A team of plain-clothed police officers targeting anti-social behaviour patrolled Halifax using a special ‘Trojan’ bus.
The 11-strong team visited anti-social behaviour hot spots, keeping watch for trouble and speaking to people waiting at bus stops about the tactic. They also visited places where people like to gather, for example local shops and takeaways and arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs. He was later charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.
Inspector Colin Skeath of the Central neighbourhood policing team, said: “This was something that was a little bit different. Police in high visibility uniform regularly patrol these areas to spot trouble and help to reassure people with their presence. But on this occasion we chose to do the work undercover using a bus to travel round in to the different areas. It is a tactic that has been used in West Yorkshire before but this was the first time it was used in Calderdale. It won’t be the last.”
The Safer Travel partnership was formed in February 2011 when the local transport executive, Metro and the region’s 45 bus operators funded a dedicated Sergeants post. Safer Travel works to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport across West Yorkshire. Since forming they has been a 34 per cent reduction in damage to buses, 220 less crimes, and more than £200,000 savings for funding partners.
Khadim Hussain, First’s Operations Manager in Halifax, said anti-social behaviour was rare but they were determined to stamp out any examples.