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A new way of providing community policing that was first trialled in South Kirkby is being introduced across the county.

The partnership between the neighbourhood policing team (NPT), the council, health workers and other organisations was introduced last December.

On Tuesday, policing bosses announced it had been such a success, other areas were now following South Kirkby’s blueprint.

Chief Supt Andy Battle, Wakefield district commander, said: “Wakefield district has a strong history of partnership working to protect the most vulnerable by tackling the real issues which cause harm in our communities.

“Our renewed commitment to neighbourhood policing and the launch of our new operating model will further strengthen our work in this area and allow us to focus our efforts where they are needed most.

“Our commitment to partnership working is enabling Wakefield police and our partners to further improve the way we work together and enhance the service we provide our local communities.

“Through a better and common understanding of the problems we are all trying to solve, we are able to share our expertise and intervene earlier to tackle problems at an early stage.

“The first example of a Neighbourhood Policing Team co-locating with partners was recently launched here in the South East of Wakefield.

“Based at South Kirkby Police Station, this multi-agency team has made an immediate impact, tackling the issues that are important to the local community and making communities safe and feeling safer.”

As well as the NPT, council workers, health staff, youth offending officers and firefighters are also based at the station on Stockingate.

By working from the same base, they hope to work more effectively, improve communication and provide a better service for the community.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “I am pleased that Wakefield Council has been the driving force to make this happen.

“We are committed to working more closely with our partners as this is integral to providing the best possible services for local residents.”

The council have also confirmed that funding for the district’s PCSOs is safe for another 12 months.

 

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