Newsletter June 2017

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Statement on tragic events in Manchester and London

I want to pass on my thoughts and condolences to all those affected by these truly awful events. I also want to pay tribute to the professionalism of the police, emergency services and first responders, including brave members of the public. The diversity of West Yorkshire is one of its greatest strengths and community cohesion is vital to ensure our communities feel safe. I want to reassure people that there is already an increased police presence, including extra patrols and specialist armed officers, around key locations across West Yorkshire and would urge people to be vigilant, and alert but not alarmed. If anyone has any concerns I would urge them to ring the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321 but in an emergency ring 999. A list of support services for anyone affected by the attacks can also be found on my website or by contacting my office on 01924 294000.

My First Mobile - online awareness toolkit launched

I funded the creation of the "My First Mobile" online awareness website and toolkit which launched in May. Over one hundred school staff attended the event at the John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield. The website and toolkit have been created by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, staff and pupils from St Thomas CE Primary School in Huddersfield and Ravenshall School in Dewsbury. The aim of these resources is to keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps and games as a result of receiving their first mobile phone and I was pleased to be able to fund it..

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Running away from home campaign

Last year in West Yorkshire a child was reported missing approximately once every 2 hours. Artwork with the aim of encouraging young people to seek help and support as an alternative to going missing has been produced and distributed across social media and around police stations and transport hubs. I also held an event in December with partners on how to tackle the issue and share best practice. We need to identify how we can work better together to tackle the root causes which are often complex, with the aim of preventing people from going missing in the first place. It's crucial to let children and young people know there is support out there for them.

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Crime and Safety Awareness Day at Castleford Academy

I helped launch a day of crime and safety awareness inputs at Castleford Academy, the school where was a pupil many years ago. The day consisted of sessions on a whole range of issues such as fire safety, what it's like to serve time in prison, using transport safely, the potentially life changing consequences of violence, and an input with a reformed offender on making the right choices. The event is the brain child of The No Way Trust (TNWT) and similar days are run with schools and colleges across West Yorkshire. Their programmes are designed to help 8 to 18 year olds from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. I applaud the work of TNWT and the Academy in delivering this impactive programme to a wider audience and helping to educate good citizens of the future in Castleford and beyond.

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Tougher sentences could be imposed on those committing offences under the Modern Slavery Act

I recently chaired a meeting of the National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network and welcomed news that more than 1200 judges have received training on the Modern Slavery Act. Thanks to the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland, the International Bar Association and the Judicial College, these judges have now received training on the Act. This is reassuring and sends out an even stronger message that those committing this vile crime will be dealt with severely by the courts. Last month saw convicted human trafficker Dawid Zielinkski have his sentence nearly doubled from 4 years to 7 years. I very much welcome the increase and the clear message this sends to people looking to traffick and exploit other human beings for their own gain. 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. .

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Policing Awards
West Yorkshire Policing Awards

Bravery, community cops, volunteers and major crime investigations were all recognised at this year's West Yorkshire Policing Awards. The Awards honoured police officers and staff and policing partners at a ceremony at the Force's training and development centre in Wakefield. I am extremely proud of the brave actions and interventions of West Yorkshire Police officers and staff as they go about their daily business to help keep people safe and feeling, often going beyond their call of duty in the most challenging of times and situations. I know what a sterling job police officers and staff do which I have seen at first-hand, despite some of the difficulties they confront day-in day-out and I want to say a big thank you, you should all be very proud and I know the communities we serve are also very supportive and appreciative of your commitment. A full list of this year's winners is available on my website.

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Online safety performance

West Yorkshire Police teamed up with students from Huddersfield New College to create a performance to raise awareness about cyber crime and staying safe online. Kirklees District Police have been working closely with schools and the public to inform, educate and assist anyone with any issues or concerns on cyber crime and staying safe online. In May, the New College Performing Arts students performed to over 100 local year 10 students in performances which focused on cyber-bullying, sexting and stalking - exploring the relationships between children and parents and the effects that cyber crime can have on young people and adults. The vast majority of cyber crime is preventable so one of the best ways of tackling it is to raise awareness of what it is and how you can stay safe, which is exactly what these performances are doing in an innovative and engaging way.

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Cyber 111

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:

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