West Yorkshire third sector organisations invited to PCC's free partnership conference (29 Sept 2017)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is inviting West Yorkshire third sector organisations to his annual conference.

The free event takes place in Halifax on 9th November and will include guest speakers, Q&As and workshops.

Mr Burns-Williamson and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Dee Collins, will be addressing the audience which will be made up of key people from the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors.

The aim of the conference is 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 conference will discuss 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 cover domestic abuse, hate crime, mental health, re-offending and human trafficking. Through them the conference will get a better understanding of the benefits of working together and how it can be made real.

Last year's conference in Wakefield attracted over 140 participants from the sector. This year's event promises to be equally popular so get the date in your diary and reserve your place by e-mailing [email protected]

Mark said: "The third sector plays a crucial role in addressing a wide range of crime and community safety related issues. The work undertaken by the sector is huge and includes supporting victims, safeguarding vulnerable people, reducing re-offending and preventing crime.

"It's very important that we continue to actively engage with the sector through events like this and my Third Sector Advisory Group. I have always said partnership working is the way forward and I do believe there is scope to achieve even more together."

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "I cannot underestimate the importance of third sector partnerships and the work they do to help support victims of crime and with safeguarding.

"We work very closely with third sector organisations on a daily basis and I am honoured to be invited to speak at the event in November, and to get the opportunity to meet representatives from our committed partners."

You can find out more about the previous third sector conferences here /partnership/partnership-working/third-sector/third-sector-conferences.aspx.

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