Inspector Sarah Davies
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Sarah Davies, who covers the Alway and Maindee area
Welcome to my latest Autumn Blog. This month, your teams have been busy completing "Your Voice" questionnaires so that we understand what priorities you would like us to concentrate on for the next few months. The survey is now closed and I will update you with the results for each ward within my next blog.
We have continued to tackle drug use and supply within our communities and due to your continued support we have executed numerous warrants. Arrests have been made in relation to the cultivation of Cannabis and possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.
We have received reports that youths are causing issues within Somerton, causing damage to property and using abusive language. This behaviour will not be tolerated and we are working with our partners to utilise our joint powers to address anti-social behaviour. Are you aware that if your child causes disorder or damage within the vicinity of your address, they could put your tenancy at risk ? We work closely with our social landlords to ensure we jointly try to stop this behaviour from escalating and causing issues for the community.
A youth has been identified in connection with committing burglaries within the school and local businesses, whilst another youth has been arrested on suspicion of damaging a police vehicle. Patrols have increased within the area with support from Newport City Wardens.
I was part of the interview process for Police Constables this month as Gwent Police are currently completing the recruitment process. I was impressed with the knowledge and responses delivered within the presentations and interview questions, hopefully those that were successful will complete all stages and become part of our police family soon.
I have undertaken different training this month which included Police Trauma and Resilience Management and Exercise Silver Wales, which was the Tactical Coordinating Group training for Wales. Both of these days were extremely challenging and took me out of my comfort zone. I kept reminding myself if it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you. I am pleased to say I passed.
Your neighbourhood team also assisted Newport East Area Support Unit with two operations to tackle off road bikes, mopeds and scooters. This I know is an issue that has been brought to our attention numerous times and due to the manoeuvrability of the riders on these bikes this type of operation has to be conducted safely. The operations were extremely successful with numerous riders arrested and bikes seized which will be crushed.
This month, saw the launch of our own Gwent Mini Police - Heddlu Bach. Sergeant Mervyn Priest has been instrumental in the launch of the scheme and it was great to see the excited children from schools across Newport who are piloting the scheme getting their warrant cards and a hand shake from our Chief Constable. I actually fitted into the uniforms, I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
Finally I wanted to end my blog reminding everyone to stay safe during bonfire night. I will provide you will a full update for Operation Bang within my next blog.