West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Willaimson visited Calderdale today (Tuesday) to launch his refreshed Police and Crime Plan.
Mr Burns-Williamson was at the Partnership Hub (Youth Offending Team Building), Westfield Street, Halifax; Boothtown Partnership Group, Grantham Road, Boothtown; the Street Angels Cafe in Halifax; and Causey Hall, Halifax.
He talked to members of the public about the refreshed plan and any concerns, and finished his tour by helping to paint the Grade II listed Causey Hall.
Mr Burns-Williamson said that the refreshed plans reflected the issues raised by local people, with new additions for 2014 including the growing problem of cybercrime and road safety.
“Since taking office in November 2012, I have listened to what the public have said on the issues that are important to them, many of whom took part in the ‘Listening to you’ survey,” he said.
“I recognise that every area of West Yorkshire has different priorities relating to crime and community safety and this week of local launches will reflect this.
“I will be finding out what matters to you, and will see how partners are tackling the priorities contained within my plan that I know are important to them including anti-social behaviour, hate crime, and road safety, for example.
“Many priorities remain the same such as reducing burglary, safeguarding people against serious and violent crime, supporting victims and witnesses and better tackling anti-social behaviour and the causes and consequences of crime such as drug and alcohol misuse.
“But more is also being done to work together in partnership to tackle those issues that blight lives in our communities including individuals and gangs involved in serious and organised crime, including Child Sexual Exploitation and doing more work to get back ill-gotten gains from criminals.
“Partnership organisations across the county will also have a central role to play in the delivery of these local plans and partners have helped set the priorities.
“The work of Community Safety Partnerships for instance, remains a vital element in achieving our goals and I will be speaking with a number of representatives during our visits.
“I look forward to meeting people out and about in the community who are carrying out vital work to ensure communities are safe and feel safer and we all have a very important part to play within that.”