Newsletter December 2016

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West Yorkshire's new Chief Constable, Dee Collins confirmed in post

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel approved my appointment of Dee Collins to the post of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.At the public 'Confirmation Hearing' Panel Members asked Dee a series of questions to enable them to assess her professional competence and personal independence. On the basis of Dee's responses at the Hearing and the supporting documents provided by my office, including on the robust recruitment process, the Panel felt assured that the candidate was fully able to take on the permanent position of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police./p>

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_WYP6788West Yorkshire's PCC holds partnership road safety event

I held a partnership conference in November to see what more could be done to improve road safety. The event was to listen to partners and communities, understand what is required to tackle road safety more effectively across West Yorkshire and identify shared goals with the police, partners and communities. Keynote speakers on the day included Acting Superintendent Mark Jessop of West Yorkshire Police who spoke about roads policing, Mike Carr from road safety charity BRAKE and Tim Draper, Principle Transport Planner from Leeds City Council who spoke about training, education and publicity. The speakers were followed by group sessions with attendees looking at what more services can do to make West Yorkshire's roads safer. I have listened to the people of West Yorkshire and I am acting on what they have told me. Road safety is regularly raised as a concern and is as such a priority in the Police and Crime Plan. Some great work is already underway but this positive event has identified what more we can do together.

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Police, Cubs and Huddersfield University team up to fight crime

West Yorkshire Police and the University of Huddersfield teamed up with local Cub Scouts to help teach the youngsters to 'be prepared' and help prevent crime. Crime prevention is crucial in keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe. The three organisations have worked in partnership to create a crime prevention badge which local cubs can earn after completing a programme of crime busting activities. The first 100 Cubs were awarded with the badge in November. These young people are our future and it's important that we engage with them as they can help us to reduce crime and the opportunity for crime in our communities. Introducing this new badge is a brilliant idea and has my full support.

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Pushing human trafficking up the national agenda

I continue to work to tackle human trafficking at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs Council Partnership Summit. The summit is a national annual conference attended by the Home Office and Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country. I led a breakout session on human trafficking and modern slavery at the event. The session consisted of a panel of specialists who provided the latest update in their field of expertise and how they are driving forward the response to this significant threat. This was followed by time for questions and discussion on the issues nationally. The trafficking of people and modern slavery are abhorrent abuses of human rights. If you suspect human trafficking or modern slavery is taking place reports can be made by calling 101 or anonymously through the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700. Visible signs can include anti-social behaviour, overcrowding or squalid living conditions, indicators of prostitution or a concern for welfare.

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Championing partnership working at the third sector conference

I continued to champion partnership working at my annual third sector conference in November. The event was attended by 140 people from over 80 organisations from across West Yorkshire. The conference, which was arranged in conjunction with the Wakefield Community Safety Partnership, had a key theme of service user involvement. The aims of the event were to enable a wider third sector audience to engage with me, to discuss the role of sector in promoting the involvement of victims and offenders in the design and development of services and to support the development of district based third sector networks. The Third Sector has a crucial role to play in keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe. Numerous organisations are out there in our neighbourhoods making a real difference working with some of the most vulnerable.

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Tackling online radicalisation

I have joined forces with West Yorkshire Police, the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and the University of Bradford to tackle online radicalisation. The University will work with us to carry out an in depth study into online radicalisation. The outputs of this project are expected to include learning materials for community policing, education providers, local government and other partners, as well as innovative tools to enable the police to focus their resources for investigation and disruption operations in more targeted ways. Online radicalisation impacts heavily on our communities and the consequences can be truly devastating. Tackling radicalisation has its roots in partnership working and this new research is a step in the right direction in further understanding the behaviour and circumstances that surround an individual being radicalised and the steps that can be taken by various organisations to prevent it. .

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16 days of action against domestic abuse

In November, 16 days of action against domestic abuse was launched. This was a national campaign which helps raise awareness of the issue and encourages victims to report offences. West Yorkshire Police (WYP) supported the campaign and marked the start by receiving their White Ribbon Accreditation. The award is given to police forces who demonstrate their commitment to tackling domestic abuse. This year's national campaign was aimed at businesses and is encouraging employers to help staff who may be victims of domestic abuse. WYP is no different and is running an internal campaign urging anyone who is a victim to seek help and report it. Domestic abuse is completely unacceptable behaviour. No-one should have to live with the fear of violence or controlling behaviour.

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Keeping revellers safe with Leeds Street Angels

I spent a Friday night out with Leeds Street Angels helping to keep revellers safe in Leeds City Centre. We had a busy night and along with other teams helped four revellers get home safely, assisted two people to get medical treatment and helped a homeless man, who was distressed, settle down for the night. We also gave out a foil blanket, six bottles of water, six pairs of flip flops, gave directions to sixteen people and disposed of nineteen glass bottles. Leeds Street Angels do a fantastic job, working alongside other agencies such as the police, to keep Leeds City Centre safe and feeling safe. It was great to join them for a night shift and see first-hand the really valuable work they do in the city centre.

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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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