Archived News 2017

Community service recognised in New Year’s Honours (30 Dec 2017)

Two former West Yorkshire Police Officers have been recognised in the New Year's Honours Diane Winder, a retired West Yorkshire police officer who works as Neighbourhood Watch Liaison for the Leeds District, has been awarded an OBE for her work in the community. Colin Skeath, a retired police...

New Year, New Career: West Yorkshire Police recruits Special Constables (29 Dec 2017)

What's your New Year's Resolution this year? Health kick? Saving money? How about a new career? West Yorkshire Police is kicking off the New Year by recruiting for its Special Constabulary. The recruitment window opens on 5 January and will run until 26 January and the Force is looking for ...

Drug importer ordered to re-pay more than £50,000 (22 Dec 2017)

A Bradford man sentenced for importing drugs has been ordered to re-pay more than £55,000 by the courts. Ravinder Narr, 32, of Kensington Street, received a suspended sentence and was ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work after he pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court in March this ...

A message for Christmas and the New Year from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (21 Dec 2017)

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018. 2017 has had its challenges with the awful terror attacks and the demands put on our emergency workers who selflessly work through the festive period and all year round putting themselves in harm's way to keep us ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC Mark Burns-Williamson on the police settlement figure announced today (19 Dec 2017)

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "Policing Minister Nick Hurd talks about an increase to local police forces but the same cash grant as 2017/18 is in reality a significant cut to our policing budget over the next two years when absorbing further inflation and pay increases. "He has announced today (...

West Yorkshire Police launch Neighbourhood Policing Teams survey (19 Dec 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is launching an online survey to help shape the way it engages with the communities it serves. Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) are integral to policing the communities across West Yorkshire and engagement is a key strand to its effective delivery. West Yorkshire ...

Ground-breaking forensic techniques introduced in the Yorkshire and the Humber (18 Dec 2017)

Ground-breaking forensic techniques that vastly reduce the time taken to help process crime scene investigations have been introduced across the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Massive improvements in the time taken to have key evidence such as fingerprints and footprints ready for examination ...

Police and Crime Commissioner statement on the West Yorkshire Police Incident on the M606 Bradford (18 Dec 2017)

West Yorkshire PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I have been made aware of a serious incident on the M606 early this morning (Monday December 18) and I have been fully updated by West Yorkshire Police. "The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have now launched an investigation ...

British Transport Police and West Yorkshire Police join community groups in Leeds to Mark International Migrants Day (18 Dec 2017)

Imagine being abused because of the language you speak, what you wear, where you were born or what you believe in. Awful, right? Sadly in our communities people are being subjected to such behaviour. Abusing people in this way can be a crime - a hate crime. Today (18/12) is International ...

West Yorkshire working together to tackle domestic abuse (14 Dec 2017)

All 5 West Yorkshire Councils are working together with the White Ribbon Campaign, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to tackle domestic abuse. Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield Councils have all pledged to continue to raise ...

Police pledge their support to Fire Service in stand against attacks on crews (13 Dec 2017)

West Yorkshire Police (WYP) is standing shoulder to shoulder with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) in a commitment to stopping attacks on firefighters and taking every action possible to catch those responsible of such mindless behaviour. During November, Police have ...

PCC’s Recovered Proceeds of Crime Community Fund Tops more than £2m (13 Dec 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will return a further £152,363.06 to community projects at the latest awards night for his Safer Communities Fund. The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of ...

PCC statement on HMICFRS PEEL Legitimacy Inspection (12 Dec 2017)

Mark Burns Williamson said: "I am pleased to note that West Yorkshire Police have been rated Good for how they treat the people they serve with fairness and respect including their own officers and staff, and for ensuring the workforce behaves ethically and lawfully. "HMICFRS have commented ...

Commissioner helps fund Bradford charities’ work to house and support homeless people (11 Dec 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has given a £5000 grant to Bradford Cyrenians for their Re Start Project. The Re Start project works to house homeless people in 1 of their 10 fully furnished flats in Bradford. Once a service user has accommodation...

Festive Drink Drive Awareness Campaign (1 Dec 2017)

Once again, 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 Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and TISPOL national drink drive campaign, ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner launches his latest annual report highlighting successful partnership working (1 Dec 2017)

Successful partnership working to prevent and tackle crime is the highlight of the latest annual report detailing the work being done by PCC Mark Burns-Williamson and his office (OPCC) during the last 12 months The report highlights work around the PCC's 16 Priorities contained within the ...

Statement on HMICFRS report into the National Police Air Service (NPAS) (30 Nov 2017)

Chief Constable Dee Collins, QPM of West Yorkshire Police and Air Operations Certificate Holder for NPAS said: "The journey to having a national police air service has been challenging for NPAS and we have learnt a lot along the way. "To deliver stretching national efficiencies, we have ...

Hundreds of guns and knives surrendered in West Yorkshire (28 Nov 2017)

More than 200 firearms, knives and swords including a large number of shotguns have been taken out of circulation after a force wide weapons surrender. The surrender, which started on 13 November and finished on Sunday (26 November) was in support of the national firearms surrender to rid the...

Domestic Abuse: There’s No Excuse (24 Nov 2017)

Anyone can report domestic abuse and help change lives of people around them. Tomorrow (Saturday November 25) marks the beginning of the international 16 days of action around domestic abuse, including raising awareness of the issue, and encouraging reporting of offences. West Yorkshire ...

Kirklees students attend partnership event as part of Road Safety Week (24 Nov 2017)

The Safer Kirklees partnership hosted a road safety event for Kirklees students as part of National Road Safety Week. The event, which ran today (24/11), saw students from local colleges and sixth-form school across Kirklees attend a number of interactive presentations from partner agencies ...

West Yorkshire hosts Police Twitter Awards (24 Nov 2017)

West Yorkshire Hosts Police Twitter Awards 2017 West Yorkshire Police will host the 2017 national Police Twitter Awards @policeawards today, Friday November 24. The event will take place at the Force's training and development centre at Carr Gate in Wakefield and will celebrate the success ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC visits Operation Steerside as part of Road Safety Week (22 Nov 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) visited Operation Steerside this week (20/11) to see first-hand the difference the operation is making and to meet some the team involved. Operation Steerside was launched in February 2016 with the aim of improving ...

Joint statement on the police investigation into data manipulation at Randox Testing Services (21 Nov 2017)

Joint statement from West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on today's update from the NPCC on the status of the police investigation into data manipulation at Randox Testing Services: Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle said: "We understand the personal impact on...

West Yorkshire’s PCC gets support from MPs in bid to secure more Government funding after Westminster meeting (15 Nov 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson met with MPs on Tuesday evening where he urged them to join him in calling for more sustained funding from the Government. Mr Burns-Williamson said that all MPs who attended the meeting at Portcullis House in Westminster offered their support generally for more funding ...

Cub Scouts spread the message about crime prevention (15 Nov 2017)

West Yorkshire Police and the University of Huddersfield have again teamed up with Cub Scouts to help spread the message about crime prevention. Last year the University of Huddersfield and West Yorkshire Police three organisations teamed up with West Yorkshire Scouts to launch the inaugural ...

PCC continues to champion the crucial role of the Third Sector (15 Nov 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson continued to champion the crucial role of the voluntary and community sector at his annual third sector conference last week (09/11). The event was held in Halifax and attended by 130 people from over 95 organisations...

West Yorkshire’s PCC on the High Court judgement received today on the judicial review brought by former Chief Constable Mark Gilmore (14 Nov 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner's statement on High Court judgement on judicial review brought by former Chief Constable Mark Gilmore PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I welcome this clear judgement today (TUE) which dismisses the judicial review claim against me made by the ...

West Yorkshire PCC to meet MPs in a bid to secure a fairer funding deal for the county (14 Nov 2017)

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson will today (TUE) meet West Yorkshire MPs to urge them to support his call to the Government for more funding to police the region. Mr Burns-Williamson will head to Westminster to warn the region's fellow politicians that current funding arrangements are not enough to...

26 schools from across West Yorkshire compete to keep people safe online (13 Nov 2017)

26 schools from across West Yorkshire have registered to take part in West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner's first ever cyber contest! The contest was launched in September and challenges pupils from years 7,8 and 9 from across the county to design a resource to help ...

PCC statement on HMICFRS ‘Good’ rating for efficiency of West Yorkshire Police (9 Nov 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I am pleased to note that Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) Efficiency report has rated West Yorkshire Police (WYP) as Good in understanding demand, use of resources ...

Joint message in support of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s Truth Project (8 Nov 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police are supporting the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's "Truth Project". The "Truth Project" is an opportunity to share experience and views with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in a safe...

National Weapons Surrender Supported in Yorkshire and the Humber (7 Nov 2017)

Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Policing is supporting this year's national firearms surrender to rid the streets of guns. The initiative is due to take place across the country between 13 and 26 November, with members of the public encouraged to take firearms into police stations. Across...

West Yorkshire’s PCC calls for greater protection for emergency workers (2 Nov 2017)

Attacks on emergency workers is something that is hard to fathom. Thinking that those who work to protect you daily and nurse you back to health are being spat at, punched, pulled and abused daily, is something that any right minded member of society would baulk at. But that is the reality ...

Police and Crime Commissioner message ahead of Halloween and Bonfire Night (30 Oct 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said "It's that time of year again and Halloween and Bonfire Night are upon us. "Whilst these events can be great fun, not everyone wants to take part. "I would ask anyone celebrating to please be mindful of those in ...

Timely reminder not to fall back on home security (26 Oct 2017)

As the clocks turn back this week, West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are making a timely reminder not to fall back on home security. The Force has launched its latest autumn and winter burglary campaign asking residents to think whether they've 'forgotten something' ...

Campaign launched to stop attacks on firefighters (25 Oct 2017)

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is launching a campaign against attacks on firefighters after seeing a spike in violent incidents towards crews in the last year. The campaign, called More than a Uniform, is delivering a zero tolerance message in the run up to the bonfire period...

APCC response to HMICFRS’s report on modern slavery (23 Oct 2017)

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, who is the national portfolio lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) on modern slavery and PCC for West Yorkshire, commenting on the first ever HMICFRS report into modern slavery, said: "Human trafficking ...

New interim Chief Executive appointed at Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire (23 Oct 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson, has appointed a new Interim Chief Executive. Jayne Sykes, who has worked at West Yorkshire Police since 1987, joined the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner this month. (OCT) She said: "I am delighted to be ...

Return of Operation Hawmill to Calderdale's roads (23 Oct 2017)

Just over 12months after its initial launch, police in Calderdale have confirmed their proactive roads policing operation, Operation Hawmill is returning to combat issues on the districts roads with a new partnership focus to deliver an even better service to local communities. Operation ...

PCC responds to the latest ONS crime statistics covering the year up to the end of June that show a 17.6% rise in crime across the county (19 Oct 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe is the overall vision of my Police and Crime Plan. "So although the latest figures relating to recorded crime for West Yorkshire have risen, the public should be reassured...

PCC’s Safer Communities Fund helps Bradford charity tackle hate and 'mate' crime (19 Oct 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is helping to tackle hate and 'mate' crime in West Yorkshire. 'Mate' crime is where someone befriends a potentially vulnerable person with the intention of exploiting the person, this could include financial, physical...

West Yorkshire Police and the PCC mark Anti Slavery Day (18 Oct 2017)

More than 140 potential victims of modern day slavery have been rescued by West Yorkshire Police this year. And the Force has for the first time used a new power designed to safeguard vulnerable people. Officers from across the Force joined partners including members of the Human ...

Experts share best practice to beat organised crime (17 Oct 2017)

Agencies from across West Yorkshire have shared best practice on how to help spot the signs of organised crime in an event in Wakefield. Senior Officers have said they want to 'join the dots' between partners to help crack down on serious criminals after holding the recent event at Wakefield ...

Keep safe from rogue traders (16 Oct 2017)

Following last weeks' Safeguarding Week West Yorkshire Trading Standards wants to remind householders to stay extra vigilant about rogue traders arriving on their doorstep offering services and a recent increase in complaints. West Yorkshire Trading Standards' top 3 doorstep crime complaint ...

Hate hurts campaign continues to raise awareness (13 Oct 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and West Yorkshire Police are relaunching their joint hate crime awareness campaign to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of what hate crime and hate incidents are and to encourage ...

Domestic abuse - there's no excuse (10 Oct 2017)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are launching their latest campaign aimed at tackling domestic abuse to coincide with West Yorkshire Safeguarding Week. The campaign's focus is highlighting a lesser-known type of domestic abuse, the offence of coercive and ...

PCC holds unique safeguarding partnership workshop (6 Oct 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) held the first ever workshop of its kind bringing together local partnerships who work to keep the people and communities of West Yorkshire safe. The aim of the event was to explore how these partnerships can better ...

Safeguarding is top of the agenda across West Yorkshire (2 Oct 2017)

Tackling mental health, raising awareness of domestic abuse and providing awareness on doorstep crime and scammers targeting the vulnerable are all topics covered as part of West Yorkshire's Safeguarding Week. Starting Monday (OCT 9), all the local safeguarding boards and community safety ...

West Yorkshire third sector organisations invited to PCC's free partnership conference (29 Sept 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is inviting West Yorkshire third sector organisations to his annual conference. The free event takes place in Halifax on 9th November and will include guest speakers, Q&As and workshops. Mr Burns-Williamson and ...

West Yorkshire volunteers supporting those affected by crime to be recognised at event (18 Sept 2017)

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson will host the first Restorative Justice Volunteer Recognition Event at the Civic Hall in Leeds this Thursday. (21 Sep) The event, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, will recognise the dedication and outstanding contribution that Restorative Justice Volunteer Facilitators make to...

PCC's statement on news that police officers are to receive a rise above the public sector pay cap (12 Sept 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said that he welcomed news that police officers would receive a rise above the public sector pay cap of 1%, but warned that the government needed to fund the rise, and also hoped that a similar offer would be made to police ...

Cyber crime competition launched in West Yorkshire (7 Sept 2017)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are calling on schools to help in the fight against Cyber Crime. The first ever cyber contest has been set up to encourage students from years seven, eight and nine to create a product that delivers key safety messages to help people ...

PCC’s Safer Communities Fund supports hundreds of young people in Calderdale (6 Sept 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner helped fund activities for hundreds of young people in Calderdale with a grant from his Safer Communities Fund. Mixenden Activity Centre received a grant of £4,640 in grant round 8 of the fund to help run their "'Mixenden ...

Police and Crime Commissioner’s recruiting Youth Advisory Group members (5 Sept 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for motivated young people to join his Youth Advisory Group. The Youth Advisory Group (YAG), which is now in its 4th year, consists of members aged between 13 and 21 years old who meet throughout West ...

PCC launches latest round of the Safer Communities Fund (5 Sept 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the latest round of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF). Now in its 12th round, the Fund is financed with money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). Voluntary, ...

Lord Ferrers Awards - Nominate a Police Volunteer (30 Aug 2017)

Do you know a 'cyber special' who uses technology creatively to combat the changing nature of crime? Now's your chance to nominate them for a prestigious national award. Launched by the Home Office, the Lord Ferrers Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of special constables, police...

Building a blueprint for the future (16 Aug 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is updating its estate and buildings, fit for the challenges of modern day policing. As part of a long term Estates Strategy 2015-2020, seven more premises have been approved for sale across West Yorkshire with replacement sites in most cases. It will assist the ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC supports NCA’s response to human trafficking and modern slavery (10 Aug 2017)

Today the National Crime Agency (NCA) released new figures on the scale of human trafficking and modern slavery. The shocking figures state that there are currently 300 live policing operations targeting modern slavery in the UK, with the NCA making 111 arrests and encountering 130 people who ...

PCC’s Recovered Proceeds of Crime Community Fund Tops £1.9m (4 Aug 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) returned a further £213, 940.46 to community projects at the latest awards night for his Safer Communities Fund. The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of...

PCC hits the streets with Wakefield Neighbourhood Policing Team (1 Aug 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) had a busy day in Wakefield (Thurs 27/07) going out on patrol with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and visiting the Customer Contact Centre. Mark started the day by meeting with Wakefield Rural Neighbourhood ...

PCC urges people with suspicions around human trafficking to call national Modern Slavery helpline (28 July 2017)

A helpline designed to help victims of trafficking has been supported by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson. Mr Burns Williamson is promoting the helpline across West Yorkshire and is urging anyone with suspicions about someone they know being exploited...

Communities to benefit from recovered cash (27 July 2017)

Almost £15,000 in cash recovered during fraud and firearms investigations in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts. Last week Leeds magistrates ruled that £14,460 recovered by the district's Proceeds of Crime Team was probably intended for criminal purposes and ordered that the cash be ...

Victim Support launch live chat service (24 July 2017)

Victims of crime have another way of accessing support after Victim Support received a cash boost to fund a live web chat service. West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson who commissions and oversees victims services in West Yorkshire agreed to give £13,000 ...

PCC statement on the ONS Crime Statistics (20 July 2017)

Responding to the release of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) crime data covering year to the end of March 2017, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Tackling crime is a key outcome in my Police and Crime Plan and a clear focus for West Yorkshire ...

West Yorkshire third sector organisations invited to PCC’s partnership conference (20 July 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is inviting West Yorkshire third sector organisations to his annual conference. The event takes place in Halifax on 9th November and will include guest speakers, Q&As and workshops. Mr Burns-Williamson and the ...

Tackling forced marriage and "honour" based abuse (14 July 2017)

Ahead of the start of the school summer holiday, West Yorkshire Police is launching its new campaign highlighting the issues forced marriage and honour-based abuse. The Force's focus on this issue coincides with the third annual national day of remembrance for victims of "honour" killings ...

PCC supports drink and drug addiction recovery project in Calderdale (13 July 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has supported Calderdale in Recovery (CiR) with a grant from his Safer Communities Fund. The project received a grant of £4,980 which went towards providing support activities such as cricket, drama, art, creative writing ...

Disability Support Calderdale receives boost from Police and Crime Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Act Fund (13 July 2017)

Disability Support Calderdale received £4,930 for the Safer Communities Fund to help support victims of anti-social behaviour and hate crime. They used the cash to offer one-to-one support for the victims of crime as well as running bi-weekly meetings disseminating information and advice ...

Jail time for rogue roofer who left homes in chaos (11 July 2017)

Andrew Pollard (37) of Longfield Road, Leeds, who traded as "A&J Roofing Solutions Ltd" previously pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to ten offences under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and was sentenced today (10/07/2017). The conviction was secured last ...

Two West Yorkshire Police Officers nominated at this year's Police Federation Bravery Awards (30 June 2017)

Two West Yorkshire Police officers who arrested the armed killer of MP Jo Cox will be honoured at this year's Police Federation Bravery awards.  The annual awards, which are in their 22nd year, will be held in July and will recognise the incredible acts of selflessness shown by officers - on ...

Customer ‘hit the ceiling’ as rogue roofer leaves homes in choas (29 June 2017)

Andrew Pollard (37) of Longfield Road, Leeds, who traded as "A&J Roofing Solutions Ltd" pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to ten offences under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. The offences related to: Poor quality workmanship rendering work unfit for ...

Police and Crime Commissioner visits Keighley community café that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour (29 June 2017)

A café providing nutrition to those in need has received a cash injection of £3,600 from cash seized from criminals which is then used to benefit communities. The Welcome Place Café, based at Keighley Shared Church, received the cash from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer...

Statement on Hillsborough charging decision by CPS (28 June 2017)

A statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire's Office said: "Our thoughts remain with the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy and their families. "We are aware of the charges brought by the Crown Prosecution Service and their statement in relation to Hillsborough and ...

Support following the Manchester and London attack

Please see a list of support services that may be of use if you have been affected by the Manchester or London attack. Victim Support Victim Support are offering support to anyone who has witnessed or been affected by the terror incident in Manchester. Call their National Supportline for ...

PCC’s support ensures vulnerable young people receive vital support (26 June 2017)

The Shipley Youth Advice Advocacy Project has received £5,000 from Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund. The money has gone towards the continued running of the 16-2-25 advice service, run by the project to empower individuals to take action around the issues of poor housing and ...

Massive challenge of fewer police officers and staff faced with an increasing population (23 June 2017)

Residents of West Yorkshire now total 493 for every police officer, a rise of 30% in the past ten years. West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson today said that this and other factors were generating huge demands, which it...

PCC Statement following the Finsbury Park Terror Attack (19 June 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said that his thoughts were with the victims and families of those affected by the Finsbury Park Mosque terror attack in the early hours of this morning. (MON) "This was yet another senseless attack on members of the ...

West Yorkshire to host 2017 LGBT Police Conference (15 June 2017)

West Yorkshire has been selected to host this year's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Police conference.   The event will be held in Leeds on Friday (16/06) and will have representatives from 40 police forces from across the UK attending.   Speakers at the conference will discuss ...

PCC’s Proceeds of Crime Act Fund helping vulnerable people in Bradford (15 June 2017)

Horton Housing in Bradford received a £2,500 grant from Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to help support vulnerable people. The cash came from the PCC's Safer Communities Fund and has been used to help fund Horton Housing's Coordinated, Advice, ...

Mark Burns-Williamson pays tribute to MP Jo Cox ahead of The Great Get Together (15 June 2017)

"Friday (June 16) marks a year since Jo Cox was so senselessly taken from us as she went about her normal business attending one of her public surgeries in Birstall. "I have very happy memories of Jo and will always remember her as vibrant, warm and someone who made a difference to the lives ...

Partnership strategy launched to tackle domestic and sexual abuse in West Yorkshire (12 June 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has launched a plan with partners to continue helping victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. On average West Yorkshire Police deal with 6 incidents of domestic abuse every hour. The West Yorkshire Domestic and ...

PCC statement on tragic events in London (5 June 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said that his thoughts were with the victims and families of those affected by the London attack on Saturday evening. "I want to pass on my thoughts and condolences to those caught up in this awful situation in London," he...

Police and Crime Commissioner kicks off Crime and Safety Awareness Day at Castleford Academy (26 May 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson helped launch a day of crime and safety awareness inputs at Castleford Academy today (26/05) where he was a pupil many years ago. The day consisted of sessions on a whole range of issues such as fire safety, what it's like ...

My First Mobile – Online Awareness Toolkit launched by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board (25 May 2017)

Over one hundred school staff attended the launch of My First Mobile online awareness website and toolkit on Tuesday 23 May 2017. The event took place at the John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield with an introduction from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson. The website...

New ways of fighting cyber crime developed by Leeds Beckett and West Yorkshire Police (25 May 2017)

New ways of fighting cyber crime and supporting digital investigations have been developed by Leeds Beckett University in collaboration with West Yorkshire Police. Supported by the Home Office, the College of Policing, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Police Knowledge ...

Running Away From Home Campaign (25 May 2017)

Last year in West Yorkshire just over 9,500 people were involved in over 20,000 missing occurrences, with over 60% of reports involving children or young people.* With a total of 5,263 adults and 4,172 children involved in missing events between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 (75 had no age ...

Statement from PCC on Manchester attack (23 May 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said that his thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by the Manchester bombing on Monday evening. "I want to say how sorry I am and my condolences to those caught up in this awful situation," he said...

West Yorkshire Police and Huddersfield New College team up to raise awareness about staying safe online (19 May 2017)

West Yorkshire Police has teamed up with students from Huddersfield New College to raise awareness about cyber crime and staying safe online.  Kirklees District Police has a dedicated Digital Media Investigator and as part of this role they have been working closely with schools and the ...

Tougher sentences could be imposed on those committing offences under the Modern Slavery Act as judges receive training on legislation (19 May 2017)

News that more than 1,000 judges have received training on the Modern Slavery Act has been welcomed by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Mark Burns-Williamson, speaking after Tuesday's meeting of his National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network (NATMSN) for all ...

Airedale Juniors pupils receive a boost and learn new skills thanks to seized criminal assets fund (15 May 2017)

Pupils from Airedale Juniors in Castleford received a boost and learnt new skills thanks to a grant from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund. Airedale Juniors were awarded £4680 from the Fund to provide 36 Forest School workshop sessions to ...

West Yorkshire Police join forces with partners to beat doorstep crime (12 May 2017)

West Yorkshire Police has teamed up with Trading Standards to offer advice on how to beat rogue traders, and to help families and neighbours looking out for vulnerable loved ones and members of their community.   The message - 'Not Sure? Don't Open the Door!' - is aimed at potential victims, ...

Pontefract teens blast to success in police branded go kart (10 May 2017)

A sleek new high performance vehicle has gained pole position in the West Yorkshire Police fleet - but has started its career by being raced around by teenagers!  Young drivers at the Pontefract Badgers racing club have truly got some new wheels to be proud of after taking delivery of a force...

Bradford community project helped by recovered proceeds of crime cash (9 May 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund has given £5000 to Bradford's own The Edge Project (TEP). TEP was set up in 1999 to help support young people in the local area. The project provides centre based youth work 6 days a week, weekly ...

PCC’s Safer Communities Fund helps give young people opportunities in Netherton (4 May 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund is providing opportunities and support for young people in Netherton. Netherton Youth Crew received £1,500 from the fund in December 2016 and the cash went towards the running of a weekly youth ...

PCC’s launches latest round of the Safer Communities Fund with £200,000 available (3 May 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the latest round of the Safer Communities Fund with £200,000 available for good causes across the county. This latest round of the fund is themed around 4 key priorities and projects are invited to apply that are looking to address ...

Launch of Safe Pass initiative in West Yorkshire (3 May 2017)

West Yorkshire Police are amongst the first in the country to roll out the 'Safe Pass' initiative as they launch the scheme in Leeds.   From today (Wednesday May 3) plain clothed officers from across Yorkshire's largest force will be on proactive pedal patrol on the city's busiest roads ...

Update: Successful policing operation in Dewsbury to tackle CSE and anti-social behaviour (2 May 2017)

Police in Dewsbury reveal successful results following the completion of a proactive policing campaign aimed to tackle CSE, anti-social behaviour and traffic offences in the town.  The five-week operation was launched in Dewsbury on Friday 24 March and concluded on Saturday 22 April - during ...

Statement on the latest Office for National Statistics crime data (27 Apr 2017)

Responding to the release of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) crime data, Isabel Owen, West Yorkshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner said: "West Yorkshire Police are leading the way in improving crime recording practises and have been praised by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of ...

Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund provides activities for young people in Wakefield (13 Apr 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) visited Disability Sport Yorkshire (DYS) this week to see how their Safer Communities Fund project to provide diversionary activities and opportunities for young people was going. DYS received £4197 from Mark's Safer ...

New Assistant Chief Constables for West Yorkshire Police (12 Apr 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is welcoming two new Assistant Chief Constables to its Chief Officer Team. Angela Williams, currently Temporary ACC in West Yorkshire, takes up post with immediate effect and Catherine Hankinson, currently Temporary ACC with Greater Manchester Police, is due to join West...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes the 2016 PEEL Assessment of West Yorkshire Police (12 Apr 2017)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have rated West Yorkshire Police as "Good" across all the strands which include effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "This is a very positive report and it is ...

Wakefield police launch district's first modern slavery operation (12 Apr 2017)

Businesses across Wakefield have been visited by police investigating human trafficking in the first operation of its kind in the District. Wakefield District Police are encouraging potential human trafficking victims in the District to come forwards and seek help following a day of action ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC sees critical role of Neighbourhood Policing in action on a visit to Bradford (6 Apr 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) spent a busy afternoon in Bradford with the Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) last week. Mark joined a multiagency traffic operation on Midland Road which resulted in a number of tickets being issued for ...

PCC returns over £1.69m of recovered criminal cash to good causes across West Yorkshire (31 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has now returned just under £1.7m of money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) back to the communities it came from. 42 projects from across West Yorkshire shared £172,118.37 at an awards evening in ...

PCC joins roads policing operation while visiting Huddersfield NPT (30 Mar 2017)

A two-day proactive operation has concluded in Kirklees with the aim to make the District's roads safer. From 26-27 March, officers took to the roads as part of Operation Transpark for vehicle checks with the aim to tackle criminals using the roads. The operation ran in the Ashbrow area of ...

Recovered criminal cash helping to reduce re-offending and support victims in Bradford and Keighley (29 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund has been helping to reduce re-offending and supporting victims and witnesses in Bradford and Keighley. Bradford Court Chaplaincy Service (BCCS) received £4,760 from the Safer Communities Fund ...

Could you volunteer to be an Independent Custody Visitor? (27 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson is looking for community focused compassionate individuals to join his volunteer Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) scheme. When a person is arrested by the police, they are taken to a custody suite where they are ...

Spring into action against burglars with our simple steps (23 Mar 2017)

As the clocks go forward this coming weekend, West Yorkshire Police is reminding people of the simple steps they can take to help prevent themselves becoming a victim of burglary. Continuing the theme from the Christmas burglary campaign, the Force is using a twist on a popular game using ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC Statement on the incident in London (23 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Firstly and most importantly my thoughts and sympathies continue to be with the victims and their loved ones, some of whom who have so tragically lost their lives. "Yesterday saw an inhuman act of cowardice and evil. ...

Coercive and controlling behaviour conference (22 Mar 2017)

British Human Rights charity Karma Nirvana host their first annual 'Coercive and Controlling Behaviour Conference' in Leeds. The event will be led by charity founder, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE and Sancus Solutions, the UK's leading dedicated Investigative Skills Training Company. Amongst leading ...

Police and Crime Commissioner supports Safer Places in Kirklees (22 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner visited Mencap in Kirklees this week to see the progress of the 'Safe Places' scheme which has received grant support from his Safer Communities Fund. Mencap in Kirklees is a charity that works with people who have learning ...

Communities to benefit from cash seizure (21 Mar 2017)

Almost £10,000 in cash confiscated by police in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts.  The sum of £9,455 was originally seized while officers were investigating a suspected drugs deal in the city.   On 2 February 2015, officers saw a 26-year-old man from Bradford getting out of a ...

Five week campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation and anti-social behaviour in Dewsbury (21 Mar 2017)

Police in Kirklees are launching a five-week campaign to tackle CSE, anti-social behaviour and traffic offences in the District. The campaign will be launched in Dewsbury on Friday 24 March and will run every Friday and Saturday until 22 April. West Yorkshire Police are teaming up with ...

One click could save your life (13 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is supporting a Europe-wide campaign on seat belt enforcement that is running this week.  Officers from Yorkshire's largest force are using the week-long campaign, which is being led by the TISPOL, to raise awareness about not wearing a seat belt - known as one of the '...

'Gangbo' injunctions over Leeds criminal feud (9 Mar 2017)

Seven men involved in a long-running feud that brought fear to the streets of a Leeds community have been hit with the city's first 'gangbo' injunctions. A total of 94 offences between March 2014 and June 2016 were believed to be linked to the feud, with 87 of those occurring within roughly a...

West Yorkshire Police Weapons Surrender Result (9 Mar 2017)

A huge haul of guns and knives have been handed into West Yorkshire Police as part of its latest weapons surrender. Nearly 300 knives, guns and ammunition were handed in at the county's police stations during the campaign launched earlier this month at the Royal Armouries in Leeds with the ...

Determination of Bradford Detectives sees child rapist jailed (8 Mar 2017)

The sentencing of a Bradford man to 13 years in prison for the rape of a city schoolgirl marked a successful conclusion to a lengthy investigation which saw two detectives fly out to Romania in their pursuit of justice. Tariq Syed, aged 64, of Pemberton Drive was jailed at Bradford Crown ...

PCC visits Wakefield Youth and Community Project which benefitted from recovered proceeds of crime money (7 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), visited Chrysalis Youth and Community Project in Wakefield last week (03/03). The project received £5000 from the Safer Communities Fund, which is financed through money recovered by the police and prosecutors under ...

Crimestoppers launches campaign to tackle illegal weapons in West Yorkshire (7 Mar 2017)

Crimestoppers is urging residents in West Yorkshire to contact the independent charity with information on people who are in possession of illegal guns and weapons. West Yorkshire Police have just completed a weapons surrender across the county, where they encouraged people to give up their ...

Specialist multiagency task force to tackle financial exploitation and abuse (7 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has joined forces with West Yorkshire Trading Standards to create a task force to help tackle financial exploitation and abuse through scams, frauds and doorstep crime. The West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and ...

PCC visits Proceeds of Crime Act funded project and joins roads policing operation in Brighouse (6 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson had a busy afternoon in Brighouse last week (27/02). Mark started with a visit to Field Lane All Residents Association (FLARA), who had a project funded by the Safer Communities Fund to reduce anti-social behaviour in...

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's PCC holds community cohesion workshop (6 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) held a community cohesion workshop last Thursday (02/03). The workshop was held in Bradford and was for partners from across West Yorkshire to come together to see how community cohesion can be strengthened across the...

Force embarks on early intervention partnership (3 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire Police has joined Forces with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) to help benefit future generations. As an independent charity, EIF offers evidence and advice on how to tackle the root causes of social problems for children and young people. EIF is one of the government...

Man Sentenced for Human Trafficking (3 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire Police has disrupted an international organised crime group trading in slavery after a Polish man was given a ten year Slavery Trafficking Prevention Order and sentenced to four years in prison. Dawid Zielinkski, 24, of Dendridge Close, Enfield, was found guilty of two charges ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes HMIC’s PEEL Effectiveness Report (2 Mar 2017)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have rated West Yorkshire Police as "Good" in their Effectiveness inspection for 2016. Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Overall this is a very positive report and it is pleasing to see that HMIC have...

West Yorkshire’s PCC welcomes doubling of penalty for drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel (1 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has welcomed today's change in the law which sees the penalty for drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel doubled. The new penalty for the first offence is 6 points on the drivers driving licence and a fine ...

West Yorkshire Police Weapons Surrender (22 Feb 2017)

Gun crime victim Christopher Wright is backing West Yorkshire Police's latest campaign to remove guns and knives from the county's streets. The weapons surrender, starting today (Wednesday February 22) until Saturday March 4, involves police urging members of the public to hand in any weapons...

Don't fall victim to romance fraud (14 Feb 2017)

If you think you've met your perfect match online, make sure the person you've fallen for is only looking to steal your heart… On-line scammers can target people looking for romance, building up online relationships with their victims and then asking for money and other goods before ...

West Yorkshire Police and PCC Support LGBT History Month (13 Feb 2017)

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.   February marks the annual LGBT History Month, a particular focus is being placed on raising awareness of ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC sets budget to protect frontline policing (8 Feb 2017)

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has set a budget to protect frontline policing in West Yorkshire. The PCC's budget for 2017/18 was formally agreed at West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel on Friday (03/02). The new budget allows for key recruitment of 500 police ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner backs campaign to 'Protect the Protectors' (7 Feb 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Attacks on police officers and other emergency service workers are deplorable and I know the overwhelming majority of our communities agree with that. "The campaign to protect the protectors has three key points; to ...

Safer Internet Day (6 Feb 2017)

Officers from West Yorkshire Police are teaming up with key partners to mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7 February The Force, which is one of only a few to have a team specifically dedicated to tackling cyber crime, is looking to spread the message about safe use of the world wide web. ...

Young volunteer joins West Yorkshire’s PCC for a day in the life of (31 Jan 2017)

A young volunteer spent the day in the life of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson last week (27/01). Matthew, aged 15, from Pontefract in Wakfield, asked to work with West Yorkshire's PCC as part of the Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge. ...

Officers praised after woman and child rescued from car (25 Jan 2017)

Two West Yorkshire Police officers have been praised for their bravery after rescuing a woman and child from freezing water just after 5am this morning. The officers from the Roads Policing Unit were first on scene at the road traffic collision on Westfield Lane in South Milford which left a car...

Statement on the latest crime statistics from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (19 Jan 2017)

Responding to the release of the latest crime statistics for West Yorkshire from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "West Yorkshire Police have been at the forefront of improving crime recording practises and have...

Thirteen charged following Keighley drugs operation (18 Jan 2017)

Police have charged 13 men with drugs supply offences following an operation in Keighley.   The charges follow a series of warrants carried out at addresses across the town in the last week.  A total of 21 men were arrested and officers also seized suspected Class A drugs worth ...

Seized drugs cash will help communities (17 Jan 2017)

More than £20,000 in cash recovered during a drugs warrant in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts.  Officers recovered £23,332 in cash while executing the warrant at a house in Cecil Avenue in February 2013.   The cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and earlier this month ...

Supporting victims of crime in our community (16 Jan 2017)

Victims of crime can call in to get advice if they feel they have witnessed or suffered physical or emotional harm, monetary loss or wrong doing. The drop-in service based at Brian Jackson House will launch on Monday 23 January 2017 when the public will be given an open invitation and will be...

Budding Police Community Support Officers are invited to join West Yorkshire Police (13 Jan 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is opening its latest recruitment drive by inviting budding Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to join the Force.  The recruitment window opens on Monday, 16th January and will run until Sunday, 29th January. It's all part of the Force's positive action ...

Police and Crime Commissioner statement on West Yorkshire Crime Severity Data (6 Jan 2017)

Responding to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) crime severity data which has been in the news, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "No-one wants to see a rise in recorded crime in their community and I will continue to work vigorously with the ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC launches “Community Conversation” survey on police funding (5 Jan 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has launched his latest "Community Conversation" survey with a focus on police funding ahead of setting the budget for West Yorkshire Police in the coming weeks. Since 2010 the government has cut the policing budget by...

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner statement on spontaneous demonstration in Bradford (4 Jan 2017)

Speaking following the spontaneous demonstration in the Leeds Road area of Bradford yesterday, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Following the incident in Huddersfield on Monday we need to allow the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) the ...

Updated: Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Statement on the West Yorkshire Police Incident, Near Junction 24 of M62, Huddersfield (3 Jan 2017)

West Yorkshire PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I was made aware of the firearms incident yesterday (02/01) resulting from a pre-planned police operation near the M62 at Huddersfield. The operation related to information received about a criminal possession of a firearm and I have been fully ...

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