Good day to you all
As the new Inspector of Blaenau Gwent I would firstly like to introduce myself. I am a married working mum of two teenage boys and have been an officer in Gwent Police for 21 years. My career path has predominantly been in CID working in departments such as Public Protection, Intelligence and Special Branch. My previous role was Detective Inspector of Reactive CID covering the West of Gwent.
I have already witnessed the dedication and work ethic that my officers and staff possess and I am really looking forward to working for you and helping to ensure that we keep our communities safe here in Blaenau Gwent.
There has been a recent appointment of a second dedicated Neighbourhood Sergeant, PS Christopher Pigeon who will look after the wards of Tredegar and Ebbw Vale. PS Matthew Briggs remains the Neighbourhood Sergeant looking after Brynmawr and Abertillery. We have already discussed local issues affecting members of the public such as parking and speeding and those matters that place the most demand on my officers.
If you would like to get in touch with either Sergeant, please drop them an e-mail on:
Traffic Enforcement on King Street/ Beaufort Hill ‘Go Safe’ will be increased at this location from 1st September 2017 This will be reviewed after a six month period.
An operation is planned for the next three months in Blaenau Gwent to tackle the issue of off-road vehicles. I will keep you updated in my next blog, but you can also take a look at the twitter feeds of the teams to find out more.
Over the summer holidays we have seen an increase in youth related disorder, in particular Abertillery Park, where criminal damage and abusive language to members of the public has been reported. This behaviour will not be tolerated; we have increased patrols at this area and will be working with partners to tackle this matter.
Last weekend saw a number of vehicles and houses damaged by red paint in the Swffryd area. If you have any information in relation to this, please contact us.
There has been fantastic work from both uniformed officers and CID over the last month where a number of arrests have been made for burglary related offences in the Tredegar and Brynmawr wards, some individuals have now been remanded into custody. I can assure you that individuals who are criminally active and causing an impact in Blaenau Gwent will be robustly targeted and dealt with appropriately.
Also of note is the professionalism of officers dealing with sensitive and difficult issues around domestic abuse. A quote from a victim to one of my officers, “Thank you for all your help, you have changed mine and my kids life for the better, thanks for all your patience.”
There is some great community engagement work going on in Blaenau Gwent – I attended a Community House Party at Bryn Farm last week, together with the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner. The children were having fun, playing and having their faces painted –including me. Some fantastic work by the community officers.
I also attended the launch of the SMART mentoring event, a Youth Mentoring service aimed at supporting children and young people aged 8-18 years.
Finally, for residents in Ebbw Vale, we will be running an Operation over the next two nights to target the anti-social behaviour of vehicles in the town centre and supermarket car parks.
Thank you for taking time to read this blog, take care and have a great weekend –it’s the last one before the children return to school.