Neighbourhood policing in Calderdale is being given the biggest shake-up in over half a decade to make communities safer.
Seventeen new Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) have been created in Calderdale, replacing the previous four – Lower Valley, Upper Valley, Halifax North and East, and Halifax Central. The 17 NPTs (Town, Skircoat, Park, Warley, Mixenden, Illingworth, Ovenden, Brighouse, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Northowram and Shelf, Elland, Rastrick, Ryburn, Sowerby Bridge, Greetland and Stainland, Calder, Luddenden Foot and Todmorden) will come under eight “clusters” which will include; Halifax North, Halifax West, Halifax Centre, Valley North East, Valley South East, Valley South, Valley West and Valley North.
The Halifax clusters will be led by Insp Colin Skeath, while the Valley clusters will come under the leadership of Insp David Shaw.
Insp Skeath said: “This is still neighbourhood policing, but it’s an enhanced neighbourhood policing where every officer has local accountability and ownership.”
Insp Shaw said: “I think it’s better that we have gone back to that local familiar face in the area.”
Each cluster will be overseen by a named sergeant, who will engage with residents. Every NPT, which will work with partner organisations including Calderdale Council and Pennine Housing, will have a named police officer and at least one named PCSO.
The NPTs will share a building (or co-locate) with partner organisations. Some of those will be police stations, such as Brighouse, while other will be owned by the partners, including the Furness Housing Office in Illingworth.
Calderdale District Commander, Chf Supt Angela Williams, said she was delighted with the new structure and said the force was looking to invest in Brighouse and Todmorden Police Stations to “get them up to scratch”.
“It’s going to be about being more local,” she said.