Badge of the Gwent Police
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Police area of Gwent in the country of Wales, United Kingdom|
|Gwent Police area within Wales|
1,377 (including 138 Special Constables)
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible||Ian Johnston|
|Agency executive||Jeff Farrar, Chief Constable|
|* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
Gwent Police (Welsh: Heddlu Gwent) is the territorial police force responsible for policing the local authority areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen in southeast Wales.
It was formed in 1967 by the amalgamation of Monmouthshire Constabulary and Newport Borough Police. In 1974 its area was realigned to cover the new administrative county of Gwent. In 1996, the force's area was expanded to cover the former Rhymney Valley district area as a consequence of it becoming part of the Caerphilly county borough, in order to incorporate the entirety of the county borough in the police area.
The Force has its headquarters at Croesyceiliog in Cwmbran. From April 2011 Chief Constable was Carmel Napier. Jeff Farrar was confirmed as Chief Constable in November 2013 after carrying out the role in a temporary capacity from June 2013.
In 2009 Gwent Police worked with film maker Peter Watkins-Hughes to create the short film Cow as part of a campaign to stop texting while driving. The film earned honours in the Advertising Age's weekly Creativity Top 5 video. and became an overnight worldwide internet hit after being shown on the USA The Today Show television show.
At the start of 2010 the government announced cut-backs to all UK police forces. Currently Gwent Police has 1,250 officers and 649 civilian staff. A number of stations have closed, including those at Newbridge and Abertillery.
Gwent Police have two policing areas which are:
- "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Cow - the film that will stop you texting and driving" (web). Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- "Creativity Top 5: 24 August 2009" (web). Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- "Graphic film about dangers of texting is internet hit"at Wales-online.co.uk
- Gwent Police
- Gwent Police and Crfime Commissiober
- Home Office circular 55-1967 announcing the force's creation