The Special Constabulary in Gwent operates a ground-breaking and innovative joint emergency response unit in collaboration with the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust.
The two organisations launched the Joint Response Unit (JRU) in the summer of 2016 after research showed over 2,000 incidents between October 2015 and March 2016 were attended by both police and paramedics. The vehicle is resourced by a paramedic and a member of the Special Constabulary and operates every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings between the hours of 4pm and 2am.
Prior to the JRU, officers were experiencing long delays at scenes waiting for ambulances to attend police-related incidents for mainly low or medium risk-incidents. This was a big drain on resources and resulted in increased pressure on meeting demand especially during busy periods. The JRU allows police officers at the scene to be freed up to move on to other incidents by not having to wait for an ambulance to be allocated. Incidents they attend include minor injury road traffic collisions, alcohol related incidents, sudden deaths, overdoses, and minor assaults.
The work of Gwent Police Special Constabulary working in partnership with Welsh Ambulance has delivered this new initiative which has significantly freed up police resources.