Gwent Police Force Awards 2022

23rd November 2022

I was delighted to support Gwent Police’s annual Force Awards this week.

The awards recognise those police officers and staff who have gone above and beyond what is required of them in the line of duty.

This year I was pleased to present two awards; the Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering Award, and the Partnership Award.

The Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering award went to police staff volunteer Laura Lloyd for her work to support Gwent Police NxtGen team.

This is the team that is responsible for Gwent’s police cadets and Heddlu Bach. As well as supporting the wider work of the team, Laura has also started up a cadet unit at Pen-Y-Cwm School.

The Partnership Awards went to PC Claire Drayton and Sergeant Clark Evans.


PC Drayton has worked tirelessly alongside partners to improve the quality of life for residents in areas of Newport by reducing the levels of criminality and anti-social behaviour.

Sgt Evans has led on the delivery of the Safer Streets scheme in Rhymney, securing more than £280,000 from the Home Office for initiatives that reduce neighbourhood crime.

Gwent’s police officers and staff work diligently under immense pressure and incredibly difficult circumstances. Often this means putting themselves at great personal risk and dealing with situations that most people will, thankfully, never have to encounter in their lifetime.

On behalf of the residents of Gwent I want to pay tribute to all police officers and staff for everything they do every day to keep our communities safe.