Police station ‘helps lift public confidence’

Brighouse police station, Bradford Road.
Brighouse police station, Bradford Road.

BRIGHOUSE police station is providing a vital service to the town, according to a Brighouse councillor.

The help desk at the station in Bradford Road has been in operation for a year and Coun Colin Stout (Ind) feels it has helped to increase confidence and keep crime down.

“People really appreciate it being back open. My only worry is that we will have to keep an eye on any proposals under the spending review to further cut hours or even close the help desk.

“We still need the footfall for people to report things and ask for information so we can justify keeping it open. If we can keep the relationship going with the police and the public in Brighouse we can continue to drive down crime over the next 12 months.”

Councillor Stout also wanted to encourage people to attend the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings.

The police station was reopened after three years as part of a pilot scheme in September 2009 after residents told officers it was a top priority to reopen the building.

After the trial, Chief Superintendent Alan Ford, divisional commander for Calderdale police, secured funding from the West Yorkshire Police Authority in April last year meaning the police station remained open permanently.

“We recognise what an important service the police station is for the local community,” said Chief Supt Ford.

“We are aware of the calls in the town for the police station being open to the public for even longer and in an ideal world we would. But in the current financial climate we are working extremely hard to retain the levels of service we currently offer.”

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, echoed Chief Supt Ford’s comments and urged people to come in person to tell them information rather than leaving a message. “Public confidence has increased, we are not saying that is totally down to the police station reopening, but people do feel confident that their local station is open.”

Regular updates about police activities and information about PACT meetings can be found on their website, calling 01484 405251 or by visiting the station between 1pm and 4pm Monday to Friday.