Celebrating the role of neighbourhood policing in Gwent
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17 January marks the beginning of the very first neighbourhood policing week, a national week of action highlighting the pivotal role neighbourhood officers play in keeping communities safe.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) neighbourhood policing week of action gives us the opportunity to shine a light on the work our neighbourhood policing teams do to protect and reassure our Gwent communities.
Made up of chief inspectors, inspectors, sergeants, police constables (PCs), community support officers (CSOs), police volunteers, specialist teams and more, our neighbourhood teams work together to tackle the crimes most affecting Gwent residents.
Our neighbourhood approach is underpinned by three main aims:
1. Coming up with new ways of tackling crime. (Problem solving.)
2. Preventing crime from happening in the first place. (Early intervention.)
3. Building strong links with our communities. (Engagement.)
Our local teams work with partner organisations and communities to talk openly about concerns and put measures in place to prevent and reduce crime, tackle anti-social behaviour and make people feel safer.
Tackling crime is about more than bringing people to justice. It’s about using new techniques and information gathering to prevent crime from happening in the first place.
Whether it be our problem solving hub delivering campaigns to help you keep your keyless cars safe from crime, our We Don’t Buy Crime team preventing burglary by working with local businesses, or our inspectors working with local councils to tackle anti-social behaviour, our neighbourhood policing teams are dedicated to preventing and reducing crime in your area.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Roberts said:
“Our neighbourhood teams play an integral role in ensuring the safety of our communities; I'm extremely proud of the difference officers have made in Gwent.
“This week, we’re showcasing some of the work we do to prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour and the steps that we take to protect the most vulnerable.
“A big part of neighbourhood policing is getting out in the community and talking with local residents, businesses and partners. By building better links we can create local policing priorities that make a real difference and make people feel safer.
“Our communities play a vital part in informing our response to local crime. By providing intelligence, whether that be when reporting non-emergency crimes via our website, over social media or by calling 101, or when visiting one of our police surgeries or simply stopping and talking to us in the street, you’re helping us shape our response and bring those who blight our communities to justice.
“By continuing to work together, we can ensure that Gwent continues to be one of the safest places to live and work.”
Keep an eye on our social media accounts (@gwentpolice) throughout the week as we showcase some of the work our neighbourhood teams.