Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Jitka Tomkova-Griffiths, who covers the Pill and Bettws area
On 1st of April 2019, I was appointed as the Geographical Inspector for Newport West and I would like to take the opportunity to briefly introduce myself.
I have been a police officer for nine and a half years now having previously worked as a police community support officer and a special constable with South Wales Police, extending my policing career to 14 years.
During my time with Gwent Police, I have worked in many roles, including criminal investigations, public protection, response policing and most recently as a custody inspector having previously worked as a custody sergeant. I have worked from a number of location including Newport Central, Headquarters, Tredegar, Blackwood and now Pill.
I have also spend 10 months seconded to HMICFRS working from London, supporting their national inspections programmes.
I am excited to have the opportunity to work as the geographical inspector for Newport West and I am hoping I will be able to use my previous policing experience to support my teams in tackling issues that concern our local residents and visitors to the area.
My first two weeks in the role have been dominated by meetings, internally and externally, to help me better understand the problems within our communities but more importantly the excellent work that is ongoing to tackle these problems.
One of the current issues affecting mainly Pill area is an increase of thefts from motor vehicles. My teams have so far arrested 6 persons (some of them multiple times) and the investigations are ongoing. Local officers supported by other teams continue to proactively patrol the area to tackle the ongoing issue.
The neighbourhood team have worked closely with the local communities offering crime prevention advice. I would like to remind everyone to take simple steps to avoid becoming victim of vehicle crime, such as not leaving any items on display and securing your vehicle whenever it is left unattended, even for a short period.
Another ongoing issue in the area is drug use and related anti-social behaviour and the teams continue to execute warrants at premises to tackle the problem. Our ability to deal with drug use and the negative effect it has on local communities is heavily reliable on information from within the communities. If you have any information about any persons involved in anti-social behaviour or criminal activity, please contact us on 101 or via the contact details on the website. If you don’t want to report incidents direct to us, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Local officers assisted in closing an address that was subject to drug use and anti-social behaviour which was causing a concern to members of the public living within that area. This is just one of the many options that we can use to address the problems.
This month, Bettws saw their first multi-agency community assist day on 15th of April with partners and police coming together to offer members of the public an opportunity to engage. The day was well received and further community days across the whole area are planned, I will provide further details as the dates are confirmed.
Friday 12th of April saw the launch of operation Harley, which focusses on tackling the issue of anti-social and illegal use of off-road vehicles. The first night saw a seizure of a motorbike and an arrest of a person for dangerous driving and drug related offences. Can I encourage you to report any concerns or information you may have in relation to these problems to help us capture those responsible.
To finish on a more positive note, PS Giles gave a tour of Newport Central Police station to children from Rogerstone primary school. This is an excellent example of community engagement with the younger generation, breaking down barriers and building better relationships with future generations. We are looking to continue with similar engagements across the area.