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    davidcp wrote:
    Do you known why they go around in cars? I'll tell you.
    1. The criminals do. Duh!
    2. As there are less of them and people call to report stuff, they have to get there. It's a long walk from Lower Machen to Malpas (one 'patch' according to maps).
    3. When they've been called they might have to do something about what they've been called to. How often does what happened happen in a small 100 sq yard bubble, I wonder?
    4. Having done THAT something they might arrest someone. Unless I am mistaken, they can't interview arrested suspects over a mobile phone or radio, so they have to go to a station.
    5. Writing a report on foot, on the beat, in the rain, means the CPS gets a soggy report. Better to write up what the public called them about on a desk, indoors. Where the computers are.
    6. It's not like the Bill, where it's all wrapped up without a file in 60 mins including adverts. Surprise!

    Funny thing is, I bet the people who want them walking the beat don't want them to see their bald tyres, untaxed cars, pavement parking, etc. They just want then to see OTHER people's misdemeanours.
    You are correct, motor transport is an absolutely essential requirement of modern and efficient law enforcement.
    Going around in cars certainly enabled some Gwent officers to throughly investigate the log flume at Barry Island, and also enabled a trouser dropping firearms officer to ensure that his female friend got home safe and well.
    Further afield and more recently, access to cars gave the opportunity for a police officer in Durham to apparently demonstrate to an arrested person that he could drive at 140mph whilst on their way back to the nick!"
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Caerphilly, Ystrad Mynach, Risca, Pontypool, Maindee in Newport, Chepstow and Monmouth to reopen - PCC

STATION PLAN: Gwent police and crime commissioner Ian Johnston

STATION PLAN: Gwent police and crime commissioner Ian Johnston

First published in News

SEVEN Gwent police stations will re-open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, Gwent’s police and crime commissioner Ian Johnston confirmed yesterday, with two more opening for a few days a week.

Caerphilly, Ystrad Mynach, Risca, Pontypool, Maindee in Newport, Chepstow and Monmouth police stations will see front counter services brought back, while Brynmawr and Abertillery will reopen for two to three days per week each, sharing resources.

Caerphilly’s front counter will be set up in the town’s library while across Gwent; Raglan, Cwm, Llanhilleth, Cwmfelinfach and Newbridge police stations are being sold.

Options to provide Duffryn with some kind of front counter service are still being looked at, said Mr Johnston while his deputy Paul Harris said similar plans were “well advanced” for Alway and Bettws.

The decision by the commissioner follows extensive public consultation, spurred on by “the public’s disquiet about police stations closing” in 2012.

In April 2012 the then chief constable of Gwent police, Carmel Napier said she would press ahead with the force’s programme to close front counters in 17 stations despite a backlash from politicians.

The Argus reported in November last year that Mr Johnston was considering fully re-opening some of those stations, after he admitted police had “got it badly wrong” over the closure of Caerphilly police station’s front desk.

Speaking at yesterday’s police and crime panel meeting, which met at Monmouthshire council’s headquarters in Usk, Mr Johnston said: “The constant message from the public was, that’s what they want. The Chief [Constable Jeff Farrar] and I are at one on this, we are going to look at how we get it done in financial terms but it needs to be done.

“This will all be reviewed in 12 months,” he added.

UNISON branch secretary for Gwent Police, Linda Sweet said it was “really good news” and said it has become evident that the decision to close the stations was a bad one.

“A lot of my members, the station enquiry officers, were the first face that the public saw,” she said. “They were such an important cog in the wheel that has been lost. The job they still do in Newport and some other stations and their knowledge is invaluable.”

A document outlining the changes, written as a result of recent public consultation, is due to be published online on the commissioner’s website in the next few days.

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