Archived News 2016

PCCs call on Jeremy Hunt to “scrap the fee” for domestic violence doctor’s note (7 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner(PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has joined PCCs across the country calling on Health Minister Jeremy Hunt to scrap the fee charged to domestic abuse victims seeking legal aid. Due to recent legislation changes, domestic abuse victims now have to ...

West Yorkshire Police pair recognised in New Year Honours (31 Dec 2016)

A senior West Yorkshire Police Officer and the Force's longest serving police staff member are recognised in the New Year Honours. Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams receives the Queen's Police Medal (QPM), while Human Resources Resourcing Manager Danny Wilks is awarded the ...

How do you want to contact West Yorkshire Police? (28 Dec 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Dee Collins, West Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable have launched a consultation on how the public contact West Yorkshire Police. The consultation consists of a short survey and includes questions on what contact...

Christmas and New Year office opening hours

Friday 23 December - 08:45 - 14:00 Monday 26 December - Bank Holiday Tuesday 27 December - Bank Holiday Wednesday 28 December - 09:00 - 16:30 Thursday 29 December - 09:00 - 16:30 Friday 30 December - 09:00 - 16:30 Monday 2 January - Bank Holiday West Yorkshire Police can be contacted ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC shares pioneering work on tackling human trafficking internationally (23 Dec 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner attended an international event this month (10/12) to further work in tackling human trafficking and modern day slavery. The Summit, "Refugees Are ...

A message for Christmas and the New Year from West Yorkshire’s PCC (19 Dec 2016)

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017. At this time of year my thoughts are especially with those that selflessly work through the festive period putting themselves in harm's way to keep us all safe. I'd like to thank every member of West Yorkshire ...

£140,000 available for good causes in latest round of the Safer Communities Fund (12 Dec 2016)

Recovered criminal cash will be put to good use as the latest round of West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund opens for applications. The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police ...

Conference hailed a success by national charity (8 Dec 2016)

A ground-breaking conference held to highlight the issue of child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation on the internet has been hailed as a success by a national charity.  Tink Palmer - the Chief Executive of The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) joined the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire ...

PCC welcomes the HMIP and HMIC Report on Police Custody in West Yorkshire (7 Dec 2016)

Responding to the release of a report into police custody by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said "This was a very positive report and I was particularly ...

West Yorkshire’s new Police and Crime Plan launched (6 Dec 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson will launch his new Police and Crime Plan today (06/12) at a partnership workshop aimed at reducing instances of missing people. The Police and Crime Plan sets the outcomes, and priorities that will drive the work of the ...

Over £1.5m of recovered criminal cash returned to our communities (2 Dec 2016)

Over £1.5m of money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act has now been returned to West Yorkshire communities under the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund. 40 projects received a share of £167,355.47 at an awards evening held at ...

Serious sexual offences campaign launched ahead of Christmas party season (1 Dec 2016)

A campaign aimed at reducing serious sexual offences over the festive season has been launched today.  West Yorkshire Police has developed a series of posters highlighting the nature of rape and other sexual offences in a bid to reduce the number of crimes being committed. The posters, ...

#NotTheUsualSuspects - Drink Drive Campaign (1 Dec 2016)

West Yorkshire Police are highlighting that not all drink-drivers this Christmas will be young men, as they challenge people's perceptions about who will be drink driving. The Force is supporting the national drink drive campaign, reminding people that it is not always the "Not The Usual ...

Teaming up to highlight the issue of child sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet (1 Dec 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner are joining with national charity The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) to highlight the issue of child sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet.  The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Dee Collins and the ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC and University of Bradford join forces to tackle online radicalisation (30 Nov 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police, the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and the University of Bradford have joined forces to tackle online radicalisation. The University of Bradford will work with the Office of the PCC, West ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC joins Leeds Street Angels to keep revellers safe (28 Nov 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner spent Friday night (25/11) helping to keep revellers safe in Leeds City Centre with the Street Angels. Mark joined Leeds Street Angels at their headquarters in the Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane for a briefing before ...

Launch of 16 days of action against domestic abuse (25 Nov 2016)

Today is the first day of 16 days of action against domestic abuse - a national campaign which helps raise awareness of the issue and encourages victims to report offences.   West Yorkshire Police is supporting the campaign and are marking the start by receiving their White Ribbon ...

Jo Cox murder - Thomas Mair found guilty (23 Nov 2016)

Thomas Mair has today been found guilty of the murder of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox. Mrs Cox died after being shot and stabbed in Birstall near Leeds on June 16. Following a hearing at the Old Bailey in London, Mair, aged 53, was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm, possession of a ...

PCC continues to champion partnership working at his annual third sector conference (22 Nov 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson continued to champion partnership working at his annual third sector conference yesterday (21/11). The event was held in Wakefield City Centre and attended by 140 people from over 80 organisations from across West ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC continues to push human trafficking up the national agenda (18 Nov 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner continued his work tackling human trafficking at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Partnership Summit this week. The APCC and NPCC summit is a national annual ...

Police, Cubs and the University of Huddersfield team up to fight crime (15 Nov 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and the University of Huddersfield have teamed up with local Cub packs to help teach the youngsters to 'be prepared' and help prevent crime.  The three organisations have worked in partnership to create a crime prevention badge which local cubs can earn after completing a...

West Yorkshire’s PCC holds partnership road safety event (15 Nov 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson held a partnership conference yesterday (14/11) to see what more could be done to improve road safety. The event, which was held in Leeds, was to listen to partners and communities, understand what is required to tackle ...

Police and Crime Panel confirm appointment of West Yorkshire’s next Chief Constable (11 Nov 2016)

Today, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel confirmed the appointment of Dee Collins to the post of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. The Police and Crime Panel, made up of elected and independent members from across West Yorkshire, had the power to either ratify or veto the ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC welcomes HMIC ‘Good’ rating for efficiency of West Yorkshire Police (3 Nov 2016)

West Yorkshire Police has been rated as 'good' at how efficient they are at keeping people safe and reducing crime by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) who are independent of the police force. Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said "This is ...

PCC announces new Chief Constable (2 Nov 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson today has announced Dee Collins as the new Chief Constable for West Yorkshire. Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I am delighted to be making this announcement today as Dee's appointment to this position is great news for West ...

Police and Crime Commissioner statement on mass motorbikes incident in Leeds (1 Nov 2016)

Responding to the incident in Leeds last night Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said "This was an idiotic incident with the perpetrators displaying a shocking lack of respect for others in the community. "I have been fully briefed on the incident and I am ...

Arrests made following trafficking and exploitation event (28 October 2016)

Police across West Yorkshire teamed up with partners in a recent operation aimed at raising awareness about human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  On National Anti-Slavery Day (18 October), officers from West Yorkshire Police were at Leeds Bradford International Airport with partners ...

Public urged to think about home security to prevent burglary (27 Oct 2016)

West Yorkshire Police's latest burglary campaign is being launched today. Using a twist on a popular game the Force is using sticky notes stuck to people's heads as a reminder of the simple measures you can take to prevent burglary. To prove how easy the messages are they've turned to primary...

A message for Halloween and Bonfire Night from West Yorkshire’s PCC (24 October 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said "It's coming up to Halloween and Bonfire Night and whilst these holidays can be great fun, some people can find them daunting. "I would ask anyone celebrating to please be mindful of those in your community who may ...

Safeguarding Week Tweetathon (20 Oct 2016)

West Yorkshire Police, the British Transport Police and Crimestoppers will be taking to Twitter this weekend as part of Safeguarding Week. They'll be carrying out a 24 hour Tweetathon publicising examples of safeguarding calls that come in. The Tweetathon will take place from 7am on Friday, ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner statement on crime statistics (20 Oct 2016)

Changes to crime recording standards and increasing demands continue to impact as the latest crime statistics are released today. The figures show that overall recorded crime in West Yorkshire has risen but the majority of that rise is due to improved recording practices. These figures, ...

Public urged to join campaign to protect vulnerable children across West Yorkshire (15 Oct 2016)

A girl in her early teens boards your train at Leeds station. It's 11am on a week day during term time. She's on her own and isn't in school uniform.   A young boy is hanging around Bradford bus station late at night. An elderly man approaches him and hands him alcohol, cigarettes and a ...

Rape victims urged to report the crime (13 Oct 2016)

Officers from West Yorkshire Police are continuing to urge rape victims to come forward and have the confidence to report the crime after new data showed the number of reported rapes has increased. The Rape Monitoring Group has today (Thursday) published a report about how cases of rape are ...

'Exploiting - Exploited: Grooming and Radicalisation' (11 Oct 2016)

Front line professionals from across the region will come together in Leeds on Wednesday (October 12) in a bid to better protect people from the risk of exploitation. Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Radicalisation are the focus of the one day event which will share learning, experiences ...

Neighbourhood Watch volunteers thanked for their efforts helping to keep our communities safe (12 Oct 2016)

Dedicated Neighbourhood Watch volunteers were thanked for their efforts in helping to keep our communities safe at an awards event yesterday. West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson and Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, John Robins were on hand to show ...

Hate Crime Awareness Campaign Launched (7 Oct 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner have launched their latest hate crime awareness campaign - Hate Hurts.  The campaign will run for the next year and will focus on raising awareness of hate crime and how to report. It will also help people understand the...

Hare coursing will not be tolerated in West Yorkshire (5 Oct 2016)

New signs will be popping up across rural West Yorkshire warning of the consequences of hare coursing and encouraging people to report it. The signs will be in place from October and have been created by the West Yorkshire Police, in partnership with the Country Land and Business ...

Modern Slavery Conference held to tackle awful crime (3 Oct 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner joined partners from the public and private sectors to host a Modern Slavery summit. The aim of the event, which was held at West Yorkshire Police's Carr Gate facility, was to bring together partners from the business...

Young people cooking up a storm at the Leeds Ministry of Food (3 Oct 2016)

Young people who are at risk of offending or have other vulnerabilities are receiving skills for life as part of a cooking at healthy eating course at Jamie's Ministry of Food at Leeds Kirkgate Market. The project is being run by Leeds City Council's youth service thanks to funding received ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner reaffirms that road safety is a key priority (30 Sept 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has reaffirmed his commitment to keeping West Yorkshire's roads safe. The commitment comes after recent news stories and social media contact around the amount of people using their mobile phones whilst driving and ...

Awards and thanks given to Restorative Justice volunteers in Bradford (23 Sept 2016)

On Wednesday 21st September, Bradford Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership in conjunction with Restorative Solutions held a celebrating event for the Restorative Justice Hub. The event was to recognise the hard work and commitment made by the volunteers who are pivotal to the success of ...

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Recruitment (16 Sept 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for the next Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. The successful candidate must be able to take on the challenge of leading the fourth largest police service in England and Wales and inspire over 8,000...

New cyber crime awareness campaign launched (14 Sept 2016)

Cyber crime has more than doubled in the last year and can potentially affect anyone with access to a computer, mobile phone or tablet, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner are warning in a new campaign launching today.  Between June 2015 - June 2016 total ...

Police and Crime Commissioner statement after racially motivated attack on a Polish man in Leeds (13 Sept 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has moved to reassure Polish and Eastern European communities following a racially motivated attack on a Polish national in Leeds. Mark Burns-Williamson said "This was a disgusting act committed by people who do not represent West Yorkshire. "I...

Children’s Commissioner for England says Icelandic ‘Barnahus’ approach could double convictions of child sexual abuse in West Yorkshire (8 Sept 2016)

The Children's Commissioner for England has teamed up with West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner to explore the potential for pilot 'Barnahus' or 'Children's House' in West Yorkshire, to help victims of child sexual abuse. Anne Longfield will chair the meeting in Wakefield this week...

Police and Crime Panel Independent Member Recruitment (1 Sept 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel are looking for two committed and energetic people to join as Independent Co-opted Panel members who, alongside local authority Panel members, will scrutinise and support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner The appointments are expected to run ...

Calling all budding crime-fighters to gain an insight into West Yorkshire Police (1 Sept 2016)

Budding young crime-fighters of the future are once again invited to experience the inner workings of West Yorkshire Police.  Applications are now invited for this very popular Programme, which will see 16-18-year-olds gaining an exciting insight into many different aspects of policing across...

Latest Safer Communities Fund grant opens and targets crime prevention (30 Aug 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund has opened for applications with £140,000 available for good causes. The latest grant round has a crime prevention theme and projects are invited to apply that: Put crime prevention at the ...

Appeal: Officers Assaulted, Saltburn Street, Halifax (25 Aug 2016)

Police are appealing for information after two police officers were assaulted in a disturbance in Calderdale.  Calderdale Police have warned violence against officers will absolutely not be tolerated following the incident in Saltburn Street, Halifax last night  Active enquires are ongoing ...

Police Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group visit West Yorkshire Police’s state of the art training facility (25 Aug 2016)

Members of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Youth Advisory Group (YAG) have seen first-hand how our police officers gain the skills they need to keep our communities safe. Members of the YAG visited the state of the art police training centre Carr Gate ...

Book your place on the third sector conference (24 Aug 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's annual third sector conference will take place on 21 November in Wakefield City Centre. The Third Sector is a collective term covering voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations. The ...

HMIC Survey of Domestic Abuse Practitioners (17 Aug 2016)

HMIC have created a survey to encourage domestic abuse practitioners to share their views to help improve the response and support given to victims and witnesses of domestic abuse. All information gathered is confidential and will help HMIC to make recommendations to police forces to help ...

Statement regarding Chief Constable Mark Gilmore (9 Aug 2016)

Today the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has received notification from Chief Constable Mark Gilmore of his intention to retire from the service. A recruitment process will begin in due course but in the meantime Dee Collins will continue in post as Temporary Chief Constable of West...

Body worn cameras increase safety ‘focus’ (8 Aug 2016)

West Yorkshire Police's technological transformation is taking another step forward. The Force has agreed a contract that sees officers and staff across the county wearing the latest state of the art body worn video cameras during their duties. Following a recent pilot phase in the Bradford...

West Yorkshire’s PCC Funds Third Sector Networks to Increase Partnership Working (28 Jul 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has provided grants to enable the creation of Third Sector Networks in each district in West Yorkshire (the Third Sector is a collective term covering voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations). A ...

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner reassure the LGBT Community (26 Jul 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner held a meeting in Leeds last night (25/07) to support the LGBT community following recent local, national and international events. The aim of the meeting was to reassure the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ...

Thousands of people respond to the Police and Crime Plan consultation (26 Jul 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has received thousands of responses to his consultation to inform the development of the new Police and Crime Plan 2016-21. The 'Your Priorities, Your Plan' consultation launched in May this year and involved an online and...

Inspirational teenagers awarded for their dedication to West Yorkshire Police (25 Jul 2016)

Inspirational Gomersal teenager was crowned overall winner at a special award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of young West Yorkshire Police volunteers. The event, at West Yorkshire Police's training and development centre at Carr Gate in Wakefield last week celebrated the ...

Statement on latest crime figures from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (21 Jul 2016)

Crime figures released today show that overall recorded crime in West Yorkshire has risen as the impact of the latest changes in how West Yorkshire Police records crime continues to be shown. These figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that overall recorded crime ...

Online consultation on the new Police and Crime Plan enters its final week (15 Jul 2016)

Following his re-election, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson launched a consultation to find out about what matters to people across West Yorkshire and to reflect their priorities in the new Police and Crime Plan 2016-21. The "Your Priorities, Your ...

PCC sees young people given choices by Pontefract Education Trust (11 Jul 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) visited a college open day skills workshop arranged by Pontefract Education Trust and Wakefield College to see how young people are were being inspired and motivated by having the opportunity to sample some of the ...

Your Police and Crime Commissioner holding public surgery in Halifax Town Centre on 29 July (11 Jul 2016)

This is your opportunity to discuss your policing and crime issues with the man who oversees policing across the county. Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire will be in Halifax Town Centre on Friday, 29th July and wants to hear from you. The surgery will...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner celebrates the work of Education Ossett Community Trust (7 Jul 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) celebrated the work of Education Ossett Community Trust at an end of year event yesterday. Education Ossett Community Trust (EOCT) is a registered charity with ten member schools in the town of Ossett. They work with ...

West Yorkshire’s Police Chiefs visit flood victims in Calderdale following £40,000 donation (5 Jul 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson and Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (T/CC), Dee Collins have visited areas of Calderdale affected by the Boxing Day floods. The floods which devastated parts of Calderdale, Leeds and Bradford on ...

Reassurance offered to communities across West Yorkshire that incidents of hate crime and hate incidents will be taken seriously (30 Jun 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is asking anyone concerned or affected by hate crime or hate incidents to report them to the police. Mark Burns-Williamson, speaking after concerns were raised locally and nationally around hate crime incidents, said that hatred, violence ...

Dedicated Section 136 Place of Safety for children with mental health needs opens in Leeds (30 Jun 2016)

A new facility for vulnerable children who need urgent mental health care has opened in Leeds. The children's Section 136 suite or 'Place of Safety' at The Becklin Centre is for children and young people under 18-years-old who are detained by the police under Section 136 of the Mental Health...

PCC agrees further funding for health and social care professionals in the Bradford Police Control Room to help vulnerable adults (30 Jun 2016)

Mental health nurses and social workers will continue working in West Yorkshire Police's Bradford control room to support vulnerable people after PCC Mark Burns-Williamson agreed £90k of funding for the project, 50% of the total. The remainder will come from the NHS and Council. The project is...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner wants your help nominating police volunteers for national awards (30 Jun 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is asking for your help in nominating police volunteers for the Lord Ferrers Awards. The Lord Ferrers Awards, previously known as the Special Constable and Police Volunteer Awards, were first held in in 1993. They were ...

West Yorkshire Police praise Euro 2016 fans after seeing a drop in domestic abuse incidents (29 Jun 2016)

Police in West Yorkshire have praised fans across the county after domestic abuse incidents have fallen since the start of the Euro 2016 tournament. Following the launch of a campaign at the start of the tournament with an aim to tackle violent behaviour after seeing an increase in domestic ...

Support for anyone affected by the tragic death of MP Jo Cox on June 16 (28 Jun 2016)

Victim Support are holding a drop in session to support anyone affected by the tragic events of June 16 when MP Jo Cox was killed in Birstall. Support workers and volunteers will be at Birstall Methodist Church on Chapel Lane, Birstall, between 10am and 4pm this Thursday (30 JUN) to offer ...

Brave domestic abuse victim speaks out to encourage others to report incidents to the police (27 Jun 2016)

A domestic abuse survivor has bravely spoken out in support of a campaign launched to tackle violent behaviour by West Yorkshire Police. Last month, West Yorkshire Police launched a campaign for the duration of the Euro 2016 football tournament to reduce the number of domestic abuse incidents...

A conference aimed at frontline workers on Safeguarding Young People with Learning Disabilities at risk of Child Sexual Abuse takes place today (27 Jun 2016)

Organised by West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, the event will focus on raising awareness of the risks to children and young persons with learning disabilities, how they can be safeguarded and what can be done in the future to make ...

Over £1.3 million of recovered money given to good causes by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (24 June 2016)

More than 1.3 million pounds has now been awarded to charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund (SCF). At an event at South Leeds Academy in Leeds last night (THURS) 32 ...

West Yorkshire Police Call Handlers Urge Domestic Abuse Victims Not to Suffer in Silence (21 June 2016)

Police call handlers who spent last night tackling domestic abuse calls after England's third game have urged victims to pick up the phone and not suffer in silence. On average a victim suffers 25 incidents of domestic abuse before they report it to the police - this staggering statistic is ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner pays tribute to MP Jo Cox, as she is remembered in Parliament today (20 June 2016)

MPs have been recalled to the Commons to remember Mrs Cox who was killed on Thursday. Mr Burns-Williamson said: "My thoughts and prayers remain with Jo's family who have shown incredible bravery since this tragic incident which has touched the lives of people of Batley and Spen, ...

Latest Statement in Relation to the Death of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox (17 June 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "Firstly, I want to restate my deep horror and revulsion at the senseless taking of Jo Cox's life which has devastated her family and friends and her community. My condolences and thoughts continue to be with ...

Further statement from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner on incident in Birstall (16 June 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson, said: "My thoughts and prayers are with Jo's family at this time. "I have worked closely with Jo since she was elected and I am deeply shocked that such a talented young woman has been senselessly attacked and killed ...

Police and Crime Commissioner's statement on incident in Birstall (16 June 2016)

"This is a shocking incident. I'm currently liaising with West Yorkshire police to fully understand the circumstances of what has happened and make sure everything possible is being done to reassure communities. "A man has been arrested and all my thoughts are with the families of those ...

West Yorkshire Police had 33 per cent increase in 999 calls following England's first Euro 2016 game (13 June 2016)

West Yorkshire Police has seen a 33 per cent increase in 999 domestic abuse calls following on from England's first match at the weekend in the Euro 2016 tournament. A total of 3,606 calls including 999 and 101 calls were received between 8pm and 3am on Saturday night when England drew against...

West Yorkshire Police takes part in national human trafficking prevention initiative (10 June 2016)

Police in West Yorkshire joined forces with colleagues across the country last week to take part in action to tackle human trafficking. Officers from West Yorkshire Police's Human Trafficking unit, funded by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, coordinated ...

PCSO's to use post offices to deliver first class community policing (7 June 2016)

Wakefield Police are to partner with the Post Office this June to give residents a 'first class' chance to engage with local officers. PCSO's across Wakefield District are to 'adopt' a local Post Office as part of a new initiative to give residents more opportunities to see their local ...

Log on and have your say in Police and Crime Commissioner web chat (2 June 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, is running a live web chat on 7 June on your policing and community safety priorities. The web chat will run from 7pm to 8pm and is the latest method for people to have their say as part of the 'Your Priorities, Your Plan...

National Volunteers Week – Join West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group (1 June 2016)

To mark National Volunteers Week, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson is looking for volunteers to join his Youth Advisory Group (YAG). National Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution that volunteers make across the UK and to ...

Show the red card to domestic abuse (31 May 2016)

Ahead of this Summer's Euro 2016 tournament, West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are urging fans not to 'lose it all for football' after receiving a high volume of calls relating to domestic abuse incidents during major tournaments. West Yorkshire Police has a policy ...

Psychoactive Substances Act comes into force (26 May 2016)

Today (Thursday 26 May 2016) legislation has come in to force changing the law around the production and distribution of psychoactive substances, commonly known as 'legal highs'. From today it is now illegal to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, import or export ...

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes Shadow Police Minster to West Yorkshire (23 May 2016)

Shadow Police Minister Jack Dromey was welcomed to Leeds today (23/05) by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, to see the work of West Yorkshire Police and Victim Support. Jack and Mark visited a Victims Hub, run by Victim Support, to see the help being ...

People are being urged to have their say in a new consultation by West Yorkshire’s Police and crime Commissioner (20 May 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, has launched a big conversation today (20/05) to find out about what matters to people across West Yorkshire and to reflect their priorities in the new Police and Crime Plan 2016-21. This Plan will set the direction for ...

Funding boost for Leeds motorbike project (20 May 2016)

Cash recovered from West Yorkshire criminals is giving a boost to a Leeds-based charity that gives young people the chance to channel their energies into off-road biking. Birstall Urban Motorcycle Project for Youth (BUMPY) has received a grant of £4,740 from the Police & Crime ...

Cyber Crime Independent Advisory Group already having an impact (19 May 2016)

An organisation made up of key partners from across the UK, formed specifically to tackle cyber crime, is already having an impact as West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner host a week-long campaign to warn about the crime. The first ever Independent Advisory Group (IAG) ...

New hate crime app helps people to report crime quickly in Kirklees (17 May 2016)

It's now easier than ever to report homophobic and other hate crimes in Kirklees, with the launch a new smartphone app service. The new service launched on Tuesday 17 May, which is IDAHO (international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia). IDAHO aims to tackle prejudice and ...

Cyber crime campaign launched (16 May 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are starting a week-long campaign to warn about the dangers of so-called cyber crime which has been identified as one of the major 21st century threats to policing and law enforcement. The Force, which is only one of a handful across ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner supports inquiry into Orgreave (16 May 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I do support a proper inquiry into Orgreave. "This is quite personal to me as many of my friends were miners on the picket lines at the time and so I absolutely support a thorough inquiry into what happened at ...

West Yorkshire Policing Awards 2016 (14 May 2016)

West Yorkshire Police officers and staff were honoured for their incredible achievements at its annual awards ceremony which was held at the their training and development facility near Wakefield last night (13 May). The West Yorkshire Policing Awards recognises exceptional performance within...

Mark Burns-Williamson re-elected as West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (9 May 2016)

West Yorkshire's PCC since November 2012, Mr Burns-Williamson's pledges to the public of West Yorkshire include protecting frontline policing, protecting Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), putting more proceeds of crime back into our communities, putting victims, in particular the most ...

Mark Burns-Williamson has been re-elected as West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (6 May 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson has been re-elected as West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner. The total West Yorkshire turnout was 34.77%. Mr Burns-Williamson was one of five candidates standing for election in the West Yorkshire Police area. He took an oath of impartiality after the ...

West Yorkshire's PCC and West Yorkshire Police launch spring burglary campaign (24 Mar 2016)

As the clocks go forward and we step into Spring, West Yorkshire Police is urging homeowners to protect their homes and not to be caught out by opportunistic thieves. A new campaign launched today (24 March) is aimed at preventing people from becoming victims of burglary, especially now the ...

Bogus callers given the boot in Leeds by project funded through recovered proceeds of crime money (22 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has awarded £1426 to tackle bogus callers in Garforth. The scheme has been created by West Yorkshire Police and has been funded through the PCC's Safer Communities Fund. The money is being used to provide a ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner looking for voluntary mediators for police complaints (18 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamsons is conducting a pilot scheme to assess the viability of using voluntary, independent mediation to resolve complaints against the police. The scheme was one of the outcomes of an independent review of the way that ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC highlights work being done to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation on National CSE Awareness day (18 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, has highlighted the work he has done in tackling Child Sexual Exploitation on National CSE Awareness day. Mr Burns-Williamson was at the Shay stadium in Halifax today (FRI) to open the conference being held by ...

First ever meeting of National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network, created by West Yorkshire’s PCC takes place (18 Mar 2016)

The inaugural meeting of the first-ever National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network, launched by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson at the Home Office took place this week. PCCs from across England were at the event, also attended by Kevin ...

PCC visits Dewsbury to see how street drinking has been successfully tackled by police and partners (17 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) visited Dewsbury this week to see first-hand how local police officers and partners have tackled street drinking. Late last year, there were reports of groups of drinkers congregating in the town centre intimidating shoppers and causing a ...

Human trafficking charity receives a boost from the Safer Communities Fund (17 Mar 2016)

A charity supporting human trafficking victims to rebuild their lives can continue its valuable work thanks to funding from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson. Invisible Traffick GB has been awarded £7,500 from the PCC's Safer Communities Fund to offer ...

Public encouraged to get involved in upcoming forced marriage web chat (16 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are hosting a dedicated web chat offering members of the public the opportunity to discuss forced marriage. The web chat is taking place between 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday, 22 March. On-hand to answer questions will ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sees Community Spirit in Dewsbury (16 Mar 2016)

Cash from the Proceeds of Crime Act has been used to raise awareness of issues including hate crime, forced marriage and honour-based violence by a Dewsbury project. West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson visited Ravensthorpe Community Centre Limited to see...

Less than one month to go for Psychoactive Substances Bill (14 Mar 2016)

With less than a month to go before legislation changes to target those who produce and distribute psychoactive substances, West Yorkshire Police are continuing to promote the change, and highlight the danger of these potentially lethal substances. From early April it will be illegal to ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner inviting good causes to apply for a slice of £130,000 (14 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has opened the latest grant round of his Safer Communities Fund (SCF) with £130,000 available for good causes. The Fund was created to help voluntary, community groups, charities and partners make their communities ...

Safer Communities Fund helps young women at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (14 Mar 2016)

Thirty young women a week in Leeds are being kept safe from sexual exploitation thanks to funding provided by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Getaway Girls which is based in Harehills, Leeds, has supported the young women aged 11-18 years old with a range of issues ...

Airedale students create DVD to tackle alcohol and domestic abuse (11 Mar 2016)

Airedale Academy performing arts students have created a dance/drama DVD to raise awareness of the relationship between alcohol and domestic abuse. As part of the Castleford Community Alcohol Partnership, the students from Airedale Academy used their skills and in some cases first-hand ...

Police contribution to Jewish community recognised (10 Mar 2016)

The contribution of West Yorkshire Police to the Jewish community was recognised at an event organised by leading members of the local community at an event last month. At a Sabbath service, held at the Etz Chaim Synagogue on February 27, the synagogue, the Leeds Jewish Representative Council...

Design for new UK Police Memorial revealed (9 Mar 2016)

Design concepts for a new UK Police Memorial to be located at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) have been revealed at the Drapers Hall in London. A project by the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust, the Memorial (PAMT) will pay tribute to the United Kingdom's Police Service and honour the ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s response to HMIC National Child Protection Inspection (8 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "HMIC have recognised in their most recent Child Protection Inspection (August 2015) that West Yorkshire Police (WYP) is committed to improving the protection of children and has highlighted the multi-agency ...

West Yorkshire PCC and West Yorkshire Police launch campaign reminding people of the signs to look out for of forced marriage ahead of the Easter holidays (7 Mar 2016)

Ahead of the start of the school Easter holiday, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and West Yorkshire Police is reminding people of the signs to look out for of forced marriage and honour-based violence. A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of ...

Over £1.2million of recovered money given to good causes by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (4 Mar 2016)

More than 1.2 million pounds, £1,211,201.45, has now been awarded to charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund (SCF). At an event at Hanson Academy in Bradford last night...

Safer Communities Fund helps support children affected by crime in Kirklees (3 Mar 2016)

A grant from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund (made up from money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act) is helping to support children affected by crime in Kirklees. Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust ...

Knives illegally sold across West Yorkshire (3 Mar 2016)

Kitchen knives, razor blades and an axe were illegally sold to teenagers aged 14-16 in a test purchase operation across West Yorkshire. Out of 69 stores put to the test by the undercover teenagers, nearly a third (20) failed after selling a knife or other bladed instrument to someone under ...

Focus on race hate crime as part of continued campaign (2 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March as part of their hate crime awareness campaign, and during March will be highlighting race hate crime and how people can ...

Drug Driving, One Year On (2 Mar 2016)

West Yorkshire Police is supporting the THINK national drug drive campaign this month, a year on from it becoming illegal to drive with set limits of both illegal and some legal drugs being consumed. The legislation has made it easier for police forces to target drug-drivers because the law ...

'Good' HMIC assessment of police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) of West Yorkshire Police (24 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson welcomed the latest positive independent HMIC report which rated West Yorkshire Police (WYP) on its effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy at keeping people safe and reducing crime as 'good' overall across each of ...

West Yorkshire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner showing their support for LGBT History Month (22 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire Police is showing its support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month by hosting a dedicated web chat offering the public the opportunity to speak with the Force about LGBT issues. LGBT History Month aims to promote equality and diversity and celebrate ...

Antisocial youths in Bradford being educated thanks to Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund (19 Feb 2016)

A peer education scheme is bringing at risk young people in Bradford together with ex-offenders to help steer them away from crime. The Engage Project, which is run by West Bowling Youth Initiative (WBYI), has been awarded two grants of £3,880 and £4,900 by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime...

West Yorkshire Police develop new training package to help bereaved families (18 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire Police has developed a new training package to help police officers to deliver traumatic news to families who have just lost their loved ones. The Force has been working with a national traumatic bereavement charity - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) - to develop the ...

Statement on HMIC Effectiveness Report (18 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I am pleased and welcome the latest inspection report by the independent HMIC which means West Yorkshire Police have received a 'good' grading overall around preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and ...

Statement on today's human trafficking sentence (12 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "This case demonstrates the exceptional and ground breaking work being undertaken by West Yorkshire Police (WYP), the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and our partners to unearth and catch the ...

Plans to scrap two leading West Yorkshire courts have been criticised by West Yorkshire’s PCC (12 Feb 2016)

Plans to scrap two leading West Yorkshire courts have again been criticised as an attack on local justice by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. (PCC) PCC Mark Burns-Williamson had previously written to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to oppose plans to close courts in Calderdale ...

Statement on HMIC PEEL Assessment on Legitimacy Report (11 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I am pleased that the inspection report by the HMIC recognises overall how West Yorkshire Police (WYP) meets the public's expectation regarding keeping people safe and reducing crime. "I note that WYP received ...

West Yorkshire PCC features in video to help celebrate 50th anniversary of University of Bradford (10 Feb 2016)

Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is to feature in a video to help celebrate 50 years of the University of Bradford. Mark Burns-Williamson was selected as a former graduate by the University to appear in one of fifty videos being released to mark ...

West Yorkshire’s Police Chiefs Donate £40,000 to West Yorkshire Flood Victims (9 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Temporary Chief Constable (T/CC) of West Yorkshire Police are to give £40,000 to West Yorkshire flood victims. The money will be used to support the most vulnerable victims in all three areas. The floods which devastated parts of ...

Statement by PCC on sentencing of abusers jailed for more than 140 years (8 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Child sexual exploitation (CSE) and sexual abuse are abhorrent crimes. "I welcome today's sentencing and commend the painstaking and thorough investigation by West Yorkshire Police, with the assistance of Bradford ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner pledges to keep on fighting cyber crime to mark Safer Internet Day (8 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has pledged to keep on fighting cyber crime on Safer Internet Day. World Safer Internet Day is marked on 9th February and is co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. The celebration aims to promote the safe, ...

Police and Crime Commissioner helps judge some of Wakefield’s future stars (8 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson helped judge some of Wakefield's up and coming future stars at an event at Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy last night. The 'Future Stars' event is a talent competition and saw 5 acts from Hemsworth Arts & ...

Budget proposals by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to pay for the recruitment of more police officers given the go ahead (5 Feb 2016)

For the first time in five years police officer recruitment will be opened up to the general public after budget proposals submitted by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, got the go ahead. Hundreds more new police officers can now be recruited into West ...

PCC statement regarding review into the case of Danny Major (updated 2 Feb 2016) (4 Feb 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, who commissioned a review into the case of Danny Major, said: "I had asked an independent police force (Greater Manchester Police) to carry out this investigation after speaking with Danny Major and his family after listening to the concerns they had. The family and I both...

West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner support FGM Awareness Day (3 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police are supporting a national awareness day on Female Genital Mutilation after seeing an increase in cases being reported since new reporting legislation was put into place last year. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is ...

Pledge to Continue Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, MarkBurns-Williamson, has shown his commitment to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and sexual abuse by pledging to continue to do everythingpossible to crack down and tackle such abhorrent crimes. Throughout the Christmas and New Year ...

West Yorkshire Police Weapons Surrender (1 Feb 2016)

A huge haul of guns and knives have been handed into West Yorkshire Police as part of its latest weapons surrender. More than 150 bladed and offensive weapons and 80 guns were handed in at the county's police stations during the campaign launched earlier this month at the Royal Armouries in ...

Over £500,000 given by Police and Crime Commissioner to improve Restorative Justice in West Yorkshire (1 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has awarded more than £500,000 from the dedicated Victims Fund to help victims of crime. The money will ensure that local authorities and community safety partners develop their work around Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice ...

Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month (1 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month as part of our continued hate crime campaign. To coincide with February's LGB&T History Month, a particular focus is being placed on raising ...

New era for CCTV in Calderdale (29 Jan 2016)

New CCTV cameras that provide clearer images and use less power have been officially launched in Calderdale as part of a £680,000 upgrade. On Friday 29 January 2016, Calderdale Council, West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, ...

Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund helps adults with learning disabilities (29 Jan 2016)

A group that used money, given by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to work with adults with learning disabilities, has said they were struck by the number of them who had experienced hate and mate crime. The 'Why Don't We' charity, based in Bradford, was awarded two ...

Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund helps make young people safer in Kirklees (29 Jan 2016)

Young people in Kirklees are more aware about the dangers of grooming and child sexual exploitation thanks to funding provided by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Freedom Personal Safety used their two grants from the Safer Communities Fund, which uses money taken from ...

Sex offenders jailed for more than 26 years (28 Jan 2016)

Sex offenders are facing more than 26 years behind bars following a major police investigation into a child sex and indecent images ring in West Yorkshire. Andrew Charles Lynes (51) of Deighton Road, Huddersfield and James Bould (35) formerly of Dewsbury, were sentenced to 12 and a1/2 years ...

West Yorkshire Police Weapons Surrender - update (26 Jan 2016)

More than 60 weapons, including guns and knives, have been surrendered so far in West Yorkshire during the county-wide weapons surrender. The campaign, backed by stabbing victim Vincent Uzomah, was launched on January 20 January and runs until this Saturday (30 January). West Yorkshire ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner gives £110,000 to support victims of hate crime (25 Jan 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has given out more than £110,000 to organisations to tackle hate crime. The one off grant was available from the Victim Support Services Fund held by the Police and Crime Commissioner and was specifically for organisations ...

Crime recording changes continue to impact on crime figures (21 Jan 2016)

Latest figures show overall recorded crime in West Yorkshire has risen, largely due to the continued impact of changes in how West Yorkshire Police records crime. Much of the increase, revealed in figures out today from the Office for National Statistics, results from more consistent ...

Police and Crime Commissioner's Comment on Batley Man Being Found Guilty of Human Trafficking Offence (20 Jan 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson said: "This case demonstrates the exceptional work being undertaken by West Yorkshire Police to catch the perpetrators of this horrific crime and to protect victims. "He will be duly sentenced in the coming weeks and once ...

First ever National Network to support victims of human trafficking (19 Jan 2016)

The first ever National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network has been launched by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, and the Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland. The network, being launched at the Home Office today (Tuesday 19 January) ...

Drug awareness project launched (18 Jan 2016)

A new project is being launched in the Keighley area to enlist parents and other people who work with youngsters to help combat the rise in cannabis use. A resource pack which includes scratch and sniff cards is being issued for the Keighley awareness project entitled 'No Excuses'. ...

Police and Crime Commissioner visits West Yorkshire’s Cyber Crime Unit (15 Jan 2016)

Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson visited West Yorkshire Police's dedicated cyber crime team yesterday. Specialist cyber skilled staff were recruited to provide West Yorkshire Police with cutting edge skills in combating cyber crime, and in using the latest techniques to ...

Your Police and Crime Commissioner holding public surgery in Wakefield on 22 January (14 Jan 2016)

This is your opportunity to discuss your policing and crime issues with the man who oversees policing across the county. Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire will be in Wakefield Town Centre on Friday, 22nd January and wants to hear from you. The surgery...

Clarity around PCSO funding (12 Jan 2016)

I am writing in response to recent reports of so called private funding to pay for police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) which has understandably raised concerns that people are paying twice for their police force which is not the case. To provide clarity I have detailed ...

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner visits Bradford Neighbourhood Policing Team (11 jan 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, visited the Bradford City Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) on Friday (8/01). He spoke to officers at the NPT to find out about the issues they face in the area they police. He also went on a walkabout with them as well...

Join the PCC’s web chat and have your say on the policing budget and priorities (11 Jan 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson is running a live web chat tomorrow on Tuesday 12 January from 6.30pm. The theme of the web chat is around the policing budget and priorities for West Yorkshire Police. The web chat follows the release of the PCC's...

Have your say on the policing budget as West Yorkshire’s PCC launches his “Community Conversation” (7 Jan 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, is launching a Community Conversation to see how local people want the policing budget to be spent. In mid-December the Government announced how much money the PCC and West Yorkshire Police will receive in 2016/2017 ...

New Year plans for officer recruitment drive under consideration (31 Dec 2015)

West Yorkshire Police is planning a Police Officer recruitment campaign in the New Year following conversations with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). It follows the recent announcement that further cuts on the scale anticipated (25%-40%) would not be made to policing budgets under ...

Statement re Flooding Response (28 December)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has praised the police and partners for their work to help flood hit communities across the county. The flooding situation has been, according to the Environment Agency, some of the worst in 70 years and the Police ...

Christmas message from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (23 Dec 2015)

With the festive season now upon us I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016. It's at times like this that the effort everyone connected with West Yorkshire Police, whether that be someone who works or volunteers for the Force and...

Statement re HMIC Report into Vulnerability (16 Dec 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Protecting vulnerable people and safeguarding generally is a key focus that cuts across many different areas of my Police and Crime Plan which has resulted in large realignment of resources within West ...

Pledge to Continue Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) (Dec 16 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, MarkBurns-Williamson, has shown his commitment to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and sexual abuse by pledging to continue to do everythingpossible to crack down and tackle such abhorrent crimes. Throughout the Christmas and New Year ...

PCC statement regarding review into the case of Danny Major (11 Dec 2015)

A review into the case of Danny Major commissioned by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has been delivered today (Friday11 December). Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I asked an independent police force (Greater Manchester Police) to carry out this ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner in Christmas domestic abuse message (11 Dec 2015)

With domestic violence and abuse traditionally increasing during the Christmas and New Year period, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has given his support to a campaign to help tackle it. Posters reminding people involved in domestic violence and abuse ...

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner's comment regarding funding formula (11 Dec 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has backed calls for an independent panel to help the Home Office devise a new funding formula for police forces in England and Wales. Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "The way in which the Home Office allocates money to ...

£1million invested by West Yorkshire's PCC in an innovative new project to help tackle domestic abuse and violence (9 Dec 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has invested £1million in an innovative new project to help tackle domestic abuse and violence. The new service called Choices was opened on Monday 7 December at the YMCA building in Halifax. The Choices service will be ...

Destruction Order for legal highs praised by Police and Crime Commissioner (7 Dec 2015)

The decision by Leeds Magistrates Court to grant a forfeiture and destruction order for £34,000 of so-called legal highs has been praised by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson. The so-called 'legal highs' were seized from shops in Leeds and have now been ...

New Hub to Help Victims and Witnesses of Crime (4 Dec 2015)

A new centre dedicated to supporting victims and witnesses officially opened its doors on 3rd December in Wakefield City Centre. The new facility has been made possible by funding from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, and, managed by Victim Support, will ...

Victims of hate crime encouraged to come forward in West Yorkshire (30 Sept 2015)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting today's national launch of the "We Stand Together" campaign, encouraging all victims of hate crime to come forward. The campaign seeks to bring individuals and communities together against hatred and...

Breathalysers issued to bars in Huddersfield as part of crackdown on excessive drinking (17 Sept 2015)

Door staff at a number of late night venues in Huddersfield are being given breathalysers as part of a drive to reduce alcohol-related issues in the town centre. Trained staff will be able to use the hand-held breathalysers on those looking to come in to the venue where there are concerns ...

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...

Moves to tackle anti-social behaviour welcomed (25 Aug 2015)

Moves to tackle anti-social behaviour in Bradford and also help those in need get the help they require have been welcomed by the Office of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson. Anti-social behaviour can have a very negative impact on people's quality of ...

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