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Police Chiefs donate nearly £50,000 to support food aid across West Yorkshire (23 July 2018)

Food aid across the county is to receive a boost following a donation of £49,900 from West Yorkshire's Police Chiefs. West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson and West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, Dee Collins, made the donation to the West Yorkshire Food ...

West Yorkshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) comments on latest ONS crime statistics (19 July 2018)

Commenting on the latest release of crime statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), concerning the figures for the 12 months to March 2018, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "The ONS data shows that overall recorded crime has increased...

Inspectorate praise West Yorkshire's approach to tackling hate crime (19 July 2018)

West Yorkshire Police's approach to tackling hate crime has been singled out for praise in a report looking at how police deal with hate crime nationally. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service's (HMICFRS) Hate Crime Thematic Report highlights the work that West ...

Mark Burns-Williamson OBE is the new Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (18 July 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire has been elected as the new Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners at their Annual General Meeting. APCC Chair, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I am delighted to be able to take on the position of Chair ...

Safestyle UK fined for aggressive sales tactics (17 July 2018)

HPAS Limited of Bradford who trade as Safestyle UK have been fined £120,000.00 at Sheffield Crown Court having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to multiple offences of breaching consumer protection legislation repeated across the country, some offending involving elderly or vulnerable people. ...

Young people challenged to shut down cyber crime (17 July 2018)

Young people aged between 11 and 14 years old from across West Yorkshire have been challenged to help the police shut down cyber crime. West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire have launched their online safety competition for a second year following a ...

Human trafficking operation rescues two children (13 July 2018)

Calderdale Police have rescued two children who are thought to have been trafficked into the UK. Detectives led by Detective Sergeant Michael Richmond from Calderdale CID joined the Halifax and Calder Valley Neighbourhood Policing Teams and representatives from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse ...

11 community safety projects and initiatives have been given a cash injection of nearly £1million by West Yorkshire’s PCC (9 July 2018)

The PCC, Mark Burns-Williamson, has made an ongoing financial commitment of £1million to his Partnership Executive Group (PEG) as £879,665 was recently approved for 11 different projects to help tackle various crime and community safety initiatives. Previously, the money has been used to help ...

Kirklees charity supporting young people with Down syndrome (4 July 2018)

Huddersfield based charity, Shabang Inclusive Learning, are using money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act to help safeguard young people with Down syndrome. Shabang received £4600 for their project, The Up Club Extra, to run some special extra sessions to help local ...

Police and Crime Commissioner joins partners in Wakefield to champion safeguarding (3 July 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) joined a host of community safety partners in Castleford Town Centre on Friday (29/06) to champion safeguarding. The event was arranged by the Wakefield Safeguarding Boards as part of Safeguarding Week and saw the...

Jet-setting double glazing fraudster narrowly avoids jail (2 July 2018)

Zulkernan Hussain Mahmood (30) of West Park Road, Bradford, who traded as UKHI Ltd, "UK Home Improvements" and "Energy Efficient Double Glazing" has been sentenced today at Leeds Crown Court to a 15 month custodial sentence suspended for 2 years with compensation totaling £37,385.77 to be paid ...

Moving forward through mobile (28 June 2018)

Mobile hand held devices are helping to increase the time that frontline officers and staff spend on the streets of West Yorkshire. Latest figures reveal that 150,000 updates are being added into the devices per month across the organisation, equating to a total of 10,000 hours of usage...

West Yorkshire’s PCC statement on the launch of the Government’s female offenders strategy (27 June 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I have been calling for a change of direction for some time and therefore welcome a strategy that focusses on community solutions for female offenders, particularly given the research showing how much more effective ...

Safeguarding remains everybody’s business as partners join together for Safeguarding Week 2018 (19 June 2018)

Tackling domestic abuse, mental health, forced marriage and providing awareness on protecting children and victims of human trafficking are all topics covered as part of West Yorkshire's Safeguarding Week. Starting Monday (June 25), until July 1, all the local safeguarding boards and ...

Proceeds of crime fund boosts road safety in Leeds and Kirklees (18 Jun 2018)

Grants from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund have given road safety a boost in Leeds and Kirklees. Leeds City Council - Highways and Transportation received £5000 from the Fund for their Road Safety Oscars project while The Polish Saturday School in ...

Police and Crime Commissioner and the Victim’s Commissioner helps to launch new victims’ services across West Yorkshire (14 Jun 2018)

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson and Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales, Baroness Helen Newlove, were in Wakefield today (Thursday 14 JUN) to see the vital work being done to ensure victims and witnesses are supported across the county. They ...

Keighley charity increasing community cohesion with help from the Safer Communities Fund (12 June 2018)

A Keighley charity has received a grant from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund to help increase community cohesion. The Good Shepherd Centre received £1245 from the fund to assist with their project "Safe Learning". The Centre provides health, ...

West Yorkshire Police Awards 2018 (9 June 2018)

New innovations, dedication to frontline policing, bravery and intricate murder investigations are among the achievements which have been honoured at this year's West Yorkshire Police awards. The annual awards ceremony which was held at the Force's Training and Development Centre, at Carr Gate...

Queen’s Birthday Honours (9 June 2018)

Three senior West Yorkshire Police officers have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins is awarded a CBE, for services to policing and to the British Association of Women in Policing, Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain is awarded an ...

West Yorkshire Police Recruiting PCSOs (8 June 2018)

West Yorkshire Police is looking for its next intake on Police Community Support Officers to come and join the Force as the recruitment window opens next week. The Force is continuing to demonstrate its dedication and commitment to the communities across all of the five Districts it serves by...

Police chiefs ask for help in nominating exceptional police volunteers (7 June 2018)

Do you know a police volunteer that goes above and beyond? West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and West Yorkshire Police are looking for help in nominating exceptional volunteers from across policing in West Yorkshire as part of the Lord Ferrers Awards. Launched in 1993 by ...

World Cup Domestic Violence Campaign (7 June 2018)

West Yorkshire Police is reaching out to football fans ahead of the start of the World Cup urging them not to lose it all for football. During the Euro 2016 tournament, and other major sporting events, police have seen spikes in domestic abuse incidents, particularly during key games or ...

Road Safety charity receives cash boost from West Yorkshire police chiefs (7 June 2018)

A charity supporting victims of road accidents and their families have received a boost with a £5,000 donation to help make the county's roads safer. West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson, and Chief Constable, Dee Collins, used monies from the Police ...

Police and Crime Commissioner statement following the arson attacks in Leeds (6 June 2018)

Following the arson attacks on the places of worship in Leeds on 5 June, which are being treated as hate crimes, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "These despicable and reckless attacks will not be tolerated. "West Yorkshire Police are treating ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is standing against Scams (6 June 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is raising awareness of scams as part of national Scam Awareness Month. Some top tips to avoid scams include: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Reject cold calls offering investments or pension ...

Close Pass launches to protect West Yorkshire cyclists (5 June 2018)

A project to protect cyclists is being rolled out across West Yorkshire this week- and has hit the road first in Wakefield. In May 2017, West Yorkshire Police piloted an initiative to help protect cyclists and other road users. The initiative, piloted under the name Safe Pass, now known as ...

Young super sleuths encouraged to enter cyber challenge (24 May 2018)

Super sleuths aged from 11 to 17 are being encouraged to enter the first-ever Matrix 2018 challenge which will focus on an online cyber / competition themed challenge from which the top 64 participants will go forward to a live final event. The challenge has been funded by West Yorkshire ...

Rogue roofer brought down to Earth (15 May 2018)

NEWS RELEASE Terry Watson Rogers (27) of Yarm Road, Darlington, who traded as UK Everest Ltd has been sentenced to 13 months imprisonment, been banned as a director for 5 years and has agreed to pay £20,000 in compensation at Leeds Crown Court on Monday 14 May 2018. Rogers had pleaded ...

PCC launches £200,000 grant round focusing on tackling serious violent crime (14 May 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, has launched the latest round of his Safer Communities Fund with a focus on tackling serious violent crime. The latest round of the Fund opens today (14/05) with £200,000 available for community projects that ...

Community cohesion project looking to make Kirklees smile (11 May 2018)

A not for profit community project based in Batley is looking to increase community cohesion across Kirklees. Batley Smile CIC received £3,510 From the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire's Safer Communities Fund for their project, The Smile Network. The Smile Network ...

Safer Communities Fund helps youth project in Leeds (3 May 2018)

Lingfield Living Local, a not for profit organisation based in Leeds, received £4998 from the Safer Communities Fund for their youth group project. The project is a joint initiative between Safer Leeds, Lingfield Living Local and delivered by the LCC Youth Service , and aims to tackle crime ...

APCC response to Public Accounts Committee Report on Reducing Modern Slavery (2 May 2018)

Responding to today's Public Accounts Committee Report, Reducing Modern Slavery, Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, and national lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) on modern slavery, said: "As chair of the National Anti-...

Two Halifax men ordered to repay a total of over £750,000 (1 May 2018)

Two Halifax men who in August 2016 were jailed for 9 years each have been ordered to repay £381,295.86 and £383,070.86 respectively under Proceeds of Crime Act legislation. Aamer Ali, 34, denied one count of conspiracy to handle stolen goods, one count of entering or becoming concerned in a ...

Leeds community group improving community cohesion (1 May 2018)

South Leeds based Reestablish are helping to improve community cohesion and support young people in their area with help from the Safer Communities Fund. Their Refocus Project provides drop ins for 7 - 12 year olds and covers the Beeston, Holbeck and Hunslet areas. Young people who join the ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC welcomes The House of Commons support for the Assaults on Emergency Services Bill (27 Apr 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed today's support from the House of Commons on progressing the Assaults on Emergency Services Bill. Mark, who is also the Chair of the Tri-Services Collaboration Board, made up of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, ...

PCC comment on publication of ONS crime statistics (26 April 2018)

Responding to the latest release of crime statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), concerning the figures from 12 months to December 2017, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "The ONS data shows that overall recorded crime has ...

West Yorkshire’s MPs are being urged to join together and show their support for a Bill aimed at protecting emergency services from attacks (25 April 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has written to the Home Secretary and all West Yorkshire's MPs, in a letter to ask that they show their full support for the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, due to have its third reading on Friday. (27 Apr) Mr...

New campaign reaches out to people looking at indecent images of children and urges them to seek help (24 Apr 2018)

West Yorkshire Police is for the first time publically reaching out to people who look at indecent images of children online and warning them they will be caught if they don't take action now to stop their illegal activities. The new campaign is the first of its kind in West Yorkshire ...

PCC’s recovered Proceeds of Crime going to more good causes across West Yorkshire (19 April 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will return a further £166,002.16 to 39 community projects at the latest awards night for his Safer Communities Fund tomorrow (THUR) in Leeds. This latest round of the Safer Communities Fund, financed through money ...

Interfaith and community cohesion project receives Safer Communities Funding (18 April 2018)

A project to improve community cohesion by teaching young people about different cultures and faiths has been funded by the Safer Communities Fund. Kirklees Council received £4900 from the Fund for their Interfaith and Cohesion Project which focusses on building social cohesion by giving ...

Huddersfield health project supports vulnerable women and young people (16 April 2018)

A project to support vulnerable women and young people in Huddersfield has been given a boost with funding from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson. Locala Community Partnerships, a Huddersfield based not-for-profit group, received £5,000 from Mr Burns-...

Community cohesion in Bradford given a boost (16 April 2018)

A project designed to help new migrants and enhance community cohesion in Bradford has been given a boost with funding from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson. Hive, a Bradford based charity, received £4,925 from Mr Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund ...

Statement from Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s PCC, on the Home Office release of the Serious Violence Strategy today (9 April 2018)

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "I, of course, acknowledge the government's strategy launched today to help prevent serious violence including knife crime. With such serious crimes on the rise it is right that we all work better together to tackle this violence that devastates lives. "Early ...

North East communities asked for their support in reporting online extremism (3 April 2018)

With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) encourages communities to save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. A person's usage of the internet is one area that ...

Police identifying more victims of modern slavery than ever before (26 Mar 2018)

The Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit has published its first annual report. The report highlights the work of the Unit since it was set up in April 2017 to help forces support vulnerable victims and bring more perpetrators to justice. The report demonstrates the significant ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC welcomes HMICFRS PEEL Effectiveness report with West Yorkshire Police receiving a Good rating (22 Mar 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire, said: "I am pleased to see that the hard work of officers and staff at West Yorkshire Police has been further recognised with this overall Good rating, noting the progress made to protect vulnerable people in our ...

Victims’ services secure £4.5m vital funding from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (21 Mar 2018)

PCC Mark Burns- Williamson has confirmed continuing funding for two major services in West Yorkshire to ensure victims and witnesses of crime can continue to access appropriate support. The charity Victim Support has been awarded £3.6million to continue to provide core support to victims and ...

£1 Million saved from scams (20 Mar 2018)

The loss of over £1 million, that would have been heading its way to scammers and fraudsters, has been prevented by work officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards has been involved in with vulnerable consumers and victims of scams. The West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team...

Action Counters Terrorism: Report suspicious activity and behaviour to tackle terrorism (20 Mar 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson is urging the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ...

Continued commitment to Neighbourhood Policing (19 Mar 2018)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and West Yorkshire Police are investing further in local Neighbourhood Policing Teams to demonstrate their dedication and commitment to improve the service they provide to the communities they serve. Mark Burns-Williamson, has invested the...

Elderly vulnerable consumer to receive compensation following investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act (14 Mar 2018)

Two rogue traders described by a judge as 'an insult to cowboy builders', recently jailed for over 4 years each, having been convicted of consumer protection offences, have now been ordered to pay back a total of £71,992.04 of their ill-gotten gains following a confiscation hearing under the ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner on Finn’s Law (13 Mar 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting Finn's Law to give greater protection and recognition to attacks on service animals, such as police dogs and horses. On October 5th 2016 a police dog named Finn was attacked with a knife whilst apprehending a ...

West Yorkshire Police are looking for aspiring constables to join the ranks (23 Feb 2018)

Have you got what it takes become a police officer? West Yorkshire Police are looking for aspiring constables to join the ranks. The recruitment window for police officers will open on 26 February for two weeks until 11 March. All successful applicants will start a 13 week training ...

POCA Team Wins Court Order For Seized Cash (22 Feb 2018)

More than £7,000 cash which was seized by police when a car was stopped in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts. The sum of £7,400 was seized from a Volkswagen Bora in Bradford city centre on 14 November 2016 by police acting on information that the vehicle was possibly linked to the ...

£109-million taken in ten years from criminals in West Yorkshire (13 Feb 2018)

Criminal kingpins have been counting the cost across Yorkshire and Humber after being stung for over £109-million in a decade of POCA confiscations. Financial investigators at West Yorkshire Police and the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) have truly made sure crime doesn't pay after ten ...

Fight against modern slavery crimes continues as frontline officers trained in improving investigation response (13 Feb 2018)

More than 150 frontline officers from across Yorkshire and the Humber came together for training aimed at improving the police response to modern slavery. Up to 175 people attended the Unlocking Slavery event last month (JAN) at the Carr Gate training complex in Wakefield that was funded by...

West Yorkshire Police trial new Home Office mobile fingerprint technology (12 Feb 2018)

New mobile fingerprinting technology will allow frontline officers across the country to use their smartphones to identify people in less than a minute - saving police time and reducing costs. An app on an officer's phone, combined with a handheld scanner, will mean police will be able to ...

Knife Crime Week of Action (9 Feb 2018)

A week of action to tackle knife crime in West Yorkshire is being launched on Monday. During the week there will be a mixture of targeted enforcement work and educational activity aimed at sharing a strong anti-knife message. It is part of a national initiative to raise awareness of the ...

Corpus Christi Catholic College win West Yorkshire Police and PCC’s cyber crime schools competition (9 Feb 2018)

Corpus Christi Catholic College have been crowned as the winners of the first ever West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner's schools cyber crime competition! The competition launched in September 2017 and challenged pupils from years 7,8 and 9 from schools across the ...

PCC’s new budget ensures more resources for West Yorkshire Police including further recruitment of 140 police officers and staff (6 Feb 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has a set a new budget for 2018/19 to provide more resources for West Yorkshire Police. The PCC's budget was formally supported by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel at a meeting last Friday (02/02). The new ...

West Yorkshire Police and the PCC Support Safer Internet Day (6 Feb 2018)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are giving their support to the globally recognised Safer Internet Day. Marked across the world every February, this year's event is on Tuesday 6 Feb in the UK. The aim of it is to promote the safe and positive use...

British Association of Women in Policing Development Day (5 Feb 2018)

Police forces across the North of England will come together for a day of development around the theme of inclusion at an event being held in West Yorkshire on Tuesday (February 6). The event, hosted at the West Yorkshire Police Training and Development Centre at Carr Gate, Wakefield, will ...

Police remind public that domestic abuse happens even on Valentine's Day (5 Feb 2018)

West Yorkshire Police is reminding the public it won't be all hearts and flowers for everyone this Valentine's Day as they encourage people to look out for the signs that a family member, friend or neighbour may be the victim of domestic abuse. Even on Valentine's Day, the police receive ...

Police and Crime Panel Support PCC’s Budget (2 Feb 2018)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel has supported the Police and Crime Commissioner's proposal to increase the police element of the council tax by £12 on a Band D property based on his commitments to continue to recruit more police officers and transform policing in West Yorkshire. As ...

Time to pay for rogue roofer who left homes in chaos (1 Feb 2018)

Andrew Pollard (37) of Longfield Road, Leeds, who traded as "A&J Roofing Solutions Ltd" has been ordered to repay £26,472.86 to the victims of his rogue trading. Mr Pollard previously pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to ten offences under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading ...

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner support LGBT History Month (1 Feb 2018)

Rainbow coloured flags will be flown outside police stations across West Yorkshire to celebrate and show support for LGBT History Month. West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are joining together to show their support and help raise awareness. LGBT History Month aims ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC proposes more investment in frontline policing (25 Jan 2018)

Today, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson will propose to the Police and Crime Panel a budget that includes more resources for West Yorkshire police to invest in the frontline. If the proposal is supported, it will mean more police resources in West Yorkshire. This ...

PCC comment on publication of ONS crime statistics (25 Jan 2018)

Responding to the latest release of crime statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), concerning the figures from 12 months to September 2017, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "The ONS data shows that recorded crime has increased...

West Yorkshire residents urged to take part in Funding Our Police Survey (22 Jan 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson is urging residents across the region to have their say about funding for West Yorkshire Police. Answers to the Funding Our Police consultation will help inform decisions around the police budget which is partly funded by the...

PCC’s fund helps drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity in Halifax (16 Jan 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) Safer Communities Fund has helped a rehabilitation charity for offenders with mental health and drug and alcohol problems in Halifax. Alpha House Calderdale received £5000 from Mark's Safer Communities Fund for ...

£140,000 in grants available for good causes from PCC’s Safer Communities Fund (9 Jan 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has launched the latest round of his Safer Communities Fund with £140,000 in grants available for 'not for profit' organisations. Groups across West Yorkshire can bid for grants of up to £5,000 for projects to ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC joins fight against criminal scammers (8 Jan 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson joins national campaign to prevent vulnerable people falling victim to scams Mr Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire has joined the Friends Against Scams campaign, an initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims ...

NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours (4 Jan 2018)

A police officer, working at the National Police Air Service is to be awarded a MBE for his services to policing. Sergeant Scott Gallagher has worked in Police Air Support for over ten years and for the National Police Air Service since its formation in 2012. Joining North Wales Police in ...

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