Newsletter October 2017

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Safeguarding Week

Tackling mental health, raising awareness of domestic abuse and providing awareness on doorstep crime and scammers targeting the vulnerable are all topics covered as part of West Yorkshire's Safeguarding Week. The week ran from 9th to 15th October and all the local safeguarding boards and community safety partnerships across the region joined forces with me and West Yorkshire Police to hold workshops and events aimed at informing the public and professionals about how to protect the most vulnerable across the region. Safeguarding is 'everyone's business' and is central to the work of police and partners so it is only right we come together this week to highlight how we can help safeguard the vulnerable adults and children in the region. .

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Pay

Police officers are to receive a rise above the public sector pay cap

This propose pay increase is long overdue because officers do a tremendous job day in day out to keep our communities' safe and feeling safe. I also hope that the government look at making a similar offer to police staff who also carry out key policing roles. However, this again highlights the pressures police forces are facing, because asking local forces and PCCs to find the money from existing budgets will put more strain on resources. I will be asking the government to ensure they are providing the funds to make this happen without any funding impact locally. West Yorkshire Police has lost around £140m since 2010 and 2000 officers and staff, so I believe the affordability of the rise needs to be met through government providing the means to cover it. Each 1% more would cost West Yorkshire Police approximately £4 million extra without any central funding.

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Volunteers supporting those affected by crime to be recognised

I hosted the first ever Restorative Justice Volunteer Recognition Event at the Civic Hall in Leeds last month. The event recognised the dedication and outstanding contribution that Restorative Justice Volunteer Facilitators make to West Yorkshire and to those affected by crime. The over-riding aim of restorative justice is to help victims cope and recover from the harm caused by crime committed against them. With my support, each district across West Yorkshire has a service which ensures that victims can request restorative justice and have access to trained and skilled practitioners. Volunteer practitioners are pivotal to the success of the service and this event was my opportunity to thank each them for the time they give up to ensure that victims have access to this process.

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Free third sector partnership conference

I am inviting West Yorkshire third sector organisations to my free annual conference on 9th November. The event takes place in Halifax and will include guest speakers, Q&As and workshops. The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Dee Collins, will be addressing the audience which will be made up of key people from the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors. The aim of the conference is to build on existing relationships so that the police and third sector work more closely together to deliver the outcomes in the PCC's Police and Crime Plan. To reserve your place email [email protected]

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