West Yorkshire Police

Congratulations to Colin Skeath on Receiving his MBE

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We would like to congratulate Colin Skeath, a retired police inspector from Halifax who has been recognised in the New Year Honours for his services to policing the communities of Calderdale and his charity work with an MBE.

You may remember that last year Colin gave a talk at Mixenden Activity Centre about his trip around the UK . He set off with his nephew, Davis, to circumnavigate the UK mainland in an open Canadian canoe and 86 days later the journey of around 2500 miles was complete.

Colin was the Halifax Town Centre Inspector since 2012 and retired after 27 years as a police officer in January 2017.

During his career, Colin was posted in a number of different roles across West Yorkshire, as both neighbourhood and response officer based at Holbeck and Milgarth, custody sergeant at Pudsey and response officer at Weetwood.

The last ten years of his career was spent in Calderdale where he was a response Sergeant before becoming the Inspector for Halifax. Through this role Colin met and worked with numerous partners to deliver the best service possible to the communities he served.

Colin was also the Inspector on duty during the Boxing day floods of 2015 and remembers the day as one of the toughest 18 hours in his career, as he and colleagues across the district pulled together to come to the aid of people across the Calder Valley.

It is Colin’s time working in Calderdale that he remembers most fondly, and where he felt his biggest achievements have been; “I loved every minute of my time working in the district and was absolutely overwhelmed to receive the notification of this recognition. I am incredibly humbled to be recognised at such a level. I look back on my time within the police service with fond memories and was fortunate to meet and work with many brilliant and dedicated people. Without a doubt, my favourite role was working as Inspector for Halifax and I am delighted that this award highlights to work I did for those communities in my professional capacity and the work I have done in my personal time to support the charities closest to my heart.”

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “I am delighted that Colin and Diane have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours and congratulate them both.

Their respective commitment to serving our communities for many years is commendable and typifies the selfless approach to helping others that I see daily from West Yorkshire Police officers, staff and volunteers.”

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “This recognition is very well deserved and these honours pay testament to the dedication and professionalism shown day in day out by people like Colin and Diane, who are committed to serving our communities.

“This is a valued and key part in the continued work by West Yorkshire Police in helping to keep our communities safe and feeling safe and I would like to warmly congratulate them both on this great news.”

Have your say! Brighouse Ward Forum – 17 January 2018

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

Wednesday 17 January 2018, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start.

Mulberry Suite, Sixth Form College, Parsonage Lane HD6 1AY

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Have your say! Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Ward Forum – 18 January 2018

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

Thursday 18 January 2018, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start.
St. Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TH

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

West Yorkshire Police are launching a Police Cadet scheme in Halifax starting October 2017

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Are you between 13 and 16 years old?

Would you like to make a contribution to your community?

Would you like to challenge yourself and learn new skills?

Do you have an interest in policing and public services?

Are you considering the police as a future career?

Do you want to complete the Duke of Edinburgh award?

West Yorkshire Police are launching a Police Cadet scheme in Halifax starting October 2017

Sessions will take place on a Wednesday evening between 6:45pm – 9pm at the Cadet Centre, Hunger Hill, Halifax, HX1 2JT

Any questions & for an application form contact – PC 1418 Andy Bingham (Specials & Volunteers) a.bingham@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Ward Forum – 13 July 2017

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

Thursday 13 July 2017 – 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start.
St Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TH

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Brighouse Ward Forum – 12 July 2017

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start.

Mulberry Suite, Sixth Form College, Parsonage Lane HD6 1AY

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Clean up Calderdale with 3 days of action in Elland

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Every day, the Council do a wide range of jobs you may not always be aware of. Some jobs, such as street cleaning, may be done in the early hours of the morning, while others, such as pest control, licensing and road safety may not be seen directly – but all contribute to making Calderdale a better place to live.

From Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 February, Calderdale Council will be out in Elland on the key themes of safer, cleaner, greener with partners including Together Housing,West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service.

SaferLet’s be safer
We will be focusing on a range of things, including tackling problem parking outside schools, safety checks at bars and food hygiene inspections.

CleanerLet’s be cleaner
We will be doing a range of activities including litter picking, bin emptying, jet washing and de-odourising, plus spot fines for littering and fouling.

GreenerLet’s be greener
Some of the activities which will take place will include advice on recycling and pest control to residents and businesses. We will also be checking on air pollution.

The video below shows some of the things Calderdale Council and partners did during the first week of action held from 23 to 29 October 2016.

Join the Police Force – Recruitment starts next week!

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Do something amazing this year & become a Police Officer once the latest recruitment window for new PCs opens on Monday 9 January 2017.

The recruitment window will be open for 2 weeks and closes on Sunday 22 January to allow all aspiring officers to send in their applications.

For more information on the recruitment process, or to ask any question you may have please contact PC Amjad Ditta on his Facebook page.

Click here if you would like to register your interest

Police Officers wear Body Worn Cameras to increase safety ‘Focus’

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WestyorkspoliceWest Yorkshire Police’s technological transformation is taking another step forward.

The Force has agreed a contract that sees officers and staff across the county wearing the latest state of the art body worn video cameras during their duties.

Following a recent pilot of the devices in the Bradford District, a phased roll out will now begin… read more…

All officers will wear them as part of their uniforms including Police Community Support Officers and also officers in plain clothes.

The cameras will film pictures and record sound to help you and the police meaning that people may not need to go to court because information about what happened will be on video.

See more information about the body worn cameras here