West Yorkshire Police is committed to neighbourhood policing, delivering services and making decisions as close to communities as possible.
Neighbourhood policing is the style of policing in West Yorkshire – it is not just provided by NPTs. We aim to ensure that all our frontline services which include response and investigation are working together cohesively to serve their neighbourhoods better. By closer joining up of the services we provide, we create a resilience in visible policing and continue to improve public confidence.
We have 47 neighbourhood teams in the county which are visible and accessible to local communities, providing the familiar face of the service. The teams work closely with communities in defined geographical areas and in partnership with other agencies to tackle the issues most important to local people.
We are further developing our neighbourhood approach to tackling crime – all crimes from anti-social behaviour to serious and organised crime happen in a neighbourhood and have an impact on those communities. By engaging with communities and understanding their problems, our NPTs can identify, as well as act on information, and work with specialist policing resources when requires. A neighbourhood approach to tackling local problems also requires the active contribution of partners, as long term solutions invariably require a multi-agency approach.
Tackling anti-social behaviour is critical to building public confidence and if not tackled can blight the lives of people living within communities. Dealing with anti-social behaviour remains a key priority for us.
The raft of tools and powers available to us to deal with anti-social behaviour, include Warning Letters, Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs), Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), Premises Closures and Dispersal Orders to name but a few.
Our response to anti-social behaviour is based on the scale and persistence of a particular issue, providing help to those members of the community whose lives are affected by the problem and with a focus on supporting those victims who are more vulnerable.
There are now dedicated anti-social behaviour teams within districts across West Yorkshire, made up of police, local authorities and partners. These teams deal with the more serious and recurring problems, providing support and expertise to complement the work of local officers. The number of anti-social behaviour incidents reported to the police has fallen in West Yorkshire. And fewer people now believe that anti-social behaviour is a problem in their local area.
We have recognised the need for Neighbourhood Policing to be closely integrated with Neighbourhood Management to seek long term solutions to anti-social problems. This has resulted in success and a continued determination to make use of the extensive powers to make neighbourhoods.
We remain committed to neighbourhood policing, delivering services and making decisions as close to communities as possible. We aim to minimise the impact of budget savings on our Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) and other frontline services such as ‘Response’ and ‘Investigation’, but will need to think innovatively in order to ensure our communities continue to benefit from visible policing, which has helped increase confidence significantly over the last three years.