A NEW bobby is walking the beat in Rastrick.
PC Chris Madden, who used to cover the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward, has replaced PC Matt Catlow as the new community beat officer for Rastrick.
PC Madden has been in the role for around a month and will have sole responsibility for the area.
“I know the area and the people very well and find I tend to get on with everyone I meet,” he said.
PC Madden who lives in the Calderdale area is hoping to focus his attentions on some of the issues in Rastrick including anti-social behaviour, speeding and he wants to give young offenders something to focus on to lead them away from a life of crime. He is wanting to work with local businesses who may be able to help with this.
“I want to publicise the partners and communities together meetings and increase the attendance to find out what issues are in the community,” he said. “I am enthusiastic and committed to doing my best for Rastrick and bring with me a lot of knowledge. I am working with our partner agencies and will be pushing the neighbourhood watch groups. I would strongly urge anyone who has any issues or wants to find out any information to come to the PACT meetings where we can meet or stop me in the street when I’m out.”
Updates on issues in the Lower Valley can be found on the neighbourhood policing team website and the police station in Bradford Road is open from 1pm until 4pm.
A contact point has been set up at Woodhouse Stores in Woodhouse Lane for residents to talk to PC Madden on October 31 at 7pm, this morning and October 26 at 11am; November 8, 16 and 29 at 11am, and November 22 at 7pm; December 7 and 20 at 11am, and December 13 at 7pm.