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West Yorkshire Police
Logo of the West Yorkshire Police.
Motto In the Public Service
Agency overview
Formed 1974
Preceding agencies
Employees 9,853[1]
Volunteers 403[1]
Annual budget £396.0 million[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of West Yorkshire in the country of England, UK
Map of West Yorkshire Police's jurisdiction.
Size 2,029 km²
Population 2,108,000
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales
Governing body West Yorkshire Police Authority
Constituting instrument Police Act 1996
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Wakefield
Constables 6,225 (of which 403 are Special Constables)[1]
Police Community Support Officers 757[1]
Agency executive Sir Norman Bettison, Chief Constable
Divisions 8
Stations 41
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

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 5671 officers.

West Yorkshire Police Authority contains 9 councillors, and 8 independent members. The councillors are appointed by the five borough councils in the area - Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

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.[2][3]

Proposals made by the Home Secretary on March 21, 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 under review and not expected to take place in the foreseeable future.

On 12 December 2006, Sir Norman Bettison was announced as the new Chief Constable, replacing Colin Cramphorn.

West Yorkshire Police is reported to have had £6.3 million GBP invested in failed Icelandic financial institutions.


Divisional structure

For operational purposes, West Yorkshire Police is divided into eight divisions. The force headquarters is on Laburnum Road to the north of Wakefield city centre along with the Force Training School at Bishopgarth. The divisions with their associated stations and divisional identifiers are:

Identifier Division Stations Area
AA North West Leeds Weetwood, Pudsey, Horsforth & Otley covering North and West Leeds[4]
BA North East Leeds Stainbeck, Killingbeck, Wetherby & Garforth covering North East Leeds, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Garforth and Micklefield[5]
CA City & Holbeck Holbeck, Millgarth & Morley covering Central and South Leeds[6]
DA Wakefield Wakefield, Pontefract, Castleford & South Kirkby covering the Wakefield Metropolitan District area[7]
EA Kirklees Huddersfield, Dewsbury & Holmfirth covering the Kirklees Metropolitan District area[8]
FA Calderdale Halifax & Todmorden covering the Calderdale Metropolitan District area[9]
GA Bradford South Bradford South covering Central and South Bradford[10]
HA Airedale & North Bradford Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley & Eccleshill covering North Bradford and Keighley[11]

Neighbourhood Policing Teams

Within West Yorkshire Police, there is an operational focus on Neighbourhood Policing. The three 'aims' of Neighbourhood Policing are as follows[12]:

  • Dedicated and accountable teams with local ownership
  • Intelligence-led targeting of the problems that matter most to the public
  • Joint action by police, partner agencies and the public

Each division has a number of Neighbourhood Policing Teams, consisting of an Inspector; who is in turn in charge of three teams, headed by a Sergeant and made up of Police Constables, PCSOs and Special Constables. The three teams work in a shift pattern so that the neighbourhood will always have a Neighbourhood Policing Team on duty.

Below is a table of all Neighbourhood Policing Teams within West Yorkshire Police:

West Yorkshire Police: Neighbourhood Policing Teams
Division Division Name Neighbourhood Policing Teams
AA North West Leeds North West Inner; North West Inner - Hyde Park; North West Outer; West Inner; West Outer
BA North East Leeds Burmantofts & Richmond Hill; Chapel Allerton; Cross Gates, Whinmoor & Temple Newsam; Garforth, Kippax, Swillington & Methley; Gipton & Harehills; Killingbeck & Seacroft; Roundhay, Alwoodley & Moortown; Wetherby & Harewood
CA City & Holbeck City; Holbeck; Morley; Rothwell
DA Wakefield Castleford; Normanton & Featherstone; Pontefract & Knottingley; South East; Wakefield Central; Wakefield North West; Wakefield Rural
EA Kirklees Batley, Birstall & Birkenshaw; Dewsbury & Mirfield; Huddersfield South; Huddersfield North; Kirkburton & Denby Dale; Spen Valley; The Valleys
FA Calderale Halifax Central; Halifax North & East; Lower Valley; Upper Valley
GA Bradford South NP Area 1; NP Area 2; NP Area 3; NP Area 4; NP Area 5; NP Area 6
HA Airedale & North Bradford Bingley & Worth; Eccleshill; Keighley; North Bradford; Shipley; Wharfedale & Craven

Former Divisions

The grid below details the make up of the divisions from 2000 to present. Many of the division mergers were implemented to align police divisions with local council wards.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]

Former West Yorkshire Police divisions from 2000 to present.

Notable cases

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