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 the pace and scale of improvement in performance since last year.

"This improvement has been impressive despite major change and significant reductions in funding and staffing, including Government cuts being imposed with £104m savings to be found from March 2011 to March 2015.

"The report also details effective policing continuing, falling crime and a high victim satisfaction rate at WYP.

"I am pleased to see the emphasis on neighbourhood policing and protecting frontline policing has not diminished and stronger partnership working is taking place to ensure the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan are being met.

"Visible policing is crucial and, despite all the challenges faced by WYP, communities across West Yorkshire should be reassured that the number of police officers in local policing will be maintained for the next two years.

"With the level of cuts here in West Yorkshire, policing our streets becomes more and more difficult and I would urge the Government once again to ensure a fair funding deal for our county."

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