Home Affairs Committee Press Release

Session 2007-08, 11 June 2008

Policing in the 21st Century Inquiry

Policing in the 21st Century Inquiry

Home Affairs Select Committee visits Monmouth for first time

The Home Affairs Committee will hold a seminar in the Bridges Community Centre in Monmouth on Monday 16 June at 10.30am as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into policing in the 21st century.

Witnesses include Deputy Chief Constable Mick Giannasi, who  chaired the “Staying ahead” review of how Gwent Police can make the best use of resources to meet the challenges of contemporary policing, including through greater collaboration with other Welsh forces, and will be talking to the group of MPs, including local MP David TC Davies, on the themes of the review. The Committee will also hear from Chief Superintendent Ian Johnston, President of the Police Superintendent’s Association of England and Wales and formerly of Gwent Police, before seeking comments from an invited audience from the local police, Monmouthshire County Council, other partners agencies and residents leading Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

After the session the Members will be taken for a private, secure demonstration of the use of Tasers. The local force is part of a pilot rolling out the use of Tasers to non-firearms officers.

This is one of a series of visits the Committee is making throughout England and Wales to hear from police officers and key partners on the ground; in addition to holding evidence sessions in Westminster.

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee said:

“This is the first ever visit of the Home Affairs Committee to Wales. We want to hear about the issues that matter most to people around the country and ask key stakeholders in these regions to help us with our deliberations. The Committee is keen to get out of Westminster to find out what the public expects of 21st century policing. Our visit to Monmouth will allow us to look at good practice in Wales.”

Details of this inquiry were set out in a press notice issued on 18 January 2008.

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Notes to editors:

The seminar is open to journalists. A press conference will be held at 10.15am in the Bridges Community Centre. Please contact Jessica Bridges-Palmer on 020 7219 0724 /07917 488 447 to confirm your attendance.