On The Beat: Two weeks of action

During the month of January 2024 West Yorkshire Police (WYP), in partnership with Leeds City Council (LCC) were extremely busy by carrying out two weeks of action.

The collaborative action undertaken was based upon information received from the community, whose continued support we rely upon.

During the two week period, WYP officers alongside LCC officers, carried out multiple community engagement events as well as carrying out law enforcement, targeting community hotspots and areas of community concern.

A total of seven warrants were executed within the Leeds South area whereby four people were arrested. These warrants were selected based on information received from the community stating that the occupants and visitors of these addresses were having a significant impact on the daily lives of local residents.

In conjunction with those warrants Leeds Anti Social Behaviour Team (LASBT) enforced closure orders on these addresses ensuring the occupants and their visitors would be unable to return in the future. Therefore, freeing up the property for someone who needs it.

WYP officers carried out high visibility visits at multiple addresses where closure orders had already been issued by LCC to ensure they are been adhered to as well as high visibility patrols, on an evening, in areas where burglaries had been on the rise.

Multiple community engagement events took place; The community engagement van attended in Cross Flatts Park and Holbeck which was staffed by WYP and LCC officers.

This offered members of the community the chance to approach WYP and LCC officers with any concerns they may be facing; WYP Mounted section carried out community engagement patrols in the Beeston area; and an Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Hub was launched in Cottingley in a bid to overcome ASB in the area.

WYP Off Road Bike Team carried out high visibility patrols, in areas known for its motorbike related ASB, resulting in multiple seizures of stolen motorbikes and arrests of those individuals riding them.

Three traffic operations were carried out in hotspot areas focusing on the fatal five offences and specialist WYP officers were tasked with carrying out enquiries for wanted individuals and weapons sweeps within areas that have a high footfall, such as Cross Flatts Park and the White Rose Centre.

To enable us to reach members of the community that may otherwise be housebound, WYP officers carried out joint leaflet drops with officers from LCC. The leaflets contained vital contact information for various departments within the council and advertised the various contact points LCC hold for residents.

Local PCSOs engaged with the younger generation of our communities by attending at local youth provisions such as Hunslet Rugby Club and local schools.

Other events which local PCSOs lead were a Fraud Awareness event, Crime prevention stalls at White Rose Centre and a bike marking event held at Morley.

All collaborative work undertaken in response to supporting the community and ensuring we target the areas of most concern to them.

In partnership we have visited over 200 households. This is an excellent example of how efficient and effective partnership working really is!

This work would not have been possible without the continued support of you are local community.



This post was written by Sgt Chloe Spencer of the Leeds South Neighbourhood Policing Team

Photo: The community engagement van in Cross Flatts Park

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