Inspector Nick Picton
I am Nick Picton, your local police inspector for the
Rhondda. I have been a police officer for more than twenty years, joining South Wales Police in 1991, and I have been very fortunate to have served the communities of
Cardiff, RCT, Merthyr and Bridgend.
I first served in the
Rhondda as a response sergeant in 1997, and following a number of transfers to other stations, I returned to the area in 2012. During the course of my service, I have served the public in a number of policing roles, namely frontline response, custody, prosecutions, licensing, community safety and criminal investigations (CID). In addition to this, I have also been part of the Force’s modernisation programme, where the primary focus has been upon improving customer service.
I am very privileged to have secured this position, and whilst we must all acknowledge that we are living in changing and challenging times, this role will enable me to deliver a local service which suits your needs, as well as those people who live, work and visit our community. My intention is not only to maintain service delivery, but to improve it.
I am also fortunate to have command of a dedicated team of officers who are focused upon making a positive impression within the
Rhondda. As members of South Wales Police, we serve with the consent of the community and I want to encourage you to assist me and my officers in addressing those issues which affect the quality of life within this area.
As an emergency service, people often look upon the police as a last resort, but I want to reassure you that we are interested in all aspects of community life, and our engagement will take place at every level, whether it is providing a visible presence patrolling the streets, delivering a lesson to children within our schools or taking action to tackle crime, drugs, or other forms of anti-social behaviour.
In order to improve accessibility, I would encourage you to attend your local community surgeries or PACT meetings. You can also contact us via by telephoning 101, by contacting Crimestoppers or even via Twitter and other electronic means.