Inspector Phil O'Connell
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Phil O'Connell, who covers the Cwmbran and Pontypool area.
Hello everyone, I'm your new Inspector covering Torfaen and since I started, it has been a busy period!
I highlighted in my initial blog that ensuring vulnerable victims are well supported and updated through investigations is key for me. I have already seen a marked improvement on this and thank the great team that is around me for making this happen. It is only right that the public have come to expect a quality service from us and although I understand there are improvements to be made, as a whole we are in a very good place.
We have seen a number of burglaries in the Greenmeadow and Fairwater areas of Cwmbran and also in the Pontnewynydd and Abersychan areas of Pontypool. I understand that residents are concerned about this. We have made a number of significant arrests and have added extra resources during the key times that these burglaries are happening. Over the past few days we have seen a reduction in the number of crimes being reported in these areas but we aren’t resting on our laurels. These proactive patrols are still on-going and we urge residents to report anything suspicious to us.
A special thanks to the Neighbourhood Team for their night time patrols. Officers patrolled in the small hours; checking insecure vehicles and properties, highlighting to the owners the risk their property is under if not properly locked and checked. Please remember, prevention is better than detection so make sure at night you are locking your doors to sheds and outhouses, as well as your homes, to make Torfaen a difficult place for thieves to operate.
I had the honour of presenting a certificate at the Cadets passing out ceremony last week. A special well done to Daniel Watkins, winner of the Torfaen Neighbourhood Award. Daniel has completed over 150 You Voice surveys and has taken part in operations targeting shops selling alcohol to underage children. It was great to see the difference the cadets scheme makes to young people’s lives and I thank all of the volunteers who give up their spare time to make it possible.
Last week, officers from Pontypool attended the tragic incident where a man lost his life after his vehicle crashed. The professionalism of the officers involved, despite the horrific circumstances, is testament to the quality of staff that are policing your area. My thoughts go out to the friends and family of all those who knew him.
I am excited to welcome two new Police Sergeants to the Torfaen area. PS Richards and PS Warden will this week begin their time in Torfaen, so as well as my own, there will be a few new faces to the area.
We have a number of events coming up as the good weather finally starts to make an appearance. Although they are still a few months away, we are already making sure we have adequate resources to ensure the events can be safely enjoyed by all those who wish to attend.