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Here we tell you how well your police force is performing when compared to similar forces around England and Wales. Your police force is Gwent Police.

HMI Drusilla Sharpling: Overall assessment

Er mwyn darllen y testun ar y dudalen hon yn Gymraeg, cliciwch yma

Gwent Police has relatively low levels of robbery and solves more violent crime than similar forces, although the risk of being a victim of violent crime is higher than the average of peer forces. The force is a high cost force and spends more per head of population than its peers.

Gwent covers the south east corner of Wales, with a population of almost 560,000 living in several large towns and substantial rural areas where farming, tourism and forestry are the main commercial activities. Newport poses particular policing challenges with its diverse population and busy night life in bars and clubs. Many parts of Gwent qualify for European Community funding to address deprivation.

Gwent ensures that officers are rarely taken away from local teams in neighbourhoods and the force has undertaken some good work around local problem solving – the commitments set out in the Policing Pledge are actively promoted. The force's delivery of the Pledge commitments has been graded as ''Fair'', with good results in providing information about Neighbourhood Policing Team members and how to contact them, visibility and the provision of local information at public meetings. Gwent Police's baseline for the single confidence target in September 2008 was 39.3%. That level has risen to 45.4% and must reach 57% by March 2012 to achieve the agreed target. The force has declared tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) as the top priority for its local policing units. The public perception of levels of ASB remains stable. Knife crime incidents and the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads are well below the level in peer forces. The force has looked to the future through its ‘Staying Ahead Review’ aimed at securing value for money and improving service to the public. The force has worked with other Welsh forces to produce an all-Wales assessment of threats posed by serious criminality, such as trafficking in drugs or people.

There are areas where the force could improve. It has higher than average rates of violence and car crime and solves fewer burglaries and car crimes than peer forces. Most local people, however, are satisfied with the service provided by police. Call-handling staff are trained to find out whether ASB reports are recurring problems for victims but on occasions there is an inconsistent approach to recording and following up on reports of ASB. The force has introduced measures, however, to improve the safety of local people such as the introduction of glass free zones around some licensed premises.

An increase in both homicide and gun crime in 2007/08 meant that Gwent's performance compared unfavourably with peer forces. The force has taken firm action to improve its handling of rape and serious sexual offences and following a review, 78 police officers are now dedicated to child protection and dealing with domestic abuse. The force has strengthened its effort against organised crime and sends staff to a regional specialist team, tackling criminals operating across force boundaries.

HMIC's assessment of performance and prospect of improvement

HMIC inspects how forces perform in a range of activities and against a number of agreed standards. HMIC's assessment of performance for each of these activities is shown below.

HMIC also makes a professional assessment of whether the force's performance is likely to improve or decline in the future, for some indicators.


Local crime and policing


Neighbourhood policing

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Neighbourhood presence


Reducing crime


Solving crimes


Protection from serious harm


Investigating major crime

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Reducing road death and injury


Solving serious sexual offences


Suppressing gun crime


Suppressing knife crime


Confidence and satisfaction


Comparative satisfaction of BME community


Meeting the Pledge Standards


Perceptions of anti-social behaviour


Public confidence: all agencies


Public confidence: police


Satisfaction with service delivery


Value for money: staffing and costs


Cost of policing


Cost per household


Number of police officers and PCSOs


Proportion of policing cost met from council tax


The above grades were published on 13 March 2010. HMIC proposes to update these grades annually.