In confidence - policing with Insp David Shaw: Making sure that we are seen

Police officers at the sand sculpture at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Police officers at the sand sculpture at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

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After last month’s article on road safety, this one addresses visible patrols and how to contact my team.

Visible patrol first, When I attend with my officers at ward forums and out on patrol sometimes I get stopped and told “we never the see the police around here”.

I want to reassure all residents that all my front line officers spend as much time as possible out in your community being visible whilst dealing with all aspects of police work. We have in the past twelve months outfitted all our patrol vehicles with laptops which allows my officers to complete clerical and crime enquiries out in the community rather than having to come back into the Police Station. This ensures that officers spend more time out an about visible for all to see.

I also encourage and advocate patrolling with a purpose to all my officers and my team understand this concept that people like to see and engage with them when they are on patrol. Officers are out at the key times of the day and plan their routes carefully so that the maximum number of residents see them. During these key times of rush hour and school drop off times the officers can serve dual purposes, as they can help enforce parking and speeding issues as well as reassuring the local school children attending school.

The team also use social media to make sure the community is kept up to date with what we are doing and with good news stories. Last week our facebook page reached nearly 14000 people.

I would also encourage residents that if you see a Police or neighbourhood warden uniform out on patrol to stop and have a chat for a minute or two. They will be pleased to listen to how things are going in your neighbourhood and can reassure you that we are dealing with the issues that matter to you.

CONTACTING THE TEAM

The second thing I want to highlight this month is how to contact my team if you need them.

There are a number of ways you can do this:

l 999 – this is for any emergency and for crime in action (e.g something happening now)

l Ring 101 – This number is for non-emergencies. When you ring this number you will speak to someone from West Yorkshire who can direct your call in the right direction. If you know who you need to speak too the call taker will take a message and send it the person to deal with. If you don’t know who you need to speak with the call taker will help put you in touch with the right person.

l Ward Forum and surgeries – you can attend one of our ward forums our surgeries which are advertised on line and in the local media.

l You can email my team at Calderdale.NPT@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

l Speak to my officers when they are out and about on patrol.

SO WHAT?

The trusted relationships we have with local people can help us in our aim to be a world class policing service, but we shall only manage this if we are accessible to the public and they know how to get in touch with us.

NOW WHAT?

I am determined to keep building on our current position. We will continue to make ourselves available to speak with local people and putting in the effort to let people know how to contact us.

With good two way communications in place we can keep crime levels down and keep criminals on the back foot. I want to end on this positive note by saying crime levels are very low in the whole area and this is because of the hard work of everyone who lives and works in the Valley.