The new head of neighbourhood police in the upper Calder Valley has vowed to keep crime low and ensure the area remains a safe place to live in.
Inspector David Shaw, who took over as the man in charge of the valley’s neighbourhood policing teams (Valley West and Valley North) from Insp Dave Browning, said crime figures for the area are down and he wants to keep it that way.
Insp Shaw said: “My main message is the valley, and especially the upper Calder Valley, is a very safe place to live.
“People like living in the valley and I want to keep it that way. I want to reduce crime and keep it low. This year our crime performance is really good.”
Insp Shaw has been in the force for 16 years, having joined in July 1997.
The married father- of-two started as a police constable in Dewsbury for five years before transferring to Bradford as a child protection officer dealing with numerous sexual offences cases. He moved to the north east Leeds division in 2007 and worked as a sergeant.
The former Huddersfield Town youth team coach, worked his way up to detective sergeant in Leeds, and returned to Bradford in March 2011 where he did six months as a response sergeant.
Insp Shaw, who lives in Bradford, switched to Calderdale where he was promoted to response inspector in March 2012. In November 2012 he headed up the local policing review team, which looked at how the Calderdale division could be restructured in line with a spending review.
In July of last year he became Inspector of the Lower Valley NPT.
Last month he took overall the Valley NPTs, which includes the five “clusters” of Valley North, Valley West, Valley South, Valley North East and Valley South East.
That means he has responsibility for Calder and Luddenden Foot (Valley North); Todmorden (Valley West); Ryburn, Sowerby Bridge, Greetland and Stainland (Valley South); Elland and Rastrick (Valley South East); and Brighouse, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Northowram and Shelf (Valley North East).
With officers sharing buildings with partners - Hebden Bridge Town Hall and Todmorden Police Station in the upper Calder Valley - the five clusters have a named sergeant overseeing officers and PCSOs (Sgt Michael Bowden in Valley West, and Sgt Andy Fisher in Valley North).
Insp Shaw said: “What you have got is a locally accountable community officer and they’re responsible for managing that ward. If there are any local problem such as parking or anti-social behaviour then ward officers are responsible for dealing with that and liaising with the local community.”