Newsletter March 2018

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West Yorkshire Police are recruiting police officers

West Yorkshire Police are looking for aspiring constables to join the ranks. I was pleased to be able to set a budget a few weeks ago to allow the further recruitment of police officers and staff and it's especially good to see it making a difference so soon which is what the public want to see and why I proposed to raise more funding locally despite continued Government funding cuts. I know just how important a visible presence and availability is to our communities and this further recruitment is crucial in helping to rebuild the frontline and our Neighbourhood Policing Teams. It also allows for more engagement and inclusion of our communities in policing and wider community safety issues with our partners. Becoming a police officer or working for West Yorkshire Police is a fantastic opportunity and a way to make a real difference. If you're looking for a challenge and a varied career I would strongly encourage you to apply. This recruitment window is open until 11 March.

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Trialling new Home Office mobile fingerprint technology

New mobile fingerprinting technology is allowing frontline officers across West Yorkshire the ability to identify people suspected of committing offences in less than a minute - saving police time and reducing costs. An app on an officer's phone, combined with a handheld scanner, now means police can check fingerprints against both criminal and immigration records without the need to return to a police station. As well as speeding up identification of persons suspected of committing an offence who may be withholding their name, the technology also enables officers to rapidly identify someone experiencing a medical emergency and make contact with their next of kin. To ensure the information accessed remains secure, fingerprints are not stored and are automatically deleted from the device once they have been checked. The introduction of this technology shows how West Yorkshire Police is once again leading the way with new technology and builds on previous investment I have approved and the introduction of the hand held mobiles that all front line officers use. Using this advanced technology means officers are out on the street providing that visible presence rather than dealing with suspects in custody.

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Tackling knife crime

A week of action to tackle knife crime in West Yorkshire took place in February. During the week there was a mixture of targeted enforcement work and educational activity aimed at sharing a strong anti-knife message. The initiative was part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the impact of knife crime in communities. Unfortunately knife crime reports have been increasing but it hasn't gone unnoticed by those that are there to keep us safe and is being tackled by West Yorkshire Police with support from me and my office. This week of action was part of that with a focus on enforcement, education and awareness raising giving everyone the opportunity to reject knife crime which can destroy lives. Our communities in particular have a real part to play and I would appeal for anyone with information on the illegal carrying or use of knives to report it to the police via 101 or online www.westyorkshire.police.uk or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Corpus Christi Catholic College win cyber crime schools competition

Corpus Christi Catholic College were crowned as the winners of the first ever West Yorkshire Police and PCC schools cyber crime competition with their entry, a rap/dance/drama medley on what to do if you are being cyber bullied. The contest launched in September 2017 and challenged pupils from schools across the county to design a resource to help keep people safe online. 26 schools signed up to compete with a handful of schools going through to the grand final at West Yorkshire Police's Learning and Development Centre. Guiseley School, BBG Academy, The North Halifax Grammar School, Allerton High School, Corpus Christi and Brighouse High School all competed to win the contest. Tackling cyber crime and keeping our communities safe is a key focus for West Yorkshire Police and myself. A major part of that is raising awareness of the relatively simple steps you can take to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe and who better to help than young people themselves who are often at the forefront of technology and much more digitally aware than most adults.

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£109-million taken in ten years from criminals in West Yorkshire

Criminal kingpins have been counting the cost across Yorkshire and Humber after being stung for over £109-million in a decade of Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscations. Financial investigators at West Yorkshire Police and the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) have truly made sure crime doesn't pay after ten years of recovering criminal assets to reinvest in the fight against crime. To see the huge difference these recovery teams have made over the last decade is extremely heartening and a credit to all involved. I am a big supporter of the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation and its worth is plain to see here. I want to congratulate and thank all the staff in the Economic Crime Unit and RART for their invaluable and dedicated work over the last 10 years, long may it continue and I will continue to champion the Proceeds of Crime approach.

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Fight against modern slavery crimes continues as frontline officers receive further training

More than 150 frontline officers from across Yorkshire and the Humber came together for training aimed at improving the police response to modern slavery. Up to 175 people attended the Unlocking Slavery event at the Carr Gate training complex in Wakefield that was funded by the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme. These events provide an opportunity to network and share knowledge on tackling modern slavery and ensure we are doing all we can collectively to tackle this vile crime and ensure perpetrators are caught and punished while victims are supported. It builds on learning about best practice in relation to investigation management and victim engagement, as well as information and support from the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit, to ensure we understand the extent and nature of this threat and continue to resource police and our partners sufficiently.

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Hate crime reporting app

Stop Hate UK have launched a free hate crime reporting app. The App is available on Android and IOS platforms by going to Google Play or the Apple App Store and searching for 'Stop Hate UK'. Find out more about it here:  http://www.stophateuk.org/report-hate-crime/west-yorkshire-hate-crime-reporting-app

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