PCC Response to Latest ONS Crime Figures for West Yorkshire
Thursday 29th October 2020,
PCC comments on latest ONS crime stats for West Yorkshire
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said:
“Overall reported crime has fallen in West Yorkshire by nearly 7% from the 12 months to June 2020.
“The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data confirms the reductions, some of which can be attributed to lockdown restrictions over the recording period, but the reductions are still to be welcomed.
“This drop in crime is further reassurance given that West Yorkshire Police are graded Outstanding by HMICFRS (Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services) for the way they record crime.
“The falls in violent crime are in particular positive and testament to the work of both the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Jemlock in targeting offenders as well as the root causes of offending.
“Fewer crimes mean fewer victims (around 20,000 less) but that doesn’t mean we lose sight of putting victims first.
"Services for victims and vulnerable people are a priority, such as our award winning Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), and support organisations such as Victim Support and Restorative Solutions.
If you are a victim of crime and need help, please do visit our website or contact our office on 01924 294000.
“My thanks to West Yorkshire Police officers, staff, volunteers as well as our partner organisations for all their hard work in achieving these results. We will all continue to do everything we can, in very difficult times, to work towards continuing this reduction in crime.”