Inspector Jason White
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Jason White, who covers the Cwmbran and Pontypool area.
September has been an increasingly busy month for both my team and I with a great deal going on in the section. That said, Torfaen has seen a continuing decline in both crime and antisocial behaviour throughout August and September which is encouraging and testament to the hard work of staff in the section.
Operation Arcade has started in Cwmbran town centre which is a shoplifting initiative that targets offenders whilst offering reassurance to visitors and businesses alike. Daily patrols take place between now and up to Christmas with some notable arrests and convictions already.
Some good results: Gareth Martin Hill received a 17 week custodial sentence for a spate of shoplifting offences as did Jordan Haycock, another prolific offender who was sentenced to 8 months for like offences.
The wards within Cwmbran and Pontypool have experienced a significant rise in vehicle crime during the month, especially relating to theft of motorbikes and items stolen from within unlocked vehicles. Wards most affected were Greenmeadow, Upper Cwmbran, Wainfelin and Pontnewydd. Despite a number of notable arrests including that of Liam Colyer who received a custodial sentence, the problem continues. Targeted patrols continue in these areas but I also look for support from the community in securing their vehicles overnight.
A significant amount of work has been put into training our student officers during September with several bespoke training day inputs around varying topics including Child Sexual Exploitation, Offender Management and Proactive Policing. Over 30 officers were at the training and have been further equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to address these issues.
Training Day Torfaen
During the last month, I met with Blaenavon Town Council and provided a policing report to them. The report was gratefully received and an opportunity for local councillors to ask questions about policing in the town. Part of the report discussed a community engagement day which is taking place on Monday 23rd October. Initiated by the local policing team, but supported by over 20 different partner agencies, the event will primarily be located within Blaenavon Primary School and will concentrate on issues bespoke to the area.
Those of you that follow the team on Twitter will be well aware of the visibility of dedicated officers during the evenings in known crime and anti-social behaviour hot spot areas. Those officers offer an enhanced presence in those areas along with reassurance visits to repeat victims of crime.
There have been a number of drugs warrants undertaken during the month, two of which took place within the Upper Cwmbran area where cannabis cultivations were discovered. Similarly, a warrant was conducted at a Pontypool address where a quantity of drugs and stolen property were seized. A 23 year old man from the area is currently being investigated in relation to both offences.
Many thanks for your support.