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Gwent Police

Gwent Police provides policing services to the county of Gwent. The police force area covers 600 square miles with approximately 50 miles of coastline in the south of Wales. Although there are some more affluent areas, Gwent has a high level of poverty. Around 0.6 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Newport, and the towns of Ebbw Vale, Monmouth and Cwmbran. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes a sea port.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Gwent
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Wales and Western region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Gwent Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Gwent Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Gwent Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Gwent Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Gwent Police’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

Os hoffech chi ddarllen hwn trwy’r Gymraeg

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HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Gwent

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.



Key facts

Force Area

599 square miles


0.58m people 4% local 10 yr change


78% frontline 78% national level
3.6 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
14% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


59p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

  • Reducing anti-social behaviour
  • Reducing burglary and fear of burglary
  • Tackling domestic and sexual abuse
  • Putting victims at the heart of criminal justice
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I am also committed to:-

  • tackling road safety and rural crime
  • improving public confidence
  • supporting young people
  • prevention and early intervention

Gwent PCC

Jeff Cuthbert

Gwent Police


Chief Constable Jeff Farrar, appointed in November 2013

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