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 police service and across our vital public services with a government cut to the police budget of nearly a third resulting in £154million of savings needed by 2016/17.

These challenges mean that in the year ahead we need to change the way we do policing to make sure we are all working on intervention and crime prevention together, with police resources focused on catching the criminals and detecting crime.

The eight policing divisions across West Yorkshire have become five, streamlined to share boundaries with your local council areas and your local councillors, with more and better technology to be used remotely will mean your bobbies and PCSO's are where you want them, out and about on the beat, on your street, making your community safer and feel safer.

With a new victim's code in place 2014 will see an improved service provided to victims and witnesses in West Yorkshire with their needs at the heart of the way support is provided and in the best way possible.

We are also planning to recruit approximately 1,000 Special Constables in the New Year, a role vital to effective policing in West Yorkshire as Dr Alistair McFadyen one of our Specials, just awarded the MBE for services to community policing, clearly shows.

Volunteers are also urged to sign up and get involved with the Tour de France coming toYorkshire in 2014.

As Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire I feel passionately about the communities I serve and I urge you to contact me with your community safety priorities at [email protected].

I would also urge you to join my campaign in 2014 to make sure more money comes to the county from proceeds of crime. Please visit http://action.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/page/s/giveusbackallthemoney and sign up today!

I look forward to together making sure our communities are safer and feeling safer throughout 2014 and would like to take this opportunity to wish all the very best for you and your family in the New Year.

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