Strategy and Performance Board

1st December 2020

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has held his quarterly Strategy and Performance Board where he holds Gwent Police to account for the delivery of local policing services.

Gwent Police were praised during the meeting for their safeguarding response during the Covid-19 pandemic, and for their success at getting positive outcomes for rape victims in the courts.

The Commissioner also reviewed Gwent Police’s stop and search strategy to ensure that the police’s use of stop and search powers is fair and ethical.

Jeff Cuthbert said: “Gwent Police’s response to safeguarding vulnerable residents throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been commendable. Policing a pandemic is not easy but I am reassured that the systems and processes put in place to look after our most vulnerable residents is helping to ensure that people can access support when they need it most.

“I am also pleased that Gwent Police is currently one of the top forces in the UK at getting convictions for rape cases in the courts. This is an incredibly complex issue and this success demonstrates the force’s commitment and forward thinking in this area.

“We also took this opportunity to look at Gwent Police’s use of stop and search powers. Stop and search is an important tool to help prevent crime in our communities but it is essential that we get it right. Gwent Police are currently reviewing their internal procedures around stop and search, and I look forward to hearing more on this issue at future meetings.”