Guest blog: Catherine Jones, Regional Anti-Social Behaviour Lead for Gwent

The Regional Anti-Social Behaviour Lead is funded by Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent as part of the organisations commitment to tackling ASB across the region.

It is my role to coordinate services supporting community safety activity across Gwent, together with Gwent Police and the community safety teams based within the five Gwent Local Authorities.

Working with partner agencies, I have developed a pan-Gwent ASB reduction process that is used to tackle perpetrators of ASB and support victims.

We constantly review our ASB practice and processes to ensure the best possible outcome for our communities, while supporting perpetrators whose offending is linked to vulnerabilities.

Working with the OPCC and other PCC funded projects enables the teams to reduce community safety issues within Gwent through engagement, intervention, prevention and enforcement.

All activity undertaken by the community safety teams are supported by a regional strategic board called Safer Gwent.

As Chair of the All Wales ASB practitioners group, and Vice Chair of the Wales Association of Community Safety Officers, I am able to provide local, regional and national support to community safety officers and partners, working with the Home Office, Welsh local government and the Welsh Assembly Government to support the national development of improved community safety ways of working.