Gwent Police delivers its services through two Local Policing Areas aligned to five local authorities. The Force covers 15542 km with a population of over 576,700 people which has grown significantly over the last ten years. The county is economically and culturally diverse with areas of affluence and deprivation bringing varied and challenging policing needs.
The Force has a big ambition to grow and enhance the contribution that volunteering and community involvement brings to our policing in the communities of Gwent. Whilst the scale of our ambition is considerable, our approach to delivering it will not be rushed. We will focus on building Citizens in Policing for the long-term, with an emphasis on quality, and building strong foundations for a sustainable model in the future. Our concept of Citizens in Policing embraces many different initiatives that already impact widely across our policing priorities. Early intervention and prevention is core to our whole approach and we have already seen the success of our Mini Police and our expanding Volunteer Police Cadets programme. We are very proud of the other key volunteering roles within the force, such as the Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers. Other voluntary contributions, like our Independent Advisory Groups, Custody Visitors, Street Pastors, Community Speedwatch and Neighbourhood Watch, to name but a few all contribute significantly to the work we do to protect and reassure our communities.
The force has a new CiP strategy to support and grow the existing volunteering contributions and at the same time create exciting and new opportunities to volunteer. It will enhance engagement opportunities in our communities, from the very young with Mini Police and Volunteer Police Cadets and into adulthood right across the diversity of our local communities. Gwent Police is a great place to volunteer and we will deliver a Citizens in Policing model that truly integrates volunteering and citizen involvement activity across everything that we do in policing.