PCC continues to champion the crucial role of the Third Sector (15 Nov 2017)

Third Sector Conf PCC 2West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson continued to champion the crucial role of the voluntary and community sector at his annual third sector conference last week (09/11).

The event was held in Halifax and attended by 130 people from over 95 organisations from across West Yorkshire.

The Third Sector is a collective term covering voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations.

The event consisted of guest speakers, including West Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable Dee Collins, Q&As and workshops.

The aim of the conference was to build on existing relationships so that the police and third sector work more closely together to deliver the outcomes in the PCC's Police and Crime Plan.

Working in groups, the attendees discussed realistic scenarios developed specially for the conference that the Police have to deal with in their day to day work, and how better working relationships with the sector could help both to prevent them but also how they are dealt with once they happen.

The scenarios covered domestic abuse, hate crime, mental health, re-offending and human trafficking. Through the group work attendees got a better understanding of the benefits of working together and how improvements can be made going forwards.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: "The Third Sector has an absolutely crucial role to play in keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe as evidenced by the great turn-out and contributions mad at this excellent event.

"There are a huge number of organisations out there in our communities working really hard in challenging circumstances and with some of the most vulnerable, not for financial gain, but to make a real difference.

"This annual event gives me a real chance to connect and see what more I can do to support these groups. This year's event was also a platform to really push how these organisations can link in more with each other, and agencies such as the police, to maximise positive benefits for all and really look forward to building on many of the ideas raised."

West Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable, Dee Collins, said: "At a time when the police and other public sector partners are facing significant and complex demand, the continued support of the third sector is crucial.

"I am constantly impressed by the amount of excellent third sector activity within communities, helping make a real difference to peoples lives."

You can find out more about the PCC's work with the Third Sector by visiting www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/partnership/partnership-working/third-sector.aspx.

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