Many of you will know me as Sergeant Ian Green but as Inspector Dave Morgan has been promoted to Chief Inspector and transferred to Newport, I have temporarily taken over his position until a permanent Inspector arrives with us in Torfaen.
Torfaen Neighbourhood police are currently involved in the survey period of the ‘Your Voice” process. This will set a priority for each of the 24 wards within Torfaen.
The Neighbourhood team have been running a number of engagements with the public over the last 2 months. Of particular note was the ‘Wings to Fly’ presentation at Cwmbran Congress Theatre. This is a play delivered by Year 9 pupils from West Mon School, to over 1000 year 6 pupils from across Torfaen. The message carries a strong message regarding the impact of illegal drugs .
The Neighbourhood team also ran a Year 6 Football Tournament at Cwmbran Stadium on 4th April. This has become an annual event and goes from strength to strength. This year, 23 teams from 16 schools across Torfaen attended. The football and enthusiasm was of a high standard, with George Street Pontypool winning a well contested final over Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran. Well done to all who took part. Thank you to Cwmbran Stadium for hosting this event.
Torfaen have seen a number of new recruits taking up posts in Pontypool and Cwmbran. Having completed their initial training their enthusiasm is helping them quickly learn from more experienced colleagues. Four of these trainee officers recently went to a report of a house burglary, where the suspects had made off from the scene. These officers quickly identified avenues of investigation, used their local knowledge, conducted specific area searches and arrested three suspects. This is particularly pleasing as these Constables displayed great skill in detaining these people.
We pride ourselves in responding to information supplied by members of the public who report criminality. One such success story was the detention of two men and a local park in New Inn following reports of drug dealing. We encourage members of the public to report suspicious activity by phoning 101, or sending an e mail to their local neighbourhood team using our Gwent Police web site.