Welcome message from the Neighbourhood Inspector Rebecca Richardson
Hi, I am Inspector Rebecca Richardson, I cover all areas of Barnsley with the exception of the Town Centre. My teams are broken down into Barnsley West, Barnsley South, Barnsley South East, Barnsley North and Barnsley North East.
I have over 14 years’ experience as a police officer and love working across the Neighbourhood Teams serving Barnsley; our officers have passion and dedication for their areas, creating a safer and more enjoyable area for those who live and work here.
Neighbourhood policing has great benefits, it enables us to work closely with the public, community groups, partner agencies and businesses to be able to reduce crime and solve re-occurring and community issues.
This style of policing enables us to be part of the community and adapt problem solving approaches to local issues.
The past 12 months have been challenging for everyone and officers are keen to start engaging with you face to face again, understand your concerns and take action. We are incredibly grateful for the support given to us during this difficult and challenging time and look forward to seeing you all out enjoying Barnsley once again.
Your local police station is:
Kendray Police Station
Rae House, 72 Cypress House, Kendray, Barnsley, S70 3LZ
The priorities for the Barnsley West Neighbourhood Policing Team are set at the PACT meetings held very 6 weeks:
1. Inconsiderate Parking - vehicles causing obstruction to pavements to prevent pedestrians/pushchairs/motorabilty scooters from getting past.
Parking outside local schools, at pick up and drop off times, and parking on the zig-zags.
Patrols to be done, to locate vehicles and speak with owners to give advice. If the issue continues SYP will take enforcement action.
Liaise with local schools, to work with parents re parking and keeping their own children safe.
Drug dealing and drug use – Kingstone Ward. Barnsley West Team to work alongside BMBC to locate the offenders who are buying and selling drugs, and take proactive steps to stop this behaviour. SYP to carry out targeted stop and searches, and patrols. This maybe through enforcement action, or support action, i.e. drug referrals.
Numerous reports regarding off road bikes in the Langsett area, especially on a weekend.
Barnsley West PCSOs are doing directed patrols, along side the Off Road Bike team, at key times. This has resulted in a Off Road Bike been seized.
Numerous reports re parking outside schools at drop off and pick up time, concerns raised for safety of children.
Directed patrols at school time at various schools with in the Barnsley West Area, working alongside the schools, crossing patrols to advise parents re the dangers of parking and driving above the speed limit.
You wanted more patrols in the Penistone East and West wards re inconsiderate parking.
Liaised with BMBC to get the yellow line reinstated outside of Co-Op High Street Penistone. Advisory notices placed in majority of business on High Street, Penistone. Social Media posts and SYP alerts sent out to ask residents to park more considerately. Patrols done in rural areas to work alongside local residents and pedestrians to make it safe for all to walk and park cars.
You wanted more patrols around Kendray, Stairfoot and Worsbrough after a rise in youths gathering in that area causing ASB, starting fires and being a general nuisance.
A night of action between South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, BMBC and Barnsley Academy. A Section 35 Dispersal Order was authorised and high visibility patrols conducted. Due to the proactive patrols, 2 bikes were seized under section 59 of the police reform act Local youths were identified, and then visited at their home address and giving warnings re their behaviour, and some parents were issued with tenancy warning letters. Three youths attended at the station and were interviewed for their behaviour and are now under the youth offending team. We will not tolerate such behaviour within the community.
Cars speeding at Green Road, Dodworth, coming into the village from Silkstone Common.
Speed checks were done at Green Road, Dodworth with the Local Councillors. In 25 minutes 35 vehicles were checked coming down Green Road, into Dodworth, 9 of which were going over the speed limit. All drivers were given words of advice at this time. Enquires are been made into restarting the community Speed Watch.
You wanted more speed checks undertaken with enforcement
Worked with Safer Camera Partnership doing speed checks with enforcement, today the van has been out in Dodworth, Oxspring and Thurgoland, and over 30 tickets are too be issued to drivers
Pop Up Police Stations:
Dodworth- Thursday 29th Sept - Co-op High Street 5pm
Community Engagement meetings:
Stairfoot and Ardsley Crime and Safety Group – Tuesday 4th October – 6pm – Stairfoot Communty Room, Wombwell Lane, S70 3NS
Barnsley West PACT meeting – Thursday 20th Oct – 6pm – Warren Quarry Community Centre, Warren Quarry Lane, S70 4ND
Penistone PACT Meeting - Wednesday December 14th - 12:30pm, St Johns Community Centre, Church Street, S36 6AR.