Police Out In Force To Disrupt Offenders In Dewsbury In Neighbourhood Policing Week

Thursday January 25, 2024

Neighbourhood police have been on patrol to reassure commuters and disrupt offenders using buses and trains in the Dewsbury area in a special operation.

Officers from the Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with British Transport Police to patrol at Dewsbury train station, on trains and at bus stations at Dewsbury and Mirfield this week. 

The operation was just one of a number of initiatives officers have been carrying out in Dewsbury and across wider Kirklees as part of the national Neighbourhood Policing Week.

The joint patrols were undertaken to deter anti-social behaviour and provide officers with opportunities to host contact points to engage with commuters.

Police manned stalls at the bus stations as well as Dewsbury Train Station as part of the initiative.

Officers speaking with commuters at Dewsbury station

Other activity in Dewsbury this week has included the continuation of regular high visibility patrols to deter street drinking in the Public Space Protection Order zone in the town centre

Neighbourhood Officers and PCSO’s work in partnership with the Kirklees PSPO Enforcement Officers utilising their powers in relation to this to deter street drinking, remove alcohol from persons seen violating the order and issue Fixed Penalty Notices as necessary.

The Neighbourhood Policing Week itself is a national week in which police forces mark the contribution of neighbourhood officers to their communities.

Sergeant Stuart Clarke of the Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT, said: “I want to thank fellow officers from British Transport Police for working with us on this operation which was intended to reassure commuters and help us build a better picture of issues at our transport hubs.
“Officers spoke with a number of residents at all locations we attended and we found those we spoken with were pleased by the police presence.
“We have been maintain a focus on anti-social behaviour at these locations and work closely with partners to investigate any offences reported to us.”

Inspector Liz Lockwood of the Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT, added: “Lots of activity has been ongoing across Dewsbury and Mirfield as part of this national week, which provides a welcome opportunity for all of us to focus attention on the value of neighbourhood policing.
“I would encourage residents who see our officers out and about this week and any other week to stop and speak with them about any concerns they may have.
“Local intelligence helps us plan operations, such as last week’s activity to close down a cannabis factory and stolen parts dealing ring in the Ravensthorpe area.”

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