TRIBUTE has been paid to Neighbourhood Watch as the initiative celebrates a milestone.

The first scheme in West Yorkshire was launched 35 years ago today.

Now there are thousands across the region, including many in the Keighley district.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Reaching 35 years is a fantastic milestone for Neighbourhood Watch in West Yorkshire.

“I have met many Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and groups in my time and I am always moved by their passion, dedication and community spirit. Their actions really do help to keep us all safe and they are an important link between the police and our communities.

“During the unprecedented fallout of Covid-19 I know that Neighbourhood Watch has taken on an even greater role, especially for those people who’ve found themselves isolated from friends and family due to lockdown restrictions.

"I know West Yorkshire Police very much appreciate and welcome the work of Neighbourhood Watch schemes and we are currently looking at what extra support we can offer to recognise some of the issues we can address to help make their lives a little easier. I will be looking to engage with our schemes very soon regarding more ways to help support and develop them.

“I have no doubt that Neighbourhood Watch will continue to grow and make a real difference in our communities."

For further information about joining or setting-up a Neighbourhood Watch group, visit, email or call 101 and ask to speak to your force Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.