MOBILE libraries have got a new passenger on board – the police.
But library lovers need not worry about having ‘the book thrown at them’ as the new initiative is not targeting those who forget to pay their late fines.
The new project is being launched to help officers meet members of the community in villages around Denby Dale
PCSO Chris Nalson of the Kirkburton and Denby Dale Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will go mobile with the library as it visits the Shelley, Birdsedge, Upper Denby, Scissett and Clayton West areas.
He will be on hand to speak with local residents as they browse for a book.
Kirklees Mobile Library customer service managers Mark Redman and John Davis said they were delighted to have PCSO Nalson on board.
John said: “We’ve worked with Neighbourhood Policing Teams previously and as with all of our partnership work, it has been very successful.
“We’re sure that this success will continue with PCSO Nalson’s contact point.”
PCSO Nalson, said: “I’mrelatively new to the Kirkburton and Denby Dale NPT and I’m keen to get out there and meet with local residents and listen to their concerns and offer help and advice wherever I can.
“Our NPT already has contact points at libraries in the area which I know are popular, so working with the Mobile Library Service seemed a great way to get out to other library users further afield.”
If the contact points prove popular, PCSO Nalson could be on board the libraries once every three weeks on a Thursday.
His first tour will take place on January 26 and anyone who is keen to speak to their local officer is being urged to pop along to the mobile library for a chat.
For more information, the public can contact the Kirkburton and Denby Dale NPT via 101, or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt