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 15th marks a year since being elected.

Messages will be posted on Twitter in the coming days, highlighting the various successes over the last twelve months and the difference made to your community.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said he remains dedicated to making sure our communities are safer and feel safer:

"I have spent more than fifty percent of my time in the local community, which really reflects my intention to tackle the problems which people face at street level. When I came into office, I set about undertaking the 'Listening to You First' survey, which was aimed at gathering people's views on crime and crime prevention. From this, I was able to set a series of priorities which would shape the Police and Crime Plan for the county and how West Yorkshire Police deliver a service to the public.

"There were specific themes which stood out, and I have invested a significant amount of time and effort during the last year to respond to the expectations and requirements of our communities.

"One of the major campaigns I have personally launched relates to Proceeds of Crime Act legislation. Currently half of the money recovered from criminal activity in West Yorkshire goes back to the Government. I want to see all that money returned to the county and into initiatives or resources that will benefit our communities. The campaign has received widespread support and I would encourage people to sign my on-line petition: action.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/giveusbackallthemoney   

"Concerns about burglary rates in West Yorkshire are also an area I have focused my attention and which I directed the Force to respond. Since taking up my role, domestic burglary has reduced with 6128 less victims, compared to the same period the previous year. To bring about such reductions in crime, I committed funding to protect front line services, in particular maintaining the levels of Police Community Support Officers within the Force. I have also pledged further funding over the next three years.

"In a climate of significant cuts, a central part of my Police and Crime Plan has been to seek the best possible deals for the public in every area of policing. As the lead PCC for the National Police Air Service (NPAS), I have ensured insurance savings of over £600,000 when compared to other Force's arranging their own cover. Likewise, I have led in the agreement of a regional contract on Forensic Science Services which will see savings of more than £1million pounds.

"There are clearly very significant challenges ahead, as we face additional cuts of £27.6m by the end of the 2013/14 financial year and more than £140m in total by 2016/17.  However; I am determined to place the county in the best possible position, reducing the impact on front-line police services as far as possible and maintaining the high standards that people should quite rightly expect."

Click here to view the One Year On report and read about some of his key activities and achievements.



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