Newsletter February 2015



It is important for us to recognise this month, following the recent tragic events in Paris and the anti-terror raids in Belgium, the difficult job officers and staff do day in and day out working in our communities to keep them safe. They know the risks and tackle them daily on behalf of all our communities in West Yorkshire, but we must not forget the challenges facing all our officers and staff.

In all those incidents, the first line of defence was the police service. Officers who put their lives on the line to protect the communities they serve. This is a timely reminder of the role police and staff play in our own communities in West Yorkshire, whether that is Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees or Wakefield.
They know the risks they face and still they show their dedication, commitment and sense of duty each and every day in their quest to keep us safe from harm, no matter what pressure they are under. I thank each and every officer and staff member for their hard work and commitment.

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Dedicated team of detectives to combat human trafficking

A new dedicated Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) is now in the process of becoming operational and will work both locally and nationally to target organised crime lords seeking to traffic people into West Yorkshire.

The creation of this dedicated response unit shows how West Yorkshire Police is leading the way in helping victims of human trafficking. Those being helped by the unit will then be supported by the 3,500 people being trained by the West Yorkshire Anti-Trafficking Network to put their lives back together and it means victims are subsequently more confident in coming forward to the police.

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Safer Communities Fund continues to make a big impact

More than £700,000 has now been awarded to good causes across West Yorkshire under my Safer Communities Fund. Money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act is fed into this single community pot exclusively for local community safety initiatives. 31 successful groups from grant round 4 were awarded a share of £142,253.
I am delighted to be able to help a number of worthy causes to make our communities feel safer. The fund will be taking a very short break before the fifth round as I want to review, evaluate and map the projects and money already spent and I will be doing this over the next couple of months. Round 5 (which will be the first of three in 2015) will open in early spring - so please check our website for details.

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Backing NSPCC campaign

I backed the NSPCC's Share Aware campaign which is aimed at informing parents of the dangers online.The campaign features a new online guide as well as two animations which are being shown on prime time TV. The films contain the simple message that although children are taught that it's good to share, this is not always the case online.

Protecting our communities from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) remains one of my top priorities and I fully support the new campaign which compliments the work both myself and West Yorkshire Police are already doing.   

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Project aimed at ending violence against women supported by Safer Communities Fund

I visited the White Ribbon campaign this month to see how the grant from the Fund has been spent. White Ribbon has received a total of £18,500 from the fund which has been spent on initiatives to raise awareness and tackle violence by men against women and girls.

I have pledged to make more resources available to ensure we can work better in tackling violence against women and girls. That is why I am pleased to be able to support White Ribbon's work and I know they share my view that victims need to come first ensuring they get help and support when they need it. 

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Reach Out For Bradford and Bradford Neighbourhood Policing visit

I visited a police-led partnership in Bradford which is tackling some of the problems that can lead to anti-social behaviour. Reach Out For Bradford, is a multi-agency project which works with people in the city centre who have issues with housing, drugs or alcohol. The team are a fantastic example of partnership working and the resulting reduction in anti-social behaviour speaks for itself, making the Bradford City environment enjoyable for all.                            

I also visited Bradford City Neighbourhood Policing Team and spoke to the team about policing and community safety issues in the area, answering questions the staff had.

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Special Constables recruitment

Special Constables are being recruited now, for more information including videos, myth busting and the online application form, visit


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