|West Yorkshire Police|
|Motto||In the Public Service|
|Annual budget||£396.0 million|
|Legal personality||Police force|
|Operations jurisdiction||West Yorkshire, England|
|Map of West Yorkshire Police's jurisdiction.|
|Legal jurisdiction||England & Wales|
|Constables||5,062 (including 493 Special Constables)|
|Police Community Support Officers||689|
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible|
West Yorkshire Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing West Yorkshire in England. It is the fourth largest force in England and Wales by number of officers, with 5,671 officers.
West Yorkshire Police was formed in 1974, when part of the West Yorkshire Constabulary (itself created in 1968, and covering a much larger area) was amalgamated with the Leeds City Police and Bradford City Police, under the Local Government Act 1972. The force was originally known as the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police. Some older signs around the Force area, such as the one in the reception of Millgarth Police Station in Leeds city centre, read 'West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police'. The 'Metropolitan' from the police title was dropped in 1986 when the Metropolitan counties were abolished. [ when? ] under review and not expected to take place in the foreseeable future.Proposals made by the Home Secretary on 21 March 2006 would see the force merge with North Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police to form a strategic police force for the entire region. These plans are currently
On 12 December 2006, Sir Norman Bettison was announced as the new Chief Constable, replacing Colin Cramphorn and resigned from his post on 24 October 2012. He was replaced by Temporary Chief Constable John Parkinson until the appointment of Mark Gilmore as Chief Constable on 1 February 2013.
In 2018 it was reckoned West Yorkshire Police would lose 400 officers from its 4,800 officers due to austerity.
For operational purposes West Yorkshire Police is divided into five geographic divisions known within the force as ‘policing districts’. The change in nomenclature reflects that of April 2014 the alignment with council boundaries for policing districts and the reduction of divisions in Leeds (which had three) and Bradford (which had two) so that each policing district was conterminous with its respective local authority boundaries. Each district is made up of Partnership Working Areas (PWA) which consist of an Inspector and three teams of sergeants, police constables, special constables and PCSOs. The first single police commander of the Bradford district, Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin, was appointed in October 2013 as part of ongoing moves to merge the district’s two policing divisions, while Chief Superintendent Angela Williams was appointed in Calderdale.
The five existing divisions with their divisional identifiers and their divisional commander are as follows:
|Identifier||District||Partnership Working Areas||District Commander||District HQ|
|LD||Leeds||City, Inner East, Inner North East, Inner North West, Inner South, Inner West, Outer East, Outer North East, Outer North West, Outer South, Outer West||Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter||Elland Road Police Station, Beeston|
|BD||Bradford||Bradford East, Bradford South, Bradford West, City, Keighley, Shipley||Chief Superintendent Osman Khan||Trafalgar House Police Station, Bradford|
|WD||Wakefield||Castleford, Normanton and Featherstone, Pontefract and Knottingley, South East, Wakefield Central, Wakefield North West, Wakefield Rural||Chief Superintendent Paul Hepworth||Havertop Lane Police Station, Normanton|
|KD||Kirklees||Batley and Spen, Dewsbury and Mirfield, Huddersfield, Rural||Chief Superintendent Julie Sykes||Huddersfield Police Station|
|CD||Calderdale||Halifax Centre, Halifax North, Halifax West, Valley North, Valley North East, Valley South, Valley South East, Valley West||Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead||Halifax Police Station|
The force headquarters is situated on Laburnum Road to the north of Wakefield city centre along with the Learning and Development Centre and specialist operations facility at Carr Gate, Wakefield at Junction 41 of the M1 motorway.
The Sir Alec Jeffreys Building in the Calder Park Business Estate (at Junction 39 of the M1 motorway) houses the Yorkshire and The Humber Scientific Support Service and was opened in May 2012 by Sir Alec Jeffreys himself.West Yorkshire Police is the 'lead force' for scientific support and provides such services for North Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police.
The current estate of police stations and other buildings is changing with certain buildings closing and new buildings opening. As of 2014 there are three PFI projects completed and as a result of these new buildings a number of police stations have closed and been sold.
Wakefield District police headquarters is now located on Havertop Lane, Normanton. The total area is 11,500 metres squared and provides office accommodation as well as a 35-cell custody suite.As it's now operational, the following Police stations are in the process of being closed and/or sold.
The new headquarters for the newly formed Leeds District is operational on Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds. The total area is 12,500 metres squared and provides office accommodation as well as a 40-cell custody suite.Now operational, the Leeds District HQ will replace the following stations:
The existing Operational Support facilities at Carr Gate, Wakefield have been expanded and new buildings constructed which has centralised specialist training for the force in one location. The new facility, which totals 20,000 metres squared includes the following:
The most recent change to the divisional structure was the reduction from eight policing divisions to five policing districts. The table below shows the divisional structure from 2008 – 2014 (showing the last divisional commanders and stations at the point of cessation).
|Identifier||Division||Stations||Area covered||Divisional Commander|
|AA||North West Leeds||Weetwood (Divisional HQ), Pudsey, Woodhouse Lane (Woodhouse, Leeds) & Otley||covering North and West Leeds||Chief Superintendent David Oldroyd|
|BA||North East Leeds||Stainbeck (Divisional HQ), Killingbeck, Wetherby & Garforth||covering North and East Leeds, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Garforth, Methley and Micklefield||Superintendent Martin Snowden|
|CA||City & Holbeck||Holbeck (Divisional HQ), Millgarth (Leeds City Centre), Morley & Rothwell||covering Central and South Leeds||Chief Superintendent Paul Money|
|DA||Wakefield||Wood Street (Divisional HQ) (Wakefield City Centre), Pontefract, Normanton, Castleford & South Kirkby||covering the Wakefield Metropolitan District area||Chief Superintendent Andy Battle|
|EA||Kirklees||Huddersfield (Divisional HQ), Dewsbury & Holmfirth||covering the Kirklees Metropolitan District area||Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter|
|FA||Calderdale||Halifax (Divisional HQ), Brighouse & Todmorden||covering the Calderdale Metropolitan District area||Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern|
|GA||Bradford South||Trafalgar House (Divisional HQ) & Manningham (Lawcroft House)||covering Central and South Bradford||Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin|
|HA||Airedale & North Bradford||Keighley (Divisional HQ), Ilkley, Shipley & Eccleshill||covering North Bradford and Keighley||Chief Superintendent Angela Williams|
From the mid-1990s, there were seventeen geographical divisions within West Yorkshire Police;however from 2000 onwards the number of divisions decreased as the move towards aligning police divisions with local council wards was implemented.
The grid below outlines the mergers of the former divisions to the eight operational divisions which ceased in April 2014.
The Police Memorial Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty, and since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.
Since 1900 the following officers of West Yorkshire Police are listed by the Trust as having died during the course of their duties in attempting to prevent, stop or solve a criminal act:
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