West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has been reselected to be Labour’s candidate for May’s election.
He was unanimously approved by all the Constituency Labour Parties and affiliated organisations across West Yorkshire.
Since being elected in November 2012 Mark has delivered on the pledges he made to West Yorkshire people. He has:
- Protected neighbourhood policing as a fierce advocate in the face of unprecedented government cuts to police budgets and campaigned tirelessly regionally and nationally to get the best deal for West Yorkshire Police and the public.
- Created a Safer Communities Fund that puts the proceeds of crime seized in West Yorkshire back into our communities, an innovation that has seen over a million pounds invested in community safety groups and projects throughout the county.
- Put victims first with the creation of the nationally acclaimed Help4victims website, providing impartial information and advice to victims and witnesses of crime, establishment of victims’ hubs and has set up the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in West Yorkshire.
- Safeguarded those who are most vulnerable by providing extra resources to better tackle complex threats such as CSE and cybercrime, human trafficking and terrorism. This includes the setting up of a dedicated anti-trafficking unit in West Yorkshire and a national anti-trafficking network for Police and Crime Commissioners to be launched by Mark at The Home Office next week.
- Delivered improved services and helping reduce crime in collaboration with many partners, alongside meeting his election commitment to reduce the cost of his office. As well as being a leading PCC in the fourth largest in England and Wales, his office costs are the third lowest in the country.
Mark Burns-Williamson said:
“I am honoured to have been reselected as Labour’s candidate for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in May.
“It has been a real privilege to serve the people of West Yorkshire as their PCC over the past three years and have had the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people and their families in our communities.
“Despite unprecedented cuts to the policing budget I have worked closely with West Yorkshire Police, council leaders, many other partners and the public to protect frontline policing, cut crime and re-offending, tackle anti-social behaviour and address community concerns such as road safety and hate crime across the county.
“There is still, however, much more to do to make sure our communities are safer and feeling safer and I will be asking people across West Yorkshire to support me in the May election to continue to make a difference. To protect frontline policing, safeguard those who are vulnerable and put victims first, and work in even greater partnership to prevent crime and tackle threats such as CSE, domestic abuse, cyber crime, trafficking and terrorism.”