New Superintendent Heads New Kirklees Police Arrest Team

A superintendent with more than 25 years’ experience of policing has arrived in post at Kirklees.

Superintendent Helen Brear, has said she has a zero tolerance approach to criminal activity and will be working with colleagues to make communities safer.  

The new superintendent has oversight of neighbourhood policing in Kirklees including the District’s new Catch and Control Team dedicated to tracking down wanted offenders.

Speaking about her new position, Helen said: “I’ve been delighted to take up my position as a superintendent in Kirklees District and have a focus on improving policing and cutting crime in our local communities.”

“I’m really conscious of the misery persistent offending such as anti-social behaviour, theft and violent crime can cause on our streets and am working with the NPT’s and our partners to build on the significant work they have underway to continue reductions in this type offending.”

“Our new Catch and Control Team will provide a really significant new resource for us in hunting down known those offenders out there committing crimes of this kind, and those on prison licence who refuse to rehabilitate.
“Throughout my career I have operated a zero-tolerance practice for repeat offending and the new team has been created to crack down on exactly that.”

Helen started her career in Bradford as a patrol officer and also worked in Leeds.  She progressed through a number of roles in both districts, including as a detective in CID and child protection, rising through the ranks to inspector.

The officer spent a number of years at Wakefield District, including two postings as a neighbourhood policing inspector in different parts of the Wakefield area.

During her tenure in Wakefield City Centre her team secured substantial falls in crime and Anti social behaviour and focused on prosecuting repeat offenders who were making lives a misery in communities through ASB.

Helen also implemented the first Smartwater City  project in West Yorkshire Police. This initiative led to a 21 per cent reduction in burglary and a 55 per cent reduction in drink related anti social behaviour.

She also was responsible for mobilisation of Citizens in Policing during COVID, and was incredibly proud of the outstanding work that the Special constabulary undertook in delivering in excess of 90,000 duty hours to support the wider team and ensure operational demands were met. 

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