Thursday, 7 November 2013

Reportage: West Yorkshire PCC in public consultation

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has launched a new consultation which will give the public more say in local policing.

Mr Burns-Williamson has pledged to listen to the public to determine the best ways to use police resources.

He said: “This is the start of a consultation called 'Listening to You First'. It's about hearing from the public to find out what concerns they have regarding crime and community safety in their areas.”

On Monday, November 4, Mr Burns-Williamson took to the streets of Wakefield to speak to the public and find out their concerns.

He said: “The colleagues I'm about to go out with this afternoon in Eastmoor are the bedrock of what we do in terms of neighbourhood policing – Police Officers and Community Support Officers out in the communities finding out what the issues are and tackling those issues.

“It's important for me as the elected Police and Crime Commissioner to be out and about as much as possible,” he added.

He hopes to reach as many people of possible from a whole range of backgrounds, ages and social groups.

“The role enables me to speak to a wide range of people,” he said.

“On a weekly basis I'm meeting with what you might call hard to reach groups. I've visited projects where ex-offenders are being rehabilitated through programmes throughout West Yorkshire.

“I've met with lots of younger people who often get ignored in consultation. I've set up a youth advisory board.

“Increasingly we're going to have to work more closely with communities given the cuts that are happening across the public sector.”

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