West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner visits rehabilitation charity (12 Jun 2015)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson spent time at a jail on Thursday as he visited Leeds Prison to see how money from his Safer Communities Fund is being spent.

Money from the Safer Communities Fund has helped to support the charity, Tempus Novo, which aims to create sustainable employment opportunities for repeat offenders.

When inside the prison the Police and Crime Commissioner spoke to two inmates who are due for release soon and have had employment opportunities identified for them when they are let out.

He also visited the Leeds headquarters of Winder Power Ltd, the leading UK manufacturer of power and distribution transformers. Winder Power works closely with the charity in supporting their efforts to create sustainable employment opportunities for ex-offenders.

Speaking during his visit, Mark Burns-Williamson, said; "Employment plays a huge role in the rehabilitation of offenders and it reduces the risk of reoffending by 50%.

"Without the continued support of companies like Winder Power we wouldn't be able to help these people who are looking for a way out of a life of crime. I was delighted to visit the company - they are a big employer in the local area and are further strengthening the local Pudsey community through their work with Tempus Novo.

"Tempus Novo do a great job in the community and with offenders, I was happy to award them a grant of £5,250 to help them in their work of funding positive life opportunities for ex-offenders.

"I have helped to fund their excellent work through the Safer Communities Fund which gives grants to voluntary, community groups and charities and other partners to make their communities safer and feel safer in line with my Police and Crime Plan.

"Money for the fund comes from the ill-gotten gains recovered by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) although at the moment around half of everything seized goes back directly to the Government. With more money I could help to make an even greater difference for our communities and policing and will continue the campaign to persuade the Government to allow all POCA funding to be returned locally.

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A spokesman for Tempus Novo, said:

"Tempus Novo are so grateful to Mark Burns-Williamson and the safer communities team for their support. We are proud to have the Police and Crime Commissioner endorsing our work and have a strong partnership with the Integrated Offender Management team at HMP Leeds."

Commenting on the Commissioner's visit, Group Managing Director of Winder Power Limited, and trustee of the Tempus Novo Charity, Laurence MacKenzie said, "We were delighted to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner to our factory to mark our continued support for the Tempus Novo Charity. We at Winder are passionate about the rehabilitation of ex-offenders and we're delighted to be involved with such a rewarding charity. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Tempus Novo and to playing our part in giving people a second chance."

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Mark with Winder Power Operations Director Andy Pinkney
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