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
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
However, regeneration taking place in the city centre, particularly
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