West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson publishes his Annual Report (2 Sept 2015)

This report charts the progress the Police and Crime Commissioner has made in meeting his commitments to people across the county and the wider activities and achievements of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
 
It also looks at the performance of West Yorkshire Police and wider partners as we continue to work together during these challenging times to deliver on the priorities and shared outcomes as set out in the Police and Crime Plan 2013-18.

These significant challenges are not just financial - the government has cut the policing budget for West Yorkshire by over a third - policing and community safety is increasingly complex including with threats such as cyber crime, child sex exploitation (CSE), terrorism and trafficking.

As such the OPCC has been working with the police and partners to make substantial savings and drive integrated partnership working to mitigate against the cuts and importantly continue to provide new and improved services to make sure communities across West Yorkshire are safer and feel safer.
 
Mark Burns-Williamson said:
 
"In these times of unprecedented government cuts to public services I have made it a personal priority to do everything I can to protect our frontline police officers and staff who work so hard to keep people across West Yorkshire safe.
 
This annual report clearly demonstrates the work of my office, the police and partners, in meeting these significant challenges through new ways of working, including through integrated partnerships and new ideas, innovating to provide improved support to victims and to our communities.
 
I am proud that victims and witnesses in West Yorkshire now have access to information and advice, including in their five most spoken languages, and those who need more support are signposted to specialist organisations, all through the Help for Victims website www.helpforvictims.co.uk 

They can also receive help in person at the now established 'victims' hub' in Leeds that provides victims with information, advice, support and personal assistance and West Yorkshire now has its first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).

My Safer Communities Fund goes from strength to strength, funding partners, community groups and charities working to help make their communities safer and feel safer. This year 153 projects have been funded with over 40 supporting victims and witnesses, most of whom are women, children and young people.
 
To better tackle new and emerging threats I have enabled a dedicated human trafficking unit, one of the first in the country, and have established the anti-trafficking network to work to combat modern slavery across the county.

30 additional investigating officers have been employed to deal with historic cases of CSE and I have made an extra £440,000 available through the partnership innovation fund to improve working to tackle CSE and there is now an awareness raising campaign in schools, increased support for victims and a recently appointed Safeguarding Advisor to coordinate activities across West Yorkshire more effectively.
 
A successful hate crime awareness campaign devised and delivered by the OPCC working in partnership with the police has also given people a better understanding of what hate crime is and what people can do about it.
 
Also earlier this year the Metropolitan Police Service (MET) joined the National Police Air Service (NPAS) based here in West Yorkshire. As the Chair of the National Strategic Board I welcome the MET as a huge step towards delivering the first truly national collaboration of police forces across England and Wales.
 
These are just some of the achievements highlighted in the Annual Report but please click on this link /our-business/reports/annual-report.aspx  to understand more about the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner over this time and I would urge anyone who would like more information or who wants to get involved to contact me"

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