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Ch Supt RichardsonWelcome from 
Divisional Commander
Ch Supt Dave 

Welcome to Bradford South Division with its headquarters at The Tyrls, in Bradford City Centre. There are additional police stations at Odsal and Dudley Hill.

Policing is centred around the wards of University, Little Horton, Bowling, Wibsey, Odsal, Tong, Wyke and parts of Great Horton, Undercliffe and the Buttershaw area of Queensbury ward.

The division covers the thriving city centre and some of the city’s biggest housing estates. In and around the city centre area there is a growing population with higher than average levels of unemployment and social and economic deprivation.

However, regeneration taking place in the city centre, particularly LicensedThe Tyrls, Bradford premises in the West End of the City.

Bradford South is home to Bradford City, presently a Premiership Football Club and the Super League Rugby Club Bradford Bulls, both of which are based at Valley Parade Stadium in the Manningham area.

The city centre has a massive transient population with the daytime economy supporting 150,000 workers, shoppers and tourists and the night time economy using the leisure and entertainment venues, including its famous curry houses.

Within Bradford South is the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, the Alhambra Theatre, the University of Bradford, Bradford College and St Lukes Hospital.

The new division covers a densely populated urban area which house approximately 140,000 people in 55,000 homes. The population make up is varied across the division. In the city centre areas the population is 50% Asian but in the most southern areas it is predominantly white.

Chief Superintendent David Richardson is Bradford South Divisional commander.

He has been a police officer for 27 years, serving in all the Bradford Police divisions and has been a Divisional Commander since 1995, first at the former Toller Lane Police division and for the last three years he has commanded the former Bradford Central division.

Ch Supt Richardson is involved in the district’s Community Safety Partnership, Bradford Congress and Bradford Trident. He is also on the Shadow Board of the City Centre Company and is involved in the Youth Justice Board, which looks after the district’s Youth Offending Team.

"I am proud to have been associated with the dramatic fall in crime over that time, which has seen burglary of people’s homes fall from 16,000 to less than 6,000," he said. "I look forward to working very closely with our partners to reduce crime further and make that reduction sustainable to make Bradford a safe place to live, work and invest."







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