Consultation on West Yorkshire Police’s use of Stop and Search
As your Police and Crime Commissioner I want to work with you to deliver on our shared policing and community safety priorities. Stop and Search is a valuable Policing tool which helps to both prevent and detect crime in our communities and here in West Yorkshire we have been working hard to improve how Stop and Search is delivered to ensure that the focus is on the use of the powers with professionalism and proportionality so all our communities in West Yorkshire are safe and feel safe. The aim has been to achieve greater transparency in the use of stop and search powers and to support a more intelligence-led approach leading to a more positive outcome.
In West Yorkshire there have been just over 14,000 Stop Searches in the last 12 months, this reflects a continuing downward trend in the use of the power by West Yorkshire Police. However, to truly understand the impact of its current use it is important that we talk to you. I would be grateful if you could spare some time to complete a questionnaire to gather your views and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to do the same.
You can also find out more about Stop and Search including the type of behaviour you should expect from police officers and, in return, what the police can reasonably expect from you by accessing the following links:
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.
At this time of year my thoughts are especially with those that selflessly work through the festive period putting themselves in harm’s way to keep us all safe.
I’d like to thank every member of West Yorkshire Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, health services and community volunteers throughout the county and would ask everyone to spare a thought for their hard and inspiring work.
We have had some challenging and deeply awful times in 2016. The brutal murder of the wonderful Jo Cox MP is a day that our communities and I will not forget, but it is also important for us to remember how incredibly our communities’ responded. Millions of pounds have been raised for good causes following the murder of Jo, thousands of people lined the streets of Wakefield to show their respects at the funeral of a father and daughter killed in a house fire, and there was a large and continuing response to the Boxing Day flooding in Bradford, Leeds and Calderdale over the past 12 months.
I have just released the new Police and Crime Plan following extensive consultation and have made commitments to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, safeguard vulnerable people, make sure criminals justice works for our communities and to support victims and witnesses. I will be working tirelessly with the police and with our many partners but also with our communities, to deliver on these commitments set out in the Plan.
I am sure 2017 will bring many challenges as well as opportunities and we will carry on learning and understanding lessons and never be complacent. There’s a huge task ahead of us but I am confident that if we all work together, we can continue to keep our communities safe and feeling safe.
Have a Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year.
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
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10 June 2016
I have launched a new consultation entitled ‘Your Priorities, Your Plan’ to find out what matters to the public, police and partners across the county to inform the new Police and Crime Plan for 2016-21. Please click here
6 May 2016
Re-election of Mark Burns-Williamson as the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Click here