Police chief: Keighley not going to be ‘abandoned’

Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin has responded to fears

Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin has responded to fears

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Keighley’s top cop has spoken out to allay fears the town’s police presence is under threat.

Closure of the cells at Keighley Police HQ last year and the shifting of CID officers to Bradford have sparked concerns the town is being stripped of frontline services.

But in a revealing interview with the Keighley News, Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin – head of policing across the Bradford district, including Keighley – pledged the community is not being abandoned.

He accepted shutting Keighley’s custody suite does add to travelling times for officers, who now have take prisoners to cells at the Trafalgar House district HQ in Bradford.

But he claims this had been counterbalanced with moves to speed-up the handover of suspects.

And he added the uniformed presence on Keighley’s streets remains undiminished, with response times to incidents actually improving.

“We are reviewing all different ways of working to try to ensure we are as effective as possible,” he said.

“It is a challenge because we are trying to make savings at the same time as keeping a high number of officers operating and visible in Keighley.

All our 24/7 response officers, who were being deployed from Shipley, are now operating from Keighley.

“Following this, we have seen a four per cent improvement in response times, and for priority calls, this has improved by more than ten per cent.

“We have also reviewed the CID, and this has led to a number of officers previously in plain clothes being pulled back into uniform and tackling crime, such as burglary.”

He said CID was now split into two main teams. One deals with serious crime investigations – such as rape – and works from Eccleshill, while the safer neighbourhoods investigation team handles crimes such as robbery and burglary, and is based at Trafalgar House.

“This gives us the flexibility to make sure that when a number of investigations require detectives at the same time, we have the capability and capacity to ensure a high-quality response,” added Chief Supt Atkin.

“For example, it has given us the ability to create a small burglary conspiracy team, which is managing investigations primarily centred around the theft of high-value vehicles.”

He revealed that between October and December last year, arrests by Keighley officers of burglary suspects rocketed by 45 per cent compared to the previous three months, and arrests in general rose by 4.2 per cent.

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4:17am Thu 9 Jan 14

GAMEKEEPER1809 says...

No, there isn't a threat to police numbers in Keighley, because they are already none existent. The only officers you might see are either PCSO or officers passing through, which is why the gypsies are out in force, thefts are increasing, flytipping is out of control.
No, there isn't a threat to police numbers in Keighley, because they are already none existent. The only officers you might see are either PCSO or officers passing through, which is why the gypsies are out in force, thefts are increasing, flytipping is out of control. GAMEKEEPER1809
  • Score: 10

12:18pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Keighley Watch says...

Absolutely agree with Gamekeeper, the police are no longer visible because they just are not there. Once the station at Royd Ings closes and the staff are located outside Keighley, the town will be a free run for thieves, assaults and drug dealers. I must state that the last month or so i have heard nothing but sad news with many people saying that a house or car has been broken into in the town. God only knows what we will witness in the coming months.
Absolutely agree with Gamekeeper, the police are no longer visible because they just are not there. Once the station at Royd Ings closes and the staff are located outside Keighley, the town will be a free run for thieves, assaults and drug dealers. I must state that the last month or so i have heard nothing but sad news with many people saying that a house or car has been broken into in the town. God only knows what we will witness in the coming months. Keighley Watch
  • Score: 8

1:44pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Subopottsboyle says...

My questions for Chief Super are:
1. How many proper policemen and women are station in Keighley now?
2. How many where there on the day you moved to the new station?
3. Compared to 10 years ago, what was and what now is, the ratio of proper police personnel to the town population
4. How many PCSO's work in Keighley now?
5. What is the crime detection rate for Keighley
6. How much time, money and manpower is committed to crime prevention work
7. How much does the leasing of cars, 4x4's and the new police station cost the rate payers of Keighley? How does that compare to 5 years ago?
8. What percentage of time does the average Bobby spend on the Beat and how much time is down to Admin. How much is down to attending court and how much time is down to traveling to Bradford?
9. If the police, fire and ambulance services are Strapped for Cash, why didn't the planners put you all together on one site (By the fire station for example)?
10. Why is the helicopter called out so often just to chase joy riders and the like especially when it's so expensive to fly and of course so few people meet the full wrath of justice and punishment.

Sadly Sir you are just the face and mouthpiece for a faceless set of somebodies who have sold you, me and the rest of the population down the river.

Roy Spink
My questions for Chief Super are: 1. How many proper policemen and women are station in Keighley now? 2. How many where there on the day you moved to the new station? 3. Compared to 10 years ago, what was and what now is, the ratio of proper police personnel to the town population 4. How many PCSO's work in Keighley now? 5. What is the crime detection rate for Keighley 6. How much time, money and manpower is committed to crime prevention work 7. How much does the leasing of cars, 4x4's and the new police station cost the rate payers of Keighley? How does that compare to 5 years ago? 8. What percentage of time does the average Bobby spend on the Beat and how much time is down to Admin. How much is down to attending court and how much time is down to traveling to Bradford? 9. If the police, fire and ambulance services are Strapped for Cash, why didn't the planners put you all together on one site (By the fire station for example)? 10. Why is the helicopter called out so often just to chase joy riders and the like especially when it's so expensive to fly and of course so few people meet the full wrath of justice and punishment. Sadly Sir you are just the face and mouthpiece for a faceless set of somebodies who have sold you, me and the rest of the population down the river. Roy Spink Subopottsboyle
  • Score: 10

4:29pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mik_e says...

The senior police officers will never give truthful and forthright replies, as they are now merely political puppets, who obey government orders. It would be very refreshing to hear none politically correct or politically controlled replies, from an officer that actually has the backbone to speak the truth. Statistics and figures can easily be manipulated however they are required to be.
*The nearest CID are based in Bradford.
*Far more travelling time and money is spent taking prisoners from Keighley and surrounding areas to Bradford, where no doubt queues are longer to book prisoners in?
*It is clear for all to see that there are now very few, if any, police officers on patrol in Keighley, but far too many of the very unpopular Community Support Officers, who are the governments idea of trying to fool the public, that they are police, by makiing them wear uniforms that are almost identical.
*West Yorkshire police is top heavy with senior officers, whose numbers could be greatly reduced and huge savings made, Ch Supt earn approx £80,000 per year, with higher ranks earning even more, as well as receiving other benefits.
The senior police officers will never give truthful and forthright replies, as they are now merely political puppets, who obey government orders. It would be very refreshing to hear none politically correct or politically controlled replies, from an officer that actually has the backbone to speak the truth. Statistics and figures can easily be manipulated however they are required to be. *The nearest CID are based in Bradford. *Far more travelling time and money is spent taking prisoners from Keighley and surrounding areas to Bradford, where no doubt queues are longer to book prisoners in? *It is clear for all to see that there are now very few, if any, police officers on patrol in Keighley, but far too many of the very unpopular Community Support Officers, who are the governments idea of trying to fool the public, that they are police, by makiing them wear uniforms that are almost identical. *West Yorkshire police is top heavy with senior officers, whose numbers could be greatly reduced and huge savings made, Ch Supt earn approx £80,000 per year, with higher ranks earning even more, as well as receiving other benefits. Mik_e
  • Score: 1

7:39pm Thu 9 Jan 14

jimmy k says...

Subopottsboyle wrote:
My questions for Chief Super are:
1. How many proper policemen and women are station in Keighley now?
2. How many where there on the day you moved to the new station?
3. Compared to 10 years ago, what was and what now is, the ratio of proper police personnel to the town population
4. How many PCSO's work in Keighley now?
5. What is the crime detection rate for Keighley
6. How much time, money and manpower is committed to crime prevention work
7. How much does the leasing of cars, 4x4's and the new police station cost the rate payers of Keighley? How does that compare to 5 years ago?
8. What percentage of time does the average Bobby spend on the Beat and how much time is down to Admin. How much is down to attending court and how much time is down to traveling to Bradford?
9. If the police, fire and ambulance services are Strapped for Cash, why didn't the planners put you all together on one site (By the fire station for example)?
10. Why is the helicopter called out so often just to chase joy riders and the like especially when it's so expensive to fly and of course so few people meet the full wrath of justice and punishment.

Sadly Sir you are just the face and mouthpiece for a faceless set of somebodies who have sold you, me and the rest of the population down the river.

Roy Spink
excellent questions,but why aren't they coming from the keighley news instead of allowing him to spout this pr nonsense unchallenged.
[quote][p][bold]Subopottsboyle[/bold] wrote: My questions for Chief Super are: 1. How many proper policemen and women are station in Keighley now? 2. How many where there on the day you moved to the new station? 3. Compared to 10 years ago, what was and what now is, the ratio of proper police personnel to the town population 4. How many PCSO's work in Keighley now? 5. What is the crime detection rate for Keighley 6. How much time, money and manpower is committed to crime prevention work 7. How much does the leasing of cars, 4x4's and the new police station cost the rate payers of Keighley? How does that compare to 5 years ago? 8. What percentage of time does the average Bobby spend on the Beat and how much time is down to Admin. How much is down to attending court and how much time is down to traveling to Bradford? 9. If the police, fire and ambulance services are Strapped for Cash, why didn't the planners put you all together on one site (By the fire station for example)? 10. Why is the helicopter called out so often just to chase joy riders and the like especially when it's so expensive to fly and of course so few people meet the full wrath of justice and punishment. Sadly Sir you are just the face and mouthpiece for a faceless set of somebodies who have sold you, me and the rest of the population down the river. Roy Spink[/p][/quote]excellent questions,but why aren't they coming from the keighley news instead of allowing him to spout this pr nonsense unchallenged. jimmy k
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

billys says...

Not much to add here, it has all been said and wholeheartedly agree.
It seems every public body wants to take our taxes and not cut back on non essential services. Policing is essential and I can only hope the crime rate doesn't soar, time will tell.
Not much to add here, it has all been said and wholeheartedly agree. It seems every public body wants to take our taxes and not cut back on non essential services. Policing is essential and I can only hope the crime rate doesn't soar, time will tell. billys
  • Score: 0

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