THE police have joined forces with organisations across Huddersfield to help them in their fight against crime.
Weekly meetings are held to pinpoint where the crime problems are happening.
The meetings are attended by Huddersfield's Target team of police officers along with traffic wardens, Kirklees Council street wardens, a representative from Huddersfield's CCTV system, car park and bus station security staff, and the warden for Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Sports Centre has recently joined the group and there are also representatives from Huddersfield Technical College, Greenhead College in Huddersfield and Huddersfield University.
Police say the joint approach has led to a drop in anti-social behaviour, robbery, car crime and drunkenness.
People at the meeting share information and intelligence with each other and agree joint actions. If anyone is experiencing problems in a particular area then this is highlighted at the meeting so that crime hot spots can be identified and targeted.
Sgt Alan Rhees-Cooper, head of the Target Team in Huddersfield, said: "We have seen some great results so far.
"Last year, there was a 43% reduction in vehicle crime in the town centre compared to the previous year. We are on course to reduce this even further during 2003.
"We have also had arrests and convictions of numerous offenders for robbery, vehicle crime, burglary and graffiti - many of which resulted from information provided or sightings given by partner agencies out and about in the area.
"This initiative provides us with extra eyes and ears through our partnership work.
"Traffic and street wardens report anything suspicious over the radio and to those who monitor the town centre CCTV cameras. Individuals are recorded and checked out or observed and intelligence gathered.
"By pooling our resources and working together we are making an impact."