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 neighbourhood policing teams and have seen at first hand the hard work and dedication shown by West Yorkshire Police.

"These are the people that are helping me to deliver on the promises I made to you during the election campaign and the commitments set out in the Police and Crime Plan to make sure that all our communities are safer and feel safer.

"I have appointed a new Chief Constable Mark Gilmore to help deliver the vision and operational leadership to West Yorkshire Police and having set the budget for the year ahead I am delighted to now be recruiting 44 new frontline police officers who will be a real boost to the service West Yorkshire Police provides to the public.

"Supporting this vital work I see one of my main achievements to date as the agreement reached between all five local councils to protect the funding of Police Community Support Officers who work so effectively in neighbourhoods with partners across West Yorkshire.

"Since I took office I have fulfilled my election pledges to maintain neighbourhood policing levels, to fight against the deep and damaging government cuts and to stop the privatisation of our police service. I have lived and worked in West Yorkshire all my life and I understand the values and expectations local people have. I will continue to make sure that victims are supported and that crime, especially anti-social behaviour, which can have such a devastating impact on people's lives, is reduced.

"In my first few weeks I held the biggest consultation of its kind 'Listening to You First' to find out what your priorities were for policing and crime prevention and this has been reflected in the commitments set out in the Police and Crime Plan.

"Today, I am pleased to say that a number of those commitments set out have already been met.

"I have set a target for reducing burglary; I am reviewing stop and search powers; I have brought people and organisations together to talk about all forms of hate crime; I have made sure that young people are regularly consulted; I have signed an employment charter and I am also proud to say that West Yorkshire Police is a Living Wage employer. Last week I launched an independent root and branch review into the way police complaints and conduct matters are handled.

"The focus of my work over the next six months will be to work with West Yorkshire Police to make sure our communities are safer and feel safer. This however cannot be delivered by the police alone and I recently hosted a successful event to bring together all those engaged in keeping people safe and I look forward to working together with partners to provide the best possible service for people across West Yorkshire in these tough economic times to ensure we meet the challenges ahead."

Mark Imam Armley

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