Inspector Steve Drayton
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Steve Drayton, who covers the Blackwood and Risca areas
It has been a busy few weeks to start the new year in Caerphilly Central with some excellent work being conducted by the officers and staff. It has been a pleasure reading some of the emails sent to me by members of the public and police colleagues in relation to the team that highlights their good work. This is an extract from one of those emails:
‘I would like to say well done to two of your young officers from Blackwood station last night. They were on the night shift and was called to an elderly gentleman with obvious mental health issues. I think the officers were called Luke and Naomi and they showed so much concern about the man’s health and well-being it was very touching. Firstly, I met them at Ystrad hospital around 3am as was there with my daughter, we were transferred to the Gwent and within 1/2 hour here comes the two young officers and the elderly gent. They stayed with him until 7.30 am when they were relieved by another two young officers (possibly Emily and James) . All 4 treated the man with dignity and respect and tried to keep him amused, engaged and deflected any chance of anxiety.’
You may have seen on social media the anti-social behaviour problems we have had in the area over the last month, particularly around Blackwood Bus Station, Risca and Crosskeys. The team will continue the patrols and I have also issued a Dispersal Order to help with this, if it is needed. However, It is clear that the majority of them are not committing any offences and we will work with them to look at opportunities to engage them in sport and activities. The new skate park in Risca will go some way in helping this issue.
The team also like to visit clubs and youth centres to get to know the community, so if you would like a visit from theM, please get in touch with Blackwood Team.
A new part of our team, the mini police, have also been really busy. Teams from Ty Isfa, Waunfawr and Blackwood primary school have been out tacking issues, such as speeding, parking and littering, which is a really big help to us and our communities. They too are always looking to engage with the public and the team from Waunfawr recently proudly provided the guard of honour for Crosskeys RFC.
Continuing in the New Year, we will be looking at Organised Crime Groups in our area to look at disruption tactics to prevent their criminality. You may have seen the launch of this work at the end of last year, under Operation Jigsaw. https://www.gwent.police.uk/en/newsroom/story/news/new-serious-organised-crime-campaign-launches-in-gwent-operation-jigsaw/
Any crime type can be the work of an organised crime group but typically we see activity with the more serious crimes including: Drug trafficking, human trafficking and modern day slavery, high value fraud, cyber-crime and child sexual exploitation. To that end we have been responding to information from the public and done a number of early morning warrants at addresses recovering drugs. If you don’t want to report incidents direct to us, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
The weekends are particularly busy this time of year with the Six Nations, but plans are in place to provide extra officers around the matches. We are well supported though by volunteers from the Street Pastors and Special Constabulary, who you will also see out and about in the towns.
We are currently recruiting Community Support Officers, so if this is something you are interested in you can apply here:
In the meantime, if you wish to join us on patrol you can apply at: