Annual Report 2014-2015

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Welcome to the annual report of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner 2014/15.

This annual report charts the progress in meeting the commitments I have made to people across West Yorkshire and sets out the activities of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), West Yorkshire Police and partners, as we work together to deliver on the priorities and shared outcomes as set out in the Police and Crime Plan 2013-18.

It also looks at the performance of West Yorkshire Police and the wider achievements of all our partners as they continue to work with the OPCC to reduce crime, re-offending and anti-social behaviour (asb), support victims and witnesses, tackle local, regional and national threats, risks and harm, ensure the criminal justice system is effective and efficient and work to make sure all our communities are safer and feel safer.

These activities and achievements cannot be considered in isolation. This year has presented significant challenges as government cuts continue to hit West Yorkshire hard and by 2016/17 the policing budget will have been slashed by over 30%. Further cuts are likely and the financial forecast for West Yorkshire looks bleak.

I continue to fight for a fairer funding deal for West Yorkshire - an area of some of the greatest need in the country. It is also an area of some of the greatest challenges as West Yorkshire Police and partners grapple with the complexities of meeting the policing and community safety needs of our diverse and deprived communities, with a real need for more resources, not less, to deal with new and emerging threats such as child sexual exploitation (CSE), cyber crime, trafficking and terrorism.

We also need a new partnership response. It is only by working better together to deliver more joined up services that we will be able to mitigate against these severe cuts, meet these significant challenges and deliver improved outcomes for people across West Yorkshire. This work has already begun and over the coming months I will continue to work with the Partnership Executive Group to drive forward this integration and accelerate this change.

I am now responsible for commissioning victims services and this year we have: delivered the Help for Victims website which provides information and advice to victims and witnesses; opened a victims hub for information, access to support services and assistance making a self referral; and through working with the NHS we now have the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for victims in West Yorkshire.

I am also pleased that my Safer Communities Fund (SCF) has continued to fund local community groups, 153 projects have been supported by the fund, over 40 of which have a specific focus on supporting victims and witnesses most of whom are women, children and young people. I continue to campaign for more of the proceeds of crime seized here to be returned by government and through the SCF be invested back into our communities.

Meeting the needs of our communities drives the activities of the OPCC and I continue to closely engage with our communities to better understand policing and community safety issues. I have consulted widely through my community conversation this year and all engagement and consultation informs the work of the OPCC towards making sure all our communities are safer and feel safer.

I hope you find this annual report informative and useful in better understanding and assessing the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the police and our partners. If you would like more information on any of the activities or achievements outlined here please contact me or my office at: [email protected].

I look forward to hearing from you. 


Mark Burns-Williamson
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

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