Newsletter May 2015



 Tour de Yorkshire

I joined thousands of spectators at the first ever Tour de Yorkshire when I watched the third and final leg of the route, which started in Wakefield and finished in Leeds. The very idea for this race came about after the massive success of the visit of the Tour de France last year and it was another excellent opportunity to show the world what 'God's own county' has to offer. West Yorkshire Police again played their full role with our partners in local government and Welcome to Yorkshire, and I would like to thank all our officers, staff and volunteers for helping to facilitate this event. 

New service launched for victims and survivors of sexual offences in West Yorkshire

The service includes the opening of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) that will see the 'Surviving Trauma After Rape' or STAR project permanently housed in the building. The project has been jointly funded by my office, West Yorkshire Police and NHS England. Anyone can make a self-referral by contacting (01924) 298954 and speak to someone between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Police officers are also able to make referrals 24 hours day. 

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New West Yorkshire Police twitter account launched

West Yorkshire Police have launched a new twitter account (@WYP_CCC) to give followers real time updates about ongoing incidents and events. The new account will inform people as up to the minute as possible about what is happening across the county including road closures and other ongoing incidents of note. The account will be run 24/7 and will aim to complement the main force twitter account. This new account is yet another way of letting members of the public know what is happening in their area. The force is showing that it is embracing new technology and different means of communication to have a wider positive impact as possible.

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Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team visit

I visited the team to meet some of their volunteers and to hear more about their work. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) is a charity that provides a life saving emergency service to the people of the Calder Valley and beyond. They attend an average of 60 plus callouts each year and are staffed entirely by 50 volunteers. CVSRT provided support to the Tour de France last year and the Tour de Yorkshire this year. The team were extremely friendly and highly professional and I was heartened to hear about the work they do. You can find out more about Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team on their website 
(Pictured, Meg the search and rescue dog)

Anti-Burglary Campaign

West Yorkshire Police has been working with convicted burglars to advise people on how they can take simple steps to avoid being a burglary victim this summer. The Force's crime prevention campaign focuses on advice straight from the offender's mouth which people can use to make their homes less appealing to criminals. A series of crime prevention cards that give simple, straightforward advice and tips are to be distributed across West Yorkshire and will also be available online. I know that burglary is a real concern for communities across West Yorkshire and I encourage you and your families to reduce the risk of this devastating crime happening to you.

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Crime Down Newssletter
 Latest crime statistic in West Yorkshire released

West Yorkshire Police continues to drive down crime with 1,635 fewer victims of crime this year. However, continuing financial pressure and reducing resources mean the success of the past year will be increasingly difficult to sustain in future. Recorded violent crime and sexual offences have risen and I have raised this with the Temporary Chief Constable to see what more can be done to bring these figures down. West Yorkshire Police has had to work with fewer and fewer resources after severe Government cuts - but these figures demonstrate that the hard work and continued commitment of officers, staff and colleagues working collectively with partners to tackle crime is making a difference.

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Coming up…

Safer Communities Fund - grant round 5 is opening on 11th May.

Burglary web chat - I will be joining Crime Prevention Officer Chris Joyce on a live burglary prevention web chat on 11th May. Set an email reminder and join us on the night at


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Rock Challenge visit

I attended a regional Rock Challenge event to see the end product of months of hard work by local school students and teachers. Rival teams are made up of students from across West Yorkshire who decide on a theme and create the choreography for a 5 minute dance-drama performance. They also select and record the music for their soundtrack, design and make their sets and costumes. The challenge is for the students to create their own production and also to be the best that they can without the use of nicotine, alcohol or other drugs. Find out more about Rock Challenge here  

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