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

MBWWest 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 vulnerable first, and fighting for a fairer funding deal.

Speaking after his resounding victory on Friday night, he said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been re-elected as your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for a further four-year term and will do all I can with West Yorkshire Police and all our partners to ensure our communities are safer and feel safer.

"The voter turnout in West Yorkshire of 35% was the highest in the country.

"I now look forward to working with you all to continue to serve the communities of West Yorkshire and know that there is still a great deal more to do with police, valued partners and colleagues within my office to ensure we are making a real difference together.

"I made firm promises when I was elected to stand against the huge £140m government cut to the police in West Yorkshire and to protect frontline policing here as a priority and stood for re-election on my record of delivery.

"I have fought for a fairer funding deal for West Yorkshire and this year I have set a budget to recruit an extra 300 police officers and have protected our PCSOs as part of our Neighbourhood Policing Teams - vital in keeping our communities safe.

"I pledged to put the proceeds of crime back into our communities that our police and prosecutors work so hard seize back from criminals. £1.2m has now been given to nearly 300 local groups across West Yorkshire from the Safer Communities Fund to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and support victims across a range of projects.

"A great deal more has been achieved over the last few years with real progress in making sure communities are safer and feel safer including tackling threats such as Child Sex Exploitation and Cyber Crime, human trafficking and terrorism...as well as joint working on mental health issues and the establishment of the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in West Yorkshire.

"I would like to say a big thank you to people across West Yorkshire who have come out once again and put their trust in me as their Police & Crime Commissioner, to be a strong voice for West Yorkshire and to do what is right for our county and communities in keeping them safe and feeling safe."

For more information about the PCC election visit http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections/current-elections/pcc

To view Mark's acceptance speech visit /media/99994/pcc_speech.pdf

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