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 keeping people safe and that is why, with council leaders, funding is in place to protect those numbers for the next two years.

"Members of West Yorkshire Police do an excellent job of keeping people safe against a backdrop of severe Government cuts which continue to impact our policing service.

"I will be seeking assurances from the Chief Constable that these concerns highlighted and the recommendations contained within the report are implemented, where applicable, in the timescales outlined by HMIC.

"Crime prevention is a key theme in the Police and Crime Plan, as is working with victims and witnesses to ensure they feel supported.

"I am working with Victim Support and other partners to provide increased help and support for victims, from those who just want to access information easily to protecting the most vulnerable.

"I will be asking the Chief Constable what training is being offered to ensure officers and staff are preventing crime rather than just reacting to it.

"We need to ensure we are doing all we can with the resources we have to maintain public confidence in policing.

"Where the police gets it wrong we will try to put things right and I would urge anyone to contact my office where there are instances in West Yorkshire such as those highlighted in the report."

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