Inspector Nigel Lewis
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Nigel Lewis who covers the central Newport area
Hello and welcome to my April blog, letting you know what we have been doing in the City Centre in recent weeks.
Our priorities remain tackling anti-social behaviour, begging and issues that emerge from the night time economy.
Since my last blog, my officers and Community Support Officers (CSOs) have been working hard to meet the priorities set.
The latter part of March saw my officers execute a number of search warrants for both Misuse of Drugs and Modern Day Slavery offences. A number of persons were arrested and remain under investigation.
Meanwhile, my Neighbourhood Policing Team currently has two CSOs dedicated to delivering the POLISOL course across Newport. This course provides young people with information on crime prevention, anti-social behaviour, hate crime, mate crime, healthy relationships, domestic violence, knife/gun crime, cyber crime, and stop and search powers.
The aim is to educate young people, allowing them to make informed decisions and prevent them from becoming involved in serious organised crime.
Approximately 100 students aged between 16 and 18 have engaged and completed the course at locations including Bettws Civil Service Club, Llanwern High School and Alway Community Centre.
During April, the CSOs will also deliver the training to Newport City Homes and The Welsh Refugee Council. Additionally, they also have meetings set up with the Pill Youth Project (Slovakian youth group), Maindee Youth Project and Duffryn Aspire Project. They are awaiting start dates to begin implementing the courses with these groups.
They are also working with Rodney Parade and partners to plan for the Youth Open Day on 6th June 2019. The event will not only give young people the chance to meet emergency service workers and observe live displays, but will also include inputs on further education, training and career opportunities.
We hope this will help us break down the barriers between the young people and police.
Elsewhere, my Harm Prevention Officers have obtained funding so that acid attack kits, knife attack first kits and search wands can be purchased. The wands - a hand-held security device for detecting metal objects – have already been issued to licensed premises in Newport City Centre to assist door staff with safe searches on entry. The acid and knife attack kits will also be placed in late night venues across the East of our Force area, once licensees and door staff have received training – expected by June at the latest.
Finally, please be aware that there has been an increase in theft from unattended vehicles over the past few weeks. Some suspects have been arrested and are under investigation, however please be vigilant with your property and secure any valuables away when leaving your car.