Plan will steer policing priorities

Mark Burns-Williamson, the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
Mark Burns-Williamson, the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

The man elected to steer the direction of policing in West Yorkshire has set out his vision for the next five years.

Mark Burns-Williamson was elected as the first police and crime commissioner for West Yorkshire in November.

On Wednesday he published the first Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire, which will guide policing priorities until 2018.

The plan focuses on a number of key issues identified in a consultation, including reducing burglary levels, reducing serious and violent crime like domestic violence and rape, and working to change views on other issues like hate crime.

The plan commits Mr Burns-Williamson to working with partners and the community to make neighbourhoods safer.

He said: “This plan reflects my beliefs and values. It builds on the pledges made to you and concerns you raised with me during the lection campaign, but importantly is strongly influenced by and seeks to properly reflect what is happening where you live and what you care about.

“I want to make a real difference to people’s lives across West Yorkshire. I passionately believe in a fair and equal society where all people across the county can have confidence in all those delivering policing and community safety. I will drive forward with partners the change needed to make sure people are safer in our communities.”