An operation aimed at enhancing safety in Bradford City Centre during nighttime hours has been officially launched. On the evening of Friday, 14th July, Bradford District Police, in collaboration with partner agencies such as Bradford Council, Bradford at Night, Bradford BID, Night Marshalls, and Substance Use Practitioners from New Vision Bradford, joined forces to establish a visible and supportive presence in the heart of the city.
The initiative, borne out of sustained partnership efforts, centres on ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals visiting or residing in the Bradford area, with a special focus on supporting vulnerable members of the community ahead of the summer holidays.
As part of the strategy, heightened high-visibility patrols will be in operation every weekend on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer period. Specially trained officers will be deployed on foot patrol across areas with high footfall, enabling them to promptly respond to any incidents and take proactive actions while also conducting licensing checks.
The primary goal of this initiative is to create a safer environment for all those who enjoy the amenities and activities in Bradford City Centre during the nighttime. By having a strong and reassuring presence, the collaborative effort seeks to deter and address any potential incidents, ensuring everyone’s safety and fostering a welcoming atmosphere.
Bradford District Police, in conjunction with its partner agencies, is committed to the continuous improvement of community safety, and this joint venture marks a significant step towards achieving that objective. By working together, they aim to bolster the sense of security and well-being for both residents and visitors alike.
As the summer holidays approach, the initiative’s implementation comes at a crucial time when the influx of people into the city is expected to increase.
Inspector Richard Baildon, of Bradford City Neighbourhood Policing Team, said; “We as a partnership for the city centre are committed to ensuring the utmost safety of both the residents and visitors of Bradford, who wish to have an enjoyable and safe night out.
“Through working with our partners we want to highlight the provision and support there is for people living and working in the City.
“The purpose of operations, such as this, is to identify and prevent any criminal activity and to provide reassurance to residents of Bradford that we will always take a proactive approach to keeping people safe.
“However if there is unwanted behaviour in the City we will robustly deal with it.
“Bradford is a great and vibrant city and through working with our partners we hope everyone has a fun and safe night out.”
Jonny Noble, Manager of Bradford BID said; “Partnership working is as important now as it ever has been. Bradford city centre is continuing to see new venues opening, bringing with it more people. We need to ensure these visitors have a pleasant and welcoming experience. By working collectively and pooling resources, knowledge and experience, we will continue to see the night-time economy grow and prosper in the city centre”.