Two Cardiff police operations have been rewarded for their hard work at this year’s South Wales Police Awards.
Operation Michigan, which targeted drug dealers across the city and resulted in the arrest and conviction of 96 drug dealers totalling 190 years of imprisonment, won the Teamwork Award.
Superintendent Andy Davies, who led the operation, said: “The South Wales Police Authority conducted a public consultation exercise and the public asked for officers to be more visible, to tackle anti social behaviour and to tackle drug dealing.
“Operation Michigan is all about responding to these demands and doing all we can to improve quality of life for people.”
The Safer Capital Transforming Neighbourhoods Programme, a partnership between the police and Cardiff council, won an award for its work tackling community issues.
It was started by Cardiff council’s community safety team three years ago with the aim to reduce anti-social behaviour in certain areas of Cardiff.
By April, this year, the partnership was cited as one of the main reasons for anti-social behaviour calls being reduced by 25 per cent in their target areas.
Cardiff council executive member for housing, communities and social justice, Coun Judith Woodman, said: “The Safer Capital Transforming Neighbourhoods Programme, is the perfect example of partnership working at its best. In the last three years the programme has helped to reduce crime and anti social behaviour in Cardiff.
“It’s fantastic that the programme has been recognised at The South Wales Police Awards, and is testament to the hard work of all partner organisations.”
Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Bob Tooby said: “The awards are an opportunity for the force to recognise and thank officers and our partners for the tremendous amount of hard work and dedication they display on a daily basis.
“It is fantastic to celebrate success as an organisation – there are countless examples displayed by officers and support staff in Cardiff every day.”
South Wales Police said the awards ceremony at City Hall had been funded by sponsorship and no taxpayers money had gone towards it.