Force embarks on early intervention partnership (3 Mar 2017)

EiWest 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-backed 'What Work's centres, charged with assessing the evidence that works best to improve outcomes for children and young people.

EIF has an ongoing programme of work exploring how to deliver early intervention in policing, in collaboration with the College of Policing.

Click here to follow a blog of the ongoing work.

West Yorkshire Police, Chief Constable Dee Collins said:

"We recognise the clear links that exist between social problems faced by young people and their future relationship with the police.

"In West Yorkshire, we have recently launched a project to consider the early interventions that can be put in place to reduce demand on the organisation, keeping people safe and feeling safe.

"A key element of this work focuses on children and young people, which is why we have teamed up with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) to use their extensive knowledge and expertise.

"By engaging with the younger generations across our community at the right time and place, we can really help to improve and influence their life opportunities.

"This partnership approach will ensure we can divert them away from the lures of crime and antisocial behaviour, from an early age.

"In taking these steps, we can bring about a reduction in the number of calls we receive as an organisation and the subsequent time and effort put into dealing with them.

"It means we must begin to work differently and transform the way we deliver services in partnership with others, while building upon our current arrangements.

"With a more effective pooling of resources and a greater control of the demands we face, we can achieve better outcomes for communities with an increased commitment to addressing vulnerability."

Donna Molloy, Director of Dissemination at the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), added:

"Police forces up and down the country increasingly recognise that early intervention and integrated working with partners is the only way to reduce demand in the longer term. Through our 'Early Intervention Academy for Police Leaders', EIF has been exploring what this means in terms of the practical steps forces can take.

"We are delighted now to partner with West Yorkshire Police, whose commitment to early intervention and working differently provides a real opportunity to put these ideas into practice within a specific force and to test their impact. Through this work, we hope to start to develop the evidence base around early intervention in policing."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said:

"I welcome this innovative partnership between West Yorkshire Police and the Early Intervention Foundation and I am looking forward to seeing the positive contribution it is going to make to our communities and how it will link in with our review of Neighbourhood Policing delivery.

"This partnership will not only benefit the young people engaged in it, but also the wider community.

"As certain demands reduce, resources that would have been tied up can be allocated to other areas.

"Preventing and intervening earlier is key to delivering the outcomes in the Police and Crime Plan, which ultimately keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe."

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