Statement on HMIC Effectiveness Report (18 Feb 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I am pleased and welcome the latest inspection report by the independent HMIC which means West Yorkshire Police have received a 'good' grading overall around preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe which is the key vision of my Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire.

"The report also highlights that West Yorkshire Police works hard to identify and effectively manage repeat and dangerous offenders, works well with partner agencies to provide support and safeguard those who have been victims of domestic abuse, and has a clear focus on protecting those who are most vulnerable and supporting victims.

"At a time when our resources have been severely squeezed and challenges faced daily, it is encouraging that West Yorkshire Police have received such an encouraging endorsement and I congratulate them and our partners in achieving this outcome.

"Regarding the areas of improvement highlighted in the HMIC report, including investigating crime, I will be supporting West Yorkshire Police in addressing these areas of improvement to ensure we are doing all we can to support the most vulnerable in our communities with various safeguarding strategies and resources which will be a continued focus for us."

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