They’re cracking down on crime

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POLICE have been praised for their hard work and dedication after receiving some of the best crime figures in Calderdale.

Officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team were given a ‘pat on the back’ from their Inspector after seeing a decrease in crime over the last 12 months.

There has been nearly 600 less victims of crime in the Lower Valley and in terms of anti-social behaviour they have seen a reduction of 22 per cent between April 2010 and March 2011.

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the team, said the figures were heartening. “In the past two years we have been encouraging people to report their issues to the police in anything that impacts on their quality of life and to still see a reduction in anti-social behaviour is really fantastic.

“In the Lower Valley we have achieved a really good reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour and an increase in public confidence which is a real testament to the hard work going on by my officers, staff, partner agencies and local communities.

“But we are in no way complacent about our success we are determined to continue to provide a first class service despite the huge challenges ahead. It is really important to us to keep our community informed about what we are doing and how they can contact us.”

He urged residents to attend street briefings and the partners and communities together meetings and contact them with any concerns.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said he felt the message was getting across that the police and public were working together and passing on information no matter how small.

He felt it was reassuring to see officers on the beat.

Councillor Christine Beal (Con, Rastrick) said she wanted to congratulate the police themselves and the team working that she sees going on behind the scenes.