Archived News 2014

A message for the New Year from the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson (31 Dec 2014)

Putting victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do, ever more integrated partnership working, increased engagement, highlighting road safety issues and leading the way on tackling human trafficking are just some of the areas I will be focusing on in 2015. This coming year again ...

New Year resolution- become a Special Constable (29 Dec 2014)

Struggling with making a New Year Resolution this year? Want to get fit, meet new people and boost your CV? West Yorkshire Police can help with an exciting and dynamic opportunity as the Force launches its New Year Special Constable recruitment campaign. "At this time of year many people are ...

Police and Crime Commissioner visits project that benefited from Proceeds of Crime cash (22 Dec 2014)

A project that benefited from Proceeds of Crime (POCA) cash has been visited by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner. Mark Burns-Williamson was at the YMCA White Rose project in Lupset on Friday to see how the £4,500 he donated to the initiative from his Safer Communities Fund had ...

It's not worth the risk - Christmas anti-drink driving campaign 2014 (19 Dec 2014)

A hard-hitting video showing a young woman caught drink-driving has been releasedby West Yorkshire Police as part of their campaign to reduce the number ofdrunk, young drivers getting behind the wheel this Christmas. The film, supported by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, ...

Parents encouraged to keep children safe online (18 Dec 2014)

Parents and guardians buying web-enabled devices such as smart phones, laptops and games consoles for teenagers this Christmas are being urged to enable security settings to help protect them online. As part of the ongoing 'Child Sexual Exploitation - Know The Signs' campaign, West Yorkshire ...

West Yorkshire Police this week welcomes a new team of investigators appointed to focus on safeguarding and child sexual exploitation cases (18 Dec 2015)

Backed by a £1.5 million investment over the next two years from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, 30 investigators with extensive experience from a policing or social care background are to be appointed and given specialist training at the Force's Training and Development ...

Yet more Government cuts criticised by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (17 Dec 2014)

Relentless, severe and continued cuts by central Government to West Yorkshire Police budgets have been criticised by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire. The Home Office police grant figures released today (WED) mean that West Yorkshire Police has to find more than £33....

Nearly £700,000 Awarded to Good Crime Causes in 2014 by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (15 Dec 2014)

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has now awarded £697,000 to more than 100 charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under the Safer Communities Fund. Money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is fed into this single ...

Crime Tracker Goes Live (10 Dec 2014)

Online systems are now live in West Yorkshire, which allow victims of crime to securely make a report and track its progress. Local Crime Tracker offers an alternative option to calling the non-emergency number 101 and is available on the homepage of the Force website: www.westyorkshire....

Raising Awareness of Forced Marriage Event (5 Dec 2014)

Over 170 people attended an event in Bradford on Thursday 4th December to raise awareness in changes to legislation concerning forced marriage. The event was organised by Bradford Council and voluntary sector partners to provide an opportunity to frontline workers to support those at risk of...

Hundreds of weapons handed in during weapons surrender (2 Dec 2014)

Hundreds of guns and knives have been handed in during the ten day West Yorkshire weapons surrender. A total of 96 guns including pistols, shotguns, air rifles and ammunition were surrendered in police stations across the county between Thursday 20 and Sunday 30 November. Various types ...

Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Support International Day of Persons with Disabilities (2 Dec 2014)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Wednesday, 3 December, as they continue to raise awareness of what constitutes a hate crime and encourage reporting. A joint hate crime campaign ...

West Yorkshire Police fully implement the Government’s Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme (1 Dec 2014)

West Yorkshire Police has fully launched the Government's Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme. The voluntary scheme, which was announced by the Home Secretary in April, is part of a range of measures that will contribute to a reduction in the overall use of stop and search, lead to better and ...

Shop safely and beat ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ this December (28 Nov 2014)

The festive season is a peak time for cyber-fraud so West Yorkshire Police is highlighting 'The 12 online frauds of Christmas' to protect people from internet crime. Last Christmas, between November 2013 and the end of February 2014, there were 485 reports of online shopping and auction fraud...

Statement from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner on HMIC PEEL Assessment website (27 Nov 2014)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I am pleased to see that the HMIC PEEL Assessment website has highlighted the excellent work done by West Yorkshire Police regarding the Tour de France and successfully policing five EDL demonstrations. "It shows ...

West Yorkshire’s Anti-Human Trafficking Network (WYATN) holds its inaugural meeting (24 Nov 2014)

A ground-breaking project aimed at helping victims of human trafficking holds its first meeting tomorrow (TUE) with its potential new members. Representatives from organisations including the Home Office, West Yorkshire Police, the Salvation Army, the NHS and local authorities safeguarding ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner two years on (22 Nov 2014)

Helping victims of crime, tackling human trafficking and making more proceeds of crime funding available to our communities show the progress made by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner two years on. Protecting frontline policing, tackling Child Sex Exploitation, providing ...

Students drive home road safety message with new DVD (21 Nov 2014)

Talented students are to educate their peers about road safety after making a hard hitting film showing the devastating impact of not wearing a seatbelt. It'll All End In Tears, a professionally produced video featuring Wakefield District teenagers, is set to be shown in schools across the ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner two years on (22 Nov 2014) (1)

Helping victims of crime, tackling human trafficking and making more proceeds of crime funding available to our communities show the progress made by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner two years on. Protecting frontline policing, tackling Child Sex Exploitation, providing ...

Talented students educate their peers about road safety after making a hard hitting film (21 Nov 2014)

Talented students are to educate their peers about road safety after making a hard hitting film showing the devastating impact of not wearing a seatbelt. It'll All End In Tears, a professionally produced video featuring Wakefield District teenagers, is set to be shown in schools across the ...

West Yorkshire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Support Transgender Day of Remembrance (19 Nov 2014)

In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembranceon Thursday,20 November, West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson are encouraging more people to come forward and report instances of hate crime. Officers will attend a commemorative event in Bradford ...

Force launches weapons surrender initiative (19 Nov 2014)

West Yorkshire Police is giving people the chance to hand over guns and other weapons. The weapons surrender, starting on November 20 and lasting ten days, follows a recent change in the law which now makes it illegal for certain people to hold antique weapons and is one of a number ...

Specialist police volunteers take the reins in a first for West Yorkshire (10 Nov 2014)

Two newly recruited West Yorkshire Police special constables are believed to be the first specials in the country to be deployed operationally as fully trained mounted officers. The special constables have both previously worked as mounted officers in police constable roles and following their...

A former police bike truly has a new 'lease of life' after being tasked with providing emergency medication to those most in need (10 Nov 2014)

The bike, a BMW RT1200RTP formerly used by West Yorkshire Police's Road Policing Unit, has been donated to the Whiteknights EVS charity and will now be used to deliver blood, samples and medication in out of hours emergencies for the NHS. The Whiteknights EVS provide their services free of ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner launches Community Conversation (10 Nov 2014)

Members of the public are being urged to get involved with the West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Community Conversation. Launched today (MON) the Community Conversation will see Mark Burns-Williamson out and about across West Yorkshire speaking to members of the public about ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner opens latest community fund grant round (3 Nov 2014)

The fourth grant round of the Safer Communities Fund has officially opened today (03/11) with £130, 000 available for local groups and organisations. Applications for up to £7,500 can now be submitted and will be considered by an Independent Advisory Board. This latest grant round comes ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner backs NSPCC campaign to reform laws around online grooming (27 Oct 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire has pledged his support to an NSPCC campaign to make it a crime for an adult to send a child a sexual message. Many adults believe that it is already illegal for an adult to send a child a sexual message, but it is not always illegal ...

Huge community boost from Commissioner crime fund with more than £500,000 awarded this year so far (23 Oct 2014)

More than half a million pounds, £567,000, has now been awarded to charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund. Money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is fed into ...

Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing (22 Oct 2014)

"Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing" - that is the message being highlighted by West Yorkshire Police as part of their latest burglary campaign. As the clocks go back this weekend, the Force's autumn and winter burglary campaign aims to make people think about the ...

Force becomes digital trailblazer (20 Oct 2014)

West Yorkshire Police is leading the way in one of the biggest technological advancements in modern policing. Four thousand hand-held devices are being issued to front line officers and staff, replacing old pocket note books. The mobile devices contain online 'apps' which allow the users to ...

Police and Crime Commissioner innovation work shortlisted for national award (17 Oct 2014)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Voluntary Action Leeds have been shortlisted for a national award for innovative working with the third sector. The Compact 2014 Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in partnership working between the third sector and public ...

Second Proceeds of Crime bill for Bradford money launderer (17 Oct 2014)

A convicted money launderer who had more than £400,000 in assets seized by the courts has been hit by another Proceeds of Crime bill. Michael Standing, 52, from Shipley, was jailed for eight and a half years at Bradford Crown Court in February 2010 after he was found guilty of charges of ...

My Leeds My Culture Launch (17 Oct 2014)

A year long celebration of the positive contribution made by theLeeds' Black African community is launched on Saturday 18th October at Leeds City Museum. Curated by young adults supported by Bramley based charity Angel of Youths, My Leeds My Culture presents a mix of performances, poetry, ...

Crime down in West Yorkshire (16 Oct 2014)

Mark Burns Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: "It is reassuring to see that crime across West Yorkshire has fallen by nearly four per cent including a drop in house burglaries and robberies. "Once again, these figures demonstrate that West Yorkshire Police...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner seeking independent members to sit on misconduct panels (16 Oct 2014)

Independent members are being sought by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner to sit on misconduct panels which hear cases against police officers. The vacancies have arisen after two of the three existing members of the panel retired. Successful candidates will have to ...

Innovation project for West Yorkshire (3 Oct 2014)

A 12-month project is underway, designed to bring innovation to policing across the county. Funding of £125,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council will help create opportunities for research, information sharing and skills training, developing a platform for knowledge exchange ...

Bradford District launches Safeguarding Week 2014 (2 Oct 2014)

Bradford will launch a week of activities to focus on the extensive work undertaken by the Council and many other partner organisations to safeguard children, young people and adults on Monday, 6 October 2014. Bradford Safeguarding Children and Adults boards are coordinating the programme ...

New video warns teens of tactics used by internet paedophiles (1 Oct 2014)

Young people are switched on to the danger of online grooming through a new video which warns of the tricks used by paedophiles to target victims. The 'Who Are You Really Talking To?' video launches today, making it clear just how easy it is for young victims to be conned by predators posing ...

Bradford drug dealer ordered to repay more than £60,000 (30 Sept 2014)

A convicted Bradford drug dealer has been ordered to pay more than £62,000 by the courts. Mohammed Javaid, 41was arrested after officers executed a warrant at an address in Ingleby Road, Bradford in January 2011, where £48,000 of Crack Cocaine was seized, as well as £8,200 in cash. Javaid...

Police project aims to keep students safe and appy (22 Sept 2014)

Tech-savvy students from Huddersfield have joined forces with West Yorkshire Police and the county's Police and Crime Commissioner to design a new app which aims to keep fellow students safe as they start the new academic year. Under the unique venture, students from Huddersfield University...

Conference takes place today aimed at raising awareness of female genital mutilation (16 Sept 2014)

A Conference takes place today aimed at raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) Organised by BHI, who have worked with young girls in schools and women who have experienced FGM for over six years and has seen an increase in the access to their services in the more recent years. ...

Safeguarding experts from across West Yorkshire join Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson to discuss how Child Sexual Exploitation is tackled locally. (15 Sept 2014)

Child protection experts from across the county have met todiscuss the recommendations from the Rotherham report on child sexualexploitation (CSE) and look at how we work better together going forward. Children's Services Directors from all five West YorkshireCouncils, Safeguarding heads and ...

Youngsters given chance of invaluable work experience with apprenticeship scheme (15 Sept 2014)

Eight young people have been offered the opportunity to gain invaluable life and workexperience as part of a new pilot apprenticeship scheme. Seven of the apprentices will be based with finance and business teams across WestYorkshire Police with the eighth completing their apprenticeship ...

Outwood Academy pupils “Streets Ahead” of the competition in Guide Dogs banner campaign (5 Sept 2014)

Two pupils from Outwood Academy won the "Streets Ahead" Guide Dogs competition to design a banner warning about the dangers of street clutter to blind and visually impaired people. The competition, which was opened by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP and judged by the Police and Crime ...

Statement by Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, on HMIC Core Business Inspection (4 Sept 2014)

Mark Burns-Williamson said: "The HMIC report, which involved West Yorkshire Police being inspected in January this year, quite rightly highlights the good work being done day in day out by officers and staff including Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs). "PCSOs play a vital role in...

The 'Tardis' lands in the future of policing (2 Sept 2014)

The Doctor's time travelling vehicle of choice has a new home in Wakefield. A Grade II listed Police Box has moved from its base at Bishopgarth on West Field Road in Wakefield, to West Yorkshire Police's new Carr Gate training complex close to junction 41 of the M1 motorway. It has touched...

Statement on separate incidents in Wakefield over the weekend which saw two officers injured in the line of duty (2 Sept 2014)

Speaking on the separate incidents in Wakefield over the weekend which saw two officers injured in the line of duty Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire said "My primary concern is the welfare of the injured officers and I wish them both a speedy recovery. ...

Statement by Mark Burns Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, on tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (2 Sept 2014)

Mr Burns Williamson said: "No-one could have been more shocked and horrified at the scale of child sex exploitation that has been highlighted in Professor Alexis Jay's report into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and at the failure of those agencies, whose responsibility it is to keep our ...

Statement in response to HMIC report on Crime Data Integrity in West Yorkshire Police (29 Aug 2014)

A spokesperson for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said: "While the report recognises some of the continuing work of West Yorkshire Police to improve crime recording practices, some of the findings in the report are clearly a cause for concern. "The Police and Crime ...

West Yorkshire Police launch the Government’s best use of stop and search scheme (26 Aug 2014)

West Yorkshire Police has launched two key elements of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, Home Secretary Theresa May said today. While stop and search is undoubtedly an important police power, when it is misused it can be counter-productive. It can be an enormous waste of police time ...

Youth Advisory Group gets to see first-hand West Yorkshire Police’s £30m state of the art training facility (22 Aug 2014)

Members of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire's Youth Advisory Group (YAG) got to see first-hand this week how police officers gain the skills to keep communities safe. Members of the advisory group, set up by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, ...

Business Crime Reduction Centre and West Yorkshire Police join forces to shut the shop on business crime (19 Aug 2014)

Businesses across West Yorkshire are invited to attend a free event aimed at reducing business crime through crime prevention and security advice. The event, which is being jointly run by West Yorkshire Police and the Business Crime Reduction Centre (BCRC), will be held at Whitwood Enterprise...

New partners sign up for sold out Summer Camp (7 Aug 2014)

This year's West Yorkshire Police Summer Camp is a sizzling summer sell out with new partners and new activities added to an already packed programme. The police-led camp at Bradford College, starts on Monday, 11 August and will see 600 nine to 15-year-olds from the Bradford district enjoy a...

West Yorkshire Police appoints new Assistant Chief Constable (5 Aug 2014)

Russ Foster, currently an Assistant Chief Constable with Northamptonshire Police, is to join the West Yorkshire Police Chief Officer Team. ACC Foster currently has responsibility for Specialist Crime and Territorial Policing and has previously held portfolios for Criminal Justice and ...

Commissioner fund targets diversity (4 Aug 2014)

Promoting diversity in West Yorkshire is the theme behind the latest round of the Safer Communities Fund. A third phase of grants has now officially opened, with £155,000 available for local groups and organisations. The money has been taken from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act...

PCC Statement on Leeds United FC v West Yorkshire Police (1 Aug 2014)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I am pleased to see that some clarity has been brought about through this judgment and that a principle for the charging of policing services has been established around the football ground. "It is now time to try ...

Police and Crime Commissioner’s response to HMIC Valuing the Police Report (22 July 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson, said: "I am really pleased that HMIC's Valuing the Police Report by her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has assessed West Yorkshire Police (WYP) as "good". "This report is testament to the hard work of WYP as it details ...

Drop in crime, including burglary rates, welcomed by the PCC for West Yorkshire (17 July 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, welcomed the latest police recorded crime statistics which showed that crime overall had dropped by nearly two per cent in West Yorkshire, compared to a 1.3 per cent drop across England and Wales. The figures, ...

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Response to HMIC review on domestic abuse (27 Mar 2014)

Mark Burns Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said in acknowledging the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). "People suffering from domestic abuse and violence need to know there is help and support out there for them and I encourage anyone ...

Web chat on Neighbourhood Watch (25 Mar 2014)

What does the Police and Crime Commissioner plan to do to support Neighbourhood Watch schemes? Does Neighbourhood Watch still have a role in the 21st century? How do I find out if I live in a Neighbourhood Watch area? Just some of the questions answered in the live web chat on ...

Wakefield man ordered to pay back more than 350,000 after confiscation hearing under the Proceeds Of Crime Act (21 Mar 2014)

A Wakefield man has been ordered to pay back more than £350,000 after a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) Kevin Wrigglesworth, 48 was arrested in January 2011 and charged later that year with being concerned in prostitution for gain and money laundering offences. ...

Call for sale of so called 'legal highs' to be reviewed (21 Mar 2014)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has issued a warning to shopkeepers about the consequences of selling "legal highs". Mark Burns Williamson said that a recent prosecution of a Leeds retailer for selling goods he knew would be used for drugs, and the other raids on shops in Leeds...

Have you got a watch over your street? (19 Mar 2014)

This is the question being posed to local communities in a brand new web-chat on 24th March. West Yorkshire Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Joyce and West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson will join forces in an online discussion all about Neighbourhood ...

Cold Callers Set To Be Frozen Out In Ackworth (18 Mar 2014)

Cold callers are to be given the cold shoulder in parts of Ackworth later thisweek through the launch of a new initiative to deter them. Partners including the South East Neighbourhood Policing Team, Wakefield District Housing, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and Ackworth Parish Council ...

West Yorkshire Honours Its Frontline Heroes At Awards Ceremony (15 Mar 2014)

West Yorkshire Police has honoured its frontline heroes at its annual awards ceremony in Leeds. The West Yorkshire Policing Awards recognises exceptional performance within the Force, under categories such as extraordinary public service, protection of vulnerable victims, crime investigation ...

Commissioner Focus On Techno Collaboration (14 Mar 2014)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has pledged his continued support to technology and collaboration in policing. It follows a recent report by Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) highlighting West Yorkshire as having some of the best practice in the country. The...

PCC holding public surgery in Wetherby on 21 March (13 March 2014)

This is your opportunity to discuss your policing and crime issues with the man who oversees policing across the county. Could your local police do better? Is there an emerging issue you don't feel is being tackled in the right way? Whatever your thoughts the Police and Crime Commissioner ...

Commissioner praises bravery of officer whose car was rammed as she investigated burglary reports (11 March 2014)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has praised the bravery of a female officer injured after her police vehicle was rammed as she investigated reports of two burglaries at shops in Leeds. The incident happened on Saturday and the appeal for witnesses to the incident which left the...

Statement on trial of Abid Miskeen (5 Mar 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns Williamson, said he would be seeking an urgent explanation from the Chief Constable into exactly how this distressing and disturbing situation arose. He said "I do not believe that a vulnerable young girl should need to be ...

Support and 1million pound grant pledged to victims of domestic violence in national week of action (4 Mar 2014)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has announced funding of £1million for local authorities and partners to help tackle the issue of domestic violence. Mark Burns-Williamson made the funding pot available as the Association of Police Officers (ACPO)announced a national week of ...

PCC visits pop up cafe where youngsters created and cooked their own menus (26 Feb 2014)

A pop up café where youngsters created and cooked their own menus was visited by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire this week. Youngsters aged between 12 and 15 from St George's Community Centre hosted a celebration evening at their very own Lupset Lounge this week where ...

Firm backing from Government Minister to get more criminals cash ploughed back into community (25 Feb 2014)

A campaign by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner to get all ill-gotten gains back into the communities affected by crime has reached Parliament. As it was revealed over £23million in illegal cash and assets has been seized in the county since 2008. Mark Burns-Williamson has ...

New fund brings criminal cash back to communities (14 Feb 2014)

Up to half a million pounds a year in criminal assets is to be delivered back to communities in West Yorkshire. Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson has today (14/02) launched the Safer Communities Fund. It sees money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act within the county ...

Budget proposals to pay for recruitment of more police officers and staff given the go ahead (7 Feb 2014)

More than 120 police officers and 70 police staff posts can now be recruited after budget proposals submitted by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, have been given the go ahead. The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel today (FRI)supported Mr Burns-...

Police Summer Camp life-safer nominated for National Award (5 Feb 2014)

A ten-year-old boy who used life-saving skills learned at a police summer camp to stop his mother from choking has been nominated for a national award. Kayne Holden, from Bingley, used the heimlich manoeuvre to stop his mother, Cherie, from choking on a piece of food - a day after he was ...

PCC visits Keighley Community (4 Feb 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner was questioned by Year 6 pupils at a Keighley primary school as he toured the area earlier today with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team. He also got the chance to play dominoes with members of the Hainworth Wood Community Centre, including the oldest ...

Call for more signatures to ensure criminals ill-gotten gains gets reinvested into West Yorkshire communities (3 Feb 2014)

Mark wrote to the Editor of the Telegraph and Argus on 30 Januaryregarding a storyabout an international criminal ring being ordered to pay back £170,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act,please see the letter below. "Dear Sir I read your comments this week regarding confiscations under the ...

PCC holding public surgery in Shipley on 14 February (3 Feb 2014)

This is your opportunity to discuss your policing and crime issues with the man who oversees policing across the county. Could your local police do better? Is there's an emerging issue you don't feel is being tackled in the right way? Whatever your thoughts the Police and Crime Commissioner ...

Budget proposal essential for continued recruitment (31 Jan 2014)

Precept proposals submitted by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, will cost taxpayers less than a penny extra a day if given the go ahead. Mr Burns-Williamson has submitted his 2 per cent precept proposals, for the increase in the police element of the ...

PCC shows his support for a West Yorkshire Rugby League project that breaks the cycle of youth offending (28 Jan 2014)

Your Sporting Chance, a Keighley, West Yorkshire based social enterprise that uses rugby league as a tool to break the cycle of youth offending, is launching a new project - 'Winners 2!' - following a £16,000 grant from the UK's largest Sport for Development charity, Sported. Your Sporting ...

Drop in crime across West Yorkshire welcomed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (23 Jan 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, welcomed the latest police recorded crime statistics which showed that crime overall had dropped by four per cent in West Yorkshire, compared to the three per cent drop across England and Wales. The figures, revealed...

Police and Crime Commissioner recognizes the outstanding commitment of volunteers delivering restorative justice (22 Jan 14)

Sixty volunteers who have given over 700 hours of their time to help victims of crime will be recognized for their work at an awards evening tomorrow.(THUR) High profile dignitaries including the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns Williamson, Chief Constable Mark ...

West Yorkshire Police leading the way in international research (22 Jan 14)

An EU grant worth over £500,000 has been awarded to West Yorkshire Police to fund ground-breaking research into a mobile app used by those caught up in a crisis. The cash, €660,000, will fund the Athena project, named after the Greek Goddess of wisdom, for the next three years. The project ...

PCC and Chief Officers on the Front Line (20 Jan 2014)

West Yorkshire Police Chief Officers and the Police and Crime Commissioner have been on the policing front line in recent weeks. Chief Constable Mark Gilmore spent New Year's Eve night in Leeds, including visits to local police stations, accompanied by West Yorkshire Police and Crime ...

Firm guarantee that funding for Police and Community Support officers protected until 2016 (17 Jan 2014)

A firm guarantee that funding for Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will remain protected until 2016 has been made by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner. Mark Burns-Williamson reassured partners at events across the county this week that he is committed to protecting ...

HMIC encouraged by the clear vision for West Yorkshire Police provided by the Chief Constable and the PCC (17 Jan 2014)

A clear vision for the future of West Yorkshire Police has been recognised by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), following a recent re-inspection. Writing to West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson and Chief Constable Mark Gilmore, HMIC's Roger ...

Awareness around human trafficking (9 Jan 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, has spoken out about the need for raised awareness around human trafficking. Mr Burns-Williamson was speaking after a court case this week where three people were jailed after forcing a vulnerable man to work for ...

Police helicopter based in West Yorkshire has makeover as it flies the colours of the National Police Air Service (9 Jan 2014)

A police helicopter based in West Yorkshire has had a makeover as it flies the colours of the National Police Air Service (NPAS). NPAS provides a national, borderless service making use of the nearest aircraft meaning that the police service's response is, in many cases, enhanced over ...

DCC Jawaid Akhtar's Retirement - Police and Crime Commissioner's Tribute (3 Jan 2014)

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire has spoken of the dedicated service shown by the Deputy Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Jawaid Akhtar, who retires this Sunday. Mark Burns-Williamson spoke in tribute to Deputy Chief Constable Akhtar, who has worked for the ...

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