New Police Station for Caerphilly
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, officially opened a brand new police station in the heart of Caerphilly today and vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that Gwent Police retains a visible and accessible presence in the heart of the communities it serves.
Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert was joined by the Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Julian Williams, Caerphilly County Borough Council Leader, David Poole, Caerphilly MP Wayne David and Caerphilly AM Hefin David to officially open the new police station on 62 Cardiff Road. The old shop premises has been completely refurbished and renovated over the last year to make way for the new station.
As Commissioner, Mr Cuthbert is responsible for the police estate in Gwent which includes all of the police stations, land and assets in the force area. After listening to the concerns of residents during his election campaign and since taking up his role, he announced his decision to open a new police station in the heart of Caerphilly last year.
The station provides a space for the public to engage with the neighbourhood police service in a confidential environment. The front counter premises meets all modern policing requirements and the new facility will provide a base for the Caerphilly Central neighbourhood team.
At this time the station will be open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 1:30pm and from 2pm to 5pm. The public counter will be closed during Bank Holidays and weekends but the Station could be used by the Neighbourhood team during these days. These arrangements will be kept under review.
Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert is determined to ensure that an accessible policing service is provided in Gwent which adequately responds to local need and provides assurance to the community.
Despite a significant reduction in UK Central Government funding to the Police service over the last six years, the Commissioner has also highlighted his commitment to work with key partners to deliver long-term sustainable improvements and ensure that Gwent Police retains a visible and accessible presence in the heart of the communities it serves.
Delighted to be opening the new station, Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert, said: “I have listened carefully to what residents have told me and I am pleased to open this new station in the heart of Caerphilly today. One of the most common issues raised with me since my election is the issue of police visibility and the provision of police stations. It’s about getting the balance right between provision and reassurance, which includes having a responsive police service and well located police stations. I want to ensure that we provide an accessible policing service in Gwent which adequately responds to local need and provides assurance to the community. This new station is part of that commitment.”
The Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Julian Williams, added: “The opening of the station in Caerphilly gives us a real opportunity to engage with the public and provide a visible policing presence in Caerphilly Town centre. It will allow for members of the public to engage face to face with our staff if they want to discuss a policing problem.”