Police stations in Caerphilly, Ystrad Mynach and Risca to remain open
Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston has pledged to keep police stations in Caerphilly, Ystrad Mynach and Risca open.
Public access to the three stations ceased in July 2012 as part of cost-cutting measures, but they were reopened by Mr Johnston in April last year.
Mr Johnston said: “When I took office in 2012, I embarked on a series of community engagement activities and it became apparent that the closing of front counter services was not a popular decision with the community.
“The data from the surveys and the positive public feedback in relation to my decision to re-establish access to police stations has made it clear to me that this is what the public want and that these facilities are important where reassuring and engaging with the public is concerned. Acting on this information, I’m delighted to announce that these stations will remain open.”
The Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Jeff Farrar, said: “It is clear from the results of these surveys, the public would like additional police stations to remain accessible to them as well as the five front counters which have remained operational over the last couple of years.
“It will complement our wider face-to-face engagement work including regular and pre-advertised police surgeries at other police stations across the force, as well as in partner and public facilities, and the use of our mobile police stations in key public areas.”
Lindsay Whittle, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales East, said: “I’m delighted that the Police and Crime Commissioner has listened to the views of the public, as well as politicians and police stations in Gwent will stay on.
“The original decision of the former Chief Constable to shut front counter services was short-sighted so I’m pleased that they will now be open permanently.
“Staffed stations have a vital role in engaging with the public, who feel happier if there is a station near them they can call into if they need assistance.”
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