from Divisional Commander
Ch Supt John Holt
Huddersfield Division serves a diverse cultural and racial
population consisting of approximately 208,026 people, of whom 9%
are from ethnic minority communities.
The Division covers an area of 125 square miles, with a total of
83,935 households. Situated in the heart of the Pennines and
bordering South Yorkshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire the town itself
is surrounded by a very large rural area.
The town centre is busy throughout the day and night
with people travelling in to shop during the day and to eat and
drink at the many pubs, restaurants and night clubs during the
Many diverse industries now exist within the Division.
Formerly large textile and engineering companies were a main source
of employment, but following a period of recession these industries
have now declined, and been replaced by smaller industrial units and
Huddersfield is the administrative centre for the Kirklees
Metropolitan Council. Apart from its fine historic Victorian
buildings, and industrial and commercial centres the town is
surrounded by scenery as picturesque as you would wish to find
anywhere in rural England. Hamlets nestle close to the sides of
steep valleys which rise up to the moors which signal the start of
the Pennine range.