Policing Pledge for Wakefield District

Copy of email received Monday 23rd March, 2009

Policing Pledge Hits The Streets Of Wakefield District

Monday March 23, 2009

Wakefield District Police is taking its Policing Pledge to the public.

From tomorrow (Tuesday March 24) Neighbourhood Policing Team roadshows will hit the streets to give people details of their local NPTs and the Policing Pledge. They will be followed by a series of local meetings in the heart of the district’s seven NPT areas to which partners and members of the public are invited.

Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan, Wakefield District Police Divisional Commander, officially launched the Wakefield District Policing Pledge earlier this month signing a copy of the document witnessed by West Yorkshire Police Authority Chair, Councillor Mark Burns-Williamson, Wakefield Council Leader Councillor Peter Box, and Councillor Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for community safety and cohesion.

The ten-point pledge sets out the minimum standard of service that people can expect from the police. It states in clear terms how long police will take to reach people and gives a commitment to meet with residents, agree local priorities and keep residents and victims updated on the progress of
investigations and local policing activity.

Chief Supt Callaghan said: “We have seven Neighbourhood Policing Teams which are firmly embedded in local communities across the district working with residents and our partners to tackle the issues which really matter to them.

“The policing pledge gives a commitment to meet residents and agree local priorities and to keep residents and victims updated on the progress of investigations and local policing activity.

“Through the Police and Community Together meetings our NPT inspectors have already been asking local communities what they want and working hard with partners to resolve those issues.

“The pledge is our promise to all residents of the Wakefield district that we are committed to delivering excellent policing services which are tailor made to their communities.”

The roadshows begin tomorrow when the police display van manned by local NPT officers and loaded with information about the local teams and the Policing Pledge will be in the Normanton and Featherstone areas. It will  move on to Wakefield city centre and surrounding areas and also the
Wakefield Rural NPT areas on Wednesday March 26. On Thursday March 26 it will be in Ossett.

The following week the police display van will be in the Pontefract and Castleford areas on Tuesday March 31, the Wakefield Rural and Central NPT areas on Wednesday April 1 and in the Normanton and Pontefract areas on Thursday April 2.

The roadshows will coincide with a series of meetings in each of the NPT areas, hosted by NPTs, to which partners and members of the public are invited. Chief Inspector Dean Henson, Head of Neighbourhood Policing, said: “This is very important to us. This is the chance for local communities to get their voice heard and have a say on how we police their areas. We want people to come and speak to us and let us know what matters to them.”

The district’s new Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Co-ordinator Chief Inspector Paula Booth will also attend the meetings. Wakefield is now among pioneer areas across the country chosen to look at different ways to boost the public’s confidence in how crime is tackled and justice delivered in
communities.

Chief Inspector Booth is at the forefront of work to give the public a greater say in the way their streets are police and how offenders are dealt with.

The local meetings are as follows:

Wakefield Central - Thursday 26th -March 7pm Jubilee Hall- Lupset
Wakefield Central - Friday 27th March 6.30pm Mumbai Restaurant, Westgate,
Wakefield
South East - Friday 27th March 2pm Langthwaite House, Langthwaite Road,
South Kirkby,
Castleford - Saturday 28th March 12 noon Castleford Market Place
Pontefract & Knottingley -Monday 30th March 6pm Pontefract Town Hall
Normanton - Monday 30th March 11am Wheatsheaf Hotel, Whitwood
Wakefield Rural - Wednesday 1st April 7pm Village Hall, Crigglestone
Wakefield North West - Friday 3rd April 12 noon Ossett Market Place, Ossett
Wakefield Rural - Tuesday 14th April 6.30pm Agbrigg Community Centre,
Montague Street

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