Inspector Jim Neesam

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Jim Neesam, who covers the Blackwood and Risca areas

I have been grateful for the warm welcome I have received from colleagues, partners and members of the public since arriving on 1st June 2017 as the new Caerphilly Central  Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector.

I have previously worked at Blackwood station as a response team sergeant and therefore have local knowledge and understanding of demand and areas of concern from the public which will without doubt assist me in the role.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with colleagues, partners and the public to keep the communities of the Caerphilly Central Sector safe and reassured.

The recent tragic events in London at Grenfell Towers is a reminder to me of the exceptional work of the emergency services, particularly at times of crisis. I am sure all our thoughts are with those individuals and communities as they rebuild from this terrible tragedy.  

Your local officers are exposed to risk every day they put on their uniform. Recently on 22nd June 2017 two of my officers had occasion to respond to what appeared to be a call for help from a person suffering a potential mental health episode. We receive a number of calls on a daily basis of this nature and from individuals suffering  a personal crisis. On this occasion officers arrived at a residential address and were confronted by a male with a high powered cross bow which was aimed at officers as they entered the property. The officers  reacted swiftly and  professionally, withdrawing and securing the area ensuring members of the public were not exposed to risk. Specialist firearms officers then attended and  brought  the incident to a safe conclusion. The individual has been arrested, charged with public order offences and will appear in Crown Court in July.  I am really proud of the way we respond to these incidents and the selflessness of officers who often move towards danger to ensure the safety of the public.  Thankfully all officers were able to return home to their families at the end of a long and demanding shift, but this is a reminder to all of us that officers face very real danger protecting and serving the public.

The Your Voice survey results have been completed and below are the priorities the community identified. An action plan has been set up for each priority which neighbourhood teams will regularly update with their acitivities to address the issues you have raised.

  • Blackwood – Anti social behaviour in Cliff Road
  • Pontllanfraith – Anti social behaviour at MUGA, Penllwyn
  • Cefn FForest  – Anti social behaviour in Dylan Drive
  • Markham – Anti social behaviour, speeding, Penylan Road , Argoed
  • Oakdale – Anti social behaviour , parking in Oakdale Terrace
  • Risca East – Anti social behaviour , parking in Channel View
  • Risca West – Crime , shoplifting in Risca Town Centre
  • Newbridge – Anti social behaviour at Newbridge Gateway   
  • Crumlin - Crime - Diesel thefts at Croespenmaen Industrial Estate
  • Crosskeys – Anti social behaviour at Waunfawr Park
  • Ynysddu – Anti social behaviour, parking in Islwyn Road, Watsville