Security Minister launches Serious and Organised Crime Strategy in Wales

Today, Gwent Police Chief Constable Julian Williams alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert joined The UK Minister for National Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace as he launched the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy in Wales.

The strategy, which protects communities from the threat of serious and organised crime was today launched at The Celtic Manor by the UK government, building upon successful collaboration between law enforcement, charities and the Welsh and UK governments.

During the event, key speakers highlighted the threat of serious and organised crime (SOC) and demonstrate how trailblazing early intervention work in Wales is diverting young people away from being drawn into it.

According to the National Crime Agency, there are around 4,600 serious and organised crime groups in the UK. These criminals use violence and intimidation in communities to operate and prey on the most vulnerable in society, from victims of modern slavery and human trafficking to young people suffering sexual exploitation and abuse.

A key part of the Strategy is a pilot programme to introduce Community Coordinators, including in Newport, Gwent. The coordinators, who are funded by the Home Office, will work with communities to build their resilience to this type of crime through early intervention work with young people and support for schools, parents and guardians.

For an full update on the day, pop over to our Twitter page @gwentpolice for all the updates