Inspector Jason White
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Jason White, who covers the Cwmbran and Pontypool area.
Welcome to the latest edition of my blog which covers November.
The month was memorable for several reasons; none more so than the retirement of my Deputy Ian Green. Ian has given 30 years of unbridled dedication to the role and is extremely well respected by his colleagues and the community alike. This was clearly demonstrated by the number of people who attended his final day. I wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.
Sergeant Lee Rees will be taking the reigns and is more than a safe pair of hands with a wealth of supervisory experience in Neighbourhood, Custody and the Force Control Room. I wish him the very best in his new role.
I represented Gwent Police at the Blaenavon Remembrance Day parade and was overwhelmed at the large number of people who attended to pay their respects, no matter how challenging the weather conditions. My thanks to the Royal British Legion for organising the parade and other events around the county.
Overall crime has marginally increased during the month; however shoplifting in Cwmbran town centre has seen a 25% reduction for the second consecutive month.This reduction is thanks to Operation Arcade, an agency led initiative aimed at preventing and reducing shoplifting crime which is higher at this time of year.
I am concerned about the growing number of burglaries that are taking place at industrial units, where vehicles are reversing into shutter doors and stealing metal from inside the premises. This is being replicated in other areas of the force, so dedicated patrols have been stepped up.
There has been some excellent police activity during the period. PCs Matt Brustard and David Brice showed exceptional bravery in rescuing 26 year old Jamie Dyas from a river. In gratitude, the male decided to assault both officers. He was arrested for those offences, as well as robbery, damage and another assault and received 20 weeks imprisonment.
In responding to the concerns of the community in and around Fairwater shops, a small team of officers conducted a two day operation concentrating on drug supply in the area. Five people were dealt with for drug possession and two others were arrested for drug supply.
On Thursday 23rd November I chaired the inaugural Torfaen Organised Crime Partnership forum which aims to identify and tackle organised crime. The monthly meetings are designed to improve information sharing and how partner agencies work together as well as discuss emerging intelligence and decide on appropriate actions. The first forum was well attended by numerous agencies including Probation, Trading Standards, Community Safety, Revenue and Benefits and Registered Social Landlords.
Last week I delivered a presentation to Commanders in the fire service explaining how police identify, plan and manage risk in the community. It was an excellent opportunity to share best practice.
Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. Thank you once again for all your support throughout the year – wishing you all the very best for 2018.