Kirklees brings everyone together to talk community by dfsiopmhy6


									Summer 2009                                   Making a difference locally                                      

Your Police               Kirklees brings                                                                                              Welcome

                          everyone together
                          to talk community
                                                                                                                                          Chief Superintendent
 Your Chief’s Annual                                                                                                                          John Robins
 Report - pages 3-5
                                                                                                                                     THE Police and the council are
                                                                                                                                     working together to reduce
                                                                                                                                     anti-social behaviour and
                                                                                                                                     crime in your neighbourhood.
                                                                                                                                     This is what Neighbourhood
                                                                                                                                     Policing is all about.
                                                                                                                                     But the police cannot do it
                                                                                                                                     alone - in this edition you will
                                                                                                                                     see articles about how we and
                                                                                                                                     other     organisations       are
                                                                                                                                     working together to deal with
                                                                                                                                     noisy neighbours, alcohol
                                                                                                                                     abuse by teenagers, litter, and
                                                                                                                                     educating       youths      about
Your Police Authority -                                                                                                              carrying knives. These are
                                                                                                                                     just a few examples of the
      pages 6-7                                                                         More than 100 people from various agencies   hard work being done by your
                                                                                        and organisations attended the Vulnerable
                                                                                                                                     local Neighbourhood Policing
                                                                                        Communities in Kirklees conference
                                                                                                                                     Teams, and at the same time,
                                                                                                                                     we have again managed to
                          FAITH leaders and council          was very pleased to have been     Huddersfield                North     reduce crime across Kirklees.
                          officials joined senior police     asked to speak at the             Neighbourhood Policing Team           But donʼt just take it from me;
                          officers and representatives       Vulnerable         Communities    Inspector Mohammed Rauf               in this edition you will also see
                          from various agencies and          Conference.                       talked          about          his    articles from the public,
                          organisations to discuss how       “I believe that local faith       recently-launched        diversity    showing how we have
                          they could make a difference       communities have an important     network.                              responded to their concerns
                          in Kirklees.                       part to play in helping our       “The scheme is aimed at better        and reduced problems in their
                          More than 100 people attended      communities       work    more    serving local people from             area. More and more through
                                                                                                                                     our Policing Pledge, we are
                          the ʻVulnerable Communities in     effectively together. As people   different     cultural,    ethnic,
                                                                                                                                     asking      you    what      your
                          Kirkleesʼ conference at the        of faith, we share a common       religious       and       diverse
 NPT’s new briefing       Galpharm        Stadium       in   commitment to support and help    backgrounds.
                                                                                                                                     problems are and acting on
                                                                                                                                     these so you can see the
   base - page 2          Huddersfield,     which      was   those who are most vulnerable.”   “Staff within the Police who are      results.
                          organised by Inspector Nicola      Thelma Singleton of the Safer     themselves from a diverse             Continually, I am seeking to
                          Gibson.                            Stronger           Communities    background or have a particular       find new ways of getting more
                          “By bringing key representatives   partnership,     spoke    about   skill and knowledge, are brought      officers on visible patrol and
                          from our community together,       protecting victims of domestic    together to create an advisory        more staff into Neighbourhood
                          we are able to identify how we     violence.                         network.”                             Policing Teams. I will continue
                                                                                                                                     to do this, because I know that
                          can better work together to        She said: “This conference        Inspector Andy Leonard talked
                                                                                                                                     is what you want from us.
                          provide the public with the best   allowed us to inform the          about his work in the Vulnerable      We really are working hard to
                          possible service,” she said.       community of the resources        Victims Unit and Kirklees PC          deliver what you want, in your
                          “Sections of any community can     available while giving them the   Roger Day discussed how crime         local area. At times this can
                          be vulnerable and we want to       opportunity to discuss their      reduction can help to prevent         be tough, but on the whole, I
                          look at ways in which we can       requirements with us.             people feeling vulnerable, while      think your local police do an
                          reach out to those people.         “For developments to take         head of adult services at             excellent job. So, I am proud
Contacting your local     Chair of the Yorkshire and         place, we each need an            Kirklees Council Mark Greaves         of your local Police and
                                                                                                                                     Community Support Officers, I
 police - back page       Humber Inter Faith Forum,          understanding of each otherʼs     outlined to the conference how
                                                                                                                                     hope you are too.
                          Bishop Tony Robinson said: “I      position.”                        they are able to support people.

               What’s going on in your neighbourhood? Punch in your postcode to find out at
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                                      A COURSE which educates
                                      underage drinkers about the
                                      dangers of alcohol is to be
                                      rolled out across Kirklees.
                                      The programme, which was
                                      introduced in Huddersfield last
                                                                               Alcohol course is
 Cleaning up
                                      year, gives underage drinkers
                                      the choice of attending the
                                      course or an Anti-Social
                                      Behaviour Order (ASBO).
                                      The course, which is run jointly
                                                                               making an impact
 NEIGHBOURHOOD                        by the Police, West Yorkshire                                                      and we hope that they are taking         Kirklees District Support Officer
 Policing Teams in Kirklees           Fire and Rescue Service,                                                           on board all the information.”           for West Yorkshire Fire and
 have been helping to                 Kirklees Licensing, Kirklees                                                       The course has now been                  Rescue Service, said: "We
 improve their local areas.           Youth Offending Team and                                                           expanded to all of Kirklees and          speak to the young people
 The Valleys Neighbourhood            West        Yorkshire     Trading                                                  will continue throughout the rest        about the impact their actions
 Policing Team teamed up              Standards, is now available at                                                     of the year.                             can have on themselves and
 with councillors and                 Huddersfield Police Station and                                                    “This is very much a partnership         their family and friends.
 members of the public for a          Dewsbury Fire Station. More                                                        approach and we are committed            “Unfortunately, firefighters are
 litter pick in Meltham, while        than 70 young people have                                                          to responding to the concerns of         the ones who must pick up the
 graffiti, litter and fly-tipping     attended.                                                                          local people while at the same           pieces when someone has been
 were dealt with by the               Inspector Adrian Waugh of the                                                      time taking positive action to           drinking and involved in a road
 Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT.           Huddersfield                 South                                                 deal with those involved.                traffic   collision   or   when
 Inspector Mark Trueman               Neighbourhood Policing Team                                                        “By bringing all the agencies            somebody decides to cook
 from the Valleys NPT said            (pictured) helped to introduce                                                     together, we are able to provide         when drunk.
 officers had received some           the initiative.                                                                    those attending the course with          "We hope that by showing them
 good feedback from the               "I think it is having a noticeable       people out drinking,” he said.            advice and information from a            the shocking consequences of
 public and it was also an            effect for residents. Many have          “Feedback from the young                  range of experts.”                       their actions, they will behave
 opportunity to talk to people        said they have seen less young           people has also been excellent            Watch Manager Chris Atkinson,            responsibly."
 about any issues they had.
 The Dewsbury and Mirfield
 clean-up, named Fresh
 Startʼ was developed by
                                                       School welcomes NPT as i ts new n eigh bour
 Sergeant Sarah Baker after           HUDDERSFIELD North Policing
 Thornhill Lees residents             Teamʼs move to a new briefing
 highlighted problem areas            site has been welcomed by the
 at public meetings.                  school it now shares the site
 The Probation Service                with.
 enlisted offenders to paint          The NPT has moved to The
 over graffiti, while Kirklees        Birkby and Fartown Information
 Neighbourhood Housing                Centre on Wasp Nest Road in
 and students from Thornhill          Fartown, which is attached to
 Community Science College            Birkby Junior School.
 also helped.                         Headteacher Susan Davis, said
                                      she supported the move.
 Nuisances                            "This should help to further
                                      build positive relationships
 are silenced                         between the school and the
                                      police. It has allowed the
                                      children to see the positive role
 NOISY neighbours who                 that the police officers play."                                                                                                          Huddersfield North NPT
 refused to turn it down, saw                                                                                                                                                  at their new briefing site
                                      Kirklees Council Leader Cllr
 their televisions and stereos        Mehboob Khan, said it would
 seized by the Batley                 add to the effectiveness and
 Neighbourhood Policing                                                            CHILDREN in Huddersfield
                                      efficiency of the team.                      spent a day learning about the
 Team.                                "This project is an excellent
 Officers raided three                                                             dangers of gun and knife
                                      example of partnership work                  crime.
 properties in Healey, Batley         between the police and the
 and Hanging Heaton after                                                          Pupils at the Netherhall
                                      council in tackling crime and                Learning        Campus          in
 complaints from members of           improving community safety.”
 the public about excessive                                                        Rawthorpe were visited by
                                      Inspector Mohammed Rauf of                   officers teaching them the
 noise.                               the     Huddersfield       North
 Police worked with partners                                                       consequences of using a
                                      Neighbourhood Policing Team,                 weapon.       Kirklees     Chief
 including Environmental              said: “These premises are
 Services to clampdown on                                                          Inspector Phill Wright also paid
 occupants who had
                                      located in the heart of a very
                                      diverse community and in the
                                                                                   a visit to judge the winner of a
                                                                                   poster competition.
                                                                                                                           Day g ets th e
 previously ignored noise
 abatement notices.
                                      middle of the Huddersfield
                                      North locality.
                                                                                   Thirteen year old Vesmira
                                                                                   Krkicʼs poster will be used in
                                                                                                                           message across
 Inspector Neil Money of the          “We saw the chance to use the
 Batley Neighbourhood                                                              bus stations. She received an          knives or guns are thankfully            Children and teachers walked
                                      space and decided to take the                iPod and a certificate.
 Policing Team said: “It is                                                                                               rare in West Yorkshire and we            through a safety arch and were
                                      opportunity.                                 PC Neil Taylor, Netherhallʼs
 part of our drive to combat                                                                                              do not experience the problems           shown how it works while PC
                                      “Although it is important to                 school based officer, organised
 all forms of anti-social                                                                                                 seen in other parts of the               Lisa Harley of the Huddersfield
                                      stress that this is not an                   the day. He said: “If we can
 behaviour.                                                                                                               country.                                 South Neighbourhood Policing
                                      operational police station,                  get the message across to
 “Our policy is to deal with                                                                                              “However,       we  can't    be          Team gave a presentation.
                                      having one site ensures that                 children now, in the future it will
 anything that affects the                                                                                                complacent and the more we               Headteacher Joan Young said:
                                      officers have a thorough                     be clear in their minds just how
 standard of living for                                                                                                   can do to educate young                  "We want to keep our students
                                      briefing and are able to patrol              dangerous weapons such as
 residents. We are taking a                                                                                               people about the perils of knife         safe and this is an effective way
                                      strategically in the surrounding             guns and knives can be.
 zero tolerance approach.”                                                                                                or gun crime, the more we can            or raising awareness of the
                                      neighbourhoods.                              "Violent incidents involving           limit the risks.”                        danger of knife and gun crime.”

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Summer 2009 The West Yorkshire Police Annual Report for the People of West Yorkshire

Working with you to                                                                                                                                    Welcome

make a real difference
YOUR Neighbourhood Policing Teams
(NPTs) are helping more people in West
Yorkshire to become more confident
about us.                                                                                                                                                     Chief Constable
The Forceʼs 47 NPTs are now working with                                                                                                                    Sir Norman Bettison
local residents and keeping them updated
                                                                                                                                                     IN this issue of Your Police, you will
at local PACT (Police and Communities                                                                                                                read about the work we have been
Together) meetings. At these meetings,                                                                                                               doing over the past year to protect
officers will listen to your local concerns and                                                                                                      you and your families from crime.
agree with you what they will do about them.                                                                                                         You will see that overall, crime is
                                                                                                                                                     going down, but I know that
Your Neighbourhood officers are there to                                                                                                             sometimes if you or your
respond to your needs and your concerns.                                                                                                             neighbours have been the victim
Since the increase in the number of NPTs                                                                                                             of a theft or anti-social behaviour, it
last March, the number of people who said                                                                                                            might not feel like it. But actually
                                                                                                                                                     there have been 3,000 fewer
they were ʻconfidentʼ has risen to more than                                                                                                         victims of crime in our county this
40 per cent - one of the highest levels in the                                                                                                       year.
country, and 83 per cent of those who had                                                                                                            How have we done this? By
been in touch with the police said they were                                                                                                         putting more officers out on patrol
                                                                                                                                                     into the areas where you live - we
ʻsatisfiedʼ with the service they received,                                                                                                          hope you are beginning to notice a
making a real difference.                                                                                                                            difference.
Is it working? In Wakefield, the ʻRuralʼ NPT                                                                                                         Weʼve asked what you think so far.
worked with the local housing department                                                                                                             People say they feel more
                                                                                                                                                     confident and satisfied with the
to deal with a problem tenant in a block of                                                                                                          work of the Force. This is a step in
flats and tackle other problems in the area.                                                                                                         the right direction. I know some of
Their actions led to a member of the                                                                                                                 you donʼt see your local police as
                                                                                                                                                     often as youʼd like and we will work
community (pictured below) praising the                                                                                                              to improve on this.
efforts of Inspector Helen Brear and her                                                                                                             You have also told us you want to
team.                                                                                                                                                receive a better service when you
                                                          Similar actions were taken in Leeds       time in Haworth, Oakworth, Oxenhope and          need to contact us, that is one of
                                                                                                                                                     our main priorities this year.
        “I cannot begin to                                by the Rothwell Neighbourhood             Stanbury.                                        in this edition, you will read about
        explain how much                                  Policing Team, who, by working            This was set up after residents said they        the ʻPolicing Pledgeʼ. This makes
                                                                                                                                                     us more accountable to you and
      help we have had from                               with the local authority and              wanted to see their local officers more often.
                                                                                                                                                     gives you a say in what you want
    Inspector Helen Brear and                             residents, were able to evict the         The team has been able to patrol at schools
                                                                                                                                                     the police to do in your area.
    her team and how thankfu                              troublesome tenants.                      at opening and closing times and deal with       We often use the phrase
          we are to them”                                  The good work came after calls to        local concerns.                                  ʻpartnershipʼ and it may sound like
                                                           police from concerned residents          In Calderdale, the Lower Valley NPT has          we are asking someone else to do
                                                                                                                                                     our job – we are not. But issues
                                                           about anti-social behaviour at the       been holding fortnightly meetings with other     affecting communities cannot
                                                           address.                                 agencies, such as the Street Wardens and         always be dealt with by the police
                                                           The team gathered evidence and           West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, to       alone. We need to work closely
                                                            found that some had suffered            discuss crime problems and identify              with councils and other agencies,
                                                                                                                                                     but most of all you - the public.
                                                            harassment and intimidation. The        ʻhotspotsʼ.                                      There       are     Police       and
                           “In regard to the Policin        court agreed a closure notice           Other NPTs have been working with schools        Communities Together (PACT)
                          Pledge, you state ‘we wan          thanks to several local people         to reduce anti-social behaviour.                 meetings held regularly in your
                          to deliver a service that          who stood up and gave                  In Wakefield, Pontefract and Knottingley         area. Details will be published
                                                     ud                                                                                              locally, or if you use the internet,
                          and the public can be pro          evidence.                              NPT has set up PACT meetings for young           on your local Neighbourhood
                          of’ This has definitely been        There         is    evidence     of   people at local schools, and in Kirklees,        Police website.            Use your
                                   achieved”                  communities standing together         pioneering work with pupils is spearheading      postcode to find out where they
                                                              across the Force, in different        the fight against hate crime.                    are. We need you to tell us what
                                                                                                                                                     concerns you in your area.
                                                              ways.                                 We have recruited young people from              My officers and staff are ready to
                                                              Officers in Bradford are              across the district to get together to discuss   listen. We will tell you what we are
                                                               spending more time in their          hate crime cases and how they have been          doing about your issues and
        “It would seem that part                               communities, organising days of      dealt with by the police.                        update you each time we meet.
                                                                                                                                                     This is real partnership because
                                  area and
        working is active in our                               action with other local agencies.    In the age of neighbourhood policing, there      itʼs local and will make a
            that together we can mak                           Officers from the Worth Valley       has never been a better time for you to help     difference. We look forward to
            a difference for the better”                       NPT now start and finish work        us make a difference to the quality of life in   working with you to provide an
                                                                                                                                                     even better police service in the
                                                                in the village, to give them more   your area.                                       year ahead.
Your Annual Report 4                                                                                        

Making a serious impact
in tackling serious crime
NEIGHBOURHOOD policing deals           scouting text book to crack a major
                                                                                                                                          Officers found packets of
with the everyday crimes and           crime.                                                                                             heroin inside the clothes
issues that concern local people,      In May, twelve people were
but West Yorkshire Police also has     sentenced at Nottingham Crown
a serious role to play in tackling     Court to 25 years in prison after
serious crime.                         £1.2 million was stolen from banks.
The Forceʼs Crime Division is just     The Judge commended the work of
one of the specialist departments      DC Chris Stephens, who used his
which works to catch criminals and     knowledge from 40 years in
put them before the courts.            scouting to break the codes used to
During 2008-2009, Crime Division       hide account and personal details
helped to:                             of customers.
G Charge 292 people with Class A       In another case, three men were
drugs offences. an increase of         sentenced to more than 40 years in
nearly 30 per cent on the previous     prison after they were found guilty
financial year.                        of conspiring to import heroin into
G Recover drugs with an estimated      the UK and money laundering
street value of more than              offences.
£25million.                            The men used the postal system to
G Obtain 211 Confiscation Orders       import heroin from Pakistan and
to the value of more than              used money service bureaus to
£3.5million.                           launder the proceeds, worth £1.2m.
G Recover 1,277 firearms               Drugs were concealed inside
G Arrest 894 cross-border criminals    parcels of clothes and delivered to
- an increase of nearly 40 per cent    selected addresses in the Bradford
on the previous financial year.        area.
G Charge 38 people with money          The results send a clear message
laundering offences - an increase of   that the police will stop serious
more than 80 per cent on the           crime. Criminals should know that
previous financial year.               weʼre never far behind, and in many
The Crime Divisionʼs specialist        cases, we are one step ahead of
Economic Crime Unit even used a        them.

                                        What happens when you call 999?
WHAT happens when you call calls from the public waiting our 10 second target.                       remember that 999 should be   emergencies only.
999 and ask for the Police?        for officers to arrive and Our target is that 90 per                      dialled      in         For non emergencies, call
The                  Forceʼs             updates from officers cent                   of                                               the West Yorkshire
Communications                                  out    on      the non-emergency                                                        Police Switchboard on
                                                                                             “Excellent service.
Division handles                                   streets,     as calls must be                                                        0845 60 60 60 6.
                                                                                          The burglar was actually
all   telephone             “He was really           well       as answered        in
                                                                                         in the house when I called
contact                nice and polite. They did      dealing         less than 30-40
                                                                                             999. The call taker
between the           a smashing job. It was all      with calls seconds.
                                                                                          actually calmed me down
public       and       done quickly, no problem       during                  But
                                                                                            and he was brilliant!”
police as well                  at all.”
as        sending
officers to reports of                                        “They dealt with
crime and other incidents                  special       my problem quickly and
around the clock.                  operations or          efficiently. They knew
Your call will be picked up by serious                    what they were talking
the Force Call Bureau at incidents.                       about and responded
Headquarters in Wakefield, The same route is                     really fast.”
which handles 999 calls, as        followed     for    a
well as non-emergency calls        non-emergency call, and
that might have gone through       an appropriate response is
to the Force switchboard.          agreed with you.         Your
The operator will ask what has     information will be passed to
happened and take a note of        the Contact Management Unit,
your name and other details,       who    will    inform     your
this may take time, but it is      Neighbourhood         Policing
important to get as much           Team.
information from you as they       Last         year,         the
can at this stage.                 Communications        Division
The operator will then contact     answered more than three
one of the Forceʼs Area            million calls -       375,000
Dispatch Centres nearest to        emergency calls in an average
you. The Dispatch Centre           of 3.9 seconds and nearly
team deals with follow-up          400,000 were answered within
Your Annual Report 5                                                                                           

What does The Policing Pledge mean for you?                                                                                         Crime
WEST Yorkshire Police introduced the
Policing Pledge in February, but what does
that mean for you?
The pledge is 10 points which lists the
standard of service you can expect from
the Force.
Here is a brief summary of what you can
                                                                                                                                    the risk of
expect, should you need to contact us.
To see the pledge in full, visit
                                                                                                                                   summertime                                                                                                           crime
                                                                                                                                  WARMER weather and
                                                                                                                                  lighter nights traditionally
                                                                                                                                  signal an increase in
                                                                                                                                  sneak-in thefts, and
                                                                                                                                  neighbourhood policing
                                                                                                                                  teams will be stepping up
                                                                                                                                  patrols to post crime
                                                      G If you are calling about an agreed neighbourhood priority and             prevention leaflets.
                                                   attendance is required, we aim to be with you within 60 minutes.               Detective Inspector Duncan
                                                                                                                                  Macnay, the Forceʼs crime
                                                   G Alternatively, if appropriate, we will make an appointment to see you at a   reduction officer, said:
                                                     time that fits in with you and within 48 hours of your call.                 “People are more relaxed
                                                                                                                                  about security when they
                                                                                                                                  are at home.
                                                                                                                                  “But while they are in the
                                                                                                                                  back garden or asleep, their
                                                                                                                                  property is particularly
                                                                                                                                  “It is essential that easy
                                                                                                                                  points of access like front
                                                                                                                                  doors remain locked,
                                                                                                                                  particularly while relaxing or
                                                                                                                                  gardening at the rear of the
                                                                                                                                  “At night, lock all ground
                                                                                                                                  floor doors and windows
                                                                                                                                  and consider other
                                                                                                                                  vulnerable points.”
      G Your Neighbourhood Policing                                                                                               And to nip garden thefts in
  Team (NPT) will be visible and on your              G We will give you monthly                                                  the bud this summer,
  patch when most needed.                          updates on what we are doing                                                   householders can take
                                                   about local crime and policing                                                 these steps to make their
  G Your NPT will spend most of its time           issues.                                                                        sheds secure;
  working in your neighbourhood,                   G If you have been a victim of                                                 G Check the fabric of a
  tackling your priorities.                        crime, we will agree with you how                                              shed to make sure it is
                                                   often you would like to be kept                                                secure and free from decay.
  G Your NPT will answer every message             informed of progress. You have                                                 G Consider installing a
  it receives within 24 hours and, where           the right to be kept informed at                                               strong grille or heavy wire
  necessary, will provide a more detailed          least every month, for as long as                                              mesh around windows to
     response as soon as it can.                      is reasonable.                                                              increase security
                                                                                                                                  G Fit a quality lock, such as
                                                                                                                                  a closed shackle padlock

Your one-stop shop for policing and partnership news                                                                              and bolt the fittings to the
                                                                                                                                  door, with a steel panel
                                                                                                                                  fitted on the inside of the
From Holmbridge to Emley Moor, Dewsbury            CCTV appeals for your area. There is even a                                    door.
and Batley to Skelmanthorpe, Marsden to            local weather feed.                                                            G Fit an energy efficient
Heckmondwike and everything in between!            Patrick added: “We hope the public will help                                   dusk to dawn light to deter
Itʼs now easier than ever to find local policing   us test the page and send in comments via                                      thieves.
and partnership updates thanks to a new            an email link to help us improve it.”                                          G Postcode items that you
experimental iPortal web page launched by          iPortal takes information from police                                          store in the shed and keep a
West Yorkshire Police.                             websites, such as the main West Yorkshire                                      record of serial numbers.
“The iPortal is a one-stop-shop designed to        Police                                 website                                 G Mark property using a
find localised police news and information         ( and the                                          permanent marker or paint.
from existing websites – and deliver these to      Neighbourhood Policing Team website at                                         G Make sure your shed is
you via a fast postcode search,” explained                                                                always locked when left
Web Communications Manager Patrick                 More widgets are planned, including ones                                       unattended and that garden
Brooke.                                            with news from local partners and agencies.                                    tools are put away safely.
“Similar to the BBC homepage, iPortal              Viewers in some areas can already use a                                        G Use a heavy duty chain to
enables users to customise their page by           widget with local council updates.                                             secure valuable items to
selecting information windows (widgets) and        Visit                                  make sure they are
deciding how you would like them displayed         *Subscribe for regular police updates from                                     protected, even if somebody
on your page.”                                     your local Neighbourhood Policing Team and                                     does break in.
You can choose to display news releases or         find out about local issues. You can also                                      DI Macnay aded: “Items in
events from your local police Division,            receive news releases and police staff job                                     your shed can cost
contact information as well as Policing            vacancies via email too.                                                       hundreds of pounds, so it is
Priorities from your Neighbourhood Police          More details on the NPT website at                                             important you protect it.”
Team, plus the latest Caught on Camera   
West Yorkshire Police Authority                                                                                     Working with you ... to improve local policing

Looking back on 2008-09
WEST Yorkshire Police Authority
is    an     independent        body                                                                                      KIRKLEES
responsible for ensuring West
Yorkshire Police delivers an
efficient and effective police
It is made up of 17 local people
who work on your behalf,
supported by a small team of staff.
Nine are councillors from the five
local councils. The other eight are
local people just like you who
applied to join the Police Authority.
The Authority makes sure that the
Force is accountable to the people
of West Yorkshire and actively
gives you a chance to have a say in
how you are policed.
Our Policing Plan for 2008/09
                                                                     Members of West Yorkshire Police Authority, with
                                                                     Chair Councillor Mark Burns-Williamson (far right)
                                                                                                                          WEST YORKSHIRE
contained targets for West
Yorkshire Police about five priority    boundaries between police forces        The total number of crimes
areas of policing activity.             in the Region (such as some             recorded in 2008/09 was 217,228,
G reducing crime and offending;         serious organised crime and roads       nearly 11,000 down on the previous
G tackling anti-social behaviour        policing) and protecting vulnerable     yearʼs total.
and creating stronger and more          people.                                 All but two targets in the Policing
cohesive communities;                   We put a smaller number of targets      Plan were achieved:
G increasing public confidence and      in The Policing Plan for 2008 to
improving satisfaction;                 2011 than in previous years. These      I Robbery - reduced by nearly 2%
G     strengthening       “protective   were supported by delivery targets.     to 2,989 (159 fewer crimes)
services” and reducing risk to the      The Authorityʼs Annual Report           I Theft from Vehicle - reduced by
public and vulnerable groups; and       contains more details about these       1.5% to 20,341 (300 fewer crimes)
G strengthening management of           and you can find more detail about      I Theft of Vehicle – reduced by
the Force.                              the delivery targets in the quarterly   nearly 3% to 8,185 (244 fewer
ʻProtective     servicesʼ     include   reports to the Authorityʼs Strategic    crimes)                                   job in their local area – increased   local area is a place where
counter-terrorism and extremism,        Planning      and      Performance      I Serious Violent Crime –                 by over 4% to 41.8%                   people          from         different
serious organised crime, civil          Committee. Both can be found on         reduced by nearly 6% to 1582 (100         I Percentage of residents in          communities get on well
contingencies and emergency             our website (              fewer crimes)                             West     Yorkshire      who     say   together – increased by 2% to
planning,       critical     incident   Recorded crime continued to fall        I Overall detection rate –                anti-social behaviour in their        56.5%
management,          major      crime   throughout      2008/09.     Figures    increased by 1.7% to 26%                  area has increased – reduced by       I Victim satisfaction – increased
(requiring the appointment of a         reported to the Police Authority        I Percentage of residents in              20% to 18.7%                          by nearly 2% to 83.3%
senior investigating officer), public   show a 4.8 per cent reduction over      West Yorkshire who say the                I Percentage of residents in          I Maintain or increase the
order, policing which crosses the       the figures recorded in 2007/08.        police do an excellent or good            West Yorkshire who agree their        number of the workforce in
                                                                                                                                                                public facing roles at 5,863 –
                                                                                                                                                                achieved 5,994
Better browsing for everyone                                                                                                                                    Two targets were not met:
                                                                                                                                                                I House burglaries - increased by
                                                                                                                                                                nearly 12% to 20,800 (2,200 more
MORE people are relying on the          (pictured) for the FREE software                                                                                        crimes)
Internet and technology to help         and then it will be possible to                                                                                         I Road collisions involving
them      access     information,       listen to content from web pages,                                                                                       death or serious injury –
particularly     about     public       documents and even Adobe                                                                                                increased by 4% to 994 (39 more
services.                               Acrobat files.                                                                                                          incidents)
People with disabilities can be         The Chair of the Authorityʼs                                                                                            Robbery, house burglary and theft
even more reliant on these              Equality       and      Diversity                                                                                       of and from vehicles are combined
means of communication and so           Committee, Roger Grasby, said:                                                                                          in a single target (acquisitive crime)
more public bodies are trying to        “Although some people with                                                                                              in the Policing Plan. The results
make     sure     they    provide       severe visual impairments or                                                                                            have been shown for each crime
information in this way.                dyslexia     may     have    more                                                                                       type above to make it clear that
In partnership with Browsealoud,        specialised             software,                                                                                       burglary is the only area of
West Yorkshire Police Authority         Browsealoud will open up the                                                                                            underperformance.
has joined the growing number           website to a wider audience.                                                                                            Since 2007/08, the four police
of public and private bodies            “As well as those with mild                                                                                             authorities and forces in the
which have made their websites          visual impairments, there will be                                                                                       Yorkshire and the Humber have
more accessible.                        people who cannot read English                                                                                          been      working      together     to
Visitors to the website will now        well and people who take                 adapt it to suit your needs,             bigger as the words are spoken        strengthen their ability to deal with
find the information is not only        information in better by listening       including choosing male or               (see picture).                        protective services. A Regional
displayed in words and images,          rather than reading.”                    female voices, varying the speed         For more information, visit           Roads Policing Team was also
but it can also be read aloud.          The Browsealoud software is              of the reading and choosing     and click on the         launched last autumn.
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Your Policing Summary 7                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                As in previous years, the Policing Plan for 2009    methods. These included: a postal public
Our priorities for the year ahead                                                               to 2012 contains targets related to the five
                                                                                                priority areas of policing activity:
                                                                                                                                                    perception survey; public events; visits to
                                                                                                                                                    schools; and talking to people in shopping
                                                                                                G reducing crime and offending;                     centres and at the Bradford Mela.
                                                                                                G tackling anti-social behaviour and creating       You Said
                                    Public confidence                                           stronger and more cohesive communities;             You gave us very clear feedback about how you
                                                                                                G increasing public confidence and improving        are policed and where you wanted to see
                                     and satisfaction                                           satisfaction;                                       improvements.
                                                 You Said:                                      G strengthening protective services (see            We Acted
                                      Police response has become more                            previous page for an explanation of what these     We took what you had told us into meetings
                                    important to more of you during 2008.                          are) and reducing risk to the public and         with the Force and made sure that your
                               You want a consistent and reliable response to                        vulnerable groups; and strengthening           priorities were included in the Policing Plan for
                                    emergency and non-emergency calls.                                 management of the Force;                     2009 to 2012. Half of the targets in the Policing
                        People regularly raise the need for better communication                         G setting our targets to make sure they    Plan directly relate to what you told us. They
                                         between them and the police.                                     reflect areas of local and national       broadly fall into four topic areas – public
              Police visibility is an issue for those of you living in suburbs and rural areas.            importance or where performance          confidence and satisfaction, acquisitive crime,
                                                                                                            improvement is most needed.             violent crime and anti-social behaviour.
                                                                                                             We Asked                               You Will See
                           The Policing Plan target for 2009/10:                                             During 2008, the Police Authority      A summary of some of the things the police
                1. Increase the proportion of residents who say the police are doing an                      consulted with residents about their   intend to do to tackle your priorities are
                        excellent or good job from 41.8 per cent to 42.9 per cent.                           policing priorities using different    displayed here.
        2. Increase the overall satisfaction of service users from 83.3 per cent to 84.3 per cent.
                       3. Reduce the satisfaction gap between white and minority
                         ethnic victims of crime from 7.1 per cent to 6.1 per cent.
    4. Increase the proportion of residents who agree that their local area is a place where people
          from different communities get on well together from 56.5 per cent to 57.5 per cent.
                                                                                                                ASB (Anti-social behaviour)
               5. Maintain or increase the number of the workforce in public facing roles.
                                                                                                                                    You Said:
                                                                                                                          ASB is your top policing priority.
          What will be done to meet the target in the Policing Plan:                                      ASB impacts on you more than other crime and disorder issues.
         The Policing Pledge has been implemented in all 47 Neighbourhood Policing Teams                   Specific problems include gangs of young people which make
        across West Yorkshire, setting out the standards you can expect from your local police.                        you feel unsafe, criminal damage and
                           Internal performance monitoring and training will                                 people riding off-road motorcycles where they shouldnʼt.
                        be used to identify and address areas for improvement
                    The Chief Constable has given Neighbourhood Policing Teams
                       the freedom to deliver a policing service that best meets                                The Policing Plan target for 2009/10:
                         your needs and find creative and innovative solutions                             1. To reduce the proportion of residents who say that ASB has
                               to local problems in partnership with you.                                 increased in their local area from 18.7 per cent to 17.8 per cent.
                                                                                                            2. To increase the proportion of residents who agree that the
                                                                                                                     police and local council are dealing with the
                                                                                                                    ASB and crime issues that matter in their area
                                       Violent Crime                                                                       from 44 per cent to 49 per cent.

                                            You Said:
                   Media coverage of gun and knife crime has made you more                                  What will be done to meet the target in the
                       aware of violent crime and makes you feel less safe.                                               Policing Plan:
                   Violent crime is linked to drugs, alcohol and gangs which you                            Neighbourhood Policing Teams will work with you and other
                                        are also worried about.                                                      partners to tackle specific local ASB issues.
                       Violent crime is one of your top four policing priorities.                              As part of the Policing Pledge, the police will respond
                                                                                                           within 60 minutes to your calls about ASB issues identified as
                        The Policing Plan target for 2009/10:                                                                       local priorities.
                                                                                                           Work with partners to ensure that the range of methods and
                             1. Reduce the number of assaults resulting
                                                                                                               police powers to tackle ASB are used more effectively.
                            in injury by 2 per cent from 16,621 to 16,289.
                                                                                                               Work with partners to try and help people at risk from
                         2. Reduce the number of serious violent crimes by
                                                                                                                         committing crime and acts of ASB.
                                     2 per cent from 1,582 to 1,550.
                                                                                                           Make full use of Safer Schools Partnerships, which have had
                                3. Increase the proportion of detections
                                                                                                                an impact on crime and ASB in and around schools.
                      for domestic violence from 51.1 per cent to 53 per cent.

                        What will be done to meet the target
                               in the Policing Plan:
                The police will engage with young people earlier to stop low level                                    Acquisitive Crime
                                       problems escalating.
                               Use of knife arches in public places.
                                                                                                                   (house burglary, robbery
                Work with partners to ensure that the range of methods and police
                powers to tackle alcohol related crime are used more effectively.
                                                                                                                      and vehicle crime)
                Work with partners to protect children and vulnerable adults from
                                      serious violent crime.                                                                       You Said:
                                                                                                                  More of you completing our public perception
Other priorities                                                                                                       survey say that property crime is
                                                                                                                          a problem in your local area.
                                                                                                                   Property crime makes you feel less safe.
The Policing Plan contains more detail about the remainder of the priorities,
including the targets for 2009/10 and what West Yorkshire Police will do to                                    The Policing Plan target for 2009/10:
achieve these. The Plan can be found on our website ( or we
                                                                                                                          Reduce the level of acquisitive
will send you a hard copy if you ask for one.
                                                                                                                   crime by 2.7 per cent from 52,365 to 50,964.
The other priorities in the Policing Plan are:
Providing a better service                                                                                     What will be done to meet the target
   G Reduce the abandonment rate of non-emergency calls
                                                                                                                      in the Policing Plan:
Stopping the people who commit most of our crime from re-offending
                                                                                                                Neighbourhood Policing Teams will work with you
   G Reduce the re-offending rate of priority offenders
                                                                                                                and other partners to tackle specific local issues.
Getting money back from criminals
                                                                                                                         Training of officers to improve
   G Increase the volume and value of confiscation orders
                                                                                                                           standards of investigation.
Working smarter and saving money
                                                                                                                       More sharing of successful tactics
   G Deliver 10 per cent efficiency and productivity gains by 2010/11
                                                                                                                             across the Force area.
   G Reduce the proportion of working hours to lost sickness
                                                                                                                      Specific intensive police operations
The police force has a similar make up to the population of West Yorkshire
                                                                                                                          to tackle these crime types.
   G Increase the proportion of the workforce from minority ethnic backgrounds

If you have any comments or questions about the policing priorities, please
contact the Police Authority on 01924 294000, e-mail,
or write to us at Ploughland House, 62 George Street, Wakefield, WF1 1DL.
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How can I contact my local Neighbourhood Policing Team?
                                                                                    Spen Valley                                                                                                                         Batley, Birstall & Birkenshaw
                                                                                    Areas covered:                                                                                                                      Areas covered:
                                                                                    Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike,                                                                                                          Batley, Birstall, Birkenshaw, Healey,
                                                                                    Scholes, Gomersal, Liversedge,                                                                                                      Howden Clough, Soothill, Staincliffe,
                                                                                    Hightown, Roberttown, Norristhorpe,                                                                                                 Batley Carr and surrounding areas.
                                                                                    Littletown, Oakenshaw and
                                                                                    surrounding areas.                                                                                                                  Team Supervisor:
                                                           A/Inspector Dave                                                                                                                       Inspector Neil        Inspector Neil Money
                                                               Whitfield                 Team Supervisor:                                                                                            Money
                                                                                         A/Inspector Dave Whitfield                                                                                                     Contact: 01924 295301
                                                                                         Contact: 01924 295357

                    Huddersfield North
                    Areas covered:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dewsbury and Mirfield
                    Ashbrow Ward, Greenhead Ward                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Areas covered:
                    and Lindley Ward.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chickenley, Earlsheaton, Hanging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Heaton, Dewsbury Moor,
                    Team Supervisor:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Westborough/Flatts, West Mirfield,
                    Inspector Mohammed Rauf                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ravensthorpe, Scout Hill, Thornhill,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thornhill Lees, Saville Town and town
     Inspector                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         centre.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Inspector Dave
  Mohammed Rauf

 Lindley Ward - 01484 436698 (answering service available)                                                                                                                                                                                                  Team Supervisor: Inspector Dave Barnett
 Greenhead Ward (Marsh & Paddock) - 01484 436698                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contact: 01924 431033
 Greenhead Ward (Birkby) - 01484 436729
 Ashbrow Ward - 01484 234220                                                                                                                                                                                                                                E-mail:

                                       The Valleys
                                       Areas covered:                                                                                                                                                                                                               Denby Dale and Kirkburton
                                       Holme Valley North/South and                                                                                                                                                                                                 Areas covered:
                                       Colne Valley/Golcar.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Denby Dale and Kirkburton ward areas.
                                                                                                                                                 Huddersfield South
                                       Team Supervisor:                                                                                          Areas covered:                                                                                                     Team Supervisor:
                                       Inspector Mark Trueman                                                                                    Almondbury, Dalton, Kirkheaton, Lepton,                                                                            Inspector Nicholas Harvey
                                                                                                                                                 Newsome, Crosland Moor, Lowerhouses, town
                  Inspector Mark
                     Trueman                                                                                                                     centre, Berry Brow, Netherton, Lockwood and                                               Inspector Nicholas
                                                                                                                                                 surrounding areas.                                                                                                 Contact: 01484 436898.
              Holme Valley South – 01484 436855
              Holme Valley North – 01484 436855                                                                                                  Team Supervisor: Inspector Adrian Waugh                                                 E-mail:
              Colne Valley – 01484 436896                                                                                Inspector Adrian
              Golcar – 01484 436726                                                                                          Waugh

              E-mail:                                                        Dalton Ward : 01484 436724
                                                                                                                       Almondbury Ward : 01484 436724
                                                                                                                       Town Centre : 01484 436672
                                                                                                                       Crosland Moor : 01484 436672
                                                                                                                       Newsome/Lowerhouses: 01484 436672

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