Gwent’s new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jeff Cuthbert has said he will be “inclusive” during his term in office and that he will try and raise the profile of the job.
The Labour politician, who stood down as Caerphilly AM, is due to be sworn in as PCC on May 12 and succeeds Ian Johnston in the role.
Mr Johnston, who was elected in 2012 as an independent, decided not to seek re-election.
Mr Cuthbert said: “I would like to thank the other candidates for the contest which was conducted in a spirit of friendship and a concentration on the broader issues around policing.
“I would also like to thank the incumbent Ian Johnston for the firm foundations he has laid for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in Gwent.
“I intend to be an inclusive commissioner and I want to work effectively with all sections of the community. I look forward to working closely with the Chief Constable, Jeff Farrar, so that the principles of social justice which I stand on become the cornerstone of policing in Gwent.
“What I hope to achieve over the next four years is to reverse the position which was found by an opinion poll only a few months ago whereby only one person in ten in the whole of Wales knew that PCCs even existed.
“That is something in a democracy we cannot have. I am determined to reverse that position over the next four years and ensure that people understand the real value of this post.”
Mr Johnston has already had a “handover” meeting with Mr Cuthbert and wished his successor well.
He said: “It has been a huge privilege and an honour to serve the people of Gwent as Commissioner.
“The decision not to stand for a second term was a difficult one for me to make but I am confident that I am leaving behind a force which is in very good shape in the capable hands of Chief Constable Farrar.
“This is reflected in how the Force has been continually praised by inspectors for the improvements it has made over the last two years. I would like to wish Jeff Cuthbert all the best for the next four years.”