On 19th August, the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire – Sir Norman Bettison – undertook a visit to look at neighbourhood policing work in Bradford and Keighley. The visit was part of the Force’s Here For Good campaign which launched in August and involves the Chief touring the Force to reassure officers and the public that Neighbourhood Policing is here for good, despite the Force needing to make savings.
The Chief Constable met local Mosaic supporters to learn more about the primary school mentoring programme. Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team officers have become the first in the country to act as mentors for this programme, which has now helped find work for local women who would otherwise have struggled to integrate because of confidence and language issues.
Sir Norman said Neighbourhood Policing would remain at the centre of policing in Keighley and also in Airedale and North Bradford. He said: “Policing starts and finishes in communities. I have always believed that officers should therefore be dedicated to their ‘patch’ so that they become visible, accessible and familiar. This is better than being remote and driving to deal with specific crimes and incidents”.
Chief Inspector Mabs Hussain of Airedale and North Bradford Police, said: “Neighbourhood Policing is the cornerstone of our drive to make communities safer in this division and it has been achieving real results as we have seen in Keighley. Officers work in partnership with residents through schemes such as Mosaic to help integrate hard to reach groups into our communities, showing our officers are very much part a full part of the neighbourhoods they work to protect.”