Archived News 2017

Update: Successful policing operation in Dewsbury to tackle CSE and anti-social behaviour (2 May 2017)

Police in Dewsbury reveal successful results following the completion of a proactive policing campaign aimed to tackle CSE, anti-social behaviour and traffic offences in the town.  The five-week operation was launched in Dewsbury on Friday 24 March and concluded on Saturday 22 April - during ...

Statement on the latest Office for National Statistics crime data (27 Apr 2017)

Responding to the release of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) crime data, Isabel Owen, West Yorkshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner said: "West Yorkshire Police are leading the way in improving crime recording practises and have been praised by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of ...

Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund provides activities for young people in Wakefield (13 Apr 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) visited Disability Sport Yorkshire (DYS) this week to see how their Safer Communities Fund project to provide diversionary activities and opportunities for young people was going. DYS received £4197 from Mark's Safer ...

New Assistant Chief Constables for West Yorkshire Police (12 Apr 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is welcoming two new Assistant Chief Constables to its Chief Officer Team. Angela Williams, currently Temporary ACC in West Yorkshire, takes up post with immediate effect and Catherine Hankinson, currently Temporary ACC with Greater Manchester Police, is due to join West...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes the 2016 PEEL Assessment of West Yorkshire Police (12 Apr 2017)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have rated West Yorkshire Police as "Good" across all the strands which include effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "This is a very positive report and it is ...

Wakefield police launch district's first modern slavery operation (12 Apr 2017)

Businesses across Wakefield have been visited by police investigating human trafficking in the first operation of its kind in the District. Wakefield District Police are encouraging potential human trafficking victims in the District to come forwards and seek help following a day of action ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC sees critical role of Neighbourhood Policing in action on a visit to Bradford (6 Apr 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) spent a busy afternoon in Bradford with the Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) last week. Mark joined a multiagency traffic operation on Midland Road which resulted in a number of tickets being issued for ...

PCC returns over £1.69m of recovered criminal cash to good causes across West Yorkshire (31 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has now returned just under £1.7m of money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) back to the communities it came from. 42 projects from across West Yorkshire shared £172,118.37 at an awards evening in ...

PCC joins roads policing operation while visiting Huddersfield NPT (30 Mar 2017)

A two-day proactive operation has concluded in Kirklees with the aim to make the District's roads safer. From 26-27 March, officers took to the roads as part of Operation Transpark for vehicle checks with the aim to tackle criminals using the roads. The operation ran in the Ashbrow area of ...

Recovered criminal cash helping to reduce re-offending and support victims in Bradford and Keighley (29 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund has been helping to reduce re-offending and supporting victims and witnesses in Bradford and Keighley. Bradford Court Chaplaincy Service (BCCS) received £4,760 from the Safer Communities Fund ...

Could you volunteer to be an Independent Custody Visitor? (27 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson is looking for community focused compassionate individuals to join his volunteer Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) scheme. When a person is arrested by the police, they are taken to a custody suite where they are ...

Spring into action against burglars with our simple steps (23 Mar 2017)

As the clocks go forward this coming weekend, West Yorkshire Police is reminding people of the simple steps they can take to help prevent themselves becoming a victim of burglary. Continuing the theme from the Christmas burglary campaign, the Force is using a twist on a popular game using ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC Statement on the incident in London (23 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Firstly and most importantly my thoughts and sympathies continue to be with the victims and their loved ones, some of whom who have so tragically lost their lives. "Yesterday saw an inhuman act of cowardice and evil. ...

Coercive and controlling behaviour conference (22 Mar 2017)

British Human Rights charity Karma Nirvana host their first annual 'Coercive and Controlling Behaviour Conference' in Leeds. The event will be led by charity founder, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE and Sancus Solutions, the UK's leading dedicated Investigative Skills Training Company. Amongst leading ...

Police and Crime Commissioner supports Safer Places in Kirklees (22 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner visited Mencap in Kirklees this week to see the progress of the 'Safe Places' scheme which has received grant support from his Safer Communities Fund. Mencap in Kirklees is a charity that works with people who have learning ...

Communities to benefit from cash seizure (21 Mar 2017)

Almost £10,000 in cash confiscated by police in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts.  The sum of £9,455 was originally seized while officers were investigating a suspected drugs deal in the city.   On 2 February 2015, officers saw a 26-year-old man from Bradford getting out of a ...

Five week campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation and anti-social behaviour in Dewsbury (21 Mar 2017)

Police in Kirklees are launching a five-week campaign to tackle CSE, anti-social behaviour and traffic offences in the District. The campaign will be launched in Dewsbury on Friday 24 March and will run every Friday and Saturday until 22 April. West Yorkshire Police are teaming up with ...

One click could save your life (13 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is supporting a Europe-wide campaign on seat belt enforcement that is running this week.  Officers from Yorkshire's largest force are using the week-long campaign, which is being led by the TISPOL, to raise awareness about not wearing a seat belt - known as one of the '...

'Gangbo' injunctions over Leeds criminal feud (9 Mar 2017)

Seven men involved in a long-running feud that brought fear to the streets of a Leeds community have been hit with the city's first 'gangbo' injunctions. A total of 94 offences between March 2014 and June 2016 were believed to be linked to the feud, with 87 of those occurring within roughly a...

West Yorkshire Police Weapons Surrender Result (9 Mar 2017)

A huge haul of guns and knives have been handed into West Yorkshire Police as part of its latest weapons surrender. Nearly 300 knives, guns and ammunition were handed in at the county's police stations during the campaign launched earlier this month at the Royal Armouries in Leeds with the ...

Determination of Bradford Detectives sees child rapist jailed (8 Mar 2017)

The sentencing of a Bradford man to 13 years in prison for the rape of a city schoolgirl marked a successful conclusion to a lengthy investigation which saw two detectives fly out to Romania in their pursuit of justice. Tariq Syed, aged 64, of Pemberton Drive was jailed at Bradford Crown ...

PCC visits Wakefield Youth and Community Project which benefitted from recovered proceeds of crime money (7 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), visited Chrysalis Youth and Community Project in Wakefield last week (03/03). The project received £5000 from the Safer Communities Fund, which is financed through money recovered by the police and prosecutors under ...

Crimestoppers launches campaign to tackle illegal weapons in West Yorkshire (7 Mar 2017)

Crimestoppers is urging residents in West Yorkshire to contact the independent charity with information on people who are in possession of illegal guns and weapons. West Yorkshire Police have just completed a weapons surrender across the county, where they encouraged people to give up their ...

Specialist multiagency task force to tackle financial exploitation and abuse (7 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has joined forces with West Yorkshire Trading Standards to create a task force to help tackle financial exploitation and abuse through scams, frauds and doorstep crime. The West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and ...

PCC visits Proceeds of Crime Act funded project and joins roads policing operation in Brighouse (6 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson had a busy afternoon in Brighouse last week (27/02). Mark started with a visit to Field Lane All Residents Association (FLARA), who had a project funded by the Safer Communities Fund to reduce anti-social behaviour in...

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's PCC holds community cohesion workshop (6 Mar 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) held a community cohesion workshop last Thursday (02/03). The workshop was held in Bradford and was for partners from across West Yorkshire to come together to see how community cohesion can be strengthened across the...

Force embarks on early intervention partnership (3 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire Police has joined Forces with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) to help benefit future generations. As an independent charity, EIF offers evidence and advice on how to tackle the root causes of social problems for children and young people. EIF is one of the government...

Man Sentenced for Human Trafficking (3 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire Police has disrupted an international organised crime group trading in slavery after a Polish man was given a ten year Slavery Trafficking Prevention Order and sentenced to four years in prison. Dawid Zielinkski, 24, of Dendridge Close, Enfield, was found guilty of two charges ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes HMIC’s PEEL Effectiveness Report (2 Mar 2017)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have rated West Yorkshire Police as "Good" in their Effectiveness inspection for 2016. Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Overall this is a very positive report and it is pleasing to see that HMIC have...

West Yorkshire’s PCC welcomes doubling of penalty for drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel (1 Mar 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has welcomed today's change in the law which sees the penalty for drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel doubled. The new penalty for the first offence is 6 points on the drivers driving licence and a fine ...

West Yorkshire Police Weapons Surrender (22 Feb 2017)

Gun crime victim Christopher Wright is backing West Yorkshire Police's latest campaign to remove guns and knives from the county's streets. The weapons surrender, starting today (Wednesday February 22) until Saturday March 4, involves police urging members of the public to hand in any weapons...

Don't fall victim to romance fraud (14 Feb 2017)

If you think you've met your perfect match online, make sure the person you've fallen for is only looking to steal your heart… On-line scammers can target people looking for romance, building up online relationships with their victims and then asking for money and other goods before ...

West Yorkshire Police and PCC Support LGBT History Month (13 Feb 2017)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month as part of our continued hate crime campaign.   February marks the annual LGBT History Month, a particular focus is being placed on raising awareness of ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC sets budget to protect frontline policing (8 Feb 2017)

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has set a budget to protect frontline policing in West Yorkshire. The PCC's budget for 2017/18 was formally agreed at West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel on Friday (03/02). The new budget allows for key recruitment of 500 police ...

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner backs campaign to 'Protect the Protectors' (7 Feb 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Attacks on police officers and other emergency service workers are deplorable and I know the overwhelming majority of our communities agree with that. "The campaign to protect the protectors has three key points; to ...

Safer Internet Day (6 Feb 2017)

Officers from West Yorkshire Police are teaming up with key partners to mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7 February The Force, which is one of only a few to have a team specifically dedicated to tackling cyber crime, is looking to spread the message about safe use of the world wide web. ...

Young volunteer joins West Yorkshire’s PCC for a day in the life of (31 Jan 2017)

A young volunteer spent the day in the life of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson last week (27/01). Matthew, aged 15, from Pontefract in Wakfield, asked to work with West Yorkshire's PCC as part of the Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge. ...

Officers praised after woman and child rescued from car (25 Jan 2017)

Two West Yorkshire Police officers have been praised for their bravery after rescuing a woman and child from freezing water just after 5am this morning. The officers from the Roads Policing Unit were first on scene at the road traffic collision on Westfield Lane in South Milford which left a car...

Statement on the latest crime statistics from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (19 Jan 2017)

Responding to the release of the latest crime statistics for West Yorkshire from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "West Yorkshire Police have been at the forefront of improving crime recording practises and have...

Thirteen charged following Keighley drugs operation (18 Jan 2017)

Police have charged 13 men with drugs supply offences following an operation in Keighley.   The charges follow a series of warrants carried out at addresses across the town in the last week.  A total of 21 men were arrested and officers also seized suspected Class A drugs worth ...

Seized drugs cash will help communities (17 Jan 2017)

More than £20,000 in cash recovered during a drugs warrant in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts.  Officers recovered £23,332 in cash while executing the warrant at a house in Cecil Avenue in February 2013.   The cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and earlier this month ...

Supporting victims of crime in our community (16 Jan 2017)

Victims of crime can call in to get advice if they feel they have witnessed or suffered physical or emotional harm, monetary loss or wrong doing. The drop-in service based at Brian Jackson House will launch on Monday 23 January 2017 when the public will be given an open invitation and will be...

Budding Police Community Support Officers are invited to join West Yorkshire Police (13 Jan 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is opening its latest recruitment drive by inviting budding Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to join the Force.  The recruitment window opens on Monday, 16th January and will run until Sunday, 29th January. It's all part of the Force's positive action ...

Police and Crime Commissioner statement on West Yorkshire Crime Severity Data (6 Jan 2017)

Responding to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) crime severity data which has been in the news, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "No-one wants to see a rise in recorded crime in their community and I will continue to work vigorously with the ...

West Yorkshire’s PCC launches “Community Conversation” survey on police funding (5 Jan 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has launched his latest "Community Conversation" survey with a focus on police funding ahead of setting the budget for West Yorkshire Police in the coming weeks. Since 2010 the government has cut the policing budget by...

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner statement on spontaneous demonstration in Bradford (4 Jan 2017)

Speaking following the spontaneous demonstration in the Leeds Road area of Bradford yesterday, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Following the incident in Huddersfield on Monday we need to allow the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) the ...

Updated: Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Statement on the West Yorkshire Police Incident, Near Junction 24 of M62, Huddersfield (3 Jan 2017)

West Yorkshire PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I was made aware of the firearms incident yesterday (02/01) resulting from a pre-planned police operation near the M62 at Huddersfield. The operation related to information received about a criminal possession of a firearm and I have been fully ...

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