Inspector Andy O'Keefe

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Andy O'Keefe, who covers the Bargoed, Rhymney and Ystrad Mynach areas

This is my first Blog after taking over as the Inspector for Caerphilly North incorporating all wards from Rhymney through Bargoed and down to Ystrad Mynach.

To introduce myself I have been a Police Officer for the last 22 years and have served in South Wales Police, the Metropolitan Police and Gwent. I have a strong background in Partnership and Neighbourhood Policing and it is my goal to build on these experiences in this role.

Although I have only just arrived in Bargoed it is not all new to me. I have worked part of the area previously; approximately 12 years ago I was the Neighbourhood Sergeant for Rhymney and New Tredegar and spent 4 ½ years covering the area.

I am pleased to be returning and I seek to build on the good work of my predecessors.

And so down to business, I have been discussing with my team the issues that were identified by local residents as Your Voice priorities during recent surveys, details of which were included in last month’s blog. I will seek to keep you updated in the coming months on their progress.

I have attended a few meetings with your local Councillors and I look forward to building strong working relationships with each and every one of them. I strongly believe that in this time of pressures placed on the budgets of the Police and also our Partners, there are opportunities to work together to pool resources and develop effective plans to tackle the issues within the community.

A matter that has already been highlighted by a number of councillors and residents is that of parking in our towns; as a result of this I have already had a site meeting in Bargoed town with our Partners within the Local Authority and the Town Centre Manager.

Walking through it was clear that some motorists didn’t feel that restricted waiting, double yellow lines and even pavements applied to them. With empty parking bays within feet of them, some motorist still attempted to park in loading bays. Tickets were issued but I would rather work with visitors and traders to all of our towns and ask that consideration is given to others and that we all park sensibly; or risk receiving a fine.

Thank-you for taking the time to read this month’s blog and I will be back next month.