A police bike team, which has caught hundreds of rogue riders, is to operate seven days a week for the first time following major investment from WDH.
Two new Honda CR250f off road motorbikes will also be a welcome addition to the fleet, thanks to the funding, providing capability for each of Wakefield’s three Neighbourhood Police Teams (NPTs) to have two dedicated off road officers.
The new bikes are set to come into service with all officers trained and in post by December, providing the district with its best ever off road capability. The team will comprise of three police officers and three Police Community Support Officers (PSCOs), making West Yorkshire Police one of the first UK police forces to deploy PCSO’s in this way.
Inspector Martin Moizer of the Wakefield North East NPT, said: “These changes will make a real difference to our off road capability significantly enhancing what is already a major asset for our district.”
He added: “We work in partnership with Wakefield District Housing to reduce anti-social behaviour on estates and the off road team have played a significant role in deterring off road related anti-social behaviour.”
Gary Lumb, Community Safety Manager for WDH said: “We fully understand the problems caused by the illegal use of motorbikes and the disruption this behaviour can cause within neighbourhoods. We are therefore very pleased to support the Police in targeted action against those responsible and are confident that these additional resources will go a long way towards improving the quality of life for Wakefield residents.”