A FAMILIAR face will be disappearing from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who is responsible for the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and Brighouse wards, is leaving his role within the NPT to join the response team. The move is part of a review taking place within West Yorkshire Police.
Chief Superintendant Chris Hardern, divisional commander for Calderdale, said: “We are reviewing skills and experience to deliver the best possible service in neighbourhoods.”
Sgt Maddocks moved to the Lower Valley area in 2009 as sergeant for Hipperholme and Lightcliffe area and in June this year he took over responsibility for Brighouse ward.
Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said he wanted to thank Sgt Maddocks on behalf of Brighouse residents for the excellent job he had done while he was responsible for the area.
“He has motivated other members of the team and we all appreciate how they put in that extra 10 per cent. But now we are going to have another upheaval after only four months.
“To try and replace someone of Sgt Maddocks’ calibre and build up a relationship with his successor is going to take some time.
“We want some kind of reassurance that we will have some stability. We want officers we can rely on and trust to be able to work for the benefit of Brighouse.”
Sgt Maddocks, who lives in Batley and has three children, will be leaving his role on Monday. He will be replaced by Sgt Rob Barton who is an experienced officer from the response unit in Halifax.
Insp Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the team, said: “I hope Sgt Barton will be welcomed by local residents and supported in a similar way to how I was helped when I first came to Brighouse. Sgt Maddocks will be missed.”