Victims Commissioner 2021 Victims Survey – initial deadline 30 June

Have you been a victim of or reported a crime in England and Wales in the past 3 years? The Victims’ Commissioner wants to hear about your experience of the criminal justice system: Victims’ Survey 2021 – Victims Commissioner

The Victims’ Commissioner has launched her 2021 Victims’ Survey. The survey will explore experiences of the criminal justice system from those who have been victims of or reported a crime in the past three years.

Complete the survey to have your voice heard: Victims’ Survey 2021 – Victims Commissioner

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Your Views Survey West Yorkshire Police resident survey by March 24

For several years, the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has run the ‘Your Views Survey’; our West Yorkshire-wide survey of residents’ views on policing and community safety in your local area.  You may have received a questionnaire in the post from us in the past.

Now, after a challenging year for all communities in West Yorkshire, we are opening the survey once again online to collect your views on crime, safety, and the work of the police and community safety partners in your local neighbourhood and wider area.

To complete the survey please visit

Your answers are really important as they help us to understand the safety issues affecting your local area as you see them, and how the OPCC, police, and our partners can work together to deliver improved services and safety across West Yorkshire.

The initial closing date is Wednesday 24th March for this first phase of consultation. 

Thank you for your time. We really value your feedback.

Best wishes

Mark Burns-Williamson OBE

West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner


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PCC Newsletter February 2021 13/02/2021

Please see a link to the latest newsletter from Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

This issue contains stories on the police budget, the refreshed Police and Crime Plan, the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and much more.

To read it visit

Best wishes

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Refreshed Police and Crime Plan Launched

I hope you are well and I wanted to share my refreshed Police and Crime Plan with you which I hope you will find informative.

The Plan sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police and our community safety partners.

At the heart of the Plan is our ambition to work together with the police and partners, and with our communities, to help achieve our shared vision of ‘keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe’.

Key additions in this refresh are updated priorities to reflect new approaches, and challenges, to tackling crime in West Yorkshire.

These include:

  • Emphasising the importance of safeguarding work, recognising the challenges and a continued priority of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.
  • Citing ‘Serious Violence’ as a standalone priority for the first time.
  • Recognising the vital work undertaken by the now established West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).
  • And building community resilience to help counter terrorism.

So please take a look, stay safe and best wishes.

Read Refreshed Plan Document: Police & Crime Plan 2021 Refreshed.pdf – 4,258.9 KB

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Community To Play Key Role In Tackling Serious Violent Crime

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The West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is calling on people across the county to join its first ever Community Advisory Group.

Members will be asked to use their own local knowledge to discuss challenges or concerns surrounding serious violence and how they can potentially be addressed.

Those selected will also help to evaluate new and existing interventions designed to respond to the issues being encountered.

West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit Director, Chief Superintendent Jackie Marsh says it is a great opportunity to personally make a difference:

“The group will be owned and chaired by its members, providing a genuine voice for the community, whilst delivering tangible outcomes.

“The West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is now into its second year, and even within this relatively short timeframe, its unique public health-led approach has already begun to help turn the tide on violent crime and its drivers.

“It starts from the principle that prevention is better than the cure and brings together specialists from health, police, local authorities, education, youth justice, prisons, probation, community organisations and others.

“This means looking at early intervention, prevention, education and partnership working to tackle the root underlying causes of violent crime.

“Members of the Community Advisory Group must be open to learning about this work and willing to contribute to discussions on both a local and regional level.

“Likewise, you must play a role in sharing community safety messages, committing at least two hours every two months to the group, which can be undertaken in a virtual capacity.

“Serious violence is an incredibly important subject that remains high on the agenda nationwide and we cannot sit back and hope it goes away.

“Being part of our partnership effort to prevent and reduce its prevalence can be extremely rewarding, particularly when it ultimately protects those around us who we know and love.

“If we can all stand together in response to the issues we face in West Yorkshire, then we will have a better chance of bringing about positive and lasting change.”

Applicants must be over 18 and live within West Yorkshire. The deadline for submissions is midnight, Sunday 7th February 2021.

For more information, please contact quoting ‘Community Advisory Group’ in the subject or visit

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The VRU Community Advisory Group is recruiting members – February 7th



The Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has an exciting opportunity for members of West Yorkshire’s community to join our first ever VRU Community Advisory Group.

Members will be asked use their local knowledge to discuss their concerns around serious violence, the challenges communities are facing and how these concerns can be rectified. The VRU will also ask members to comment on and evaluate new and existing interventions. Most importantly, this group will be owned and chaired by members – providing a voice for the community.

Criteria for Members

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Live within West Yorkshire
  • Open to learning more about the work of the VRU
  • Willing to contribute to discussions about local and regional serious violence
  • Willing to share key community safety messages
  • Be able to commit a minimum of 2 hours every two months (either virtually or in-person)

Registering an interest to be a member

Applicants are required to complete the attached expressions of interest form. The expression of interest form should be sent via email to: quoting “Community Advisory Group” in the subject. Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 7th February. For more information please contact us using the email address above.

Expression of Interest form

Grant Round Open To Support West Yorkshire Communities


West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has opened his latest grant round of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) with £140,000 available, made up from Proceeds of Crime monies successfully secured by police and prosecutors.

Voluntary, community groups, charities and partners can now bid for grants of up to £6000 from the fund which has a strong theme of supporting communities, and a particular focus on safeguarding vulnerable people.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: “In these truly unprecedented times we want to do all we can to help those most in need.

“I would welcome a broad range of project applications across all of the priority areas set out in my Police and Crime Plan. However, I am particularly looking for initiatives that support the more vulnerable such as younger people or the elderly, women and girls, those with disabilities or victims harmed by crime. Early intervention and prevention projects and those offering therapy or support are also very welcome.

“Crucially, projects must be in a position to get to work helping people right away. That means being able to operate within the current climate of Covid restrictions and in a Covid secure way.

“I really need everyone’s help in promoting this fund so that it can reach the areas where it will make the most difference, so please, if you know of a group this could help, let them know.

“I’m very pleased to be able to continue to offer this much needed funding and support during such unique and challenging times, which is also a great testament to the ongoing work of West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors in securing Proceeds of Crime resources.

“It was a key commitment of mine on being elected PCC in 2012 to ensure Proceeds of Crime monies found its way back into our communities affected by such criminal activity in first place, and it has never been more needed than at the moment during the pandemic.”

This latest grant opportunity is the 20th round of the Safer Communities Fund which has also just allocated grant round 19’s cash, of over £180,000 to 36 projects across West Yorkshire.

Projects funded include:

  • Disability Partnership Calderdale, in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, with a project to educate and empower people to report BAME Disability Hate Crime.
  • Radio Sangam in Kirklees who are implementing online Domestic Abuse Support for the South Asian community asking for help following incidences of domestic abuse.
  • Guiding Light Leads in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, who will be delivering an Educate and Empower Black Youth Programme.
  • Tigers Trust in Wakefield for their project ‘Tigers Try Time’ which will look to support and education about hate crime made against their women and disabled teams.
  • Supporting the Keighley Pride event 2021 including security and providing BSL interpreters to ensure LGBTQ people will experience improved safety.

The fund initially launched in 2014 and has now allocated £3.6m to around 790 projects making a real difference across West Yorkshire.

A virtual celebration event, looking back at fund achievements and awards for grand round 20 will be held on Monday 22nd March. All current and past recipients will be invited.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money and assets recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act by West Yorkshire Police and Prosecutors.

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, John Robins, said: “These last few months have presented great challenges, not least for the many community and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire which, despite restrictions, have continued to provide vital help to those people who need it most. Whether it be supporting victims of crime, or making sure children’s or older people’s wellbeing is cared for during lockdown, we have seen volunteers step up their efforts and go the extra mile to meet growing demand on their services.

“Community groups and charities provide a lifeline to many people. They are applauded for their contribution to our society.

“Yet, the opportunities to raise funds and maintain their income has been reduced by lockdown restrictions, which is why I welcome the latest round of grant aid from the Safer Communities Fund and encourage groups to apply for well-deserved grant aid.”

The Safer Communities Fund closes for applications at 12 noon (mid-day) on Friday 12 February 2021.

To find out more about the fund and to apply, visit

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