Inspector Jitka Tomkova-Griffiths

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Jitka Tomkova-Griffiths, who covers the Pill and Bettws area

As we enter into the new decade, I am starting my 10th month as the geographical Inspector for Newport West, managing both the patrol teams and the neighbourhood team covering ten wards. I have found the role both exciting and challenging so far and look forward to what the next year, and the decade, has in store for us.

The neighbourhood policing team has welcomed a number of new community support officers, which has allowed the team to provide an increased visibility in your communities and tackle the issues that concern you the most. The team has also welcomed a new neighbourhood sergeant, Phil Welti, who is looking forward to making a difference in the community. Sergeant Giles has moved to a different role, however will continue to work closely with the neighbourhood team.

I would like to briefly summarise some of the great work that has been done across Newport West, particularly around the previous ‘Your Voice’ priorities, set last year, where issues of drug misuse, drug dealing and off road bikes were highlighted.

Drug misuse and drug dealing around Francis Drive, Maesglas and Bettws

My community support officers continue to hold regular police surgeries to engage with members of the public, share information and provideupdates on policing activities in the area. The local teams conduct regular visible patrols on foot and in vehicles, with extra patrols being conducted by additional teams of officers during peak times.

We continue to execute regular warrants under the misuse of drugs act and are currently investigating a number of individuals for drug related offences. The success of these operations is often as a result of the information provided to us by local residents who witness this activity. We will continue to work together to take action against those involved in such criminality.

The Pill Action Group is going from strength to strength with regular action days taking place to tackle crime and improve our communities. A multi-agency action day has also taken place in Maesglas to tackle local issues where we’re hoping to set up a similar group.

Anti-social behaviour and anti-social use of off road bikes in Bettws

The neighbourhood policing team has held numerous meetings in the area to discuss ways partners can work together to target and deal with anti-social behaviour. We have conducted targeted police operations which resulted in seizure of bikes which were being used in an anti-social manner. This problem is not limited to Bettws, Operation Harley was run recently to address similar issues Newport-wide, efforts will now continue in this area.

Officers are working closely with local schools to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour and anti-social referrals have been made in relation to those causing problems.

My community support officers are continuing to support our Heddlu Bach, mini police. It’s pleasing to see the scheme grow with more and more schools taking part as people want to get involved in making a difference in their community.

‘Your Voice’ voting is now open - this is your opportunity to tell us what you would like us to focus on over the next 6 months. You can follow this link to the survey to share your views

Finally, I would like to thank everyone from the area, including members of the public, local businesses, partnership representatives and elected members for their continued support and I look forward to another year of working together to make a difference in our communities.

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

Inspector Jitka Tomkova-Griffiths