Archived News 2013

A message for the New Year from the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns Williamson (31 Dec 2013)

Safer neighbourhoods with more visible policing, more integrated partnership working, increased engagement, greater support for victims and more opportunities for volunteers are just some of the areas I will be focusing on in 2014. This coming year sees huge challenges for our West Yorkshire ...

Volunteers urged to get involved with the Tour de France when it comes to Yorkshire (30 Dec 2013)

Thousands of volunteers are being urged by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire to get involved in one of the biggest events ever to be staged in the region. Mark Burns-Williamson has been invited to sit on the governing board of the Tour de France that comes to Yorkshire on ...

Christmas Holiday Period Opening Hours

24 December 2013 (reduced cover from 2.00pm) 25 December 2013 (Statutory holiday) - Closed 26 December 2013 (Statutory holiday) - Closed 27 December 2013 (reduced cover) 30 December 2013 - Normal office hours 31 December 2013 (reduced cover from 2.00pm) 1 January 2014 (...

Police and Crime Commissioners 50,000 donation for food banks (23 Dec 2013)

Disadvantaged families have received a much needed boost after West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner donated £50,000 to be used specifically to be spent on food banks. The cash comes from the Police Property Act Fund and has been targeted in areas of greatest socio-economic need. A...

Yet more Government cuts criticised by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner(18 Dec 2013)

Relentless, severe and continued cuts by central Government to West Yorkshire Police budgets have been criticised by the Police and Crime Commissioner forWest Yorkshire. The Home Office police grant figures released today (WED) mean that West Yorkshire Police has to find more than £33.5million...

Warning about full extent of cuts to West Yorkshire Police (17 Dec 13)

The full extent of potential cuts to West Yorkshire Police will be revealed on Wednesday as the force braces itself for nearly £7million being taken out of its budget in the next two years. This is in addition to cuts already announced by the government which mean that savings of around £143m ...

Support for Modern Slavery Bill (17 Dec 2013)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, said that he welcomed the draft anti-slavery legislation proposing to bring in tougher sentences for human traffickers by Home Secretary Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Bill aims to increase the maximum custodial ...

Boost to PCCs drive to get seized cash reinvested back into West Yorkshire (13 Dec 2013)

Plans by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to get all Proceeds of Crime cash reinvested back into West Yorkshire are gathering pace after a meeting with the Policing Minister. Mark Burns-Williamson met with Damian Green yesterday (THUR) and handed him a document proposing ways ...

HMIC welcomes progress made by West Yorkshire Police (12 Dec 2013)

A revisit by an independent inspecting body has welcomed progress made by West Yorkshire Police in making changes to ensure communities are safer and feel safer. The Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report 'Valuing the Police' found last July that West Yorkshire Police had ...

Statement Issued on NPAS (12 Dec 2013)

Chief Superintendent Ian Whitehouse, National Police Air Service Chief Operating Officer, said: "Safety is the number one priority for the National Police Air Service (NPAS). Our decision on whether or not to suspend operations or ground any NPAS aircraft is based on advice issued by the...

PCC responds to extra cuts (6 Dec 2013)

West Yorkshire Police could face extra cuts of nearly £7million in the next two years as a result of the Chancellor's announcement this week. This is in addition to cuts already announced by the government which mean that savings of around £143m need to be made between 2010/11 and 2016/17 ...

PCC response to Cardigan Road shooting (4 Dec 2013)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, praised the bravery of the police officers caught up in today's shooting in Leeds. "I would like to reassure the public that these types of incidents are fortunately incredibly rare," Mr Burns-Williamson said. "...

PCCs POCA Campaign Could Go International (3 Dec 2013)

A campaign spearheaded by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to keep ill gotten gains in the community could go international after comments by a Home Office Minister. PCC Mark Burns Williamson's campaign and petition to get all illegal cash seized locally ploughed back into West...

Seminar Helps People To Know The Signs (28 Nov 2013)

Do you 'Know the Signs' of Child Sexual Exploitation? A multi-agency seminar is set to take place tomorrow morning (29/11) at the Holiday Inn at Garforth, highlighting the indicators of the crime. Organisations involved in safeguarding young people will be attending, receiving and offering ...

PCC Comments On The Stevens Review (25 Nov 2013)

Mark Burns Williamson, commenting on the Independent Commission Enquiry into the future of policing in England and Wales said: "In the absence of a Royal Commission, I welcome the Stevens Review as it is an important piece of work into the future of policing, long overdue. I also welcome that...

Police and Crime Commissioner - One Year On (14 Nov 2013)

Protecting front line policing, getting a better deal from Proceeds of Crime, delivering savings on air support services and helping to reduce burglary. These are just some of the key achievements of West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, as tomorrow, November ...

Commissioner's POCA Campaign Gains Ministerial Attention (14 Nov 2013)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has today (14/11) called upon Policing Minister Damien Green to allow West Yorkshire Police, and other Forces to keep the money generated from criminals via the Proceeds of Crime legislation. Mark Burns-Williamson, who has spearheaded the ...

Police And Crime Commissioner Asks What Matters To You? (1 Nov 2013)

What is important to you when it comes to crime and feeling safe? West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson is asking the question in the launch of a new survey today, 1st November 2013. It forms part of his 'Listening to You First' campaign, which is aimed at ...

PCC Letter To Supporters - Review Of Policing Arrangements - Hull vs Huddersfield Match (17 Oct 2013)

I am writing to update you on the progress made by the Chief Constable at my request to look into the understandable concerns and complaints raised with regards the process that led to the change of kick off time, and importantly West Yorkshire Police's arrangements for the management of those ...

Savings Made In Forensic Science Contract (25 Oct 2013)

Hundreds of thousands of pounds could be saved by police services across the region as part of a brand new forensic science contract. In December 2012, the Government announced the planned closure of the Forensic Science Service which delivered the majority of requirements to the North East...

Response to West Yorkshire's Crime Statistics (18 Oct 2013)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson has praised West Yorkshire Police for cutting crime despite the cuts to the police budget. The data from the Independent Office of National Statistics for the 12 months to June 2013 shows an 8% decrease in overall crime...

Commissioner Calls For Local Powers To Ban Demonstrations (14 Oct 2013)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on the Government to review the law and allow greater control over local demonstrations. Mark Burns Williamson has written to Home Secretary, Teresa May, requesting enhanced powers to ban a protest in consultation with police, ...

PCC Statement on Conviction of Amanda Hutton (4 Oct 2013)

Speaking about the conviction of Amanda Hutton, Mark Burns-Williamson said : "Hamzah's death was a terrible tragedy and the circumstances around it were truly shocking. To that end, a serious case review will be published in due course and I do not wish to pre-empt its outcome. "This was a ...

Community Safety Fund Extended (4 Oct 2013)

At a major partnership event attended by over 100 delegates, Mark Burns-Williamson the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire announced his intention to extend the current level of funding to partners for a further six months, in advance of a new approach to commissioning services from...

PCC witnesses arrest (2 Oct 2013)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, visited the North and East Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) on Wednesday 2 October 2013. While out with officers reports came in of a theft from a motor vehicle in the Illingworth area. Officers and Mark ...

PCC responds to George Galloway MP (13 Sept 2013)

Mark Burns-Williamson has today replied to George Galloway MP in respect of queries he has raised on the local terms and conditions provided to the former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison. The letter is available below. Please click here to view the letter.(pdf ...

PCC Takes POCA Message To Bradford (6 Sept 2013)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner will see at first hand how money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) has been spent when he visits Bradford on Saturday. Mark Burns-Williamson, who is leading a petition to see all POCA monies returned to West Yorkshire from the Treasury...

PCC Announces Maximum Starting Salary for New Recruits (14 Aug 2013)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson will pay new recruits an annual salary of £22,000- the maximum allowed following a decision by the national Police Arbitration Tribunal. 14 new officers, who are starting their training this week, will be paid the revised ...

Book a visit to Carr Gate Specialist Training Facility (9 Aug 2013)

Interserve Construction is currently on site building the new Operational & Training Facility for West Yorkshire Police. The proposed development comprises of the following: * 3No Indoor Firing Ranges, 1No 100m and 2No 50m long, each with 'state of the art' CGI technology target ...

Yorkshire and the Humber police services agree on new approach to regional collaboration (29 July 2013)

At this month's Regional Collaboration Board, all four Yorkshire and the Humber Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables agreed a new approach to regional collaboration. At the same time, they confirmed their full and unequivocal support to regional collaboration, making a clear ...

PCC developing roadmap to tackle Child Sex Exploitation (24 July 2013)

Today, Wednesday 24th July Mark Burns-Williamson will be joined by Crown Prosecution Service lead on Child Sex Exploitation Nazir Afzal who will open a summit of senior leaders from across the county and national organisations working to tackle CSE in West Yorkshire. The roadmap they will be ...

Joint response to the HMIC Valuing the Police Report (18 July 2013)

Following publication of the HMIC report, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said it was important people understood the severity of the cuts West Yorkshire Police are being asked to make when compared to other forces across the country. "The simple fact of the matter is that we are ...

IPCC Referral (3 July 2013)

Statement from PCC Mark Burns-Williamson following the referral made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission regarding the conduct of former Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison. IPCC Referral: Sir Norman Bettison West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson ...

PCC response to the incidents in Shipley (2 July 2013)

Police and Crime Commissioner's response to the incidents in Shipley: Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I, like many people, have been disturbed by the incidents in Shipley. "I am reassured by the response of the Force and the progress that is being made in the ...

PCC response to the Freedom of Information Act release regarding Huddersfield Town vs. Hull City (2 July 2013)

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson's response to the Freedom of Information Act release regarding the policing arrangement for the Huddersfield Town vs. Hull City fixture from March of this year. Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson said: "...

Proceeds of Crime Act Petition (25 June 2013)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has today called on the government to let West Yorkshire Police, and other Forces across the country, keep the money they generate from criminals and use it to help fund local policing and crime prevention. Launching the ...

PCC Visits Youth Club Saved from Closure (14 Jun 2013)

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson showed off his pool and table tennis skills this week as part of a visit to Sowerby Bridge Youth Club. Young people at the centre wrote to Mark in January as part of their bid to keep their youth club open. Local councillors Adam ...

Police and Crime Plan Goes Local (4 Jun 2013)

Mark Burns-Williamson will today (04/06) begin a tour of West Yorkshire with the local launches of the Police and Crime Plan. Over the coming days, both the Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire's Chief Constable Mark Gilmore will visit areas across the county. They will set out ...

PCC Marks Six Months in Office (23 May 2013)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has paid tribute to the officers and staff of West Yorkshire Police as he marks his first six months in office. "Over the last six months I have visited officers and staff across the county including going out on the beat with...

PCC Announces "Root and Branch Review" of Police Complaints (15 May 2013)

Police and Crime Commissioner Announces "Root and Branch Review" of Police Complaints West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has today launched an independent review into the way police complaints and conduct are currently handled. The review, which has ...

Response to West Yorkshire Police Report on Savile (10 May 2013)

West Yorkshire Police has today published a report requested by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, putting into the public domain the results of the investigation Operation Newgreen into what was known about Savile's offending, any West Yorkshire records ...

Commissioner to hold surgery in Otley (7 May 2013)

North East Leeds

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, is to hold a surgery in Otley on Friday, 17 May, 2013. The surgery will be held at the Otley Core Resource Centre on Orchard Gate between 3.00pm and 5.30pm. Anyone wanting to raise issues will be able to request a 15 ...

Fewer crime victims in West Yorkshire (25 Apr 2013)

Crime plummeted across West Yorkshire last year with latest figures showing a ten per cent reduction in offences. There were 18,258 fewer crime victims last year, according to the figures up to the end of December 2012. The number of crimes recorded across the county fell to 168,982 . House...

Commissioner to hold surgery in Batley (4 Apr 2013)

Kirklees

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, is to hold a surgery in Batley on Friday, 19 April, 2013. The surgery will be held at the Batley Resource Centre on Commercial Street between 3.00pm and 5.30pm. Anyone wanting to raise issues will be able to request a 15 ...

Comment from the Police and Crime Commissioner following the publication of the IPCC report into the conduct of Sir Norman Bettison (28 March 2013)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "The West Yorkshire Police Authority referred Sir Norman's conduct to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on 9 October 2012, concerning his alleged attempt to influence the Authority's decision making in ...

Mark Burns Williamson to launch Police and Crime Plan (27 March 2013)

Today Mark Burns-Williamson will launch his Police and Crime Plan for the next five years to set out his vision for policing and community safety and to make sure everyone across West Yorkshire is safer and feels safer. This morning (Wednesday) the plan will be launched being sent by e-mail, ...

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to Appoint a Deputy (25 March 2013)

Today, Mark Burns-Williamson has announced the appointment of Isabel Owen as his Deputy. Her role will be focused on developing partnerships in our communities with those who deliver services across the county, to ensure West Yorkshire is safer, and feels safer. The role of deputy as set ...

Keeping the Public Safe at Football Games (7 March 2013)

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said today: "The judgement today says that for the time being council tax payers must subsidise the costs of Policing football games. However, I feel that with £100 million of cuts to West Yorkshire Police, meaning we ...

Tackling crime relies on the law abiding majority (5 March 2013)

When a warrant is issued on a criminal matter, it may be released to the publicso that the Police can be assisted to find individuals. These can be found under the 'Camera Alerts' section of the West Yorkshire Police website by clicking 'Wanted on Warrant'. Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and ...

Statement about Huddersfield v Hull match (22 Feb 2013)

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, has released the following response in relation to the Huddersfield v Hull football match: "Although I have been contacted by many people about the decisions made by West Yorkshire Police in relation to this football match ...

IPCC Scrutiny of West Yorkshire Police and Six Other Forces Involvement in Savile Enquiry (20 Feb 2013)

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has directed West Yorkshire Police to record and refer the conduct of a former police inspector and has asked West Yorkshire Police, along with six other forces, to review all information held in relation to Jimmy Savile to ascertain the need ...

Police & Crime Panel Confirm the Appointment of Next Chief Constable (8 Feb 2013)

Today, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel confirmed the appointment of Mark Gilmore to the post of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. The Police and Crime Panel, made up of elected and independent members from across West Yorkshire, had the power to either ratify or veto the ...

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 ...

New Chief Constable for West Yorkshire Police (1 Feb 2013)

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson today announced Mark Gilmore as the new Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, subject to ratification by the Police and Crime Panel. Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I am delighted to announce my appointment of Mark ...

Community Involvement in Chief Constable Interviews (31 Jan 2013)

Today the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, will be making his choice for the next Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police as he interviews four leading chief officers for the role. Mark Burns-Williamson made it clear in the run up to the election that the ...

Commissioner Consults with Young People About Policing Priorities (31 Jan 2013)

Young people in the city are being given the chance to help in the fight against crime by joining forces with the new West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Mark Burns-Williamson was at Leeds City College yesterday (Wednesday, 30 January) to hear from a group of students from the ...

Joint Statement on 2006 Molly Wright Murder and BBC Inside Out (28 Jan 2013)

West Yorkshire Police will not be taking further action in the case of Molly Wright, which is featured in tonight's (Mon 28 Jan) BBC1 Inside Out programme. The programme focuses on a number of questions, raised by a private investigator who independently looked at the case. West Yorkshire ...

Proposed Increase to the Policing Precept (28 Jan 2013)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, will today propose to the Police and Crime Panel an increase in the precept to pay for the recruitment of 44 police officers. The proposed 3.8% rise in the precept will mean a penny a day for the 64% of households in West ...

Overall Crime Down in West Yorkshire (24 Jan 2013)

Crime is down in West Yorkshire. Figures released today by the Home Office show that not only has total crime in the county dropped by 9% from September 2011 to September 2012 but there has been a significant decrease in the number of burglaries (dwelling and non-dwelling) reported - down by 18...

Police and Crime Commissioner Roundtable on Hate Crime (18 Jan 2013)

Hate Crime was the subject of discussion at the first of a series of issue based roundtable events in 2013 this week, organised by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Over 60 people representing public and voluntary sector organisations across West Yorkshire met with Mark in ...

Police and Crime Commissioner Reaches Out Through Social Media (16 Jan 2013)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is using an innovative social media campaign to extend the reach of his 'Listening To You First' campaign. The survey is being used to help Mark Burns-Williamson to ensure the views of West Yorkshire's communities are fully represented in the ...

Mark Resigns As District Councillor (14 Jan 2013)

At midday today, Mark handed a letter resigning his seat as a district councillor to Joanne Roney, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council. Click here to view the letter of resignation (PDF 55kb...

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