Inspector Gavin Clifton
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Gavin Clifton, who covers the Bedwas and Caerphilly areas
This month I wanted to encourage 3 of our new Community Support Officers, Megan, Sarah and Rebecca to write an update on how they have settled into the Neighbourhood Team. They are an excellent addition to our team and despite only being with us since December, they have been active in our communities, tackling Your Voice priorities and issues that concern you most. I am sure you will give them a big welcome when you meet with them in the coming months.
CSO 289 Megan Kerswell said, “I joined Caerphilly Neighbourhood team in December 2017. The ward I have been given to work in is Morgan Jones. Since arriving in Caerphilly, I have been out on foot to familiarise myself with not only my ward, but Caerphilly as a whole. I have been carrying out reassurance visits to victims of anti-social behaviour and crime and offering advice.
“In Caerphilly, enforcement days are a regular occurrence. This involves focusing on specific issues in Caerphilly such as, parking issues, thefts from vehicles and shed or garage breaks. The last enforcement day took place in January which focused on shed thefts. We provided the public with crime prevention advice about how to secure their property. We made them aware of the thefts that have been taking place in the area.
“I have been enjoying the role especially now I am out in the public and engaging with the community. I am proud to be representing Gwent Police and I am looking forward to my future in the Force.”
CSO 303 Sarah Mey said, “I started in Bedwas in mid-December whilst they were running ‘Operation Rudolph’. This involved patrols through the town centre to try and deter shoplifters during the Christmas period. Alongside this, we have been focusing on the parking issues by first giving a polite notice informing members of the public that we will be taking illegal parking seriously, followed by fixed penalty fines being issued. I was also involved in helping with a series of burglaries which were reported during the Christmas period. I did house to house enquiries, CCTV enquiries and awareness visits which thankfully led to an arrest. I feel extremely proud to be part of the Gwent Police family and am excited to have been given St James as my ward which includes Lansbury Park. I am looking forward to really getting involved with my ward and I will do my best to help make a positive impact on the community.”
CSO 306 Rebecca Llewellyn-Ennis said, “I joined Gwent Police in October 2017 after spending ten years as part of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS). I was excited to try out a new role in another Emergency Service and share some of my ideas on collaborative working, engagement days and crime reduction that we could work on together using the relationships I have built whilst working at SWFRS.
“After my initial eight weeks course, I was assigned to Bedwas Police Station and was allocated Penyrheol as my ward. I joined the station in mid-December. So far, no day has been the same which is why I was keen to apply for the role. I have been involved in action days such as ‘Operation Rudolph’, this was aimed at shoplifting and purse thefts in the Caerphilly town area. I have arranged my own action day which was aimed at vehicle crime and shed crime. I used the slogans “Park it, Take it, Lock it” for vehicle thefts and “Get yourself SHEDUCATED on shed crime”, this educated local residents about keeping their vehicles and sheds safe. Parking tickets, delivering first aid training, neighbourhood disputes, road traffic collisions are just some of the work I have been involved in.
“I am thoroughly enjoying the role and have been welcomed to the station by an amazing team at Bedwas. I’m looking forward to see how the role develops and what the future holds at Gwent Police.”