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Gwent PCC - Mike Hamilton

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced Mike Hamilton as their candidate for Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner in the upcoming May 2024 election.

Dr Mike Hamilton is a former merchant navy officer and archaeologist.  He has also been a university archaeology lecturer, city councillor and deputy leader of Newport City Council.  He lives in Newport.

 

Commenting on his selection, Mike Hamilton stated:
 

"Gwent Police is a failing organisation. Its multiple failures have seen it lose the confidence of the public. Its canteen culture has seen numerous police investigated for gross misconduct, a revolving door of people resigning before they can be sacked. There have been calls for it to be put into special measures or subject to an independent investigation. The force is still subject to a number of ongoing investigations, including one into the toxic culture revealed in text messages given to the Times newspaper. There was a damning Police Inspectorate report in 2023, revealing multiple failures in the force. 

But you do not need Police watchdogs and media to realise Gwent Police is failing, you can use your eyes. My own inner city ward in Newport was a quiet safe area a decade ago, but now it feels abandoned by the police. When issues are raised the response from the police is arrogant and condescending.

If elected I would make sure:

  • The new Chief Constable is recruited from outside the force
  • We return to community policing, talking to the public rather than hiding from them. Encourage Neighbourhood Watch schemes
  • We investigate all crimes; experience has shown dealing with minor crime reduces all crime
  • Senior management needs shaking up, see the 2023 Inspectorate report
     
  • Recruitment vetting needs to be fit for purpose, we do not want any Wayne Couzens here
  • Consider reopening police station front desks, we need the police and public to be in direct contact
     
  • Sort out the 101 phone number mess, it is currently not fit for purpose
  • Put more resources into solving crime, Gwent Police‚Äôs conviction rate is a joke"

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