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PCC statement around disorder and anti-social behaviour in Harehills Road on Bonfire Night (6 Nov 2019)

Responding to the incidents of disorder and anti-social behaviour involving a group of youths and individuals in the Harehills Road area of Leeds last night (05/11), Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "First and foremost I am grateful that no-one was ...

New Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) building a better service (4 Nov 2019)

Victims of sexual violence and abuse will soon be able to access a fully integrated service for the first time in a specially purpose built facility for West Yorkshire. Work has now started on creating the new Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), which will house Children and Adult Services ...

New campaign highlights the potential cost of using a mobile while driving (4 Nov 2019)

West Yorkshire Police is highlighting the potential cost of checking a message on your mobile while driving as part of a new campaign. Last year, 1,578 offences of using a mobile phone while driving were recorded in West Yorkshire, that's around four people a day caught breaking the law. ...

Charitable donation for the Blue Lamp Foundation (1 Nov 2019)

West Yorkshire's Police chiefs have come together to donate a thousand pounds to a charity that helps injured emergency service workers. The Blue Lamp Foundation was established in October 2010 by PC David Rathband after he was shot and blinded whilst on duty in Northumbria. The foundation...

Tackling serious violence remains a high priority as PCC releases his latest Annual Report (31 Oct 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has released his latest Annual Report detailing his work over the last year to help keep communities across the county safe. The report highlights the efforts of the PCC and his office, along with West Yorkshire ...

Hundreds of businesses sign up to cutting edge crime disruption network (28 Oct 2019)

Thousands of residents and hundreds of businesses are helping to disrupt criminal activity in West Yorkshire after engaging with a cutting edge policing project. The national Project Servator initiative has been operating in West Yorkshire for a year and has been praised by businesses, ...

West Yorkshire Police hosts regional modern slavery event (28 Oct 2019)

Police and partners from across Yorkshire and beyond have joined forces to tackle modern slavery. West Yorkshire Police hosted the event - on Wednesday 23 October - which brought together staff involved in investigating Modern Slavery from across the four regional forces of North Yorkshire, ...

Cyber sleuths take on University students in competition (23 Oct 2019)

Cyber sleuths from the Force are pitting their wits against the best minds local universities have to offer in a prestigious competition A team of five police officers from the Force are taking part in the first ever Project Cerebral challenge against students from the University of Leeds, ...

National PCC Lead on tackling modern slavery welcomes Anti-Slavery Day reports (18 Oct 2019)

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC), Dame Sara Thornton has published her Strategic Plan for 2019 - 2021 today (18/10) listing 4 overarching priories: Improving victim care and support Supporting law enforcement and prosecutions Focusing on prevention Getting value from ...

Drugs, cash and weapons were seized in crackdown on county lines crime (18 Oct 2019)

Drugs, cash and weapons were seized during a week-long crackdown on county lines crime. Officers from across the Force took part in a week of action - part of a national intensification campaign - to combat the crime which sees groups or gangs using children or vulnerable adults to carry and ...

Report suspicions and help save victims this Anti-Slavery Day (18 Oct 2019)

"You could be saving lives" is the message to the public from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson on Anti-Slavery Day. Mr Burns-Williamson, who is also the National Lead PCC on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery is supporting the national day and asking for...

West Yorkshire PCC statement on latest crime statistics release from Office of National Statistics (ONS) (17 Oct 2019)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) statement on latest crime statistics release from Office of National Statistics (ONS) Although West Yorkshire has seen an 8 per cent rise in total crime, it represents a reduction in the rate of increase in crime seen over the past year...

Help keep your children safe from county lines crime (14 Oct 2019)

Parents, carers and guardians - do you know for sure who your child is with? Do you know the places they visit or frequent? What are they doing? If the answer is 'no' then help us to help keep children safe from the misery of exploitation - especially through county lines crime. A ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s statement on Home Office announcement of police numbers recruitment target for first year (9 Oct)

West Yorkshire Police has been allocated 256 officers out of the first tranche of 6,000 nationally and expects the numbers to be around 800 over the coming three years, depending the outcome of any funding formula review. Since 2010, West Yorkshire has lost 2,000 officers and staff and more ...

Over 1000 Arrests in Violent Crime Crackdown (8 Oct 2019)

More than 1,000 arrests have been made in just six months in a crackdown on violence and knife crime in West Yorkshire. Operation Jemlock is the Force's initiative to reduce serious violent crime and involves officers carrying out proactive, high visibility patrols in key areas. It started ...

Some of the biggest victims of domestic abuse are the 'smallest' (7 Oct 2019)

West Yorkshire Police and partners are highlighting the effect that domestic abuse can have on children as they urge parents affected by domestic abuse to seek help to end the cycle. The campaign, which was developed by Wakefield Council, is being extended across all five districts in West ...

The Safer Communities Fund is back with £140,000 up for grabs (7 Oct 2019)

£140,000 is available for community groups in the latest round the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund. Voluntary, community groups, charities and partners can apply for grants of up to £6000 to help keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe. The latest round of the fund ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner joins Navratri festivities (4 Oct 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) joined the Navratri festivities in Bradford following an invite from PC Dharmesh Mistry. Navratri is the Hindu festival symbolising the triumph of good over evil, celebrated for nine days (Sunday 29th September - ...

PCC statement on assault on Police Officers in Huddersfield (4 Oct 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "I am disgusted by last night's attack on two police officers in Huddersfield which I condemn in the strongest possible way. "First and foremost I want to wish those two brave officers a speedy recovery. I have...

Newly Refurbished Suite Officially Reopened in Mirfield (3 Oct 2019)

A purpose built suite for vulnerable victims and their families has been refurbished and officially opened today. The Vulnerable Victims Suite, which is located at Mirfield Police Station, on Knowl Road, has been refurbished and rejuvenated to help relax victims and their families as they ...

Protecting children from exploitation focus for national partnership summit (26 Sep 2019)

Further protecting children from exploitation was the focus for 250 specialists from across the country who are came together for a national partnership conference on the issue (27/09). Held in Birmingham, the summit focused on further improving the partnership response to protecting children ...

Cash seized from criminals is making Bradford residents safer (26 Sep 2019)

Money seized from criminals is helping to make residents in the Bradford West area safer. The Neighbourhood Policing Team is using a grant of almost £5,000 from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) Safer Communities Fund on a crime prevention initiative to help vulnerable ...

Campaign highlights party tactic used by perpetrators of CSE (26 Sep 2019)

With the new school year now underway, West Yorkshire Police and partners are warning young people to be wary of invites to free parties from older people who they know little about. A tactic used by perpetrators of child sexual exploitation is to lure children to parties through social media ...

Leeds United Football Club supports campaign to tackle knife crime (26 Sep 2019)

A ground-breaking partnership between West Yorkshire Police and Leeds United Football Club to help tackle knife crime is continuing after the club showed its support on Saturday's game. The club devoted an entire page of the match-day programme for the match against Derby to its support to the...

Anti slavery experts discuss how to combat trafficking in West Yorkshire (25 Sep 2019)

A network of partners which aims to improve the coordination of the threat of modern slavery and human trafficking is now in its fifth year. The West Yorkshire Anti-Slavery Partnership was set up after a force-wide investigation into an organised crime group who trafficked Slovakian nationals...

Launch of the first ever Victims’ Strategy for West Yorkshire (23 Sep 2019)

'The Supporting People Harmed by Crime' strategy will be officially launched by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns Williamson OBE, and the national Victims Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird QC. The date will be Monday 11 November at a venue in ...

PCC Statement on the disturbance on Ullswater Crescent, Halton Moor in Leeds (20 Sep 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "This was a shocking attack on our policing services which is rightly being condemned by our communities. "I am just thankful that no officers or staff were physically hurt. However the resulting loss of a ...

Independent Custody Visiting Scheme A Volunteering Opportunity like No Other (20 Sep 2019)

Are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes in police custody? Do you have a flair for bringing people together to make a positive difference? Do you want to gain unique experience like no other volunteering opportunity can offer? West Yorkshire's Police and ...

Commissioner grants £217,000 for community safety initiatives (20 Sep 2019)

Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been granted to good causes across West Yorkshire for initiatives to increase community safety and prevent crime. The grants were made as part of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund which ...

Police Chief’s charitable donation for rescue vehicle (17 Sep 2019)

Police chiefs have come together to donate tens of thousands of pounds to a team that helps locate high risk missing persons across the county. £30,000 has been donated to help the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team buy and equip a new Mobile Incident Control Vehicle, replacing one that has ...

West Yorkshire Police gives its support to National Knife Awareness Campaign (17 Sep 2019)

West Yorkshire Police is giving its support to a national campaign to raise awareness of and tackle knife crime. Operation Sceptre started yesterday and is running all week until Sunday 22 September and has the support of the Force as well as the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (...

Recruitment Now Open For West Yorkshire Police (16 Sep 2019)

Recruitment is now open to join West Yorkshire Police, and for the first time police officers will study towards a degree as part of their training. From today (Friday 13 September), the public can apply to become a Police Constable Degree Apprentice and will have until Monday 23 September at...

Statement on the Prime Minister’s visit to West Yorkshire on Thursday 5 September (6 Sep 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I had already said in a statement I had issued yesterday that the Government reversal around police recruitment appeared to be a tacit admittance that they had got it wrong over the past 10 years or so, despite the ...

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire’s statement on the Spending Review (5 Sep 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire, said: "Although I welcome any proposed increase in officer numbers, it will only bring us back to the levels we had in 2010, before the sustained cuts to policing by Government which led to a real terms budget cut...

Millions Injected into the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (12 Aug 2019)

A funding boost of almost £3.4m has today (12/08) been confirmed by the Home Office that will see the creation of a dedicated Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) in West Yorkshire led and co-ordinated through the Office of Police & Crime Commissioner. It follows theannouncement by the Home ...

Ninety firearms including shotguns and a rifle surrendered to police (8 Aug 2019)

Guns and ammunition were handed in during West Yorkshire Police's firearms surrender. Ninety firearms were surrendered between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August, alongside large quantities of ammunition including 1500 shotgun cartridges. Weapons handed in included 31 'live' firearms ...

Man convicted of fraud ordered to pay back £315,000 (7 Aug 2019)

A fraudster who created a number of false identities to get mortgages, open bank accounts and claim benefits has been ordered to pay back £315,000 obtained as a result of his criminality. A contested confiscation hearing was held at Leeds Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, 6 August) against ...

PCC statement on Huddersfield man being convicted of the murders of three generations of a family (6 Aug 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "Although today's outcome will never be able to fix the devastating harm caused, I do hope that the Chishti family and all those affected by this appalling crime find some comfort in the fact that Shahid Mohammed ...

Custodial sentences for financial abusers (6 Aug 2019)

Two individuals who were the subject of the first financial abuse prosecution by the West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team (WYFEAT) were sentenced yesterday (5th August 2019) at Bradford Crown Court for offences relating to the financial exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable ...

Reducing re-offending the target of a Safer Communities Fund grant (5 Aug 2019)

West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy Project (WYCCP) have received a £5000 grant from the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) to help reduce reoffending. Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire, who runs the SCF, awarded the money as part of grant round 14 which ...

Proposed site for new Police Station in Keighley (1 Aug 2019)

Bradford Council has reached an agreement to sell the site of the former Keighley College building in the centre of Keighley to West Yorkshire Police, who subject to planning permission, will build a new Police Station. The 1960s former college building that faced onto Cavendish Street has ...

Experts in county lines crime come together at event (30 July 2019)

The Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit hosted an event to bring experts in county lines crime together to see how to best tackle it. Detective Inspector Andy Farrell and Chloe Frogett organised the event, held on Thursday 25 July at West Yorkshire Police's Carr Gate ...

Recovered proceeds of crime funding helps victims of violent crime (30 July 2019)

The Samaritans in Leeds received a £5000 boost to help support victims of violent crime. The money came from the Safer Communities Fund which is run by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson and was donated as part of a grant round specifically targeting serious...

“If I didn’t work I got beaten up” Modern Slavery survivor speaks of 15 years of abuse (30 July 2019)

A survivor of modern slavery who spent 15 years trapped in forced labour has spoken to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire to help raise public awareness of the issues. Four videos of the survivor are being released today to mark UN World Day Against Trafficking...

PCC response to the announcement of 20,000 new police officers for England and Wales (26 July 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "I, and I'm sure our communities, welcome this long overdue commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers nationally. However, there are many questions and details still required as to how this is going ...

Operation Jemlock Marks its 500th Arrest (24 July 2019)

West Yorkshire Police's response to violent crime has seen more than 500 arrests in four months #OpJemlock started in April when the then Temporary Chief Constable John Robins, QPM, met the Home Secretary in March. Police forces including West Yorkshire were given greater stop and search ...

New Chief Constable Appointed (July 19th 2019)

John Robins QPM has today (19/07) been officially appointed Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. It follows a meeting of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel earlier this morning. Its members, made up of elected and independent members, ratified the Police and Crime ...

Police urge public to hand in guns in firearms surrender (19 July 2019)

A two week firearms surrender is being launched across West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire Police is appealing to people to hand in their unwanted guns and items of ammunition between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August, 2019. It is part of a national firearms surrender. And officers are ...

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner's statement on crime statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (18th July 2019)

The statistics show an increase of just over 11.6 per cent in total crime across West Yorkshire when compared to the same period last year, with some crime categories such as burglary showing small reductions. Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said...

West Yorkshire united in the fight against exploitation (18 July 2019)

"West Yorkshire is united in the fight against all forms of exploitation". That was the message from a special safeguarding workshop arranged by Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Representatives from each of the districts Safeguarding Adults, ...

Ongoing surge to tackle serious and violent crime (12 July 2019)

An ongoing surge to tackle serious and violent crime has seen more than 400 arrests across West Yorkshire. Operation Jemlock has been running since April after Temporary Chief Constable John Robins, QPM met the Home Secretary the previous month. Police forces including West Yorkshire were ...

PCC response to Home Office Front Line Review (10 July 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's Chair(APCC), said: "The Front Line Review presents an important opportunity to listen to the voices of police officers and staff on their experiences of the front line, ...

Local and regional partners have come together to look at how to take action against serious violence in communities (8 July 2019)

The event was organised by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for West Yorkshire, in conjunction with the Home Office. Held at the Royal Armouries it brought together partners from the NHS, fellow PCCs, police, probation, public health, education, local authorities, and ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC praises West Midlands Modern Slavery Investigation which found over 400 victims (5 July 2019)

Speaking following the sentencing of an organised crime gang thought to have trafficked more than 400 victims across the West Midlands, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), and Lead PCC on Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking said: "I really welcome ...

PCC responds to HMICFRS State of Policing Report (5 July 2019)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "This is a comprehensive Report by Sir Tom Winsor which highlights the very real challenges facing policing and criminal justice today. "I have already called for, and agree, that the need for fairer multiyear ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC welcomes annual Vulnerability Report by the Children’s Commissioner for England (4 July 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), was at the launch of the annual Vulnerability Report by the Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, who has called for an urgent £10bn a year investment to help rebuild services for vulnerable children. ...

First safeguarding financial abuse conviction secured by West Yorkshire Financial Crime Task Force (2 July 2019)

The first financial abuse prosecution by the West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team (WYFEAT) reached the courts last week, resulting in the conviction of two offenders who pleaded guilty to offences relating to the financial abuse of a vulnerable Calderdale resident. On 24th ...

Police and Crime Commissioner champions aspiration and inspires students (28 June 2019)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, has joined the Bradford Community Champions initiative to help inspire young people across the Bradford District. Mr Burns-Williamson spoke to students at Carlton Bolling College this week (26/06) about his own ...

Major event to tackle Child Criminal Exploitation in Leeds (25 June 2019)

A major partnership conference was held in Leeds yesterday (25/06) aimed at tackling Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), and the many forms that this may take, across the region. The free event, which is part of Safeguarding Week and hosted by the Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP...

Summer drink/drug drive campaign starts (24 June 2019)

With the summer holidays and hopefully warmer weather on its way, West Yorkshire Police is warning of the consequences of getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs this summer. The national coordinated drink and drug driving summer enforcement campaign runs from Monday, 24 June...

Castleford students launch DVD to reduce knife crime (24 June 2019)

The DVD was launched on Friday June 21 at Airedale Academy's Phoenix Theatre and is aimed at raising awareness of knife crime and its effects across the District. The 30 minute play itself was devised entirely by the students and features them acting out scenarios involving knives including a...

Preferred candidate for Chief Constable for West Yorkshire Police (21 June 2019)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson has announced that John Robins QPMwill be his preferred candidate for the position of Chief Constable for West Yorkshire following interview. MrRobins has been Temporary Chief Constable since December 2018 and has ...

West Yorkshire receives £3.3m for Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) approaches to help tackle violent crime (18 June 2019)

Today's £3,370,000 allocation, in addition to the £4.02million 'surge' monies already awarded since May this year, is all part of the £100million funding pot announced by the Home Office in March as part of its intention to help crack down on violent crime. Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police ...

Support for Neighbourhood Watch Week (17 June 2019)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are showing their support for Neighbourhood Watch Week. The week celebrates the incredible work volunteers contribute to their communities across the country including in West Yorkshire. Under the theme of #MoreThanYouExpect the work ...

West Yorkshire Policing Awards (17 June 2019)

Dedication to frontline policing, complex investigations and protecting vulnerable victims of crime are among the achievements that were honoured at this year's West Yorkshire Policing Awards. The annual awards ceremony was held at the Centenary Pavillion at Leeds United Football Club on ...

Three West Yorkshire Police Officers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours (10 June 2019)

A British Empire Medal and two Queen's Police Medals are awarded to West Yorkshire Police Officers in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to policing. Temporary Chief Constable John Robins is awarded the Queen's Police Medal, as is PC Firzana (Fiz) Ahmed. Temporary Detective Inspector ...

Nominate a police volunteer for a Lord Ferrers Award (7 June 2019)

Nominations are open for the 26th annual Lord Ferrers Awards, which celebrate the exceptional achievements of volunteers in policing. The awards recognise the commitment and dedication shown by special constables, police support volunteers, volunteer police cadets and volunteers within ...

Arrests in Modern Day Slavery Operation (7 June 2019)

A man and two women were arrested by the Force's Modern Slavery Team during an operation in the Liverpool area on Thursday. Officers, who were supported by colleagues from Merseyside Police, raided two properties as part of an investigation into organised crime and the unlawful trafficking of ...

300 police officers to be recruited by West Yorkshire Police - register your interest now (4 June 2019)

Three hundred new police officers are being recruited by West Yorkshire Police, and for the first time officers will study for a degree as part of their training. The new training pathway is being launched to equip student officers with the skills needed to tackle increasingly sophisticated ...

West Yorkshire Police is recruiting Special Constables (30 May 2019)

A school caretaker, a plumber and a university professor are among those who protect our communities as part of West Yorkshire Police's Special Constabulary - and you could join them on the frontline. West Yorkshire Police is marking 'National Specials Weekend' 31 May to 2 June by opening ...

57 people arrested during operation to disrupt organised crime and gangs in Huddersfield (28 May 2019)

A large-scale operation aimed at disrupting organised crime and gang activity in Huddersfield has seen 57 people arrested over the past few months. Over 25 nights of activity, Kirklees District Police carried out an intensive operation targeting gangs that have been causing the most harm in ...

National PCC lead on Modern Slavery welcomes Independent Review Final Report (24 May 2019)

Welcoming the final report from the Independent review of the Modern Slavery Act, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and national lead PCC on tackling modern slavery, said: "Modern slavery is an appalling crime that has an absolutely terrible effect on ...

Police charge 11 and seize £100k of drugs in county lines crackdown (21 May 2019)

Police in West Yorkshire have arrested and charged 11 people and seized £100,000 of Class A drugs as part of a national County Lines crime crackdown. Officers from West Yorkshire Police's Protective Services Crime played a significant part in a recent National Crime Agency County Lines ...

Man jailed for 1994 murder of pensioner (21 May 2019)

A brutal murder that remained unsolved for nearly 25 years has been solved - thanks to the work of a specialist West Yorkshire Police team. Amy Shepherd, who was 86, was murdered in August 1994 at her home in Folly Hall Gardens, Wibsey. Raymond Kay, 70, of Barker Fold, Halifax was today (...

Safer Communities Fund projects targeting violent crime across West Yorkshire as latest round nears closing date (17 May 2019)

Projects funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) Safer Communities Fund are tackling violent crime across the region. Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's PCC runs the grant scheme, which returns money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act back to communities...

PCC’s Office wins prestigious national award for custody visiting (16 May 2019)

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for West Yorkshire has won a Gold Standard Quality Assurance award for the quality of its independent custody visiting scheme. The Quality Assurance awards were introduced by The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) to help ...

Statement by West Yorkshire’s PCC on the news that the probation sector will be renationalised (16 May 2019)

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said that he welcomed the news that the probation sector would be renationalised after it was part-privatised five years ago by the then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. But the PCC said that he remained cautious over the private sector maintaining delivery of ...

West Yorkshire Police crime recording judged as ‘Outstanding’ (16 May 2019)

West Yorkshire Police has been praised by HMICFRS inspectors as 'Outstanding' for the way it records crime. The Force is one of only two in the country (of the 34 inspected so far) in this programme of inspections which have been judged as achieving an 'Outstanding' performance; and it is the ...

The gloves were on as PCC joins Kirklees Rural NPT at Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club (14 May 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) had a busy day in Kirklees last week (08/05) visiting the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) as well as Safer Communities Fund grant recipient, Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club. Mr Burns-Williamson met with the ...

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Recruitment (10 May 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking to recruit the next Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police following the retirement of former Chief Dee Collins. The PCC is seeking a dynamic, forward thinking, chief police officer who can work with him ...

PCC response to Timpson Review on School Exclusions (8 May 2019)

Responding to the publication of the Edward Timpson Review on School Exclusions, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Association of PCC's Chair and Serious Violence Lead, Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, said: "I welcome this extensive report by Edward Timpson on school exclusions...

West Yorkshire receives further funding boost to tackle serious violence (8 May 2019)

Responding to the Home Office announcement of further £4.02m funding for West Yorkshire to tackle serious violence, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), APCC Chair and Serious Violence Lead, said: "Whilst the further funding allocations today are welcome...

Safer Communities Fund project tackling violent crime (3 May 2019)

A project, majority funded by money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), has been helping to tackling violent crime in Bradford. Neesie were awarded £4915.14 from the Safer Communities Fund which is run by Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC...

Pioneering research launched to examine language barriers in the criminal justice system (1 May 2019)

A new partnership has launched a pioneering study examining the barriers faced by those who have limited English skills when accessing the criminal justice system. This is the first large scale research of its kind in the UK. National charity Victim Support, The Institute for Criminal Policy ...

Regional Matrix Challenge (29 Apr 2019)

The Yorkshire and Humberside regional Cyber Crime Unit are pleased to announce the launch of this year's Matrix Challenge. This competition is open to every child and young person aged between 11 and 17yrs of age who receive their education in the Yorkshire and Humber Region. The main aim ...

High tech solution to 'tag' Wakefield burglars and bar brawlers rolls out (26 Apr 2019)

A high-tech traceable liquid is to be used to provide full spectrum crime protection for shops, pubs and revellers in Wakefield city centre. Wakefield Police and Wakefield BID are to supply the clear, colourless SmartWater solution to selected Night Marshals operating in city centre pubs and ...

Community Alert System Launched by West Yorkshire Police (26 Apr 2019)

A new community alert system is being launched in West Yorkshire to keep residents informed of crime in their area and positive work being carried out by police. West Yorkshire Community Alert will allow residents to keep up to date with local police updates and will be launched on 1 May. ...

PCC Response to Latest ONS Crime Statistics for West Yorkshire (25 Apr 2019)

In response to the latest Office of National Statistics crime figures, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said: "It is encouraging to see that there has been notable reductions, particularly around vehicle crime and burglary across West Yorkshire in ...

West Yorkshire receives £3M funding boost to tackle serious violence (18 April 2019)

The Home Office has announced that West Yorkshire is to receive £3 million to help strengthen the response to serious violence. It comes from a share of £51 million, allocated to police forces across the country. The 'surge funding' is intended to support operational activities through ...

PCC’s Safer Communities Fund returns with £200,000 available (15 Apr 2019)

The Safer Communities Fund is back with £200,000 available! From today (15/04) community groups and projects from across West Yorkshire can apply for a grant for initiatives to help keep our communities safe and feeling safe. Mark Burns- Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime ...

Criminals ordered to repay £21-million of ill gotten gains (10 Apr 2019)

An elite team of financial investigators are reclaiming millions of pounds worth of ill-gotten gains from criminals across operating in West Yorkshire and beyond. In the past year (financial) West Yorkshire Police's Financial Investigation Unit and the North East Asset Recovery Team has seen ...

PCC response to HMICFRS Fraud: Time to Choose inspection (2 Apr 2019)

Responding to the HMICFRS "Fraud: Time to Choose" inspection, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "Fraud can have a really detrimental effect on its victims as well as severe implications, both financial and emotional. "It's seems clear from this...

PCC Attends Serious Youth Violence Summit (1 Apr 2019)

West Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson today (01/04) attended a serious youth violence summit in Downing Street, London bringing together over 100 experts to tackle violent crime. Speaking immediately after the opening session, he said: "Police and Crime ...

Modern slavery first responders trained across the region (29 Mar 2019)

Front line social workers from across the Yorkshire and Humber region have received training to help tackle modern slavery. West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, Hope for Justice and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) joined forces to...

Knife crime prevention receives a boost from the Safer Communities Fund (28 Mar 2019)

An initiative to help prevent knife crime has received a boost with part funding from Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire's Safer Communities Fund. The initiative is the brainchild of PC Mark Rothery of Leeds North East Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) who ...

Could You Be West Yorkshire Police's Next Detective? (25 Mar 2019)

West Yorkshire Police are opening a recruitment window for detective constables to join the Force. Nationally, there is a shortfall in detective numbers and last year West Yorkshire Police announced it was taking part in a national initiative which will supplement detective numbers and aims ...

Over £2.6 million given to West Yorkshire community projects through the Safer Communities Fund (25 Mar 2019)

Community projects in West Yorkshire have now received grants totalling over £2.6m from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund. Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) runs the fund and hit the milestone amount following an awards ...

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Announces Retirement (22 Mar 2019)

In July I would have completed 32 years' service in policing, 12 years of those as a chief officer in Derbyshire Constabulary and West Yorkshire Police. Following my recent secondment to the College of Policing where I have had the privilege to successfully lead the national Strategic Command...

West Yorkshire’s PCC responds to the NCA’s National Referral Mechanism Annual Report Figures (19 Mar 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) said: "This report shows that increased awareness and understanding around modern slavery issues is leading to an increase in reporting. "Modern slavery and human trafficking takes many forms and exists across all ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC statement following New Zealand Terror Attack (15 Mar 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "Firstly and most importantly, my thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this senseless act in New Zealand. "I want to reassure anyone concerned locally that West Yorkshire Police have stepped up ...

West Yorkshire Police join child protection charity in campaign to tackle indecent images of children (14 Mar 2019)

West Yorkshire Police is today joining forces with a leading child protection charity to launch a campaign to tackle growing demand for sexual images of children online. The campaign will also see involvement and support from partner organisations including the Police and Crime Commissioner for ...

PCC statement following the announcement of £100m being allocated to police forces across the country to tackle knife crime (13 Mar 2019)

Reacting to the announcement by The Chancellor in the Spring Statement that £100m has been allocated to police forces across the country to tackle knife crime, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and lead PCC on Serious Violence, said: "Any additional ...

Knife Crime Awareness Week (11 Mar 2019)

A week of action to raise awareness of knife crime has been launched by West Yorkshire Police, supported by the West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) The awareness week, which is part of a national week of action, will run all week from today (Monday 11 March) until Sunday 17 ...

West Yorkshire's PCC responds to Home Secretary's meeting with Chief Constables (7 Mar 2018)

Responding to reports following the Home Secretary's meeting with a number of Chief Constables to discuss violent crime, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), APCC Chair and Serious Violence Lead, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Police and Crime Commissioners have been clear that ...

Police Chief’s make joint £20,000 donation to Police Treatment Centres (7 Mar 2019)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police have made a £20,000 donation to the Police Treatment Centres. The Police Treatment Centres is a registered charity which provides treatment and support, including intensive, police-...

West Yorkshire's PCC statement on knife crime (5 Mar 2019)

Speaking on knife crime, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and lead PCC on Serious Violence, said: "We have seen significant rises in knife and violent crime across the country, particularly involving children and young people, but not exclusively, ...

Knife crime prevention event for school children held in West Yorkshire (28 Feb 2019)

School children from across Leeds were warned not to get involved in knife crime by people who have seen the devastating consequences of it firsthand. The young students heard inputs from a mother whose son was stabbed to death in Leeds, a wife of a man serving a considerable prison sentence...

West Yorkshire Reducing Reoffending Strategy Official Launched (25 Feb 2019)

"I knew something in my life drastically needed to change. I was on self-destruct mode and I had just pressed the big red button." These are the words of Jacob Hill from Brighouse, who was arrested in 2014 for drugs related offences and sentenced to 28 months in prison. Having found a ...

Carlton Bolling College win cyber crime schools competition (15 Feb 2019)

Carlton Bolling College have been crowned as the winners of the West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner's latest schools cyber crime competition! The competition, which was sponsored by Asda and is now in its second year, challenged pupils from years 7,8 and 9 from schools...

Parents and guardians urged to know what their children are doing online (4 Feb 2019)

West Yorkshire Police is teaming up with key partners to encourage parents and guardians to know what their children are doing when online. The NSPCC, Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are helping the Force to encourage parents and ...

PCC budget provides frontline focus (1 Feb 2019)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has today (01/02) set the Police budget for 2019/20, outlining his continued commitment to frontline policing. It will see an additional 264 officers and specialist staff invested into protecting local communities, with ...

PCC response to Home Secretary announcement on new powers to tackle knife crime (31 Jan 2019)

Responding to the Home Secretary's announcement on new police powers to tackle knife crime, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson OBE said: "Both nationally and locally we are seeing increases in serious violence, often gang-related, with too many children ...

Not in my workplace modern slavery campaign (28 Jan 2019)

The second part of a publicity campaign to help people know how to spot the signs of modern slavery has been launched. In August the Force and the Police and Crime Commissioner spear-headed a campaign; 'Modern Slavery: It's Not on My Street?' to encourage residents to help prevent the crime ...

PCC Response to Latest ONS Crime Statistics for West Yorkshire (24 Jan 2019)

In response to the latest Office of National Statistics crime figures, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I hold regular meetings with the Chief Constable and West Yorkshire Police ensuring that the Force remains alive to current and emerging ...

West Yorkshire Police launches new Clare's Law Campaign (24 Jan 2019)

West Yorkshire Police is launching a new campaign encouraging anyone with concerns about their current or ex-partner to use their 'right to ask' to check whether they have a history of domestic abuse. The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as Clare's Law, has been in place in ...

PCC response to the publication of the interim Independent Review of the Modern Day Slavery Act (23 Jan 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is also the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) lead on Modern Slavery. In response to the publication of the interim Independent Review of the Modern Day Slavery Act he said: "Only last week was I ...

Animation premieres to tackle child exploitation (21 Jan 2019)

An innovative animation, specifically designed to safeguard children in West Yorkshire from exploitation and abuse, has today (21/07) premiered at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Called 'Mister Shapeshifter', it has been funded by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime ...

PCC champions victim-centred approach in tackling modern slavery (15 Jan 2019)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has called for a victim-centred approach to tackling modern slavery whilst giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee today (16/01) as part of its Modern Slavery inquiry. Mark, who is also the Association of ...

Leeds buses get on board with project to disrupt criminals (9 Jan 2019)

Bus services in Leeds are getting on board with a cutting edge police project to disrupt criminal activity. A number of First Leeds services are to begin to feature specially designed artwork for Project Servator from January as part of continuing work by authorities to encourage residents to...

Ongoing response to police budget survey (9 Jan 2019)

Over 1400 online responses to the 2019/20 West Yorkshire Policing budget survey have now been received. The numbers are still climbing with more expected, after further postal surveys reached households across the region. With exactly 1 week to go until consultation closes around the police...

Have your say on the 2019/20 police budget (3 Jan 2019)

Communities are being urged to have their say on the 2019/20 policing budget for West Yorkshire. Over 350 responses have so far been received from the online survey alone, with additional feedback expected from further postal surveys. Just under two weeks remain before the public ...

Commissioner praises food banks following timely visit and donation (21 Dec 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) paid a timely visit to one of the county's food banks last week (13/12). The visit followed a joint donation from Mark and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, of nearly £50,000 to foodbanks across West ...

A message for Christmas and the New Year from West Yorkshire’s PCC (20 Dec 2018)

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful festive period and a happy New Year. 2018 has been another very busy year. I have been pleased to continue the Safer Communities Fund which has given out grants totalling over £372,000 to over 85 organisations, with the latest ...

Budget consultation launches (18 Dec 2018)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has launched his budget consultation for 2019/20. An online survey is now live which is due to be shared over the coming days and weeks, backed up by a limited number of postal surveys to widen the reach. Running...

PCC response to the Police Funding Settlement (13 Dec 2018)

Click here to read the provisional police grant reports West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Albeit, it appears that Government have partly acknowledged our ongoing calls for an urgent injection of funding into policing, more than half of today's...

PCC responds to West Yorkshire Police Use of Force Statistics (13 Dec 2018)

West Yorkshire Police has published statistics to show how many times force has been used by officers during their duties. This is the first time that all police forces across the UK have released the 12 months data. Click here to see the statistics. West Yorkshire Police and Crime ...

Two videos released aiming to reduce incidents of young people being reported missing (11 Dec 2018)

Two videos highlighting the impact of staying out late without telling family members where you are going have been distributed to young people across West Yorkshire in a bid to reduce incidents of young people being reported missing from home. The videos have been produced by West Yorkshire ...

‘Whole system’ focus improving West Yorkshire’s approach to domestic abuse (7 Dec 2018)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is continuing to raise awareness of domestic abuse, as the White Ribbon campaign enters its final stretch in 16 days of action. Yesterday (06/12) PCC Mark Burns-Williamson brought together professionals from the NHS, Crown Prosecution ...

PCC Response to Independent Mental Health Act Review (6 Dec 2018)

Following today's (06/12) release of the recommendations emerging from the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said: "As I have highlighted for some time in West Yorkshire, police cells are not the right place ...

Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Campaign 2018 (29 Nov 2018)

West Yorkshire Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) drink drive campaign, reminding people that drink or drug driving will not be tolerated at any time of the year. The crackdown officially launches on December 1 and runs through the whole month until January 1. ...

PCC response to Kirklees assault incident (28 Nov 2018)

https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news-appeals/update-assault-almondbury-community-school-huddersfield West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson said: "There is understandably a great deal of concern surrounding reports and the footage of this incident which ...

PCC response to HMICFRS ‘Policing and Mental Health’ report (27 Nov 2018)

Following the release of the HMICFRS report - Policing and mental health: Picking up the pieces, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson said: "It is clear to see from this report, the mounting pressures placed upon policing, which are ultimately emerging from ...

Commissioner rallys support in ‘perfect storm’ funding threat to police (23 Nov 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has today (23/11) written to MPs across the county highlighting the serious funding threats currently facing policing and the damaging consequences it presents for the service and communities. PCC Mark Burns-Williamson is calling for their ...

Commissioner calls on Home Secretary in joint letter on police funding (22 Nov 2018)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has today (22/11) joined the Mayor of London, Mayor for Greater Manchester and Police and Crime Commissioners in the West Midlands and Merseyside in signing an open letter to the Home Secretary/ Chancellor around police funding...

Commissioner supports new Affordable Legal Services for victims of domestic abuse (19 Nov 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has supported a new affordable legal services for victims of domestic abuse Bradford based charity, Staying Put are running the new initiative which offers legal advice to all victims and survivors of domestic abuse ...

International week championing restorative justice (19 Nov 2018)

An International week to champion restorative justice is now under way. Restorative justice brings those harmed by crime, and those responsible for that harm, into communication with each other. This contact can offer victims the opportunity to be heard, to ask questions of the offender, ...

PCC brings early intervention and prevention under partnership spotlight (15 Nov 2018)

A major partnership conference to help divert young people away from harm and potential criminal behaviour is set to get underway later this morning (15/11) Dozens of third sector organisations and groups, which are not connected to Government or profit making, will come together at Leeds ...

Commissioner welcomes funding boost to tackle violent crime in West Yorkshire (10 Nov 2018)

The Home Secretary has today (Saturday 10 November) announced that West Yorkshire will receive £1,121,395 from the national Early Intervention Youth Fund. Specific projects endorsed and co-ordinated by the Police and Crime Commissioner will be supported over a two year period to help divert ...

Reformed offender says ‘I’ve lost everything’ (7 Nov 2018)

As part of the ongoing Indecent Images campaign West Yorkshire Police has spoken to man who was convicted for viewing indecent images of children. The campaign is the first of its kind in West Yorkshire specifically targeting adults involved in the viewing of indecent images of under 18-year-...

PCC response to Public Accounts Committee report on the financial sustainability of police forces (7 Nov 2018)

Responding to the Public Accounts Committee report on the financial sustainability of police forces, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said: "This report again further highlights, on the back of the recent National Audit Office and Home Affairs Select ...

Project Servator Launch in Leeds (2 Nov 2018)

Officers trained in the latest police tactics to disrupt criminals and counter terrorism are to deploy across Leeds following a trial of a cutting edge policing project. West Yorkshire Police has now formally launched Project Servator following the Leeds City Centre based trial of the ...

Commissioner Supports Police Public Bravery Awards (31st Oct 2018)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) last night (30/10) attended the Police Public Bravery Awards in London. It saw West Yorkshire nominee Bob Wells pick up a silver award after intervening in a robbery. PCC Mark Burns-Williamson was there in both a local and national capacity...

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Bonfire Season (30 Oct 2018)

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and West Yorkshire Police are urging people to play it safe by going to an organised bonfire and fireworks display this year. Firefighters and Fire Service Control Room staff are gearing up for the busiest weekend of the year and there's already ...

PCCs Safer Communities Fund offers more support (29 Oct 2018)

Around £150,000 is available for community projects across West Yorkshire as the latest grant round of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) is launched. West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, set up the fund in 2014 to help keep communities safe by offering ...

PCC response to The Home Affairs Committee Policing for the future Report (25 Oct 2018)

Responding to the The Home Affairs Committee's Policing for the Future Report West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said: "It is little surprise that the Home Affairs Select Committee raise these serious concerns around police funding and the potentially ...

PCC calls on Chancellor for change over damaging funding announcements (24 Oct 2018)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has written an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer raising concerns about the huge impact of a recent announcement around unfunded employer pension contributions across Policing. Click here to view the letter The Treasury's ...

PCC supports International Control Room Week (24 Oct 2018)

International Control Room Week is running from Monday 22 October to Sunday 28 October. Supporting the week Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "The dedicated staff in our customer contact centres have my upmost respect and this week provides a ...

Supporting Get Safe Online Week (24 Oct 2018)

West Yorkshire Police is supporting Get Safe Online Week to help people be safe online. Get Safe Online Week is a national initiative running this week with the main theme of not 'oversharing' information online - #beawareofwhatyoushare. Detective Inspector Benn Kemp of West Yorkshire Police'...

Sixteen jailed for over 200 years as part of grooming gang (19 Oct 2018)

Sixteen defendants have been jailed for over 200 years as part of a grooming gang which preyed on vulnerable young girls in Huddersfield. West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns- Williamson said: "It is absolutely testament to the resolve of the victims and their ...

Victim Support volunteers who helped Manchester Attack victims honoured (19 Oct 2018)

Volunteers from Victim Support West Yorkshire have been honoured for their role in helping victims of the Manchester Attack. The volunteers provided support to 117 victims from West Yorkshire who were caught up in the incident in 2017 and received the Office of the Police and Crime ...

PCC for West Yorkshire statement on the latest ONS crime statistics (18 Oct 2018)

Responding to the latest crime statistics released today (18/10) by The Office for National Statistics, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Whilst it is uncomfortable to see any increased risk of being a victim of crime in West Yorkshire, the trend ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC warns human traffickers on Anti-Slavery Day (18 Oct 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is supporting National Anti-Slavery Day and sending a clear message to human traffickers. Anti-Slavery Day is held on 18 October every year and is an opportunity to highlight and raise awareness of human trafficking ...

Successful week of action held to tackle county lines crime (16 Oct 2018)

Weapons, cash and illegal drugs were seized during a force-wide week of action to tackle County Lines Crime. Officers also safeguarded 22 potential victims and made 16 arrests during the operation, which ran all week from Monday 8 October. It was held to stop criminal networks bringing in ...

West Yorkshire Police backs National Hate Crime Awareness Week (13 Oct 2018)

West Yorkshire Police along with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are backing the national hate crime awareness week which starts today. (Saturday 13 October) The forces 'Hate Hurts' campaign aims to raise awareness of what hate crime and hate incidents are and to encourage communities ...

'Schools Tour' across Kirklees educates youngsters (12 Oct 2018)

Kirklees Youth Intervention Team have teamed up with inspirational speaker Paul Hannaford for a schools tour across the District this week. The 'Schools Tour' was funded by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities fund, following a successful bid by Kirklees District...

Operation Rogue Trader sends strong message to criminals (12 Oct 2018)

A week of co-ordinated activity to deliver a strong message to rogue trading criminals and to encourage residents to reject 'cold callers' has been running across West Yorkshire. Operation Rogue Trader started on Monday 8 October and has been delivered in partnership between West Yorkshire ...

New Team to Tackle wildlife and rural crime in Leeds District (12 Oct 2018)

A new dedicated policing team has been launched in Leeds to tackle wildlife and rural crime. The Leeds District Wildlife and Rural Crime Team will work to address and raise awareness of issues including animal cruelty and poaching. It will also focus on crimes such as burglary and theft of ...

Twin conference on modern day slavery and homelessness (11 Oct 2018)

The links between Homelessness and Modern Day Slavery are the focus of a high profile partnership conference at the University of Huddersfield next week (15/10) It follows a report by Homelessness Charity 'The Passage', supported by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Office, which ...

West Yorkshire restorative justice service launched (11 Oct 2018)

The first ever county-wide restorative justice programme in West Yorkshire is today (11/10) being launched at Batley Town Hall. Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has commissioned the new service, investing £900,000 of funding over the next three years. The contract with ...

West Yorkshire Police launches operation to tackle county lines crime (8 Oct 2018)

West Yorkshire Police has launched a week of action to tackle so-called 'County Lines' crime. 'County Lines' crime involves criminal networks involved in bringing in illegal drugs into one or more area(s) using dedicated mobile phone lines. The criminals will often use and exploit young ...

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable to lead Strategic Command Course (4 Oct 2018)

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins is to take up a short secondment as Service Director for the College of Policing 2019 Strategic Command Course. The appointment will see the Chief Constable working out of Force from January to March 2019, during which Deputy Chief Constable ...

Human trafficking gang jailed for a total of over 24 years (4 Oct 2018)

Members of an Organised Crime Group which trafficked victims from Slovakia into Leeds have been sentenced to a total of over 24 years. An investigation by West Yorkshire Police's Human Trafficking Unit discovered that the group would often target single and vulnerable men in extreme poverty ...

Support for victims at an all-time high as West Yorkshire’s PCC releases latest Annual Report (4 Oct 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has released his latest Annual report detailing his work over the last year to help keep communities across the county safe. The report highlights the efforts of the PCC and his office, along with West Yorkshire ...

Vulnerable people in Castleford supported thanks to money recovered from criminals (2 Oct 2018)

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) paid a visit to Castleford last week (29/09) to see how a local Neighbourhood Policing initiative is making a difference to vulnerable people's lives. Two thousand four hundred and thirty pounds in grant funding was received through PCC Mark Burns-...

Volunteers sought to help stop scam mail (28 Sep 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson is looking for volunteers to become Scam Marshal's and help put a stop to unsolicited mail. Any resident in the UK who receives scam mail can sign up to the scheme run by the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team. ...

Statement from West Yorkshire's PCC on policing and security considerations for the Brexit negotiations (19 Sep 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire and Chair of Association of Police and Crime Commissioners: "I am working with the National Crime Agency (NCA), the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and my PCC colleagues nationally to call on the Government to ...

Recovered Proceeds of Crime money helping to support victims of sexual abuse (18 Sep 2018)

Money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) has been used by a West Yorkshire charity to support victims of sexual abuse. Kirklees and Calderdale Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (KCRASACC) received £3,928 from the County's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark...

Week of Action Against Knife Crime Launched By West Yorkshire Police (17 Sep 2018)

A week of action to tackle knife crime is being launched by West Yorkshire Police. Officers continue to fight the growing threat of knife crime on a daily basis, but the Force's awareness week will include educational activities, targeted enforcement work and enforcing strong anti-knife ...

Asda supports online safety competition for young people (17 Sep 2018)

As schools return for the beginning of a new year, pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 are being challenged to develop a resource to help keep each other safe online. Across England and Wales 1.5 million cyber offences were recorded last year and it is thought that many more were unreported. West ...

Commissioner Welcomes New Law Helping to Protect Emergency Workers (13 Sep 2018)

The 'Protect the Protectors' bill backed by Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has today (13/09) received royal assent. The new legislation means tougher sentences for those who assault emergency workers, including NHS workers and prison officers. West Yorkshire Police ...

PCC Response to Police Sustainability Report (11 Sep 2018)

The National Audit Office has today released a report around the financial sustainability of police Force's across England and Wales. It has concluded that the Home Office's light touch approach to overseeing police forces means it does not know if the police system is financially sustainable...

West Yorkshire Police Support Operation Limelight (7 Sep 2018)

West Yorkshire Police has been supporting a national operation at airports and ports across the country raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM). Operation Limelight ran from 24 August to 7 September and West Yorkshire Police was one of 14 police forces involved. The activity in ...

£210,000 to tackle violent crime from West Yorkshire’s PCC (7 Sep 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has given out £211,509.34 to tackle violent crime and support victims across the region. Mark granted a share of the money to 49 community groups from across West Yorkshire as part of the latest round of his Safer ...

Key safeguarding campaign receives funding (31 Aug 2018)

A thousand pounds has been jointly contributed to Islamic Relief UK by both West Yorkshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Force is supporting the charity's 'Honour Her' campaign, which was launched in April 2018. Backed by the Muslim Council of Britain, it ...

Modern Slavery: It's Not On My Street (23 Aug 2018)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are urging residents to help prevent modern slavery - by watching out for it in their neighbourhood and workplace. The Force is urging people to know some of the possible signs of the crime - which trades in human misery - and to ...

First Cyber Prevent Initiative Delivered (22 Aug 2018)

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime unit delivered its first Cyber Prevent initiative to help children and young people use technology safely and legally. The final of the initiative - which involved a cyber challenge - involved 42 children and young people on Saturday 18 August at ...

Trafficking Gang Convicted, West Yorkshire (17 Aug 2018)

Members of an Organised Crime Group which trafficked victims from Slovakia into Leeds have been convicted of exploitation offences. An investigation by West Yorkshire Police's Human Trafficking Unit discovered that the group would often target single and vulnerable men in extreme poverty and ...

Statement on the recent road traffic incident in Bradford (6 Aug 2018)

Statement from Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner, West Yorkshire Following the tragic death of four men involved in the traffic incident in Bradford early on Thursday morning, I have been in liaison with both West Yorkshire Police and the Independent Office for Police ...

Safeguarding the most vulnerable and tackling violent crime have a renewed focus in the PCC’s refreshed Police and Crime Plan (1 Aug 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, has outlined the crucial work needed with partners to tackle serious and violent crime, protect victims and witnesses and safeguard the region's most vulnerable in his refreshed Police and Crime Plan. The Police and ...

All five West Yorkshire Councils join the PCC to make a stand against domestic violence with the White Ribbon campaign (31 July 2018)

All five local authorities in West Yorkshire have reaffirmed their commitment to tackling domestic abuse by receiving White Ribbon accreditation status. It means that Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield Councils have all signed up to the largest global initiative for male ...

Help us stop human trafficking (30 July 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, National Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) lead on human trafficking and modern slavery, is marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (30/07) with a plea to communities for their help. Mark said: "World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is an annual event and ...

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner helped by two young people on work experience (26 July 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) was recently joined by two young people on work experience. Joe and Lois, both 17 and from Wakefield, are part of the PCC's Youth Advisory Group and requested to have placements with Mark to find out more about the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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