THE New Year as brought several changes to the officers who work in the Colne and Holme Valleys Neighbourhood Police Teams (NPT).
West Yorkshire Police have said goodbye to Pc John Clay, who after 31 years of loyal service is finally hanging up his helmet, cape and whistle to enjoy his well deserved retirement.
They have also said goodbye to Pcso Phil Mitchell, who has been a familiar sight around the Colne Valley over the past few years.
Phil has left to become an officer in West Yorkshire. Pc 3764 Mitchell has being posted to Kirklees Division serving the community of Batley.
Joining the Valleys NPT are Pc Bronwyn Carter, Pc Ian Yates, Pc Rosaleen McCaffrey, Pc Paul Baillie and Pc Anne Gilliver.
They are joining The Valleys team as neighbourhood investigators, allowing the remaining staff to concentrate on issues the public have asked the police to look at through PACT meetings and local priorities that are affecting the communities ranging from antisocial behaviour to criminal damage.
The police are also welcoming back Pcso Tony Johnson, following a career break. He will attend a refresher course and will then be re-acquainting himself with his local area and once again becoming a familiar face in the community.
Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings in Holmfirth are held on the last Monday in each month at Holmfirth Library from 6 - 7pm. Dates for 2010 are:
March 29, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 29 and December 20. Contact points in May, August and December are on the third Monday due to bank holidays.