Police and Crime Commissioner visits Leeds Inner East Neighbourhood Policing Team (8 Sept 2015)

Leeds3The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson visited the Harehills area on Monday to meet local community representatives and see the excellent on-going work by the Leeds Inner East Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Mark began the morning at Killingbeck Police Station where he met local officers who work in the heart of the local community, helping to keep people safer and feeling safer.

A visit to Banstead Park followed where the Police and Crime Commissioner met key community figureheads and had a briefing with officers about the area and any concerns people have.

Immediately after the park Mark went to the Bangladeshi Centre to discuss what he can do in the future to help the community and what he already does in the area.

Finally he spoke to community representatives from the CATCH project (Community Action To Change Harehills) about their on-going work to help improve the lives of residents in the area.

Mark said:

"I very much value visits like this as they allow me to show my support for Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and support staff and to thank them for the great work that they do day in day out in the heart of the community.

"They also mean I can find out and then act upon where appropriate the things that matter most to people like tackling anti-social behaviour and child sexual exploitation.

"As well as listening to what people had to say I used this opportunity to encourage people to apply for money through my Safer Communities Fund which gives grants to voluntary, community groups, charities and partners. The Safer Communities Fund is financed from monies recovered by West Yorkshire Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) which allows police to confiscate or recover the proceeds of crime from a criminal.

"To find out more about it please visit my website.

"During this visit I also had the pleasure of meeting people who volunteer their time to help improve Harehills and Gipton for everyone. I can't speak highly enough of community figureheads like this who do everything they can for little or no financial gain to help make the area better and I encouraged everyone to see if the Safer Communities Fund could help them."

Inspector Jon Mellor, who heads the Leeds Inner East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "The Police and Crime Commissioner's visit gave us the opportunity to provide him with a first-hand insight into some of the work we are doing in our communities to tackle the issues that matter the most to local people.

"He spoke at length to a number of frontline officers and to key local representatives and will have received a good overview of policing in this part of the Leeds district."


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