Supt John Cocliff
The area we serve
is diverse both in terms of geography and population and I am very
proud to lead a team of dedicated and committed staff responsible
for policing the Division"
The Dewsbury Division
covers the North Kirklees area, also encompassing the towns of
Mirfield, Batley and the Spen Valley and Spenborough areas. This is
an area with a population of approximately 165,101, of which 11 per
cent are from minority ethnic communities.
The Dewsbury we see
today is essentially a product of the Industrial Revolution. The
town was the undisputed capital of the West Riding’s Heavy Woollen
District for over a century and a half, with industry based on the
Today most of the mills have disappeared, although plenty of fine
Victorian and Edwardian architecture still stands in the town and
surrounding area. Today the area’s main economy is manufacturing,
followed by catering.
The town itself is
situated on the banks of the River Calder, at the foothills of the
Pennine hills and within five miles of both the M1 and M62. The town
centre is busy throughout the day and is famed for its outdoor
Many people travel to the area to eat and drink at the many pubs,
restaurants and nightclubs – the ‘Golden Mile’ between
Dewsbury and Batley is well known for its nightlife.