West Yorkshire Police are highlighting the work they do to tackle anti-social behaviour and the affect it can have on local communities in the run-up to halloween and bonfire night.
This week UK forces are taking part in the second “In Focus” week organised by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Through neighbourhood policing, officers are working to ensure there is a balance between tolerance and respect in communities and that people feel confident in reporting it.
“Anti-social behaviour can blight a local community and we are doing all we can to stamp it out,” said Assistant Chief Constable John Robins.
“We are highlighting examples of the sort of work officers put in day in, day out, 24 hours of the day, 365 days of the year.
“It is a particularly poignant time to be doing this. The nights are rapidly drawing in and calls reporting anti-social behaviour typically increase around halloween and bonfire night and we increase the proactive work we do in our communities.”
Examples of work in Calderdale include:
Sending social media messages out via twitter around the issue of anti-social behaviour; specific operations to tackle burglary and car crime; and speaking to potentially vulnerable residents to offer assistance and reassurance. Officers will also be stepping up highly visible patrols – particularly in areas where there have been previous incidents of anti-social behaviour.