A new initiative has been launched in Morley which will see the Neighbourhood Policing Team being closer to the communities which they serve.
The move is part of a major overhaul that will see the 17 existing neighbourhood policing teams for Leeds expanded to 33 smaller teams.
Demonstrating a renewed commitment to policing in a more localised way means Morley NPT will be working even more closely with communities, local councils, businesses, voluntary organisations and public health bodies to ensure services are better at meeting the needs of people requiring them.
Each ward will have a named sergeant and a local, familiar, visible team of dedicated neighbourhood officers, who will work alongside partners to coordinate resources to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and resolve local problems.
The move aims to provide more officers on the beat, but working in smaller, more localised teams. The teams in Morley will consist of a Response Team, five PCs and 10 PCSOs, all working in each council ward.
Ward manager, PC Chris Dibbs said: “It will be more community focussed, taking ownership of areas and paying more attention to those areas.
“It’s not all about just arresting people, it’s about having the intelligence led information to get to the cause of a problem and solving that problem permanently.”
New equipment such as mobile data devises, enabling officers to access livetime information so they can respond to issues more quickly and spend more time in communities will also be used by officers.