Welsh Government funding provides over 100 new Community Support Officers in Gwent
The last group of PCSOs funded by the Welsh Government are due to start their patrols today.
More than £50m has been provided by the Welsh Government to employ 500 extra Community Support officers across Wales.
Of those 118 officers were for the Gwent Police force area. The final 11 of those are due to pass out at a parade in Cwmbran today.
Deputy Chief Constable, Jeff Farrar will lead the service.
He said: “I have seen for myself the difference these CSOs are making in communities across Gwent. From Drybridge in Monmouth, to Twyn Carno in the Rhymney Valley the additional CSOs have had a positive impact on our communities.
“They patrol their areas and engage with local residents about any issues they may have. They have been involved in consulting the public as part of our new accessibility project, and they staff our mobile police stations as we work even closer with local residents .
“We welcome our new colleagues wholeheartedly, and once again welcome the Welsh Government funding which has made these new appointments possible.”
Minister for Local Government and Communities Carl Sargeant added: “As of September 1 over 300 CSOs have either been deployed or are in training across Wales. I am pleased that the deployment and training of the 500 Welsh Government funded CSOs is well ahead of schedule and is already resulting in benefits being delivered to communities across Wales at a much earlier stage.
“By September 2013 all of the additional 500 Welsh Government funded CSOs are expected to be deployed. The extra CSOs represent a significant expansion in numbers which will make a real difference to our communities in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.”
One of the new Welsh Government funded PCSOs is Lana Rees based at Bedwas.
She said: “In Bedwas we are working with partner agencies on several initiatives which are making a real difference in the quality of people’s lives. I enjoy problem solving and helping to sort out issues which are causing people problems. Seeing the positive effect my work and that of partners is having on the community is very satisfying. I know my new colleagues who are passing out tomorrow will enjoy the variety of the job as much as I do.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr