Gwent Police

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Gwent Police
Heddlu Gwent
Badge of the Gwent Police
Agency overview
Formed 1967
Preceding agencies
Annual budget £119,539,273
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Gwent in the country of Wales, United Kingdom
Gwent police area map.svg
Gwent Police area within Wales
Size 1,554 km²
Population 556,600
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Croesyceiliog
Sworn members 1,198 (including 138 Special Constables) [1]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Jeffrey Cuthbert
Agency executive Jeff Farrar, Chief Constable
Stations 22
* 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.[2] The film earned honours in the Advertising Age's weekly Creativity Top 5 video.[3] and became an overnight worldwide internet hit after being shown on the USA The Today Show television show.[4]

At the start of 2010 the government announced cut-backs to all UK police forces. Currently Gwent Police has 1,198 officers and 649 civilian staff and 219 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 Johnson the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent Police 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.

Ian Johnson the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent Police will not be running for re-election.

Jeffrey Cuthbert was elected as the new Gwent Police and crime commissioner in the England and Wales police and crime commissioner elections, 2016


Gwent Police are part of several collaboration these are as followed:

Policing Divisions

Gwent Police have two policing areas which are:

See also


  1. "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2015". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Cow - the film that will stop you texting and driving" (web). Retrieved 25 August 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Creativity Top 5: 24 August 2009" (web). Retrieved 25 August 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Graphic film about dangers of texting is internet hit"at

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