Police and Crime Commissioner sees great work of Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team (1 Dec 2015)

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West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson saw the great work of Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) when he visited them on Friday (20/11).

Officers from the Bradford West NPT including Inspector Tom Horner and Sgt Roger Moore took the Police and Crime Commissioner on a tour of the outer city area on Friday 20 November, including Great Horton and Girlington and discussed their work, including the challenges they are facing in these times of brutal government cuts.

Mr Burns-Williamson then met local Councillors and residents to talk about policing and community safety issues that have been raised locally and the great joint working that goes on there.

The last stop was the Centre of Excellence where the Police and Crime Commissioner met the dedicated team who run the centre and got involved in a session to help raise awareness among young people around gang culture.

22Bradford Centre of Excellence: Positive Pathways for Young People is an initiative that delivers targeted interventions about the consequences of crime.
 
The programmes that the centre puts on are designed and presented by ex-offenders and prisoners to young people from across the Bradford District who are "at risk".

"At risk" young people include those who are vulnerable or excluded, and those who are already offending or who have fallen into problematic lifestyles. The centre's role is to provide vital support that helps young people resolve problems and choose a positive future.

The centre, which is located in Girlington Community Centre in the Toller area of Bradford, uses a series of theatrical sets, such as a courtroom, a prison cell, as well as a shop and park where crime might happen. Mentors can use these sets to get over to young people what crime can involve.

Mark Burns-Williamson said "Getting out and about in West Yorkshire and speaking to local people and Neighbourhood Policing Teams is one of the best and most important parts of my job.

"It was great to re-visit The Centre of Excellence which is a brilliant initiative for Bradford and for Yorkshire. Many young people aren't aware of the consequences of crime. Raising awareness amongst young people of the impact crime can have on your life and the lives' of other people is an important step in preventing crime and building a safer community."

Inspector Tom Horner, who leads the Bradford West Area Neighbourhood Team, said:

"We were really pleased the Police and Crime Commissioner came to Bradford West to see the good work ongoing with partners and residents to make the area a safer place for all."

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