Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent appointed

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has re-appointed Eleri Thomas MBE to serve as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the next three years.

Ms Thomas, who was first appointed as deputy to the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2016, was re-appointed following a confirmation hearing at a meeting of the Gwent Police and Crime Panel on Thursday 20 May.

She currently leads the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s strategic work on children and young people, and violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

She said: “I am delighted to be given another opportunity to serve the people of Gwent and look forward to supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner to continue to deliver his police and crime priorities over the next few years.

“Working together with Gwent Police we have driven some hugely successful initiatives over the last five years that have greatly improved services for children and young people, as well as vulnerable victims of crime. We have much more to do and I look forward to being able to continue this very important work.”

Ms Thomas was formerly the Deputy Children’s Commissioner for Wales where she drove strategic policy and legislative influence to improve children’s rights. She was awarded an MBE in 2009 for her services to children and young people as head of the charity Save the Children’s work in Wales.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “Eleri’s hard work and dedication to supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities is to be commended and I am delighted to be able to reappoint her to continue her work for another term.”