Local Policing: Enjoying the summer gala season

Brighouse Gala parade
Brighouse Gala parade

We are firmly in gala season and enjoying some great sunshine and fabulous community spirit at Todmorden Agricultural Show and Mytholmroyd and Brighouse galas.

The police band led the procession through Brighouse on Saturday, June 27 and they did a marvellous job.

As the weather has been so hot, please bear in mind that when leaving windows open due to the heat and cars unlocked that this is an added temptation to those who would relieve you of your property. Remove any visible property from cars and before going to bed make sure all your windows are shut.

Part of my role as the Calder Valley Inspector is to seek to develop new approaches to tackling and reducing anti-social behaviour and crime, youth offending and engaging my staff with local young people. I’d like to touch on the fantastic work being undertaken by one of my ward officers PC Chris Madden in the Rastrick and Woodhouse Ward, based around the lake project at Sunny Vale.

PC Madden is very committed to this project and has undertaken some of the work in his off duty time. He has set up a new project that includes volunteers from the community helping him to provide youngsters with a centre, where they can come along and get involved in outdoor activities.

The centre gives youngsters the change to engage in an outdoor activity and then go to the on-site classroom and discuss a crime topic such as gangs, drugs and alcohol, child sexual exploitation and cyber-crime.

It also helps to divert young people that may be susceptible to crime and anti-social behaviour away from this by educating them on current issues that they face in a fun and interactive way. This will also hopefully reduce calls to the police as we have found that they want to commit to the project and take a more active part on a volunteering basis.

PC Madden has already held two activity evenings at the new site for the Bailiff Bridge Cub and Scout Group. The group assisted in some maintenance work by clearing an area suitable for an activity area. Volunteer Mike Roebuck provided a structured educational talk on the mechanics of the solar and hydroelectric station, explaining how it enabled them to run their electrical equipment using natural, reusable resources. The group then had a question and answer session with PC Madden to break down barriers between police and young people. This was the first of a series of police talks, centred around providing young people with current crime prevention advice on how to keep themselves safe now and in the future.

Cub and Scout leader Andrew Lockwood said: “Sunnyvale is a fantastic hidden world full of nature and potential, the current custodians PC Chris Madden, Mike and Chris where brilliant with our cubs teaching us about hydro and solar power and more focused chats about conservation and bullying. The kids loved it and we hope to be back soon to help restore this great place.”