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Welfare to be watched as inspector numbers cut in Bradford

generic images of a police officers uniform, 6-5-2006The number of neighbourhood police inspectors is to be halved in a shake-up of local policing – with the Federation promising to keep an eye on officer welfare.

The force says its plan for a “leaner leadership” structure in the Bradford area is designed to save money without cutting the number of bobbies on the beat.

It will also see the number of neighbourhood policing teams more than double, with some of these hyper-local teams working from police boxes rather than police stations.

Similar plans are happening across the force area.

The shake-up will take effect on April 7, but the force has stressed that front-line policing numbers will not be affected.

Nick Smart, chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “We will be keeping an eye and making sure what people are being asked to deliver is achievable. You are still going to get the same level of service, it’s just that inspectors are being asked to take more responsibility.

“We understand there has got to be cuts when you are losing so many millions out of your budget. But inspectors are being asked to do an awful lot of extra work.”

Currently there are 12 Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the district, each one led by a police inspector.

Under the changes, there will instead be 30 smaller sergeant-led teams, each covering one of Bradford Council’s 30 ward areas.

There will be five police inspectors, one for each of the Council’s five area committee boundaries – Keighley, Shipley, Bradford East, Bradford West and Bradford South. Each inspector would oversee six neighbourhood teams.

According to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus City centre policing would also get a major boost, with a sixth inspector assigned solely to the Bradford city centre regeneration area.

Date posted: March 27, 2014

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