A POLICE officer has been chosen to patrol Pontefract town centre.
PCSO Becki Norbury, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT), has been assigned the new role and will work to combat crime and disorder in the area.
The officer, who has covered Darrington and Chequerfield for the last six years, said: “I have many projects in the pipeline aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
“I want to make Pontefract a better, safer place to live, work and socialise.”
PCSO Norbury is already the lead officer for the town’s Shopwatch retail support scheme, which links Pontefract’s shops, pubs and businesses together with a radio network which includes the town’s CCTV monitoring station.
Members of the project meet at Pontefract police station every six weeks to find out about the current crime trends and offenders operating in the town.
Sgt Lis Walker said: “Since Becki became involved in the scheme, the number of Shopwatch members has grown, making it harder for shop thieves to commit crime.
“Becki can respond to incidents much quicker, detaining suspects before they flee. On one occasion Becki detained three shoplifters in three separate incidents in just two hours.”
PCSO Norbury’s new beat area includes the town centre, Valley Gardens, the area around Pontefract General Infirmary as well as Pontefract Castle and the South Baileygate industrial estate.
PCSOs Jane McMillan, Lindsey Moss and Steve Dye will still patrol the town centre as part of the Monkhill and Nevison beat area.
Chequerfield and Darrington will continue to be covered by PCSOs Paul Guest, Nicola Blewitt and Linda Stanley.
To contact PCSO Norbury visit the Pontefract and Knottingley NPT website at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt or call Pontefract police station on 01977 601045.