Officers from West Yorkshire Police (Wakefield Central NPT) have joined forces with Wakefield Council and Wakefield BID to set up a new market stall opposite Boots in Kirkgate from Thursday April 12, to help prevent crime and provide a visible base in the heart of the cities shopping district.
It will be staffed by police officers and PSCO’s who will be able to offer crime prevention advice and provide a visible fixed presence to deter shoplifters and anti-social behaviour.
Ambassadors from Wakefield Business Improvement District (BID) will also be on hand to offer advice to visitors, businesses and residents about the city.
The stall will be manned on certain Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s between April and May.
The new stall is just one part of an ongoing campaign by Wakefield Central NPT to reduce shop-based crime and anti-social behaviour in Wakefield.
Police also continue to support Wakefield BID’s partnership approach towards the development of the city centre.
Wakefield BID Manager Elizabeth Murphy said: “The BID is committed to making Wakefield city centre more attractive and welcoming, safer and cleaner and a better place to do business. Thanks to our partnership approach with the West Yorkshire Police, our BID Ambassadors can reinforce these commitments through their active role as the eyes and ears for Wakefield on ground level,” said BID manager, Elizabeth Murphy.
She added: “Although they have no law enforcement capabilities, the Ambassadors highlight issues such as anti-social behavior, litter and vandalism and this new market stall initiative can further enforce this.”
Inspector Helen Brear of the Wakefield Central NPT, said: “Having a stall right in the heart of the city will provide us with a really visible base from which to speak with residents and shop keepers and carry out crime prevention work, as well as deterring thieves from operating.”
She added: “We are continuing with our ongoing work to deter anti-social behaviour and retail crime in the city centre and are very keen to engage with business to help them better protect themselves.”
“I would ask any businesses in the city centre who want to talk to their local officers about crime prevention to contact PCSO Rebecca Norbury at Wakefield Central NPT on email@example.com”
“Wakefield also has a dedicated crime prevention officers who can advise businesses how to better protect themselves and can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org “
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “Whether out in the city for shopping, to work or for leisure, it is important that everyone feels safe. That is why we are supporting this great initiative to help deter crime and anti-social behaviour in our city centre.”