Emergency Services Day
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has marked national Emergency Services Day by praising all emergency service workers and volunteers across Gwent.
Emergency Services Day is an annual event to recognise the contribution to society made by those who work and volunteer in policing, the NHS and other emergency services.
Jeff Cuthbert said: “Emergency Services Day is an opportunity to recognise and say thank you to our emergency service workers and volunteers.
“I am delighted that Deputy Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Amanda Blakeman has recently joined the 999 Day Board. DCC Blakeman will bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the team.
“Never has the hard work and dedication of our emergency services been more apparent and recognition needed.
“Emergency service workers and volunteers put their lives on the line to serve our communities. I have been troubled to hear that abusive incidents against them continue to occur and I want to make it clear that policing will not tolerate any such abuse.
“I welcome new guidelines that mean criminals who assault emergency workers could face longer prison sentences.
“Most, if not all, residents will need emergency services at some point in their lives and I urge you to help us to help you by showing their workers respect.
“I would like to take this opportunity to again thank our police officers and staff, emergency service workers and, of course, their families, for their selfless behaviour which keep us all safe.”