Inspector Damian Sowrey
Hello and welcome to my first blog as the new police Inspector for Monmouthshire. It is a great privilege for me to be asked to serve our communities in this role, and I am really looking forward to getting out and about so I can meet people and really get to know the issues that are affecting you.
I would like to thank my predecessor Neil Jones for his commitment and dedication to our communities, and I am pleased to say that Neil will be staying to lead one of our teams. His wealth of experience and his impressive local knowledge make him a great asset, and I am very pleased to be working with him. I would also like to thank all of the staff who work across Monmouthshire for their continued efforts to keep you safe and make sure the county remains a wonderful place to live, work and visit. They are a great team and I am very lucky to be working with them.
So here is a little bit about me. I have been a police officer for almost 21 years, and I transferred to Gwent Police from West Mercia Police last year. I worked predominantly in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and have performed a variety of uniformed roles including public order and firearms command amongst others. I have lived in Monmouthshire for many years, so when the opportunity came up to move across the border and serve my local area I jumped at it, and I haven’t looked back.
As a long term Monmouthshire resident, I am passionate about the county and I want to do my very best to help to protect our communities from harm. We will do this by working with our partner agencies to identify those who are most vulnerable, by targeting those offenders who cause misery and harm to the rest of us and by making sure that we deal effectively with anti-social behaviour.
We will be focussing upon domestic abuse, ensuring that we do all we can to bring to justice those who perpetrate such violent and despicable crimes, as well as focussing on offenders who target the elderly and vulnerable. There is no place in the county for people who cause deliberate harm to others and we want to work with you to identify and prosecute those who put others at risk.
I also recognise the damaging effect that crime can have on individuals and the community as a whole. As such we will be looking again at how we can provide the best possible service to our victims. We are very fortunate that Monmouthshire enjoys a relatively low crime rate when compared to other areas, but each crime is one too many. We do not want anybody to become a victim of crime, but if you are unfortunate enough for this to happen then we want to make sure that you get the best service we can offer. We will listen to you, make appropriate enquiries to deal with the matter, agree with you the best methods for contact and we will keep you updated throughout the investigation. We also welcome your feedback so that we can continue to improve our service.
I will be meeting with partners and local councillors over the next few weeks, and you may see me out and about in your area. Please feel free to stop me and say hello if you do!