Inspector Sarah Davies
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Sarah Davies, who covers the Alway and Maindee area
I would like to start my blog by wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2018.
We have started the new year in a good position, year on year we have shown a reduction of 26.7% for calls of anti-social behaviour and a reduction of 17.6% for crime calls. These results show the hard work by your officers and the cooperation from the local community to help prevent and detect crimes.
I recently met with your station Fire Commander Nick Jones and Claire Amor, your Fire Crime Reduction Officer to discuss dates for the next twelve months to conduct Operation Ash within every ward in Newport East. Operation Ash is a multi-agency operation where we concentrate on clearing the areas with litter picks and educate communities on the dangers of litter, damage and deliberate fire setting. We use "fit litter picks" within the action day, where we all wear pedometers and measure our steps whilst clearing the open spaces. This is a healthy and light hearted competitive way to get moving and keep ourselves fit. The operation is bespoke to each ward and engagement opportunities are provided to link in with emergency services, social landlords, local councillors and Newport County Council representatives.
Those who know me, will know I have a competitive streak so to date I am leading with the steps, I welcome anyone to join in and help. The dates and times will be advertised prior to us attending your wards. Please keep a look out on our Twitter pages.
Your team has continued to take action with the information we receive, last month they executed numerous warrants and located controlled drugs. People have been arrested and enquiries are on-going to provide evidence to the courts for possession and drug supply offences.
I had a meeting this week with Val Davies from the local authorities education department to coordinate a joint approach to truancy within Newport East and across Newport as a whole. Joint truancy operations will be planned throughout the year with your policing teams and the Education Welfare Officers to ensure that attendance is upheld, not only is this an issue for educational development but absence has been linked to rises in criminal damage and deliberate fires around our wards. Please ensure your children are in school.
There have been more off road bike seizures this month with the assistance of Area Support Officers, these pose a danger to other road users and pedestrians and with your continued support we will tackle this issue throughout the next few months.
I've had a busy few weeks helping the force with interviews for Special Constables, Transferees and new recruits. The force is currently recruiting for the role of Police Constable, if you're interested please go to our vacancy page on our website to find out more and apply.