Mark Burns-Williamson

6Mark Burns-Williamson was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire on 15 November 2012. On 5 May 2016 he was re-elected for a further four year term.

Accountable for policing and community safety across West Yorkshire, Mark's vision is to make sure all of our communities are safer and feel safer.

Click here to read Mark's Police and Crime Plan 2016-21.

Mark has a team of staff in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner helping him to deliver his vision and to meet the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan. Click here to read more about the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

To make sure local people get value for money the cost of this office is much less than that of the former West Yorkshire Police Authority it replaced.

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Mark was born in Castleford in 1964 and attended local schools before taking an apprenticeship as a stone mason. Having done an access course at Park Lane College in Leeds Mark gained a joint honours degree in History and Politics from Bradford University. 

He has worked across West Yorkshire for over 30 years in public and private sector organisations including West Yorkshire County Council, Castleford Citizens Advice Bureau, Cable Tel Ltd, Cannon, The Rugby Football League and Halifax PLC. 

In 1998 Mark was elected as a Labour councillor to represent the ward of Castleford Central and Glasshoughton. He became a member of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in 1999 and Chair of the Authority in 2003. He was elected Chair of the Association of Police Authorities in 2011 where he was instrumental in enabling the transition to the formation of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), and now serves on a number of national working groups as well as a leading campaigner on issues such as the Proceeds of Crime legislation and Human Trafficking. Mark was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to the community and policing. 

In June 2012 Mark was selected as Labour's Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for West Yorkshire and on 15 November was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. He stood down as a councillor in January 2013 as he had pledged. 

Mark is a trustee of Castleford Heritage Trust and a governor of Castleford Academy. He is a lifelong Castleford Tigers fan, a former rugby league player and President of Glasshoughton Cricket Club. 

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