- First West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Elected (17 November 2012)
- Calderdale Gets Opportunity to Meet Police and Crime Commissioner (23 Nov 2012)
- National Campaign to End Domestic Violence Backed By New West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (23 Nov 2012)
- West Yorkshire PCC Launches New Campaign Listening To You First (29 Nov 2012)
- 'Listening to You First' Budget and Police and Crime Survey (29 Nov 2012)
- West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner meets with Police Minister (30 Nov 2012)
- West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner calls on the Home Secretary to Stop the Unfair Cuts to Policing (3 Dec 2012)
- West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Called on Home Secretary to Stop Unfair Cuts to Policing (4 Dec 2012)
- Comment from the Police and Crime Commissioner on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement (5 Dec 2012)
- Open Letter to the Home Secretary (17 Dec 2012)
- Response to Announcement (19 Dec 2012)
- West Yorkshire Police Funding of 20% To Be Achieved (20 Dec 2012)
- New Year Message (31 Dec 2012)
- Mark Resigns As District Councillor (14 Jan 2013)
- Police and Crime Commissioner Reaches Out Through Social Media (16 Jan 2013)
- Police and Crime Commissioner Roundtable on Hate Crime (18 Jan 2013)
- Overall Crime Down in West Yorkshire (24 Jan 2013)
- Proposed Increase to the Policing Precept (28 Jan 2013)
- Joint Statement on 2006 Molly Wright Murder and BBC Inside Out (28 Jan 2013)
- Commissioner Consults with Young People About Policing Priorities (31 Jan 2013)
- Community Involvement in Chief Constable Interviews (31 Jan 2013)
- New Chief Constable for West Yorkshire Police (1 Feb 2013)
- Police and Crime Panel Supports Commissioner's Investment in Frontline Policing (6 Feb 2013)
- Police & Crime Panel Confirm the Appointment of Next Chief Constable (8 Feb 2013)
- IPCC Scrutiny of West Yorkshire Police and Six Other Forces Involvement in Savile Enquiry (20 Feb 2013)
- Statement about Huddersfield v Hull match (22 Feb 2013)
- Tackling crime relies on the law abiding majority (5 March 2013)
- Keeping the Public Safe at Football Games (7 March 2013)
- West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to Appoint a Deputy (25 March 2013)
- Mark Burns Williamson to launch Police and Crime Plan (27 March 2013)
- Comment from the Police and Crime Commissioner following the publication of the IPCC report into the conduct of Sir Norman Bettison (28 March 2013)
- Commissioner to hold surgery in Batley (4 Apr 2013)
- Fewer crime victims in West Yorkshire (25 Apr 2013)
- Commissioner to hold surgery in Otley (7 May 2013)
- Response to West Yorkshire Police Report on Savile (10 May 2013)
- PCC Announces "Root and Branch Review" of Police Complaints (15 May 2013)
- PCC Marks Six Months in Office (23 May 2013)
- Police and Crime Plan Goes Local (4 Jun 2013)
- PCC Visits Youth Club Saved from Closure (14 Jun 2013)
- Proceeds of Crime Act Petition (25 June 2013)
- PCC response to the Freedom of Information Act release regarding Huddersfield Town vs. Hull City (2 July 2013)
- PCC response to the incidents in Shipley (2 July 2013)
- IPCC Referral (3 July 2013)
- Joint response to the HMIC Valuing the Police Report (18 July 2013)
- PCC developing roadmap to tackle Child Sex Exploitation (24 July 2013)
- Divisional HQ reaches construction milestone (29 July 2013)
- Yorkshire and the Humber police services agree on new approach to regional collaboration (29 July 2013)
- Book a visit to Carr Gate Specialist Training Facility (9 Aug 2013)
- PCC Announces Maximum Starting Salary for New Recruits (14 Aug 2013)
- PCC Takes POCA Message To Bradford (6 Sept 2013)
- PCC witnesses arrest (2 Oct 2013)
- Community Safety Fund Extended (4 Oct 2013)
- PCC Statement on Conviction of Amanda Hutton (4 Oct 2013)
- Commissioner Calls For Local Powers To Ban Demonstrations (14 Oct 2013)
- PCC And Chief Constable Confirm Their Commitment To Tackling Hate Crime (17 Oct 2013)
- Response to West Yorkshire's Crime Statistics (18 Oct 2013)
- Savings Made In Forensic Science Contract (25 Oct 2013) (1)
- Police And Crime Commissioner Asks What Matters To You? (1 Nov 2013)
- Police and Crime Commissioner - one year on (14 Nov 2013)
- Commissioner's POCA Campaign Gains Ministerial Attention (14 Nov 2013)
- Police and Crime Commissioner response to Cardigan Road shooting (4 Dec 2013)
Police and Crime Panel Supports Commissioner's Investment in Frontline Policing (6 Feb 2013)
The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel has supported the Police and Crime Commissioner's proposal to increase the policing precept by 3.8%, based on the guarantee that this additional funding will be used to put more front line police officers on our streets.
As well as leading to the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners in November 2012, the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 also established a role for Police and Crime Panels to effectively scrutinise and support the work of the Commissioner on behalf of all residents across West Yorkshire.
One of the Panel's first jobs was to consider the Commissioner's recommended precept level, the policing element of local Council Tax, and to seek assurances that the proposed extra 1p per household per day for the majority of households, represented value for money for communities in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.
After posing a series of challenging questions to the Commissioner about his proposal and the budget assumptions that underpinned it, the Police and Crime Panel agreed to support the 3.8% increase in the policing precept, which equates to a maximum of a 0.39% increase in Council Tax overall, depending on the particular district.
The Panel emphasised that their support for the increased precept was based on the Commissioner's commitment to invest £1.4 million into the recruitment of 44 new police officers across West Yorkshire and to continue to protect front line policing.
Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Peter Box CBE stressed 'as a Panel, our priority was ensuring that the people of West Yorkshire would directly benefit from the extra £5 Band D taxpayers will be paying a year for policing. After a lengthy discussion with the Commissioner we felt confident that the public will benefit from the investment and that front line policing will be strengthened in each of the districts.'
Cllr Box said the Panel agreed the Commissioner's proposed precept on the grounds that over the next twelve months he will:
- Look to reduce the overall cost of his Office so it faces the same level of reductions as the Force;
- Identify further efficiency savings through joint service provision with local authorities, criminal justice agencies and other police forces in the region;
- Guarantee savings will be sought wherever possible through the re-organisation of back office functions and not through cuts to front line policing; and
- Initiate the recruitment of the additional 44 police officers immediately and in a way which promotes diversity within the Force.
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I am really pleased the Police and Crime Panel supported my proposal to increase the police precept to recruit 44 police officers. My priority is frontline policing across West Yorkshire to ensure communities feel safer and, although a difficult decision, the Panel has given their support for this.
"Although I had the option of accepting a grant from the Government to freeze the precept for a year I chose not to do that as I would have had to make up the shortfall next year.
"The increase of 3.8 per cent means that most householders in West Yorkshire will pay a penny a day more for policing in their council tax.
"My decision was informed by feedback from my 'Listening to You First survey' where a majority told me that visible policing was important and they would be prepared to pay more for frontline policing.
"I have assured the Police and Crime Panel that the money raised will be spent on frontline policing and spread as evenly as possible across West Yorkshire."
A full report outlining the Panel's decision and recommendations will be submitted to the Commissioner on 8 February and published on the Police and Crime Panel's website (www.westyorkshire-pcp.gov.uk)