New sarge up for challenge

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A NEW police sergeant has been appointed in Brighouse.

Sgt Warren Pitman has been in the police force for more than eight years working in Halifax on patrol and on response teams before being promoted to sergeant just over a year ago.

“I have worked in the north and east neighbourhood policing teams and I worked in Brighouse a few years ago on response for about 12 months,” said Sgt Pitman.

“Brighouse is always somewhere I have enjoyed working. I find I get on well with the people here and there is opportunity to be more pro active.”

The father-of-one from Bradford is heading the neighbourhood policing team for Elland, Stainland and Greetland and hopes his fresh outlook will have a positive effect.

“I have done quite a bit of work previously in Mixenden with anti-social behaviour which had lots of success. It is difficult working in an area where there is low police confidence but the work we put in in Mixenden turned it around from a no go area to a place where people started to grow in confidence. So I am hoping to bring the same kind of things,” he said.

Sgt Pitman is still settling into his position at Brighouse Police Station but said he was eager to start tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour.

“I want to start a project with the anti-social behaviour orders like we had in Mixenden. It is a case of working in partnership with street wardens, street ambassadors, housing officers and youth offending team and trying to target youths that are starting to engage in anti-social behaviour, identifying what stage they are at, can we just talk to the parents or do we have to issue an anti-social behaviour order,” he said. “It is a fantastic project, a lot of hard work but it really is worth it.”

The 28-year-old who has also worked in custody at Halifax Police Station said he had been out in the area he was responsible for and got to know the people who lived there and what they felt was important to them.

“I think there is different sorts of issues to tackle here than what I’m used so I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “There is lots you can do in a neighbourhood policing team and getting the little things right is important.”