Policing Minister visit

24th March 2023

This week we hosted a visit from the UK Government Policing Minister, Chris Philp MP. It was his first visit to Gwent since his appointment to the post last year.

As well as discussing local issues with myself and the Chief Constable, he met with new officers who joined Gwent Police as part of the UK Government’s Operation Uplift, and spent some time listening to calls in the force control room.

Afterwards he joined us for a meeting of the Policing Partnership Board for Wales where we took the opportunity to ask for clarity on funding for Wales for initiatives such as the apprenticeship levy, mental health services, and the UK Government’s Harm to Hope drug strategy.

It was a good opportunity to demonstrate the strong partnerships we have here in Wales, and I took forward to hosting the minister again for future meetings.