Spen’s top policeman is leaving for a new job.
Insp Tim Holland, who has led Spen Valley police for more than four years, is leaving the team to work in a partnership role with Kirklees Council.
Insp Holland said his move comes following changes within the division and the joining-up of Spen and Batley police teams.
He said: “We have gone from seven neighbourhood teams in Kirklees to four and Spen Valley is being run with Batley by Insp Neil Money.
“The Spen Valley policing staff are still based in Heckmondwike.”
Insp Holland said there was no update on the future of Heckmondwike Police Station which was thought to be under threat of closure as part of the changes.
He said: “I am still a police officer and still employed by West Yorkshire police.
“I will be working with the police’s main partners like various council departments and housing providers to ensure that there is joined up thinking.
“Resources are shrinking and my role will be to make sure opportunities to improve our collective efficiency are not missed and making the best use of or resources to serve the communities of Kirklees.”
Insp Holland said he would be based in the civic centre in Huddersfield but would work around North and South Kirklees.
He said over the past year crime had reduced by 13.7 per cent in Spen, with houshold burglary down 13.3 per cent.
Crime was down 5.4 per cent and household burglary down 17.5 per cent throughout Kirklees.
He said: “I have really loved working in Spen, made easier by the councillors and community safety officer Rebecca Strutt who have always been in favour of what’s best for the whole of the valley.
“I am proud of what we have achieved but things change and you have to change with them.”