Police team wins award for tackling town crime

Best NPT team award for West Yorkshire.'Inspector Lisa Kirkland (centre) pictured with her team of winning officers. The award wa for their work in Normanton, Altofts and Featherstone.'w8209a212
Best NPT team award for West Yorkshire.'Inspector Lisa Kirkland (centre) pictured with her team of winning officers. The award wa for their work in Normanton, Altofts and Featherstone.'w8209a212

A TEAM of police officers has been awarded a trophy for tackling crime in Featherstone.

Two years ago the town was plagued with gangs bullying young children and committing arson, robbery and graffiti but members of Featherstone and Normanton neighbourhood policing team (NPT) held emergency meetings and worked with residents to stop the problems.

On Friday a group of eight PCs and three PCSOs, led by Sgt Andy Loftus, was presented with the Colin Cramphorn Trophy for Contribution to Neighbourhood Policing.

Insp Lisa Kirkland, who nominated the officers, said: “I have been continually impressed by the dedication and commitment that this team has shown.

“Featherstone was suffering from anti-social behaviour and it was understood that a post code gang was forming and was responsible for committing crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

“The team worked tirelessly to resolve the situation, working with other agencies to ensure that every youth involved in the gang culture was visited and appropriate action taken.

“Attendance at our monthly meetings has reduced dramatically and some of the more vocal and critical members of the public praised the police for the difference they had made in the community.”

The award, named after West Yorkshire Police’s former chief constable, was presented at a red carpet event in Leeds.

Awards were given out by Mike Tomlinson – husband of the late charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson – Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe and current chief constable Sir Norman Bettison.

Sir Norman said: “This was an extraordinary evening to celebrate the commitment and dedication of some of our extraordinary people.

“Over the past year these people, like many of their unsung hero colleagues, have gone above and beyond the call of duty and the awards ceremony was an opportunity to offer our sincere gratitude for their contributions to the force.”