PCC Statement After Announcement of Third National Lockdown

This is the last thing any of us wanted especially after everything we have already done to try and keep ourselves and our loved ones as safe as possible through this pandemic.

However, it is very clear that if we are to get a grip on these latest rising infection rates and reduce the harm the virus can cause, we all need to do our bit in following the new guidance in managing our own behaviours and activities. I know this is putting so much pressure on people and businesses, especially with schools now closing and my thoughts go out to everyone affected with their own individual pressures around what this lockdown will mean for their circumstances.

But I believe it is incumbent upon all of us to do the right thing collectively so that we can avoid exacerbating the issue further. By complying, we are protecting one another, our loved ones and those emergency service and key workers who are on the front-line of the response this winter, putting their safety before others on all our behalf’s.

The Police in West Yorkshire will continue to maintain their approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging the public, but using enforcement powers when and where it’s necessary for wider public protection purposes and I’ll be having further conversations with the Chief Constable and Policing Minister later today.

In the meantime let’s keep working together to help reduce the rates of this latest variant transmission and we will come out stronger and more quickly at the other end of this whilst the vaccine programme can be rolled out to the more vulnerable across West Yorkshire.

It’s also really important to emphasise that we’ve been working hard to ensure that support for victims of crime and vulnerable people are still readily available and accessible. I want those individuals who need help and support to know they have not been forgotten, and we are here for you.

There are support services that can help you and I want the public to know how they can access them and we will help them during these really testing times, whether or not you feel able to report to the Police.

To find out more about victims’ services in West Yorkshire, including to victims who do not want to report to the police, visit our website www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk or contact the office via email contact@westyorkshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk.

Victim Support provide a service that is local, independent and they are aware of the different options available to victims in West Yorkshire. If you’ve been affected by crime, please call your local victim care team in West Yorkshire on 0300 303 1971. Lines are open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday.

If you need support outside of their open hours, call the Victim Support Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111 or request support via their website https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/request-support

Mark Burns-Williamson OBE
West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner

A Message For Christmas and the New Year from the PCC For West Yorkshire

This past year or so will go down as a year like no other, and whilst it really is important that we don’t drop our guard at this crucial time, I hope that the upcoming Christmas and New Year period will provide some relief.

Whilst not wishing to focus solely upon the Covid-19 impact, the introduction of a vaccine is certainly good news and we can all hopefully move towards a sense of normality in the coming months. That will only happen though, if we all continue to do our bit. Let’s keep working together to reduce the rates of transmission and we will hopefully come out more quickly and stronger at the other end.

Despite all the difficulties this year, I am really proud of some of the work that we have been able to achieve together, such as the opening of a brand new state of the art Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for West Yorkshire, the Safer Communities Fund continuing to support hundreds of projects making a real difference across West Yorkshire, bringing new engagement and early intervention projects to our communities to tackle serious violence through the new West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), launching our first Victims and Witnesses Strategy – ‘Supporting People Harmed by Crime’ and many more. You can read more about these initiatives and lots more in my recently released Annual Report.

In the year ahead, the biggest new development is likely to be the devolution deal for West Yorkshire, and the election of a new ‘Metro-Mayor’. This has particular implications for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, which will become embedded within the office of the new mayor, and there is much work to do to achieve a successful transition and for some of the complexities to be overcome.

We will continue to champion community safety working closely with West Yorkshire Police and our partners, providing support for the most vulnerable and those who are victims of crime, building on the many achievements over the last eight years since being elected into this role.

I couldn’t finish this message without mentioning the truly awe inspiring work and sacrifices made by our many key workers and volunteers during 2020. The same people who will be missing time with loved ones once again over this festive period, while they work to keep us all safe. A big and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them, from the police, fire & rescue and ambulance services, to the NHS, teachers, shop workers, refuse collectors, delivery workers and all those that have been so brilliant this year.

Wishing you a safe, happy festive season and New Year.

Best wishes


Mark Burns-Williamson OBE
West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner

Police Officers wear Body Worn Cameras to increase safety ‘Focus’

WestyorkspoliceWest Yorkshire Police’s technological transformation is taking another step forward.

The Force has agreed a contract that sees officers and staff across the county wearing the latest state of the art body worn video cameras during their duties.

Following a recent pilot of the devices in the Bradford District, a phased roll out will now begin… read more…

All officers will wear them as part of their uniforms including Police Community Support Officers and also officers in plain clothes.

The cameras will film pictures and record sound to help you and the police meaning that people may not need to go to court because information about what happened will be on video.

See more information about the body worn cameras here

Your Priorities Your Plan – Police and Crime Plan Consultation

A new consultation entitled ‘Your Priorities, Your Plan’ has been launched 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

The consultation involves a survey on your priorities, but will also see the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire talking to communities and many of you in person over the coming months.

Please spare some time to fill in the survey and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do the same.

For more information and to complete the survey visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/your-priorities-your-plan.aspx, or to request a survey call (01924) 294000.

Meet the Police and Crime Commissioner in Mixenden next week

Meet the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark burns-Williamson at the Mixenden Ward Forum on Tuesday 21 June.

If you have any questions for the Commissioner please email them to Heather Stout by no later than 2pm on Monday 20 June 2016 at Heather.stout@ovenden-initiative.org.uk

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, we can ask the questions on your behalf.

Calderdale Local elections 5 May

Elections are being held on Thursday 5 May 2016 for local borough councillors and the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

How to vote 

First of all, you must be on the electoral register.  The deadline to register to vote in the 5 May elections was 18 April 2016 so if you weren’t registered before this date, you won’t be able to vote.

Every person who is registered to vote will be sent a polling card, which will tell you at which polling station you are able to vote. Polling stations will be open between 7am-10pm on 5 May.  You don’t need to take your polling card with you to the polling station.

If you are unable to go to the polling station yourself you should have applied to vote by proxy by 5pm on 26 April 2016, or to apply for a postal vote by 19 April 2016.

You can read the statement of the persons nominated for the local election in your Ward at nominations.

Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

The candidate statements for the West Yorkshire PCC elections have now been published – information on candidates standing at Choose my PCC.

Positive Identities Celebration Event

You have been invited to attend an annual celebration event for Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service to celebrate the work done by the service over the last 12 months.

Thursday 14 April – 1pm to 5pm
At The Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YS

Lunch and refreshments provided and workshops include:

  • Learning from the Calderdale Hate Crime Project
  • Exploring layers of Identity
  • LGBTQ young people – the importance of faith and culture

Please RSVP by Thursday 24 March 2016by email to:

Or for further information call 01422 371993

Positive Identities