Top cop to address child sexual exploitation

Chief Superintendent Angela Williams
Chief Superintendent Angela Williams

There’s a new senior leadership team at Calderdale Police as crime continues to fall across the division.

The experienced line-up, lead by Chief Supt Angela Williams, have taken over to bring fresh ideas and a new look to policing in the area as the force is re-organised to follow council boundaries.

Chief Supt Williams, who previously commanded the Airedale and North Bradford Division leads a new team made up of Superintendent Owen West, Detective Chief Inspector Darren Minton and Chief Inspector Steve Thomas. Chief Inspector Viv Cutbill remains in place.

Chief Supt Williams joined West Yorkshire Police in 1991 and has previously been based in roles across Bradford, Leeds and headquarters in Wakefield.

“I am really happy to have arrived in Calderdale and am hoping to make a mark quickly and bring my many years of experience to the division.

“I know well the importance of policing in our communities and the high expectations members of the public rightly have of the police force.

“An issue that I am well aware of is that of child-sexual exploitation and I know it rightly concerns members of the public.

“Tackling this issue is one of my very highest priorities and it is important that we continue to work closely with partners to ensure that people know the signs of child sexual exploitation.

“As a force we have already carried out considerable work to highlight this issue including releasing an online video helping parents in particular to be able to spot the signs.

“If you suspect something don’t stand by or ignore what you are told. Take it seriously and let the police, Crimestoppers or one of our support agencies know.”

The 43-year-old, married mother of two, replaces Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern who has moved to a headquarters role.

Superintendent Martin Lister has also moved to a headquarters role as has Chief Inspector Kate Jowett.

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long has moved to the new Bradford District.

“Chris Hardern has left a strong legacy and it is up to me and the rest of the team to continue on with his successes,” added Chief Supt Williams.

“I am looking forward to making my own mark on the division and helping to continue to cut crime in Calderdale.”

Fifty men, mainly from Halifax, have been arrested so far in connection with child sexual exploitation and the victims are believed to be young girls from the town.

There could be further arrests and charges could be brought before Christmas.