Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire | WYPCC

PCC updates the Police and Crime Panel on policing and community safety

15th June 2020

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel met virtually again last week with the Police and Crime Commissioner due to the ongoing social distancing measures of Covid19.

The meeting was live-streamed via the Police and Crime Panel’s YouTube Channel (Friday 12 June) so the public can watch the proceedings.

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, along with Chief Constable John Robins attended the meeting with local councillor panel members and independent members from across the county.

During the meeting, the PCC gave detailed updates on policing, impact of Covid19 in West Yorkshire, latest crime statistics including safeguarding and domestic abuse figures and anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Overall crime had reduced by -2.8% in the last quarter of 2019/20 with decreases in burglary, vehicle crime, robbery and serious violent crime. Also noted was the reduction in ASB of over 5,000 fewer incidents and over 516 fewer missing persons.

The Covid-19 lockdown has impacted figures with total crime reducing by 24.4% however domestic abuse incidents have risen.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: “At the meeting I was able to provide a comprehensive update to panel members and the public on a variety of areas including the response to Covid19 from my office and West Yorkshire Police.

“One of my priorities as PCC is to ensure that vulnerable people and victims of crime have the ongoing support of the police and access to vital victims services they need through this situation, many of which are commissioned through my office with key partners to address issues like domestic violence and abuse.

“I am pleased that we are able to conduct these regular meetings during the Coronavirus pandemic to reassure the public that full transparency and accountability can be maintained through these unique and unprecedented times. Many areas were covered including answering questions about the added impact around protests and how we are working closely with our communities.”

To watch the meeting, please see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqBcDzDU8RA

For more information about today’s West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel meeting, please visit: http://www.westyorkshire-pcp.gov.uk/meetings/2020/friday-12th-june