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Gwent Police welcome 18 new Community Support Officers into Force

Gwent Police welcome 18 new Community Support Officers into Force

Today (Friday 15th December), Gwent Police has welcomed 18 of its newest Community Support Officers to the Force. The officers attended their passing out parade to be formally congratulated by Chief Constable Julian Williams.

In April 2017, a recruitment drive for new CSOs was launched for the second time this year. 206 applicants then had to pass basic eligibility criteria before submitting a competency-based application form. Following on from this, applicants needed to complete an interview process as well as pre-appointment checks. The successfully appointed applicants then went on to complete an 8 week course covering: legislation, practical assessments as well as dealing with anti-social behaviour, conflict management and hate crime. ;

The officers that have completed their training are:

CSO Megan Kerswell

CSO ; Abigail Jenkins-Murphy

CSO ; Joanne Madden

CSO ; Thomas Price

CSO Bethan Winstone

CSO ; Emma Tarney

CSO ; Olivia Mansfield-Price

CSO Chloe Rickard

CSO Abigail Short

CSO Greg Elliot

CSO Paige Greenhalgh

CSO Rimah Khanom

CSO Paul Davies

CSO Sarah Mey

CSO Lloyd Rees

CSO Kate Jenkins

CSO Eleanor Underwood

CSO Rebecca Llewellyn Ennis

They will now be posted to roles across the Force area, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Newport and Monmouthshire,

Gwent Police Chief Constable, Julian Williams said: “It is great to welcome our 18 new recruits into our Police family. ; Their value and presence within our communities will be a great addition to Gwent. ; I wish them all well and look forward to getting out on patrol with them in the future.”

The day also marks the end of the Those in Blue campaign, an all Wales campaign which highlighted to the public the great work of Community Support Officers (or Police Community Support Officers). The role has been an integral part of neighbourhood policing since 2003.

Policing Lead for Community Support Officers across Wales, Deputy Chief Constable Pam Kelly explains: “CSOs play such a vital role in our communities. ; Every day I hear about the fantastic work they do and I know that communities value the service that they provide. Welsh Government fund more than half of the posts across the whole of Wales, I have no doubt that this funding combined with the commitment of our CSOs helps keep the Welsh communities safe.”

“The role of a CSO is challenging yet rewarding, and is integral to providing a visible and reassuring presence in the communities, I am aware that many CSOs are a familiar face to many. ; Although CSOs do not hold the same powers as regular Police Officers, they still carry a great deal of responsibility, assisting not only in community engagement, but supporting regular Officers at major crime scenes and events.”

Source: https://www.gwent.police.uk/en/newsroom/story/news/gwent-police-welcome-18-new-community-support-officers-into-force/ (Fri Dec 15th 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

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