TECHNO-savvy police officers in Castleford are launching a pioneering scheme where residents can call a mobile phone to report anti-social behaviour.
Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT) is the first in the district to pilot the initiative, which will see an officer carrying a mobile phone between 4pm and midnight every day to field calls about troublemakers in the town.
Callers will either be visited by police officers – who will work to identify and catch the offenders – or given advice about how to log incidents.
Acting Sgt Alex Macleod, who is leading the initiative, said: “This is something we’ve done in the past but residents requested we start doing again. They told us they want to speak to their local NPT to report anti-social behaviour matters.
“The officer they’re speaking to probably has knowledge of the street, the area and possibly even the problem they’re talking about.
“By acting fast it gives us the opportunity to identify the offenders and work with partner agencies – including Wakefield and District Housing and Wakefield Council’s anti-social behaviour team – to solve any problems.”
The scheme will begin from February 1 and residents will have their anti-social behaviour complaint logged by the officer who answers the phone.
Insp David Bugg, of the NPT, added: “The great thing about this is the phone is going to be held by a local, dedicated officer that knows Castleford, has a passion for Castleford and a vested interest in getting the problem solved.”
Residents can call 07587 074382 to report anti-social behaviour only between 4pm and midnight daily from February 1.
To report any other type of crime, dial 101 as usual or call 999 in an emergency.