You can shape future policing plans

Mark Burns-Williamson
Mark Burns-Williamson

Your views on crime and feeling safe will be used to shape how policing is developed over the county.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson has launched a new survey today as part of his ‘Listening to You First’ campaign, which is aimed at understanding and recognising the changing needs of communities.

Over the next five weeks, people will have the opportunity to provide their views around crime concerns and to highlight any issues they may have.

The responses will then be used to shape the Police and Crime Plan.

On Thursday November 7, Mr Burns-Williamson will be visiting Kirklees to speak with local people, community groups and organisations.

He will be visiting Dewsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team, Titan Business Centre in Cleckheaton, the ABLE 2 Project in Heckmondwike and a meeting of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing Tenants.

The survey is a progression of work Mr Burns-Williamson did when he was first elected as PCC in November. The initial results were used to form the basis of the first Police and Crime Plan.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “The survey which I have launched today is a progression of this work and will ensure that the priorities are relevant and reflect the risks and concerns faced in our communities.

“The Budget for 2013/14 also has to be set and there are difficult choices to be made. Government spending cuts mean our policing grant will be reduced by 26 percent between 2010/11 and 2016/17.

“Savings of £64m have already been made, but a further cut of £27.6m will be needed in 2013/14. Eighty percent of our budget is spent on people, however; I am absolutely committed to reducing the impact on front line policing and Community Safety Services.

“Before taking important decisions that affect local people, their families and their community, I want to hear what matters to them. We need to understand what currently works and what does not, and how the Police and community safety partners can continue to improve their approach.

“It is vitally important that people’s voices are heard and that community needs are identified. I would therefore encourage people to spare some time to answer the questions and ask others to do the same. It does not take long to complete and will help to make a genuine difference.”

A link to the survey is available via the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioners website www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk