Inspector Gavin Clifton

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Gavin Clifton, who covers the Bedwas and Caerphilly areas

This is my first Blog as the Inspector for Caerphilly South which incorporates all wards in Caerphilly and Bedwas. This gives me an opportunity to give you some background as to who I am and where am I from.

This is an exciting time for me as I return to the place where I was raised.  I have the pleasure of informing you that I am a local boy from Bedwas and still live here. I went to school in Tyn y Wern Nursery and Junior School and then went on to Bedwas High School. I have family and friends all over Caerphilly and Bedwas, who no doubt will keep an eye on my progress. When I left school I joined the Royal Navy, and in 1988 I moved to the Falkland Islands, the place of my father’s birth. This is where I joined the Police 28 years ago. I had a fantastic time with the Royal Falkland Island Police and left as a Leading Constable to Join Gwent Police! Phew! Just a quick snap shot of how I came to be here today. As you can see I have a vested interest in my area, not only in a professional capacity but on a personal level.

Since joining Gwent Police I have gained a huge amount of experience in different areas of Policing. My back ground is predominately from Operational Policing where I have been a Bronze Commander for Public Order events, Tactical Firearms Commander and Major Incident Commander to name a few. These skills have taken me across various departments in the Police, including my previous post as Inspector of Area Support units working out of Ystrad Mynach Police Station, a group of highly skilled and Specialist officers who can respond to any incident across the force which include Road Policing, Dog Section, Public Order Units and, the best part is, that they are advanced rapid house entry officers who can enter any premises using specialist equipment.  An excellent department with skills they want to use.

I can guarantee you that my friends on ASU are eager to hone their rapid entry skills and we will task them to a home near you!! If you want to commit crime in my area, we will find you and you will have a visit from the ASU rapid entry team very soon.  The Team in Bedwas are already compiling a list of people and addresses that have been given to us by your Community who do not want to tolerate Drug Supply or Crime. Keep the information coming in, Crime Stoppers is confidential and one way to provide information on any criminal activity in your area.

I have been out and about to meet the Caerphilly Town Councillors, and couldn’t fail to be impressed to meet a group of people who are passionate, loyal and committed, who put their town at the heart of everything they do. I am looking forward to working in partnership with them. I particularly enjoyed the company of the Caerphilly Town Mayor, Mr Simon Morgan, in my office at Bedwas and we both shared a common theme to serve our community and he has some interesting ideas that will benefit the vulnerable in our community which we will be supporting.

I have every intention of attending and meeting councillors from all the wards in my area.  I ask that you be patient and I will get to you so that we can discuss what is happening in your area and how we will respond as a service.

June has been a very busy month for our Neighbourhood and response teams who have been working really hard to lock up the bad guys who are causing our community harm. This is evident during our action week where we utilised a multi-agency approach to deal with a variety of offenders. This was an intelligence led operation where again the community played a positive part and provide that much valued information.  

We worked alongside HMRC, VOSA, DVLA, Housing, Courts, trading standards and many more; we arrested 14 people for a variety of offences including drug offences. The interesting side to this is that we are already looking to evict those who were arrested for drug and crime offences with the assistance of Housing and the courts. There is going to be another action week in July, and ASU are excited to test those skills again. I will keep you posted in the next blog.

We have another busy month ahead in July, which include the Big Cheese, a fantastic event for our Town and I am looking forward to seeing you out and about, I will be working the weekend alongside our Policing teams at Bedwas.