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PCC Held Briefing with West Yorkshire MPs Updating them on Policing and the Impact of COVID19

Thursday 30 April, 2020

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson held a second briefing meeting with local MPs to update them on policing, wider community safety matters and the impact of Covid-19 across the county.

Due to current social distancing guidance, a conference call was held for all West Yorkshire MPs and also attended by West Yorkshire’s Chief Constable John Robins, who gave a detailed update on operational policing during this difficult time.

The briefing by the PCC covered the commissioning of victims services, wider support for victims, the local criminal justice picture and what was being done to make sure people are safe here in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire’s MPs raised questions at the meeting covering a range of issues from PPE to testing, concerns about social distancing compliance, to speeding and anti-social driving issues and safeguarding issues such as domestic violence and abuse.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “We have all had to adapt our ways of working and our everyday lives due to the ongoing issues and restrictions during the pandemic.

“I was pleased, along with the Chief Constable to be able to provide a further comprehensive update response to Covid19 from my office with West Yorkshire Police to our MPs here in West Yorkshire. It is aimed at reassuring them and the public that we all represent, providing accountability and also an opportunity for them to ask questions directly to us. 

“It’s vitally important to provide such a forum for the discussion of key issues such as domestic violence and abuse that can potentially affect so many across our constituencies and can devastate lives. Coming together like this means we can ensure we are working together to support the police and other partners to keep people as safe as possible in these unprecedented and worrying times.”

For more details, please see the link to the most recent PCC update report to the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel: http://www.westyorkshire-pcp.gov.uk/meetings/2020/friday-24th-april