Meet the new faces keeping Gwent safe

Meet the new faces keeping Gwent safe

New recruits joining Gwent Police to bolster the Force’s frontline have today been given a warm welcome by the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent.

Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Julian Williams, joined Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert at a passing out parade in Newport today to welcome 21 new officers into Gwent Police.

The passing-out parade is a traditional ceremony that marks the transition from trainee police officer to probationer. From today, these officers will be visible on the streets of Gwent in the start of each of the officer’s policing careers.

Since April 2017, A total of 59 new officers have been recruited, trained and deployed on the beat throughout Gwent so far this year and they will be followed by another 176 set to arrive late in 2018 early 2019.

This has so far been achieved from two successful recruitment drives within Gwent. A third recruitment drive has recently closed.

The Force is also pleased that intakes have included more officers from minority ethnic communities, broadening the diversity of our workforce and skills available to effectively police the public. This has been achieved through targeted recruitment activities, including community-based drop ins and awareness sessions.

Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Julian Williams said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome these new officers to the Force. They bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills and with their commitment to protect the communities of Gwent, they will be invaluable. I congratulate these officers and look forward to working with them to make Gwent a safer place for everyone.”

The funding of the Force and the provision of policing services form part of PCC Jeff Cuthbert’s statutory duties and it is his responsibility to ensure that Gwent has appropriate levels of policing to meet the requirements of communities.

Mr Cuthbert has expressed his commitment to maintain front-line policing in Gwent as much as possible.

Welcoming the new recruits, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: "My priority remains to ensure that funding is invested directly into frontline policing in Gwent and I am committed to ensuring the Chief Constable has appropriate funds to recruit new officers to tackle emerging crime types such as cybercrime and to protect the most vulnerable in our society. I am delighted to welcome these much needed officers who will play such an important role in keeping Gwent safe and in ensuring that we meet the demands of modern day policing. I would like to wish them all the best in their new and rewarding careers.”

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