Inspector Sohail Anwar was recently appointed as the new Local Policing Inspector for Cardiff Bay covering Grangetown and Butetown.
The majority of his 14-year service has been spent in Cardiff and he was proud to become Cardiff Bay Inspector on May 1.
Inspector Anwar said: “There are many positives in this part of Cardiff, it is rich in culture and diversity. The community look after each other and police officers are warmly welcomed to events, into primary schools and at places of worship.
“There are also some very positive diversionary activities such as the Tiger Boy Boxing Club.
“In terms of recorded crime, Cardiff Bay Policing Sector has one of the lowest rates of violence and burglary for the city.
“But it is the visible drug dealing and taking that is causing concern for us and the community.
“We are working hard every day to tackle the issue. Uniform officers target the street dealers, and our plain clothed Organised Crime Team look at the bigger players.”
In addition the area is also serviced by response teams, CID detectives, the Op Sceptre knife crime team, and a specialist investigation HUB all contributing to a team approach by South Wales Police.
Some recent successes:
However there are challenges.
Around a fifth of all reported incidents of possession of drugs in Cardiff are in Cardiff Bay – 54 since April 1, 2019.
Like many major cities in the UK, County Lines are operating in Cardiff.
In Butetown, there is evidence that drug dealers are employing County Lines tactics for example using ‘look outs’ to identify police presence in the area and recruiting under-17s to carry drugs and money.
This means that officers are particularly reliant on support from local residents to be their eyes and ears in the community.
Inspector Sohail said: “There is an awareness of these tactics locally, and we get information through, but we need more.
“By building intelligence on named individuals we can carry out pre-planned warrants at their addresses.
“We also need families to look out for the signs that their children might be getting involved in such criminality so we can intervene and prevent them going down that path.
“I had a meeting with local councillors recently and there is a real commitment for us all to work together to make improvements.
“One of my priorities is to work together with the hostels on our patch, to break the demand on local policing, in particular how we can better prevent drug related ant-social behaviour, and we support plans for extra daytime provision for those who are vulnerable through drug or alcohol dependencies.”
Information about suspected drug dealers can be online via this website:
or anonymously via Crimestoppers
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