About West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police serve approximately 2.2 million people living in one of the five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The physical area, of some 2000 square kilometres or 780 square miles, contains the West Yorkshire conurbation and a network of motorway and trunk roads which allow easy access to and from other population centres. The Force area is very varied combining busy cities and towns with quiet villages and picturesque rural locations. People are equally varied and represent a diverse range of ethnic cultural and economic backgrounds. For this reason, the policing is delivered from 5 separate police districts, providing most of the day-to-day policing services performed through the county. There are also teams of specialist police and support staff personnel based at headquarters and at various other locations around the Force.
The overwhelming majority of police officers are engaged in operational duties that contribute towards the community safety for the people of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire Police has 21 Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) which are made up of Inspectors, Sergeants, Constables and Police Community Support Officers. Neighbourhood teams are visible and accessible to local communities, providing the familiar face of the service. The teams work closely with communities in defined geographical areas and in partnership to tackle the issues most important to local people.
Community consultation and engagement events take place regularly within each and every neighbourhood. One example is a PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting, when the community can meet with their dedicated officers and have a real say in local policing issues and priorities.
Child Safeguarding Units
Safeguarding the vulnerable is one of our force objectives and within West Yorkshire Police there are local Safeguarding Units (SGU’s) that include Police Officers and Support Staff who specialise in areas relating to Child and Public Protection. They routinely deal with child abuse allegations, including abuse within the family setting, abuse by professionals, carers, organised abuse in addition to those children who may be at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation.
Staff dealing with such issues are specially selected for their skills in dealing with complex and sensitive crime. They receive comprehensive initial training and a period of tutorship with an experienced Unit member. The training includes methods of obtaining evidence from vulnerable victims and witnesses, the preservation and security of forensic samples and other specialist training on how to investigate child abuse and sex offences.
SGU’s work jointly with a range of other agencies to Safeguard vulnerable people in our communities.
A Detective Chief Inspector based at Police Headquarters, Wakefield oversees the governance of this function in respect of policy and procedure. The DCI represents the Force on strategic and policy matters in respect of Safeguarding and kindred matters. Local Senior Managers represent the police
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