A ‘Night Time Economy Officer’ has begun work in an attempt to help make town centres safer places after dark.
The role will see police and other organisations work together to try and reduce alcohol related violence and improve relationships with pubs and clubs.
PC Adam Lang will be based in Ystrad Mynach Police Station and his main role will be to target Blackwood and Caerphilly town centres.
He will also be working on the Safer Caerphilly After Dark scheme, which brings together organisations, including taxi companies, takeaways, pubs, door supervisors and street pastors, with Gwent Police and Caerphilly County Borough Council.
PC Lang said: “The summer is here and traditionally we see an increase in alcohol related incidents.
“Far too often we see men and women, who have never been in trouble with the police, drink to excess and then end up fighting.
“My advice to those who plan to drink this summer is to try and drink responsibly, pre-drinking at home is usually cheaper but people become complacent about measures.
“When you do go out, think about what you’ve already drunk and try not to mix your drinks.
“If you do see trouble starting, walk away, it really is no fun spending the night in one of our cells.”
Daniel Rees, Landlord at Porters in Blackwood, said: “I’ve been the licensee at Porters Blackwood since September 2012 and since the beginning I’ve had a great deal of support from Gwent Police.
“They helped us set up the Nightnet radio system which is linked to most of the shops and participating pubs and clubs in the Blackwood area. This system is linked to the town centre CCTV and the emergency services and is a useful tool for dealing with any problems that arise.
“We have also received support to set up the Pubwatch Scheme which has been created to ensure a safer and hassle free night .”