Inspector Neil Jones
Firstly, I hope you do not consider it too late for me to wish you a Happy New Year. The new year is an appropriate time to review our work and practices and I am lucky to have officers eager to come forward with suggestions on improving our effectiveness and efficiency.
I have placed greater emphasis on gathering and using community intelligence since my arrival. You are our eyes and ears and you can either contact us directly via e mail, telephone or via Crimestoppers. There is nothing more rewarding for officers than making an arrest following information provided by concerned members of the public. We have executed two drugs warrants in the Bulwark area arresting a 35 year old man and 29 year old woman on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. In the last month we have also arrested and charged four people for driving whilst over the prescribed limit, acting on intelligence received since my last blog.
Continuing the theme of community involvement I was happy to be involved in a public meeting with residents of Magor and Undy before Christmas. The meeting was hosted by County Councillors Frances Taylor and Lisa Dymock and involved members of the Neighbourhood Team, Monmouthshire Council and Chief Inspector Mike Richards. The meeting enabled residents to express their concerns and allowed officers to provide reassurance and reports of their work and that of partners in the area. It was reassuring to see so many people passionate about their community and willing to volunteer to improve their circumstances.
Tackling our repeat and priority offenders remains a constant focus, a 44 year old female shoplifter from Caldicot was sentenced to 28 weeks imprisonment this week: thanks to the persistence of local officers. We also work closely with the National Offender Management Service and initiated the recall to prison of a 33 year old male from Caldicot as his behaviour deteriorated. A 25 year old male from Caerleon was arrested on suspicion of attempt burglary at the Magor Co-op Store in December, he admitted this offence and two other commercial burglaries in Usk and Blackwood, he was sentenced to twelve weeks imprisonment. Trust me, prison is the last option, these individuals will have failed to comply with licence or bail conditions imposed to protect the public and control their offending.
We welcomed a new Community Support Officer the Chepstow in December, CSO 294 Bethan Winstone arrives full of enthusiasm and will soon make her mark on her ward. Police Officer recruitment also continues in Gwent https://www.gwent.police.uk/en/join-us/vacancies/ could you make a difference in your community?
The Neighbourhood Team are meeting next month to plan their responses to the Your Voice survey and key events for 2018, expect to see them making a difference in coming months.