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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.

Read more about this area

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

Contact Wendy Williams

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS 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.


Key facts – 2018/19

Force Area

599 square miles


0.59m people
up4% local 10 yr change


91% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.50 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down15% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.08 per person
0.08 national level
up52% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend


58p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Gwent PCC

Jeff Cuthbert

Gwent Police

Chief Constable Pam Kelly, appointed in August 2019

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