Newsletter May 2018

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Continued commitment to Neighbourhood Policing

Working with West Yorkshire Police I have invested further in local Neighbourhood Policing Teams to demonstrate our dedication and commitment to improving the service they provide to the communities they serve. I have invested the money into West Yorkshire Police to put an extra 100 police constables in Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) across the county. Working with partners, I have secured the funding to sustain more than 600 PCSOs ensuring communities are safe and feel safe. Neighbourhood Policing Teams are integral to policing the communities across West Yorkshire and working better together with people and partners to prevent crime and antisocial behaviour. Engaging more with our communities and intervening earlier to protect people from harm will ensure more effective delivery of local policing.

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Welcoming The House of Commons support for the Assaults on Emergency Services Bill

The Assaults on Emergency Services Bill, which looks to give greater protection to our emergency service workers, was supported by the House of Commons on its third reading and now progresses to the House of Lords. I very much welcomed the approval of the Bill, having worked very closely with Holly Lynch MP and the West Yorkshire Police Federation in particular. Our emergency service staff work tirelessly and selflessly to keep us safe and it is crucially important that we do all we can to support them back. It's also reassuring to see that sexual assaults have now been added to the list of assaults in the Bill. I previously wrote to West Yorkshire MPs and the Home Secretary to ask that they show their full support for the Bill and the inclusion of sexual assaults. I will continue to do all I can to support the Bill and our emergency service workers who do such good job in keeping our communities safe.

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Safer Communities Fund reaches £2.2m

I returned a further £166,002.16 to 39 community projects at the latest awards night for my Safer Communities Fund last month in Leeds. This latest round of the Fund, financed through money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, brings the total amount of money returned to West Yorkshire communities to more than £2.2m since 2014 with 510 projects benefiting. This Fund makes a real difference and I want to once again thank all the projects and those involved who have benefited from grants for the incredible work they do. I also want to thank West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors in taking this ill gotten money away from criminals, once again reminding them that crime doesn't pay in West Yorkshire. The next round of the Fund opens on May 14 with £200,000 for projects that specifically tackle all forms of serious violent crime, including those focusing on prevention and early intervention, supporting diversion away from crime, protection and education and support for victims of serious violence.

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Action Counters Terrorism: Report suspicious activity and behaviour to tackle terrorism

I am urging the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives. Don't worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken. Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via our secure form: www.gov.uk/ACT. Alternatively, you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321. All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously. In an emergency always call 999.

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Victims' services secure £4.5m vital funding

I have confirmed continuing funding for two major services in West Yorkshire to ensure victims and witnesses of crime can continue to access appropriate support. The charity Victim Support has been awarded £3.6million to continue to provide core support to victims and witnesses, including those aged 18 and under for the first time, for the next three years. The second three year contract, for restorative justice services, worth £900,000, has been awarded to not for profit community interest company Restorative Solutions, who will support victims to engage directly with offenders wherever appropriate to try and achieve closure and prevent reoffending, from April 3. I am very pleased to have been able to put in place these new and improved services for victims and witnesses. These are further important steps along the way to a new deal for all victims, further making a reality of the Victims Code.

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£1 Million saved from scams

The loss of over £1 million, that would have been heading its way to scammers and fraudsters, has been prevented by the work of officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards.The West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team (WYFEAT) at Trading Standards, a task force that I part fund, identified victims in the County after the fraudsters so called "suckers lists" were intercepted. These lists contain names and addresses of vulnerable residents across the country and are used by scammers to systematically target them. Over 5,000 West Yorkshire residents are included on the list. Officers have worked on a one to one basis with scam victims to give guidance, care and support. Advice is given to victims on the specific scam mail they have received, how to spot the signs of scams and how to reduce unwanted phone calls and letters, to prevent them falling victim in the future. As a result, many victims have stopped responding to scams and have saved over £1 million.

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Hate crime reporting app

Stop Hate UK have launched a free hate crime reporting app. The App is available on Android and IOS platforms by going to Google Play or the Apple App Store and searching for 'Stop Hate UK'. Find out more about it here:  http://www.stophateuk.org/report-hate-crime/west-yorkshire-hate-crime-reporting-app

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