Chief Constable Looks Back Over Her First Year Leading Gwent Police

Chief Constable Looks Back Over Her First Year Leading Gwent Police

Sunday 27th Sep 2020

Chief Constable Pam Kelly has reflected on her first year in charge of Gwent Police, describing the first 12 months as ‘challenging’ but also ‘an enormous privilege’.
She was appointed by the Police and Crime Commissioner on 12 August 2019, and since then has seen the force contend with flooding and a global pandemic on top of providing protection and reassurance to the communities of Gwent.
The chief constable believes that the force has made great strides during her first year in continuing to offer the best service possible to the Gwent communities, while accepting there is still more to do.
Chief Constable Pam Kelly said: 
“The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for all our communities. While these remain uncertain times, from local floods to the ongoing health crisis, we’ve done all that we can as a police service to protect and reassure our citizens. 
“Working with our partners, we’ve stepped up to provide the best possible service for Gwent.
“Since taking up my role I have witnessed officers and staff regularly go above and beyond the call of duty.
“There is an immense pride within the communities of Gwent, and this is a running theme across the organisation. 
“We’re committed to doing all we can to protect the vulnerable; reassure victims; embody professionalism and solving crimes.
“We know that we have areas of improvement. But through new senior leadership structure and an enhanced commitment to do our best for victims, Gwent Police will continue to thrive and do the best for all our communities.
“Looking to our future there are a lot of things to be excited about. This year we’ll see an additional 26 officers joining the force owing the operational uplift which is much needed to bolster our existing resources. We’ll also be updating our approach to vulnerability and victims to ensure that we’re providing timely and appropriate support to those in need. 
“The communities of Gwent will also see a new drive to improving transparency and building public confidence. But this has been an enormous privilege for me to lead Gwent Police over these past 12 months as chief constable; I am immensely proud.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said:

“Chief Constable Kelly’s first year has been marked by several major events: from the flooding Gwent experienced in early 2020, the outbreak of Covid-19 and many months of lockdown, and the protests and community concern following the death of George Floyd in America.

“All of these issues have required great leadership. I am continually impressed with the way Chief Constable Kelly has responded to the demands of the last year and her commitment to ensuring the best possible service for the people of Gwent has been evident throughout. 

“She is driving a culture change within Gwent Police and is ably served by a strong new chief officer team. Together they are focussing on protecting and reassuring our communities. 

“I would like to thank Chief Constable Kelly for all her work over the last year and I am looking forward to working with her for many years to come.”

For more on Chief Constable Pam Kelly's first year in the role, watch our interview.