Huddersfield Town Centre Support Officers team up with Kirklees Police Cadets to Tackle Vandalism

Huddersfield’s Town Centre Support Officers play a vital role in supporting and educating visitors on how to stay Covid-safe.

The officers provide a reassuring presence and, in partnership with the police, making sure any anti-social behaviour is dealt with quickly and efficiently. They also keep the area clean and report any graffiti, broken street furniture, or problems on the roads so we can speed up repairs and make sure the town looks its best.

Working together

As part of the partnership with the local policing team, the TCSOs have also worked with Kirklees’ young police cadets.

Most recently, the Kirklees police cadets, made up of 13-18-year-old volunteers, have been working with the Huddersfield Town Centre Team, Huddersfield South Neighbourhood Policing Team and Huddersfield BID. The teams have been working together to make the town centre a safer and more inviting place to be.

Having heard about criminal damage at Huddersfield Parish Church, where windows had been smashed the young cadets carried out a crime prevention and problem-solving exercise. They identified that there were a lot of stones and pieces of cement in and around St Peter’s Gardens. The team came to the conclusion that tidying up would reduce the opportunities for damage to be caused.

The cadets alongside Kirklees South Police Officers and Town Centre Support Officers (TCSO) came in on a Sunday morning. The team cleared away the loose stones and other items in the area.

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“The Town Centre Support Officers are in place thanks to partnership working between the council and Huddersfield BID. The team have played a vital role in keeping visitors safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. They will be in post until June and since restrictions have eased. The team have been taking on jobs across the town centre to help with a variety of tasks. Such as clearing up areas affected by vandalism.

“I am glad they were on hand to clear up after the criminal damage was caused at the church and pleased to hear that the police and their young cadets were keen to get involved in helping their community.  These young people are a shining example of the positive impact of working together, which is essential now more than ever.”

Police Constable Stuart Clarke, Kirklees District Volunteer Cadet Leader, said:

“This is a brilliant example of young people identifying an issue in their local community and working, as volunteers in their own time, with police and partners, such as the council, to make a difference. I am proud of their good citizenship and pleased to be able to work with them.”

Samantha Sharp, Manager of the Huddersfield BID said:

“The continuing partnership between Huddersfield BID and Kirklees Council has enabled the TCSO team to extend their role and work on projects such as assisting the police and cadets with their clean up project. They take pride in their work and want to make Huddersfield a safer, more attractive place to visit, work and live.  Along side their patrolling duties and reporting issues in the town centre they will now be handling some graffiti removal. They will also be providing a cleaning and jet washing service to Levy payers. Our ultimate aim is to make a noticeable difference to Huddersfield town centre and work with all stakeholders to improve the town for the future”.

Volunteer Police Cadets

Cadets also took the opportunity to meet with members of the Church congregation. The cadets explained about the Volunteer Police Cadets and the work that they were undertaking.

The cadets also carry out social action volunteering projects in the local community. Recent examples have included assisting with Community Speedwatch, test-purchasing and local community fairs/events.

Find out more information and how to apply to become a Kirklees Cadet.

You can follow the Kirklees Volunteer Cadets on their Facebook Page.

Report a problem 

To report a problem in the town centre, please contact us: towncentreenquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.