50 Years Since the First Steps Were Taken Towards the West Yorkshire Police We Know Today

Thursday, 11 October 2018

This month marks 50 years since the first steps were taken to form West Yorkshire Police as we know it today.

In October 1968, the separate police boroughs of Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield City were amalgamated to form the West Yorkshire Constabulary; the starting point for what is now West Yorkshire Police.

Leeds and Bradford City Police were not included in the constabulary at the time, as their command teams persuaded the Home Secretary they were large enough to remain on their own and run as separate Forces.

The Chief Constables of Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield became the new Assistant Chief Constables of the amalgamated force, and served under Chief Constable Sir George Scott, with the Force headquarters based on Laburnum Road. 

In the period between 1968, when the first amalgamation came about, and 1986, police officers serving in the West Yorkshire Constabulary will have changed their uniforms, badges and collar numbers several times to reflect the different Forces they worked under.

It wasn’t until 1974 that Bradford and Leeds policing districts merged with the West Yorkshire Constabulary to become part of the new West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police.

The West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police was renamed six years later as West Yorkshire Police.

Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “This month marks 50 years since the first steps were taken in creating the West Yorkshire Police we know today.

“It is important to recognise the excellent foundations the Force is built upon, and although many things have changed, our values of fairness, integrity and respect remain the same.

“While the challenges facing officers in the West Riding Constabulary in 1968 will differ from the challenges West Yorkshire Police officers face in 2018, keeping our communities safe and feeling safe has always been at the forefront of what we do.

“I would like to thank our officers, volunteers and staff members, both past and present, for their dedication and hard-work, and their contribution to policing West Yorkshire and keeping the public safe.”

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