BLOCKS of flats in the city centre have been assigned a dedicated police officer to fight booze-fuelled yobs, vandals and litter louts.
Police community support officers (PCSO) from the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT) have each been given a tower block to patrol.
The new scheme, called ‘Adopt an Apartment Block’, was launched by the Central NPT and Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) this week.
Pictures of the PCSOs will be put up in the blocks along with contact details.
It is designed to fight crime and improve life for more than 400 people who live in the city centre blocks on Kirkgate and George Street.
PCSO Phillip Brocklesby, of Central NPT, said: “This is very much at the heart of what we are all about as a neighbourhood policing team, working with partners to tackle local issues effectively and being a recognised familiar face for residents to turn to when they need help.”
Each PCSO will enforce alcohol exclusion zones, monitor illegal parking, tackle anti-social behaviour and gather information about crime in the blocks from residents.
Tenancy support officer PC Bernie Caulfield said: “Adopt an Apartment Block is about putting that friendly face back into the community as a point of contact for the local residents to build positive relationships with.
“It will increase confidence across the city centre because they will have a chance to get to know their local officer.
“The PCSOs will work with WDH estate officers and caretakers to offer an extra presence in the community.”
The scheme has been welcomed by residents.
Teri Gibson, of Tudor House, said: “We are hoping it will make us feel secure. At the moment we don’t feel secure.
“It is quite an intimidating atmosphere. There are parts in these blocks where people could be lurking and it affects you.”
To contact the Central NPT call 01924 293282 or log on to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt