In order to achieve the priorities and outcomes in the Police and Crime Plan, the PCC needs to commission a number of different providers to help with the delivery of services which will benefit the communities of West Yorkshire, reduce crime and help victims to cope and recover from the harm they have suffered.

Given the limited resources available, particularly in times of austerity, the PCC needs to be confident that the services he is providing are the best they possibly can be for the funding available. The PCC therefore welcomes the input of stakeholders, our communities and service users in designing and shaping services, and feeding back where improvements can be made.

Given that services are continually evolving and improving, and the emergence of new areas of focus, it is inevitable that some services may be de-commissioned at some stage. Where this does happen, please be re-assured that it is something that hasn't been undertaken lightly, but in order that services continue to provide value for money, are delivered effectively and efficiently, and are more suited to the needs of the communities and victims of West Yorkshire.

Commissioning Principles

The following principles will be applied to the commissioning process within West Yorkshire. The principles set out how the PCC will manage the whole commissioning process either as a single commissioner of goods and services, or in any collaborative or joint arrangements with partners.

The PCC will ensure that:

  • Outcomes for users will be at the heart of the strategic commissioning process, which will be community and victim focussed.
  • All commissioning will be in support of the Police and Crime Plan outcomes which will be clear and measurable.
  • We will understand the needs and priorities of our communities, now and in the future and clearly specify our requirements.
  • Commissioning needs will be evidence based.
  • Wherever possible commissioning will be undertaken on a West Yorkshire wide basis.
  • All services procured must represent value for money.
  • Furthering equality and diversity will be a key focus of the commissioning process.
  • Wherever appropriate multi-year contracts will be awarded.
  • The commissioning process will support local regeneration where possible.
  • The commissioning process will champion social values.
  • We will measure whether or not outcomes have been delivered and hold our providers to account seeking feedback from service users, communities and providers, in order to review the effectiveness of the commissioning process in meeting local needs.

Commissioning Strategy and Intentions 2018-2021

The Commissioning Strategy sets out the principles and framework that will be used in West Yorkshire to commission services. The documents and processes will ensure that all commissioning decisions will be undertaken openly and transparently, and are supported by evidence. All decisions will be published on the PCC's website.

The strategy also details the different types of funds which are available, and how they operate, as well as covering supplier performance management and how and when services may be de-commissioned.

The role of the third sector (voluntary, community, faith-based and social enterprise organisations) is very important in our local communities and the PCC values the role they play. Wherever possible the PCC wants to ensure that this potential is maximised by supporting the third sector as much as possible to develop solutions in line with the Police and Crime Plan.

It is through a combination of partnership working and working with West Yorkshire Police that the Plan will be delivered, and ensure that the communities of West Yorkshire are safe and feel safe.

Click here to view the Commissioning Strategy and Intentions 2018-2021. (PDF 813KB)

Click here to view current Commissioning and Granting. (PDF 52KB)

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