Successful Operation in Huddersfield Sees Anti-Social Behaviour Reduce

Monday 14 October, 2019

Over recent weeks Huddersfield NPT officers and colleagues from Kirklees Council have been working together within the town centre and University area to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as well as ensuring new students studying and living within our town feel safe and welcome.

Officers have completed numerous patrols, and engagement activities with a variety of people, nipping minor incidents of ASB in the bud before they escalate.

There has been a notable reduction in both crime and ASB, and also fewer calls to police regarding incidents in the area.

Police and partners have received a number of positive comments from local businesses within the town centre who are really benefiting from the increased visibility of all involved.

Over the weekend there was an International Market in the town centre and it has been fantastic to see a real increase in visitors to the town, to enjoy the festival and see how the whole town centre is becoming a more vibrant area to visit.

Huddersfield NPT Inspector Graham Dyson said: “We have had some pleasing results with numbers of anti-social and crime incidents dropping, and our interaction with all members of our town centre community increasing.

“The partnership approach has ensured that we have been able to engage with people in need of assistance giving them a variety of support where necessary.

“We do still have some people who won’t engage, however throughout the last couple of weeks there has been a joint effort from us and partner agencies to highlight that we will not tolerate crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre.”

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “The results we have seen in the previous weeks with regards to the reduction of anti-social behaviour and crime within Huddersfield Town Centre have been a real positive for everyone who lives, works, studies and visits here. The work that has been carried has provided support for those who wish to engage with council services and partner agencies while also providing a clear message that anti-social behaviour and crime will not be tolerated.

“Thank you to all of those who have taken the time to provide positive feedback to the council staff and partner agencies while out in the town centre.”

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