Over the past few months we’ve again welcomed three new probationary constables and I’m pleased to say they have now completed their ten weeks in tutoring and are out on independent patrol. In addition, this month we will be seeing two police constables starting in Newport West who have transferred in from another force. They’ve currently been on a two week training course and have now started their new shift out on patch.
We have again entered another busy period where we’ve been running a number of action days and enforcement activities. On the 25th October 2017, we ran another multi-agency operation with a cross section of partner agencies. This involved a briefing session with all those involved at the Pill Millennium Centre. The day consisted of enforcement, education and awareness alongside the Pill Public Space Protection Order (http://bit.ly/2BNJnQc). Community group, Pride in Pill led on a clean-up operation and we visited licensed premises and commercial premises involved in the sale of fire-works.
We then ran an enforcement operation with our colleagues from the Area Support Unit (ASU). This operation focused on offenders who use bikes and mopeds for the supply of illegal drugs or those who ride anti-socially. You will have seen from our local Pill Twitter account that over the past six weeks we have recovered as significant number of bikes within our communities in the West and across Newport. These bikes have been causing huge issues locally but I’m pleased to say they have now been removed from offenders. More here: https://www.gwent.police.uk/en/newsroom/story/news/operation-targets-illegal-bikers-in-newport/
An understandable concern that has been raised by our residents is the illegal parking of vehicles. Our Community Support Officers have been working hard on this priority and I can report that over the past month over one hundred fixed penalty tickets have been issued.
In January 2017 our partners conducted a ‘Confidence Survey’ in Pill, the result of the survey highlighted some real concerns from the community in relation to Anti-Social Behaviour, crime related matters. This survey has been repeated in the past month and the results will be published in the next 2 weeks. Keep any eye out for these – I’m sure they’ll be improvement.
We are planning a really exciting day of action on the 13th December, which will commence from Pill Millennium Centre at 10:00am. The main focus for the morning will be our Mini Police Officers (http://bit.ly/2ksOMbn) who together with our officers and partners will help to distribute crime prevention leaflets and engage with our communities to again establish their concerns and issues. This will be a fun day but again with an important message.