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A new Neighbourhood Policing Team, covering West Yorkshire's
rail network, was launched in Huddersfield.
Officers from the British Transport Police team, comprising one
Inspector, two Sergeants, five PCs, and twelve Police Community
Support Officers (PCSOs) will be dedicated to policing trains
services and stations across the whole of West Yorkshire.
The team will engage regularly with the commuters who use the
stations as well as adjoining retail and licensed premises to
identify concerns and local policing priorities.
The officers will also work closely with partner agencies such
as Metro, West Yorkshire Police, Network Rail, Train Operating
Companies, universities and local residents groups to address any
issues that are identified.
"Public transport remains one of the safest forms of travelling
in West Yorkshire," said Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk Downes, "with
recorded incidents representing a fraction of a percentage of the
220 million bus and train journeys made each year.
"Partnerships such as the one we have with British Transport
Police are a key element of that success, and the introduction of a
dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team will serve to reassure
passengers as well as acting as a deterrent to would-be
Inspector Brian Buddo is responsible for managing BTP's
Neighbourhood Policing Teams across West Yorkshire. "We launched
NPT in Leeds and Bradford in 2006," he said. "In the short time
they have been operational they have proved a huge success reducing
incidents and making people feel safer when using the railway
network which is why we are now expanding them across West
Yorkshire in at attempt to mirror this success elsewhere.
"It is very important that people who regularly use the trains
and stations have a say as to how they are policed. The aim is to
listen to your concerns and then attempt to tackle the root cause
of the problems.
"We want to ensure it is not just BTP who set the policing
objectives but the people who use, work and live near to the
High on the agenda for the team will be reassuring passengers
and rail staff by tackling anti-social behaviour, drunkenness,
shop-lifting and people who avoid paying their fare.