West Yorkshire’s PCC sees critical role of Neighbourhood Policing in action on a visit to Bradford (6 Apr 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) spent a busy afternoon in Bradford with the Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) last week.

Mark joined a multiagency traffic operation on Midland Road which resulted in a number of tickets being issued for speeding, driving without insurance and driving while using a mobile phone. Several vehicles were seized due to the driver having no insurance.

While on the operation Mark also spoke to local members of the community about their policing and community safety priorities.

The PCC then went to the launch of a school neighbourhood watch scheme at Copthrone Primary School.

The new scheme sees a point of contact in schools across Bradford West reaching out to parents to help further facilitate communication of key policing, crime prevention and crime reporting information.

The afternoon concluded with a visit to Grantham Road to see and hear about the improvements in the area thanks to residents, the council, the police and other partners coming together to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour and drug use.

Mark said: "This just goes to show the absolutely crucial role local neighbourhood policing teams play in keeping our communities safe. These teams really know the area they work in and are key to making our police service open, accessible and work for our communities who are our most important partner.

"It was a fantastic afternoon spending time with the team and at the school and seeing the end product of some of their dedicated work, along with many other partner agencies and groups, in tackling the issues that matter to local people."

Inspector Tom Casey of the Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "Multi agency operations such as the one the Police and Crime Commissioner saw are an important part of our work to keep our communities safe. It was good to hear the thoughts of residents, both positive and negative, which can then help shape policing.

To find out more about your local NPT visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt.

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