Crime down, confidence up

inspector Mohammed Nawaz
inspector Mohammed Nawaz

LOWER Valley officers are celebrating after achieving a reduction in overall crime figures, despite some challenging times.

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said that from April 2011 until March 2012 there has been an eight per cent reduction in overall crime. This follows on from the previous years decrease of 14 per cent.

And on top of that confidence levels in the police has risen from 39.7 per cent to a current rate of 57.3 per cent.

Inspector Nawaz said the last 12 months had been challenging. “But we have gone that extra mile to meet the expectation of the local communities to address their concerns and issues that impact on their quality of life,” he said.

“My priorities are to increase confidence and satisfaction, reduce crime and meet our communities expectations. But I do need the support of our local neighbourhoods.

“By listening to people and by being open and honest with them to what we can and can’t achieve is how we have reached these results. I think the contact point at Brighouse Police Station has helped increase confidence and if people feel they need any advice they can come and speak to us rather than someone on a phone that doesn’t know the area.”

He said they had achieved the reduction in crime by working with local partners on cross boarder operations such as Wyke crossroad and Ainley Top to target travelling criminals.

They have had the nominate a neighbour schemes, the cold calling control zone at Whinney Hill Park and have raised awareness with crime prevention survey’s with young children going home and sitting down with their parents, he said.

“Mostly it is thanks to the intelligence and support we get from the local communities and I want that to continue.

“These are very challenging times for the police service. However the reassurance I can give is that me and my team will do everything we can possibly can to meet the needs of our communities and their expectations,” said Insp Nawaz.