Our Structure

In order to improve the service we provide we have made some changes to the way in which we are structured.  

From April 2015, Neighbourhood Policing has been organised into two Local Policing Areas (LPAs) one in the East, covering Newport and Monmouthshire and one in the West, covering Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen.

East Local Policing Area

The East Local Policing Area consists of Newport and Monmouthshire. The area is commanded by the East Senior Management Team (SMT) and is led by: 

LPA Commander - Superintendent Matthew Williams

Assisted by:

Chief Inspector Michael Richards (Neighbourhood Operations)

Chief Inspector David Morgan  (Neighbourhood Support)

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Watts (CID)

West Local Policing Area

The West Local Policing Area consists of Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent. The area is commanded by the West Senior Management Team (SMT) and is led by: 

LPA Commander - Superintendent Nick McLain

Assisted by:

Chief Inspector Rod Grindlay (Neighbourhood Operations)

Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth (Neighbourhood Support)

Detective Chief Inspector Alun Davies (CID)

Gwent Police Staffing Establishment

The below figures represent the authorised establishment of staffing levels of Gwent Police in various areas.

Authorised Establishment (WTE)
Police Officers 1,203
Police Staff 528.4
Community Support Officers  131
Special Constables 92 (Not Budgeted Posts)


(WTE) Whole Time Equivalent
This information is valid as of March 2017

Neighbourhood Operations

The Chief Inspectors responsible for Neighbourhood Operations are leading teams of Neighbourhood Inspectors who are based in the communities they serve.

Each of these Inspectors has a team consisting of:

  • Neighbourhood Sergeant
  • Neighbourhood Officers (Ward Manager)
  • Community Support Officers (CSOs)
  • Schools Community Police Officer (SCPO)
  • Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer (CADRO)
  • Neighbourhood Response Sergeant
  • Neighbourhood Response Officers

You can find out more about the team in your area, including the contact details of your Neighbourhood Officer and Community Support Officers, by visiting the Your Area section.

You will also see Neighbourhood Response Officers out and about in your area. These officers are responsible for responding to Emergency, Non-Emergency and Scheduled calls.

Neighbourhood Support 

The Chief Inspectors responsible for Neighbourhood Support are heading up groups of Inspectors who deal with the day-to-day response to crime and incidents. They make sure the right officers are on hand when you need them, giving you the best possible service.

One group of officers they manage is called Area Support Officers (previously known as Uniform Operations) and you may see these officers out and about in your neighbourhood.

One team is based in the East LPA (in Newport) and the other team is based in the West LPA (in Ystrad Mynach), providing the following specialisms:

  • Roads Policing
  • PSU
  • Taser
  • Advanced Method of Entry
  • Search

In addition to these specialisms, these two teams will provide rapid support to Neighbourhood Response Officers, target individuals causing the most harm in our communities and tackle both Forcewide and local issues.

Our Police Dogs and their handlers are also now based in the East and West LPAs which will mean a faster response time with far greater local knowledge. 

Crime Investigation

The Detective Chief Inspectors based in each LPA oversee the work of Detective Inspectors who manage the crime investigations for the area.

Many CID officers, who were previously based in central HQ departments, now form part of each LPA, bolstering the number of officers dealing with crime. There is a reactive team, dealing with crime investigations and a proactive team, responsible for targeting our most prolific offenders and bringing them to justice.

Crimes such as rape and serious violence are now investigated by locally based specialists, who will continue to provide enhanced services for victims but with a greater response time and understanding. Training will also be given to officers who have previously not specialised in investigating this type of crime, meaning more officers available to support victims.

Many aspects of public protection are also being dealt with by locally based officers, including child and vulnerable adult cases and high risk domestic abuse investigations.