The Annual Report
Annual Report 2019/2020
Welcome to the 2019-20 Annual Report; our review of activities and achievements during the year, working in partnership to achieve the outcomes of my Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire. The report documents notable landmarks from the recent work of my office, and our partners in West Yorkshire Police and the wider community of organisations who work to help keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe.
At the time of the publishing of my Annual Report last year, no one could have anticipated the great challenges which 2020 would present. Covid-19 has affected every one of us; in our homes, workplaces, and schools. Throughout the year, our dedicated key-workers have continued to provide services to the public. Workers in the NHS have naturally received the praise and respect of us all, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank our police service in West Yorkshire for the important work they have carried out during the crisis by stepping up to the daily challenges. I have remained in close contact with the Chief Constable throughout to ensure we are staying on top of the situation as far as possible, and have also made national representations with Ministers wherever possible for the benefit of West Yorkshire.
I hope you find this Annual Report useful and informative but, as ever, if you require any further information or would like to raise a policing or community safety issue directly, please do not hesitate to contact me here at the OPCC. Best wishes,
Mark Burns-Williamson OBE
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
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Previous Annual Reports
Other reports commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner are hosted in this section, they include:
One Year On Report
Twelve months after Mark was elected as West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012 he released a report detailing his initial achievements.
The DIP Review sets out the findings of a review of the commissioning of the Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP) for West Yorkshire. Tackling drug related offending remains a priority for the region and the review should be seen as a conduit to enable improvements to services providing evidence for the future development of service specifications and implementation of approaches to reduce re-offending in the district. With the DIP being operational for over a decade a review is now timely.
The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) was launched in 2003 and identified offenders who misuse Class A drugs, namely heroin, cocaine and/or crack cocaine, as they go through the criminal justice system. A key driver for the programme was to identify people early and try to get people into treatment quicker. It was seen as a key element of the Home Office Strategy to reduce crime and improve community safety.
The DIP seeks to engage drug using offenders into treatment at every point of the criminal justice system. DIP identifies drug users in police stations, courts and prisons and deploys a range of interventions to address offending behaviour linked to drug misuse and aims to address the needs of this group and move them out of crime and into drug treatment and other support. The DIP has been heavily resourced nationally at approximately £150 million per year but has had a very positive impact in some key ways included:
- It succeeded in identifying large numbers of drug using offenders who had never been in contact with treatment services
- A reduced waiting time in access for to treatment services has been stimulated ensuring that drug using offenders can have quick access, appropriate and timely support
Whilst positives have derived from the DIP to date the funding, commissioning, management and delivery structures for addressing the problems associated with illicit drugs in England are experiencing an unprecedented level of change. It was therefore felt timely to review the current commissioning of DIP across West Yorkshire and undertake horizon scanning on future risks to its continued successful delivery. This review aims to assess the current position and highlight forthcoming policy and structural impacts and their risks to inform the future commissioning of the DIP by West Yorkshire's Police Crime Commissioner.