Operation Steerside: Week of Action in Bradford

Monday 6 September 2021 

Throughout this week the Operation Steerside team will be out across the Bradford District with a dedicated week of action to tackle dangerous driving.

The week-long operation is part of the District’s ongoing commitment to crackdown on anti-social use of motor vehicles.

In 2016, Operation Steerside was launched in Bradford, specifically to tackle dangerous and anti-social driving and then evolved in 2018 into a multi-agency partnership and continue to work to proactively tackle illegal use of the roads.

The partnership, which consists of representatives from Bradford Council, police, education, and fire service is committed to listening to community concerns and taking positive action to ensure the roads are safer for residents and those who visit the District.

The week of action will start today, Monday 6 September and officers will be out across various ward areas, using innovative tactics and deploying additional resources and with support from local authority partners.

Inspector Nick Haigh, of Bradford District Police, said:

“Operation Steerside is the District’s partnership response to tackle anti-social use of motor vehicles. Over recent months we have seen an increase in reports of anti-social vehicles.

“We are committed to tackling this significant community concern and whilst Steerside operates seven days a week, this week provides an opportunity to enhance our response through the deployment of additional resources and support from partners to work alongside the team to focus on identifying offenders, educating drivers around the seriousness of anti-social behaviour on the roads and the impact it can have on the communities here.

“Residents can expect to see increased high visibility patrols across the district with the support of local NPT teams and PCSOs.

“We are continuously looking for ways to prevent serious accidents and the anti-social use of our road networks. Drivers can put their lives and the lives of others at risk with this type of driving.”

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford District Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said:

“The consequences of dangerous driving are devastating, which is why we  remain committed to working with our partners in the fight against the anti-social, dangerous and illegal use of vehicles across our district. Working together on initiatives like this really does make a difference in making the roads of our district safer for everyone.” 

To see daily updates, you can follow the work of the Op Steerside Team on Facebook or on twitter @WYP_Steerside.

Anyone with information about dangerous driving or anti-social driving is urged to contact the Steerside Team via 101 or online. Dash cam footage can also be submitted here.

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