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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|
1,204 (including 138 Special Constables)
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible||Jeffrey Cuthbert|
|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 1,204 officers and 649 civilian staff and 217 Police community support officers. A number of stations have closed, including those at Newbridge and Abertillery.
Gwent Police along with all other Welsh police forces were given specific funding from the Welsh Government for the purpose of employing Police community support officers to get greater communication to communities and sparsely located towns like Chepstow. Gwent Police currently employs 219 Police community support officers.
In 2016 Ian Johnston the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner stated that Gwent Police will be having a recruitment drive with the potential of taking on 100 new officers, Gwent Police has up to now have put 60 new potential officers into training.
Jeffrey Cuthbert was elected as the new Gwent Police and crime commissioner in the England and Wales police and crime commissioner elections, 2016. Ian Johnson did not run for re-election.
Gwent Police collaborate with a number of other neighbouring forces and organisations:
- Joint Firearms Unit (with Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police)
- Tarian (with Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police)
- Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (with Dyfed-Powys Police, North Wales Police and South Wales Police)
- Joint Scientific Investigation Unit (with South Wales Police)
- Air Support (with National Police Air Service)
- Police Dogs (with South Wales Police, pending formal authorisation)
- Missing Children's Unit (with several local councils)
- Procurement Unit (with South Wales Police)
- Human Resources (Joint Human Resources Director) (with South Wales Police)
- Joint Legal Services (with South Wales Police)
- Uniforms and Operations Stores (with South Wales Police)
- Joint Printing Unit (with South Wales Police)
- Record Management (Niche Systems) (with South Wales Police)
Gwent Police have two policing areas which are:
- "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2015". 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