Inspector Neil Jones
Welcome to my first blog, I have only recently taken over the post from outgoing Inspector Phil Morris who will soon retire from Gwent Police after 30 years of public service.
I arrived in the middle of preparations for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Parades but was also immediately impressed by the team's knowledge of local issues and key individuals.
On a personal note, I am happy to live and work in Monmouthshire, I am married and have two children in graduate and post graduate study. I have 20 years service with Gwent Police having returned from the Royal Hong Kong Police in 1997. I was most recently working in Newport West, covering Bettws and Pillgwenlly, but I have worked in Monmouthshire for a significant proportion of my service.
Following on from Sergeant Callard's recent report of a spate of thefts from unattended motor vehicles in Undy and Port Skewett, I am delighted to report of the arrest and conviction of a 34 year old man from the Caldicot area - he received a 26 week custodial sentence.
I must also echo the Sergeant's appeal to the public to report suspicious, criminal or anti-social behaviour directly to the police to give us the best opportunity to respond. I am not a great historian but have seen the 'General Instructions' that were issued to police officers from 1829.
7. '...the police are the public and the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.'
The team has been utilising Community Protection Warnings and Notices to manage persistent anti-social behaviour to good effect. These orders tackle those persons whose conduct is having a detrimental effect, of a persistent or continuing nature, on the quality of life of those in the locality. One such person was dealt with for breaching their notice last week and we are awaiting the outcome of the impending court date.
The Your Voice surveys has just concluded and will highlight your local issues for our attention and that of our partner agencies.
My commitment will be to continue to deliver the best quality of service, making the best use of my resources to protect and reassure the public. This will mean prioritising incidents and investigations firstly, to protect the vulnerable and those at risk of serious harm. Secondly, to target priority and prolific offenders having the greatest impact on the community at large.