An online neighbourhood watch scheme has been awarded £30,000 to continue for at least another year.
The Online Watch Link (OWL) system has more than 37,000 members throughout the Gwent force area and lets local police officers, residents and volunteers to easily communicate with each other.
The new £30,000 funding has been awarded by Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston.
He said: “OWL is a fantastic initiative that is led by Neighbourhood Watch and managed by residents for the good of their own neighbourhoods and communities. Gwent utilises the system brilliantly and we now have a strong and established community online. It enables members to receive and share information about what matters to them in the way they choose.”
He added: “The more members we have, the more ears and eyes we have out there in the community which can provide valuable intelligence to help us catch the criminals. It’s a great example of the police working with partners and members of the community to make Gwent a safer place.”
Ken Oliphant, Chairman of Gwent Neighbourhood Watch Association, said: “We are grateful for the continued support of the PCC and Gwent Police Force. My team in Neighbourhood Hood Watch are adding new members every week.”
For more information visit www.owl.co.uk/gwent.