twitter account is well worth a follow to see the good work they do in our communities. Give them a follow on @gpasuwest.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to meeting you all soon…

For daily updates, follow my teams on Twitter @gpblackwood and @gpriscateam

You can also email me any policing issues in your community [email protected]

Inspector Steve Drayton