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, has been invited to visit The Vine Youth Centre at St Mary's Church in Laisterdyke, which has recently undergone an expansion project to create a new community hall. 

The Vine is one of many projects across West Yorkshire to have benefited from money seized from criminals through the West Yorkshire Police Community Trust; receiving more than £3,000 in the last four years to fund after school clubs for children, train teenagers in life skills and help fund an elderly day care project with Bradford Academy. 

Some of its young leaders also helped out with the recent West Yorkshire Police Summer Camp in the city, which provided two weeks worth of exciting activities for around 500 of the district's youngsters during the school holidays. 

After visiting The Vine, Mark will attend the Great Horton Community Festival at Brackenhill Park, where he will be joined by Councillor Joanne Dodds from the Great Horton Community Partnership in speaking to members of the local community about policing issues and listening to their concerns. His consultation officers will also have an information stand at the event, where people can sign up to Mark's petition or find out more about it.

Mark said: "As my petition illustrates, I am a firm believer that all of the money seized from criminals in West Yorkshire should be invested in improving communities here. 

"I look forward to seeing the building expansion at The Vine and to meeting the people who have worked so hard to make it a focal point of the local community in Laisterdyke. 

"I am also looking forward to engaging with the people of Great Horton at the community festival and listening to any concerns they might have about policing inBradford." 

To sign Mark's petition, please click the link  http://action.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/page/s/giveusbackallthemoney

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