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

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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 sector, supported by Compact Voice and the Government's Office for Civil Society.

The award is for a group or project which has developed a new approach or creative solution to a challenging situation through cross-sector partnership working.

The PCC's nomination, in the innovation category, is for the work done with Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), a Third Sector organisation, to establish stronger partnership working with charities within the Third Sector.

The PCC funded the development of a Third Sector Advisory Group whose members, including charities, probation, and the NHS, advise from their expert viewpoint on how to deliver on the Police and Crime Plan objectives including crime reduction.

An advisor from VAL has been based at the Office of the PCC (OPCC) since February to help develop the innovative model of partnership working with the third sector.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Investing in partnership working is key to achieving our shared community safety outcomes and I am really pleased that we have been recognised and shortlisted for this award.

"Delivery is not all about money. Securing better outcomes for people across West Yorkshire relies on a mix of activities from a range of partners to come together to share ideas, best practice and an understanding of what works to innovate and together implement positive change.

"We are working together to achieve our shared aims and ambitions for West Yorkshire and I am pleased that Compact group have recognised the exceptional work being done by the Third Sector and OPCC here in West Yorkshire.

"It is quite rare for nominations to come from the criminal justice world so being shortlisted is recognition of the work that has been done in West Yorkshire with the OPCC enabling the sector to play a strategic as well as a service delivery role."

Richard Jackson, chief officer at VAL, said: "Our work with the OPCC over the past nine months has really helped broker a greater level of understanding of the crucial role played by the Third Sector working  within Criminal Justice and, just as significantly,  has helped these third sector organisations work together better, particularly across district boundaries."

The winners will be announced at an event on 5 November at an event in London.

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