West Yorkshire Police

Safety of Women & Girls Event Wednesday March 1st

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VSI Alliance in partnership with Calderdale Council Calderdale Community Safety Partnership, the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor’s office for Police and Crime are hosting the event to highlight the recent launch of the Safety of Women and Girls strategy. This will be an opportunity to explore the local response, what services are already in place and where any gaps may be.

The event will take place on Wednesday 1st March 20239:30 am, at the Caygill Suite, Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Spaces are filling up fast so book early to avoid disappointment!

To book onto this event please reserve your FREE place on Eventbrite: Book My Space

If you have any accessibility needs or queries please contact jordan.baker@vsialliace.org.uk

Police information Request for potential firearm discharge on New Year’s Eve

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A scene is currently in place in James Street, Elland in relation to a potential firearm discharge on New Year’s Eve.

On January 1, police received a report of a parked car having been damaged in James Street in a collision involving another vehicle which had left the scene at about 9.45pm on December 31.

Today, officers have received further information suggesting a potential firearm discharge had occurred during this incident.

A scene is currently in place to undergo specialist searches and forensic examination and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed any part of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Calderdale District CID via 101 quoting log 304 of January 7 or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

Police Precept Consultation – Register by January 6th

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The Mayor of West Yorkshire is responsible for setting the annual budget for West Yorkshire Police. This includes agreeing the local ‘police precept’ – the part of the Council Tax that helps to fund local policing. A public consultation is now taking place asking for views on the precept level.You can have your say at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WYCA02/.The survey will run until midnight on 15th January 2023.  Please take part in our consultation and have your say.You can also discuss your views in a series of upcoming focus groups taking place in person across West Yorkshire week commencing 9th January 2023.  We will also be hosting an online focus group.We would like the groups to be as inclusive as possible.To find out more about the groups and how to register to attend, visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/policing-and-crime/police-precept-consultation/. You must register by 6 January 2023.

Easy Street Darker nights Burglary prevention Police campaign

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Do you live on Easy Street? Is your house inviting for the wrong reasons?

Easy Street is Any street burglars find inviting due to poor security or maintenance.


Easy Street Burglary Prevention Campaign – WYP website

There are simple, smart, cost effective ways to make your house less appealing to burglars. As the nights are longer and it gets darker earlier, West Yorkshire Police encourage you to review the security of your home.

Did you know? West Yorkshire Police Crime Prevention Officers are happy to visit you in your property to determine security issues and offer practical advice to make your home more secure!

Get in touch to make an appointment: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary

“Our time is now” – Plan launched to improve safety of women and girls across West Yorkshire

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The safety of women and girls in West Yorkshire is Mayor Tracy Brabin’s top priority, she said as she unveiled a plan to bring about societal change and end generations of injustice.The country’s first and only female metro-mayor has this week launched her Safety of Women and Girls Strategy at West Yorkshire’s annual Third Sector Conference in Calderdale.The strategy reveals the shocking experiences and challenges facing women and girls, including a recent survey that found 97% believe ‘being a woman’ affects their personal safety, and outlines a plan to tackle this.This will be resolved through four key areas of work to bring about change:

  • Education and Prevention: through events to raise awareness of the issue in schools, colleges, and universities across the region.
  • Behaviour Change: including delivering a behaviour change programme to empower men to be allies.
  • Safe Spaces: working to improve safety in the public, private and digital space.
  • And Supporting the Sector: securing funding for vital services in the region through working together with partners, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and private businesses.

Each are underpinned by two cross-cutting themes, which are ‘the role of men and boys’, and ‘equality, diversity and inclusion’.The strategy, which puts the voices of women and girls at its heart, will be delivered in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, local councils, community organisations, businesses, and the public. A further £1 million of funding has been made available by the Mayor to support the it’s delivery. This builds on considerable work already ongoing in the region including:

  • £14 million for victims’ services across the next three years, many of which support women and girls.
  • A SmartTag spray for use in night-time venues that tags offenders with a unique forensic code so they can be identified and brought to justice.
  • Funding “Ask for Angela” services which enables those who feel vulnerable or unsafe to seek assistance in bars, clubs or businesses.
  • Over £500,000 for domestic abuse perpetrator programmes across West Yorkshire to reduce re-offending.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:  “We owe it to every little girl growing up in our brilliant and diverse region to provide them with a future where they are safe from harm. Male violence against women and girls is a scourge that must be addressed, and as someone who has experienced this first-hand, I have made that my top priority.“This plan, which has been co-designed with women, male allies and organisations across the region, sets out how together, we can make West Yorkshire a safe, just and inclusive place for women and girls.“Our time is now – we must do this together to overcome generations of injustice and harm and drive this important change.”

Alison Lowe OBE, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said:  “As a survivor of sexual and domestic abuse, I feel a strong personal responsibility towards making West Yorkshire safer for women and girls.“When it happened to me many years ago, I did not believe that I had a voice. But I am here now as the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire to tell you that you will be heard, you will be believed, and you will be supported.“This Strategy builds on years of work, there’s still lots to do, but I can’t wait to see the incredible things we will achieve together.”The Mayor of West Yorkshire’s Safety of Women and Girls Strategy was co-designed through dedicated consultation events, a West Yorkshire wide call for evidence and public feedback from the Police and Crime Plan consultation.To find out more about the ongoing work to improve the safety of women and girls and read the strategy, visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/a-mayoral-combined-authority/mayoral-pledges/the-safety-of-women-and-girls/safety-of-women-and-girls-strategy/.

Police Information Appeal relating into Firearms discharges in Halifax

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Detectives are appealing for witnesses as enquiries continue into linked firearms discharges in Halifax.

The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team has made arrests and is continuing investigate three offences in which weapons were discharged outside properties, none of which resulted in anyone being injured.

Police attended at an address at Bracewell Drive on November 4 and November 13 following reports of shots fired outside the address at about 7pm on both dates.

A report was also received of a discharge on Claremont Close at about 6.45pm on November 13.

Specialist officers carried out detailed searches at the scenes following all three reports and found evidence of firearms discharges.

Two local men aged 36 and 34 have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in connection with all three shootings and remain in police custody.

DI Guy Shackleton of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We are continuing to investigate these offences which we are treating as linked, and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed these incidents or who has information to comer forward.”

“All reports of firearms crime are treated very seriously indeed by West Yorkshire Police and I can promise residents that a full investigation is ongoing into these firearms discharges.”

Anyone who can assist our enquiries is asked to contact HMET on 101 referencing crime number 13220628097.”

Information can also be given in complete anonymity to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


Message from WY Police : Clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups in Leicester

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  • The police stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour, which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate.
  • We are aware of the clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups in Leicester and the potential impact that this incident may have on the community’s sense of safety.
  • There can never be any excuse for hate crime and this criminality will not be tolerated.
  • We want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident in the belief that we’ll take your reports seriously, protect you and make sure you get all the support you need.
  • If you are a witness or a victim of hate crime or feel vulnerable, please contact someone to report it.
  • More people are reporting hate crime than ever before but it is still significantly underreported.
  • Do not suffer in silence; there are people who can help you.
  • Call the police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, or visit the True Vision website (www.report-it.org.uk)

Contacting the Police: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us

  • If you have information to share about any crime please either speak to a police officer in person or call 101.
  • If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired please register with 999 Emergency SMS service

Editor’s Note:

There are further ways to report hate incidents or hate crime, which can be found here:

Calderdale Hate Incident Report Centres

West Yorkshire Police recruitment event July 7th

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Are You looking for a new career?

West Yorkshire Police is looking for people from our under-represented groups to apply to be Police Officers.

We are holding a recruitment event on July 7th at Calderdale College from 6pm to 9pm.

More information and Eventbrite link here

This event is open to women and people from ethnic backgrounds aged 18 years and over as West Yorkshire Police is under-represented by these groups and is working towards better representing the communities we serve.

Spaces for this event are limited. If you are interested please email Recruitment.support@westyorkshire.police.uk


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Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund back apply by June 10th

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[ To find out more about the fund, and to apply, visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/policing-and-crime/mayor-s-safer-communities-fund. ]

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire has opened the latest round of her Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund with £270,000 in grants available to apply for.

Voluntary, community groups, charities and partners can seek funding of up to £6000 for innovative projects which address at least one of the cross-cutting themes, and one of the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan 2021-24.

Previously funded projects include boxercise classes to increase the safety and wellbeing of women and girls, fishing and outdoor activities to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour, recovery programmes for drug and alcohol abuse, but as long as it meets the criteria all ideas will be considered.

Tracy, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be able to open this latest grant funding opportunity to local groups who make such a massive difference in our communities. These groups often do not get the recognition they deserve, so this is one way of saying thank you.

“The fund is financed by money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act within the county by West Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit and prosecutors. So, a big shout out to them for all that hard work and in ensuring crime doesn’t pay.

“Due to their exceptional work, we can open the largest funding pot of this kind since it first launched back in 2014 under the previous PCC. That means more projects than ever before can benefit so I really would encourage anyone that qualifies to apply. The process has been designed to be very straightforward, and we have a small team ready to help should you need it.

“The fund supports the overall vision as set out in my Police and Crime Plan, of a safe, just and inclusive West Yorkshire, and I can’t wait to see who applies this time.”

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable John Robins QPM, said: “We welcome the latest round of the Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund. The money being made available will allow projects, groups and organisations to play a key role in the partnership response to tackling the issues that affect our communities at grass-roots level.

“Seeing the money confiscated from criminal gangs being invested back into schemes to help prevent future offending and make our neighbourhoods safer is the right and proper thing to do.”

The closing date for applications to the fund is on Friday 10th June at 12pm noon. Grants will be distributed to successful applicants at an awards evening in October 2022.

To find out more about the fund, and to apply, visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/policing-and-crime/mayor-s-safer-communities-fund.

New and updated West Yorkshire Community Alert

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West Yorkshire Police has launched a new and updated version of the messenger system “West Yorkshire Community Alert“.

Community Alert, is a system West Yorkshire Police has been using since 2019, allowing officers across the county to update the public direct with news, updates and appeals on matters that are happening on their doorstep.

This new Community Alert has also been updated to include a range of new benefits, such as the ability for officers to send hyper-localised messages to the public by drawing round a particular area or postcode.

Public registration is free, and people can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct via email, text or voice message.

The public can sign up for local updates from their NPT or Neighbourhood Watch contacts, or join a number of specialised community interest groups such as business watch, dog walkers, motorists or crime prevention etc.

Please see the below Video for more information:



To sign up, please visit: www.wypcommunityalert.co.uk