West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes Shadow Police Minster to West Yorkshire (23 May 2016)

Mark Burns -Williamson And Jack Dromey MPShadow Police Minister Jack Dromey was welcomed to Leeds today (23/05) by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, to see the work of West Yorkshire Police and Victim Support.

Jack and Mark visited a Victims Hub, run by Victim Support, to see the help being provided to support victims of crime. They were also joined by two Leeds Centre Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who took them out on patrol to show the work they do, along with partners, to make the city a safer place.

The pair also discussed the potential consequences leaving the European Union would have on policing and specifically European Arrest Warrants (EAW).

Since the introduction of the European Arrest Warrant, the average time taken to extradite an offender has fallen from one year to 48 days.

Over 7,400 suspected criminals have been deported from the UK back to Europe, and over 1,100 suspected criminals being arrested and returned to Britain to face justice.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said "I was very happy to welcome Jack Dromey to Leeds today and showcase some of the good work West Yorkshire Police, Victim Support and partners are doing to keep our county safe and support victims of crime.

"It also provided a timely opportunity to discuss the issue that criminals are being brought to justice here in West Yorkshire because of the excellent work of our detectives and the European Arrest Warrant.

"Since the introduction of the warrant, 48 fleeing suspects for some of the most horrific crimes have been returned to West Yorkshire. Those who are charged can then be tried by British courts, and victims can get the justice they deserve."

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