Police officers and special constables have been deployed on the streets of Huddersfield in a new initiative aimed at providing reassurance to night-time revellers and preventing crime.
Huddersfield Police has confirmed that there are further plans in the pipeline, following a successful operation carried out by both uniformed and plain-clothed officers on Saturday night (October 28). They conducted spot checks at various venues and intervened when necessary to maintain order.
This surge in activity is part of a series of carefully planned operations focused on enhancing safety in the night-time economy leading up to Christmas, building on the achievements of similar initiatives in 2022.
Throughout the evening, the police inspected several venues and offered assistance to door staff when required. Patrolling officers also took proactive measures to quell potential disturbances by intervening in arguments and keeping an eye on known troublemakers. As a consequence of their behaviour, a number of individuals were directed to leave the town centre.
Additionally, numerous taxis underwent inspections to ensure they met the necessary roadworthiness standards and complied with taxi licensing regulations.
Superintendent Helen Brear of Kirklees Police, said: “As the countdown to Christmas begins we will of course see more people out enjoying nights out in the town.
“Saturday’s operation was one of a number to come in which extra officers will provide a visible presence during busy times for the night time economy to help residents have safer and incident free evenings all the way through December.
“The vast majority of people using our town centre do have a safe and enjoyable time and this work is intended to provide that extra bit of reassurance at what will be a busy time.”
She added: “I want to thank our Special Constable colleagues for playing a full part in this operation, supporting regular officers and giving their time to help people feel safer.
“Special Constables do an amazing job at West Yorkshire Police and fully contribute to making our streets safer and make residents feel safer, which is a key aim of these night time operations.”