Gwent Police

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Gwent Police
Heddlu Gwent
Logo of Gwent Police / Heddlu Gwent
Logo of Gwent Police / Heddlu Gwent
MottoProtecting and Reassuring
Amddiffyn a Chysuro
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
Annual budget£142.2 million (2020/21)[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionGwent, Wales
Gwent police area map.svg
Gwent Police area within Wales
Size1,554 square kilometres (600 sq mi)
Population576,700 (2011)[2]
Primary governing bodyGwent Police and Crime Commissioner
Secondary governing bodyIndependent Police Complaints Commission
Independent Office for Police Conduct
Home Office
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by
Police officers1,308 (plus 70 special constables) (2020)[3]
PCSOs115 (2020)[3]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible
Agency executive
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Gwent Police (Welsh: Heddlu Gwent) is a territorial police force in Wales, responsible for policing the local authority areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.

The force 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, and in 1996, it was expanded again to cover the former Rhymney Valley district area that had become part of the Caerphilly county borough.

As of March 2020, the force has 1,308 police officers, 70 special constables, 115 police community support officers (PCSO), 40 police support volunteers (PSV), and 647 staff.[3]



Like most police forces in England and Wales, Gwent Police is overseen by the elected Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), who replaced the former police authority of councillors, magistrates and lay members in 2012. The PCC is currently Jeff Cuthbert.


Gwent Police has two local policing areas:

These divisions are run practically independently, controlled by a chief superintendent. Both contain three departments, each under a chief inspector; CID, Neighbourhood Operations (providing community officers and local response) and Neighbourhood Support (including traffic and public order teams, among other things). However, there are still some departments that cover the whole force, including the dog section, rural crime team, and training functions.[5]

The force has its headquarters at Croesyceiliog in Cwmbran.


Gwent Police has participated in collaborations with other agencies to improve service and reduce costs at a time of government cuts. Examples of collaborations include:

Police stations and offices[edit]

Gwent Police operate both fully-fledged police stations, and several offices and shops that serve as points of contact with the public. For example, the police station at Abertillery closed due to budget cuts, but the police still maintain a presence at the local fire station. In Abergavenny, neighbourhood officers are available at a "one stop shop" shared with Monmouthshire County Council. On the other hand, several buildings are owned for operational or administrative purposes that are not open to the public, including the force headquarters in Cwmbran. Newport Central police station is the only front desk service that is available 24 hours a day, a custody suite is based at the station. Several front offices and stations have been partially or fully closed following a review of the function and role of front desks in police stations.[7]

Chief constables[edit]

  • 1967–1981 : William Farley[8]
  • 1981–1994 : John Over[9]
  • 1994–1996 : Sir Anthony Burden
  • 1997–1999 : Francis J. Wilkinson
  • 1999–? : Keith Turner
  • 2004–2008 : Michael Tonge
  • 2008–2010 : Mick Giannasi[10]
  • 2011–2013 : Carmel Napier
  • 2013–2017 : Jeff Farrar[11]
  • 2017–June 2019 : Julian Williams[12]
  • June 2019–present : Pam Kelly[13][14]

Media engagement[edit]

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.[15] 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.[16][17]

In 2019, a mugshot of a wanted drug dealer that Gwent Police had posted to Facebook received than 89,000 comments, many of which mocked his hairstyle. Gwent Police warned that abusive comments could be against the law.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Police Funding for England & Wales, 2015-2021" (PDF). Home Office. July 2020.
  2. ^ "The work of Welsh Government funded Community Support Officers, Appendix E - Gwent Police Force Area Report" (PDF). Government of Wales. 26 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Data tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales: 31 March 2020 third edition'". Home Office. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Fleet List of Gwent Police Vehicles - a Freedom of Information request to Gwent Police". 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Our Structure". Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  6. ^ "About". TARIAN ROC. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Find Your Local Police Station". Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Ex-police chief dies in blaze". BBC News. 26 March 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  9. ^ Kirby, Terry (26 August 1993). "Police 'in peril' from Sheehy report". The Independent. London. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Gwent Police chief constable Mick Giannasi to retire". BBC News. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Gwent Police Chief Constable Jeff Farrar to retire". BBC News. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Chief Constable Julian Williams". Gwent Police. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  13. ^ "New chief constable announced by PCC". Gwent Police. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Pam Kelly named Gwent Police chief constable". 12 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Cow - the film that will stop you texting and driving". Archived from the original (web) on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
  16. ^ WalesOnline (25 August 2009). "Graphic film about dangers of texting is internet hit".
  17. ^ "Creativity Top 5: 24 August 2009". Archived from the original (web) on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
  18. ^ Quinn, Ben (12 August 2019). "Gwent police warn people who mock wanted drug dealer's receding hairline". The Guardian. London.

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