Teamwork is key in town’s future

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BRIGHOUSE is a thriving place according to Calderdale’s top cop.

Divisional Commander for Calderdale Police, Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern during his visit said that the reason why it is thriving is because it is driven by businesses and people in the community.

“I think as we go through this continued austerity with the public sector and public services under pressure the work between police, its partners and the public is what is going to be used through these difficult times.

“I was at a meeting for the wellbeing strategy and someone there said we should look at Brighouse at what is happening there because they are doing really good things.”

He felt Brighouse was so successful because people worked together and that the police had a part to play in helping Brighouse to develop further.

“It is not a leadership role but we have a part to play in that and we should be involved in helping places to regenerate and grow economically. My job is to try and help that and the officers locally in Brighouse. Hopefully it will all come together,” he said.

Chief Superintendent Hardern was out on patrol with PC Chris Madden in Rastrick, he met local neighbourhood watch co-ordinators and visited the new contact point.

“For me what we have got to be is accessible to the public and we can’t do that if we are sat in an office or a van,” he said. “It is really difficult to get out to everybody walking out on the streets and having a contact point is a good opportunity for people to come to us at a time that suits us and times that suit the people.

“Some days they start at 11am so people that drop their children off at school, hopefully it will suit them, and another at 7pm when people have got home from work.

“If it is urgent or even an emergency then people must call 999. But the contact point allows them to come in with their concerns about parking or issues that we might not be able to do anything about but can get it to other agencies.

“It gives people the opportunity to come and chat in a place they feel familiar with and a place that provides a reassurance as they go about their daily business.

“People can meet the police and have a chat and we can talk to them as ordinary people rather than victims of crime and show that we are ordinary people doing a job.”