Safeguarding the most vulnerable and tackling violent crime have a renewed focus in the PCC’s refreshed Police and Crime Plan (1 Aug 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, has outlined the crucial work needed with partners to tackle serious and violent crime, protect victims and witnesses and safeguard the region's most vulnerable in his refreshed Police and Crime Plan.

The Police and Crime Plan sets the outcomes and priorities that drive the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, West Yorkshire Police and their partnership working to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe.

The four outcomes are to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, safeguarding vulnerable people, ensure the criminal justice system works for our communities and victims and witnesses receive the proper support.

In support of the outcomes, the Plan contains 16 priorities covering issues such as cyber crime, domestic abuse and road safety. These priorities were identified by wide consultation with the public and partners, and they remain relevant now but with one main change, the refreshed Plan has a renewed focus on tackling violent crime.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "This Plan is the framework we use with West Yorkshire Police and partners to help keep our communities safe.

"The more prominent focus on tackling violent crime is very timely and I have already invested in the Get Away N Get Safe programme to reach youngsters in Year 6 to encourage them to make the right choices. This is in addition to the latest round of my Safer Communities Fund which is targeting violent crime, with the grants due to be announced and awarded in September.

"Partnership working is so crucial and the refreshed Plan reinforces and provides that focus because community safety is everyone's business and this Plan cannot be delivered by the OPCC or police alone.

"Other key refreshes in the Plan include further encouraging and supporting our communities to report offences, particularly ones that involve people who may be vulnerable and the support and wellbeing of our police officers, staff and volunteers.

"A whole host of work has been delivered off of the back of the previous Plan and this refreshed edition promises to keep up that momentum. It's a very challenging time for policing currently but the Plan is about having that collective commitment to make a real difference in our communities."

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "This refreshed Police and Crime Plan reaffirms our commitment to provide the public with the best service we can, focusing on the issues that are important to communities and individuals, to fulfil our joint vision with the Police and Crime Commissioner to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe.

"Public support and confidence in policing enable us to do our job effectively. I am determined to maintain and strengthen that confidence, through the Neighbourhood Policing model that is central all we do. I want to bolster that by encouraging people from all communities to see what West Yorkshire Police has to offer, to join us and help build a police service that is truly reflective of the richly diverse communities it serves.

"The increased focus on violent crime acknowledges public concerns, particularly around knife and gun crime. I want all victims of crime to feel confident in coming forward, particularly in those areas where we know under-reporting is still an issue, such as hate crime, sexual and domestic abuse.

"I am also really pleased at the focus on the wellbeing of our own officers, staff and volunteers. They do incredibly demanding work and ensuring they are supported and looked after not only benefits them, but directly impacts on their relationship with the public.

"We and our partner agencies face many challenges. Financial cutbacks across the public sector have had a significant impact and we have worked hard to restructure the way we do business. Whatever we do and however we do it, we and our partner agencies will always strive to be there for the most vulnerable, working both for and with communities".

To find out more about the Police and Crime Plan and to download a copy visit /our-business/the-police-crime-plan.aspx. Hardcopies can also be requested via the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner by calling 01924 294000 or by post to Ploughland House, 62 George Street, Wakefield, WF1 1DL.


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