Ploughland House, 62 George Street, Wakefield, WF1 1DL
West Yorkshire Police and
Crime Plan 2013-2018
Welcome to a summary of the first Police and Crime Plan for West
Yorkshire. As your newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner I
have produced a plan to set out a strategic vision for policing,
both tackling and preventing crime in our county over the next five
People living, working and volunteering across West Yorkshire know
what we need to do together to achieve community cohesion and build
community safety and the plan has been produced in partnership
around shared outcomes and ambitions.
Together we will make our communities safer and feel safer.
Communities in West Yorkshire are safer and feel
If crime, re-offending and anti-social behaviour are reduced,
victims and witnesses feel supported. If local, regional and
national threats, risks and harm are tackled and partners work
together in an efficient and effective way, then communities become
and feel safer. Strong, cohesive communities are important for
wellbeing, for our quality of life, and for people to feel
Making sure that communities are safer and feel safer is not
just the responsibility of the police but is everyone's business. I
am committed to working in partnership with you, local councils,
community safety organisations, criminal justice agencies,
businesses, trade unions, charities, volunteers and other
organisations in your communities to tackle the problems which
matter on your street, across West Yorkshire and nationally.
I will ensure that crime preventionis at the forefront of
efforts to reduce the opportunity for acquisitive crime (such as
burglary and car crime), violent crime, business crime and
Crime and re-offending is
I want domestic burglary in West Yorkshire to be
reduced. I have set the police and partners a target for
performance to be better than the most similar forces and
partnerships in England and Wales.
I will use my position as elected representative to bring
people together with partners to tackle all forms of hate
To tackle domestic violence I will work with
partners to encourage people suffering from domestic abuse to come
forward and report what is happening to them, provide the support
they need to feel safe and stay safe and explore new ways to better
I will work with partners to make children, wherever they are,
safer from those who exploit vulnerable young people, identifying
and punishing those in groups and gangs sexually exploiting
I will work with trade unions, business people and other
relevant partners in West Yorkshire to ensure that people
at work are and feel protected.
I will work with communities and organisations such as schools
and the voluntary sector to open up opportunities for young
people that will put them on a path away from anti-social
behaviour or crime.
Agree a definition for business crime and make
sure that I consult with local businesses in a way that is
meaningful and useful.
Anti-social behaviour is
Reports of anti-social behaviour will be responded to in a way
that victims and communities are happy with.
I will identify the best way to check that services provided in
communities to tackle anti-social behaviour are
dealing with the problem in the right way at the right time when
people need them.
Victims and witnesses are
I have made five promises to victims and
witnesses. I will work with partners to see how we can
fulfil these promises to:
1. Be open and accountable to
victims and witnesses, seeking out and acting on their views.
2. Make sure victims and witnesses get the high quality help and
support they need, when they need it.
3. Make the police more victim focused and be more effective in
meeting victims' needs.
4. Give victims and witnesses an effective voice in the wider
criminal justice system.
5. Constantly work to develop new ways of delivering justice for
Local, regional and national threats, risks and harm are
I will work with partners to get a better understanding of the
serious problems that exist in our communities around drugs
and alcohol and work towards reducing the harm caused to
individuals, families and communities through the abuse of drugs
I will work with partners to improve our understanding of the
issues around mental health, community safety and
the criminal justice system and put in place better systems to deal
with those issues.
I will work with the police and other agencies to ensure the
threats posed locally and nationally by organised crime
groups are tackled in the most effective and efficient way
to minimise serious harm in our communities.
I will make sure that we have the right resources and people to
tackle national threats such as terrorism, serious
public disorder, organised crime, major cyber incidents and civil
Criminal justice system is effective and
I will work in partnership with criminal justice
agencies to achieve the outcomes people expect for their
communities particularly for victims of crime.
With the police I will ensure stop and search
activity is used appropriately, proportionately and when
necessary to do so, working with communities to assess the impact
this activity has had on them and better explain why.
I will scrutinise complaints against the police and, wherever
possible, aim to help put things right. I will actively engage in
the consultation around how complaints are dealt with
independently, in a national body or otherwise. I will set up an
independent review of police conduct and
Communities are listened
I will spend as much of my time as possible listening to the
people of West Yorkshire, visiting neighbourhoods, holding
surgeries and listening to a wide range of groups about their
experiences and what matters to them.
I have made five promises to young people. I will work with
partners and young people to see how I can fulfil
these promises, which are to:
1. Make myself accessible to young
people and provide appropriate ways for young people to express
their concerns to me (e.g. face-to-face surgeries, social media,
2. Treat all young people as citizens, valuing their interests and
opinions as much as any other group in the community.
3. Provide an equal platform for all members of the community,
including minorities and those who are marginalised.
4. Establish a way of meaningful representation of young people's
views by creating, for example a young advisory panel.
5. Use my influence as Police and Crime Commissioner to support
the police to engage positively with all young people.