Newsletter August 2018

Newsletteraug 18

New Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

I was elected as the new Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) at their Annual General Meeting in July. I am delighted to be able to take on the position which I will hold for the upcoming year. The Association has matured and developed in recent years and I am proud to be part of that with my lead portfolios on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Forensics and ANPR for example. It's vital that PCCs, as the elected voice for policing and community safety, are playing a key role in leading strategic partnerships with the Home Office, NPCC, College of Policing and wider transformation of the Criminal Justice System. We are now entering a crucial period where, working closely with others, the APCC will be playing its part nationally in pushing to secure a sustainable level of resources for the police service in meeting the difficult community safety challenges ahead and the increasing and complex demands generally.

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Me with James Riley, the creator of the Get Away 'N' Get Safe Gangs Prevention Programme which received funding.

11 community safety projects given grants of nearly £1million

I made an ongoing financial commitment to my Partnership Executive Group (PEG) as £879,665 was recently approved for 11 different projects to help tackle various crime and community safety initiatives. Funded projects include helping to steer youngsters away from a life of crime, supporting victims of domestic violence, community engagement training of West Yorkshire Police, collaboration work with emergency services, safeguarding projects and investigating the use of social media in preventing youth violence. I was really pleased to be able to support such crucial partnership working which is helping to meet the priorities and outcomes set out within my Police and Crime Plan. All the successful projects are doing essential work to ensure we are supporting some of our most vulnerable, investing in projects that look at early intervention and diversionary programmes to prevent offending and reoffending.

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Young people challenged to shut down cyber crime

Young people aged between 11 and 14 years old from across West Yorkshire have been challenged to help the police shut down cyber crime. I have joined forces with West Yorkshire Police to launch an online safety competition for a second year following a successful pilot. The competition is aimed at school pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 and challenges them to form a team and design a resource to help keep people safe online. The resource can take any form such as a website, leaflet, phone app or even a rap! Teams have until 7 December to design, test and launch their resources. Entries will be shortlisted and six groups will go through to the grand final at West Yorkshire Police's training centre in Carr Gate Wakefield on 14 February 2019. We want to encourage as many young people as possible to get involved in this competition. Young people are crucial in helping us to tackle these issues, not only will they raise awareness in in their schools and among their peers, but they will also take it home and speak to their parents, guardians, friends and wider families.

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Safestyle UK fined for aggressive sales tactics

HPAS Limited of Bradford who trade as Safestyle UK have been fined £120,000.00 plus prosecution costs of £52,393.00 at Sheffield Crown Court having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to multiple offences of breaching consumer protection legislation repeated across the country, some offending involving elderly or vulnerable people. The conviction was secured by the West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team, which is a multi-agency partnership between West Yorkshire Trading Standards, West Yorkshire Police, Adult Social Care professionals and supported by my office, with the aim of combatting rogue traders who prey on the vulnerable. I welcome the substantial financial penalty imposed and the strong message this sends out that using aggressive, misleading behavior and banned practices absolutely will not be tolerated. My thanks to the members of the public for reporting these instances and to Trading Standards for all their hard work in bringing this case to court.

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Linda Davis -Trading Standards Manager , Tracey Ward - Social Worker , Susan Betteridge - Director Of West Yorkshire Joint Services , PCC, ACC Williams

From left to right Linda Davis - Trading Standards Manager, Tracey Ward - Social Worker, Susan Betteridge - Director of West Yorkshire Joint Services, me and ACC Angela Williams - West Yorkshire Police

Human trafficking operation rescues two children?

Detectives led by Detective Sergeant Michael Richmond from Calderdale CID joined the Halifax and Calder Valley Neighbourhood Policing Teams and representatives from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and the charity Hope for Justice, to visit a number of commercial premises across the District in a four day long operation in July. The two children, both aged 17 were located in two stores where they were present with staff who were working. Neither child has any parents or relatives in the UK and it is thought they were the victims of Human Trafficking Gangs. Both have entered the National Referral Mechanism for suspected victims of modern slavery and are in the care of Social Services. How anyone can treat other humans in such an appalling way is beyond me, however, stopping it from taking place is not beyond us as this fantastic multi partnership operation has shown.

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Inspectorate praise West Yorkshire's approach to tackling hate crime

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service's (HMICFRS) Hate Crime Thematic Report highlighted the work that West Yorkshire Police has done with partner agencies to encourage reporting and ensure that hate crimes and incidents are investigated appropriately. I made tackling hate crime a priority in my Police and Crime Plan early on, including recognising hate incidents and working with partners to prevent escalation. It's reassuring to see that the HMICFRS report highlights a number of areas where our approach in West Yorkshire is seen as good practice. This is no doubt a reflection of the hard work of our officers, staff, volunteers and community representatives who have been jointly involved and is something that both West Yorkshire Police and myself regularly monitor and promote throughout the year.

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Kirklees charity supporting young people with Down syndrome

Huddersfield based charity, Shabang Inclusive Learning, are using money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act to help safeguard young people with Down syndrome. Shabang received £4600 for their project, The Up Club Extra, from my Safer Communities Fund. The project is to run some special extra sessions to help local young people with Down syndrome stay safe. They are delivering a series of drama based workshops which use role play to explore situations and give strategies on how to deal with them. The sessions are improving confidence in the young people giving them techniques and methods to deal with difficult situations that could potentially put them at risk. It is a sad fact of life that there are people out there who will look to take advantage of vulnerable situations given the opportunity, so it's crucial that community organisations such as Shabang deliver these kind of sessions.

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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:

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