West Yorkshire’s PCC welcomes HMICFRS PEEL Effectiveness report with West Yorkshire Police receiving a Good rating (22 Mar 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire, said: "I am pleased to see that the hard work of officers and staff at West Yorkshire Police has been further recognised with this overall Good rating, noting the progress made to protect vulnerable people in our communities and tackling serious and organised crime.

"Focus was also given to the strong Neighbourhood Policing model which is currently being strengthened and developed further to ensure officers are in our communities and neighbourhoods where the public want to see them dealing with problems and intervening earlier before issues escalate.

"I also recognise, as outlined in the report, key areas for development and improvement including investigating crime and reducing reoffending and I will be working with the Chief Constable and our criminal justice partners in looking at the ongoing work to ensure these areas are being addressed effectively.

"It's important that we are able to continue locally sustained recruitment in rebuilding policing numbers, however, while new officers and staff have access to quality training, they do need time to gain that experience and develop the necessary skills. It is also important to note that these issues are national challenges faced by other forces following a long period of time when we were unable to recruit due to Government funding cuts which I have helped to mitigate by raising more funding locally through the Police Council Tax.

"We are also developing a new preventing reoffending/offending strategy and my office will be leading on delivering this with police and our partners to ensure that the areas raised in the report are addressed to help our communities be safer and feel safer."

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