Support for victims at an all-time high as West Yorkshire’s PCC releases latest Annual Report (4 Oct 2018)

AR CoverMark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has released his latest Annual report detailing his work over the last year to help keep communities across the county safe.

The report highlights the efforts of the PCC and his office, along with West Yorkshire Police and many partners to tackle the key outcomes and priorities, such as domestic abuse and safeguarding vulnerable people, as set out in the Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire.

Significant achievements have been made over the last year focusing on the issues which matter most to the public such as tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, safeguarding vulnerable people, supporting victims and witnesses and making sure the criminal justice system works effectively communities.

Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "A particular focus for me over this last year has been the care for victims. We now have an expanded, more accessible service available to victims of all ages through the new Victim Support contract. We have established specialised victims hubs in each district of West Yorkshire as well as commissioning a live chat facility.

"I have also funded a facility for video link technology in Calderdale so that vulnerable witnesses can give evidence remotely, reducing the emotional burden and hopefully increasing the number or perpetrators brought to justice and achieving better outcomes.

"My Safer Communities Fund continues to help many local groups make a real difference in addressing community safety issues. Over the last year the fund, which is financed through money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors, distributed over £360,000 to over 80 groups, a total which now stands at more than £2.4m since it was launched in 2014 with more than 550 projects supported.

"I have continued to build the local and national anti-human trafficking and modern slavery networks to help co-ordinate investigations into these crimes and support the victims. We have also made best use of working with the Modern Slavery Transformation Programme which has allowed more than 150 frontline officers from Yorkshire and the Humber to receive specialist training as well as 1,200 judges.

"Prevention and early intervention is a really important area and I have worked with partners on a number of initiatives to help raise awareness of issues such as domestic abuse, home security and road safety to name a few. A particular highlight for me was the cyber crime competition I ran with West Yorkshire Police where we challenged young people in schools years 7,8 or 9 to create a resource to keep their peers safe online. Following the success of the competition a second round is currently open for applications.

"Policing is currently facing fundamental challenges from an increase in more complex and demanding crime such as cyber crime, missing people and human trafficking, coupled with a continued lack of funding from central government. Against this backdrop I will continue to do my best in conjunction with the police and our partners to help keep our communities safe and it was very pleasing to note that West Yorkshire Police was rated as "Good" across the HMICFRS efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy rating as deemed by the independent inspectorate body."

To read the Annual Report visit /our-business/reports/annual-report.aspx. Key successes from the report will also be shared across the PCC's social media channels, be sure to follow along using #WYPCCAnnualReport.

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