From Monday 7th January 2019, Gwent Police will be making full use of the Ystrad Mynach Custody Suite.
Ystrad Mynach Custody Suite, which has previously been used as a contingency suite, will be open for officers to use alongside Newport Central Custody Suite, depending on the location of the arrest.
Through the use of Ystrad Mynach Custody Suite, officers and detainees will benefit from shorter travel times from the Caerphilly and Bleanau Gwent areas, which will result in shorter waiting times once in custody.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, is responsible for the police estate in Gwent which includes all of the police stations, land and assets in the force area. He said, “The re-opening of Ystrad Mynach will see officers (particularly those in the most northern parts of our area), back on the streets far quicker, enabling them to return to their primary function of protecting and reassuring the public of Gwent.
“This move will not only address the increase in demand across Gwent, but also ensure that Gwent Police is delivering the most effective and efficient service it can.”
Welcoming the move, the Deputy Chief Constable Pam Kelly, said “The reopening of Ystrad Mynach Custody suite is a welcome change for those living and working in the west of our force area. Officers and detainees have often been facing long journeys out of their way to Newport Central Station, so the reopening of this suite will allow officers to cut travel times and return to their area in a shorter time.”