West Yorkshire Police

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

 

More information and Eventbrite link here

 

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:

https://youtu.be/lij_ujGax8s

 

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

200 hours of construction work for Community and Voluntary Organisations

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William Birch and Sons Ltd are currently giving Halifax Police Station a full refurbishment to modernise the building.

As part of the tender process, William Birch and Sons Ltd offer an element of social value and are providing 200 hours of resource that can be utilised in any way that benefits the community of our Calderdale district.

Third Sector organisations are invited to apply if they have a project that needs help by Friday 8th April 2022

The type of work that William Birch Ltd are able to provide person hours for are:-

  • Groundworks / Flagging
  • External Painting
  • External Pointing
  • Brickwork
  • Joinery
  • Internal Decoration

Please note that any materials required must be provided by the bidding organisation.

To find out more, read the proposed Cover Letter

If you would like to apply, Download the Application Form here (Word Document)

When complete, please email your application to partnershipfunding@westyorkshire.police.uk with a subject heading of William Birch Social Value and your organisation’s name.

The application must be submitted by midnight on Friday 8th April 2022

Result of police misconduct Internal Hearing

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Message sent on behalf of Inspector Jim Graham, NPT Halifax

In August 2020, a police officer from Halifax police station was involved in an incident where a male adult was arrested. During the arrest and struggle with the detained person, the officer was heard to say “CHILL OUT OR I’LL CHOKE YOU OUT.” This incident was captured and reported to the public via the national media.

This created community tensions and resulted in a peaceful protest outside of Halifax Police station.

The case was reviewed by the CPS who did not feel, that the case against the officer, was criminal and that an internal misconduct hearing was the proportionate way to investigate the incident.

The misconduct hearing commenced on Monday 15th November 2021 and today has come to a conclusion. West Yorkshire Police have released the following press release.

“Detective Chief Inspector Shaf Rehman, of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, said: “We take any allegation about the use of excessive force extremely seriously. We made a voluntary referral to the IOPC in relation to this incident, who took it on as an independent investigation.

 “Unfortunately, our officers do find themselves in situations where the use of force is required for the prevention or detection of crime or to prevent an individual from causing harm to themselves or others.

 “It is vital however that any use of force is lawful, reasonable and proportionate; follows force policy and is in keeping with the training received. The finding of the hearing today has concluded that this was the case in relation to this officer.

 “We will now reflect upon the outcome of this hearing and any recommendations. We will seek to implement them in our organisational learning and development going forwards.”

 

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Tell Tracy – Police and Crime Plan Consultation by October 17

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Mayor of West Yorkshire Launches Police and Crime Plan Consultation – Complete survey by October 17th

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has today officially launched the consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan.

The Mayor is urging everyone in West Yorkshire to get involved and #TellTracy about your policing and community safety priorities.

The consultation will feed directly into the new Plan which sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police, community safety partners and commissioned services over the next three years.

An online survey has been launched along with a host of other options to get involved.

The consultation will run until 19th November with the online survey closing for responses on 17th October. To take part visit https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan-consultation or call 0113 348 1740.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “I’m very excited to be launching this consultation today. We’ve worked really hard to make it as comprehensive and inclusive as we can with options to feedback including an online survey, over the phone, email, in person, social media and virtual events.

“Your views and the information collected will be crucial, not only in setting priorities but also to ensure I am focusing activity and funding on the areas of greatest need to the people of West Yorkshire.

“The Plan will be underpinned by some key principles that sit at the core of everything that my Deputy for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe, and I do. These are, safety for women and girls, diversity, equality and inclusion, and early intervention and prevention.”

Message Sent By  Mayoral Combined Authority, Communications, West Yorkshire

Become a member of the Key Individual Network

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Key Individual Network (KIN)

A KIN is a network of people that are able to represent identified groups or communities, either through group or self-nomination.  Membership is a volunteer commitment and individuals must have an interest in the safety and wellbeing of the group or community that they represent.

People on the KIN may identify as belonging to a specific ‘protected characteristic’ group, as defined in the Equality Act 2010. A protected characteristic is an aspect of a person’s identity that makes them who they are.

The ‘protected’ characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Religion or belief
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignments
  • Marriage and civil Partnership

KIN membership

As well as representing a protected characteristic group a member of the KIN may also be involved in:

  • Local Policing priority setting
  • Collaborative problem-solving through Community Champions
  • Advising to help support shaping local policing and in response to critical incidents
  • Reassuring wider communities

This list is not exhaustive.

Who could be a KIN member?

A member of a KIN is someone or a group of people who represent a group or community in their local area. This could be anyone from a teacher or shop keeper, to a church leader, support group, chairperson of a women’s community group.

Become a member of the Key Individual Network

We are changing how we work with our KIN to ensure that regular engagement informs people on local policing issues and actively seeks feedback and support.

If you are interested in representing a group or community in your local area complete our online KIN application form here and someone will be in contact for an informal chat as soon as possible.

‘Keeping West Yorkshire Safe and Feeling Safe’

We are committed to preventing people from becoming victims of crime, especially the young and the vulnerable.

Our communities within West Yorkshire Police play in vital role in helping us to ‘Keep West Yorkshire Safe and Feeling Safe’.

We are committed to building and maintaining, strong working relationships with all of our diverse communities in West Yorkshire.

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Tell Tracy – Police and Crime Plan Consultation

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Mayor of West Yorkshire Launches Police and Crime Plan Consultation

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has today officially launched the consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan.

The Mayor is urging everyone in West Yorkshire to get involved and #TellTracy about your policing and community safety priorities.

The consultation will feed directly into the new Plan which sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police, community safety partners and commissioned services over the next three years.

An online survey has been launched along with a host of other options to get involved.

The consultation will run until 19th November with the online survey closing for responses on 17th October. To take part visit https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan-consultation or call 0113 348 1740.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “I’m very excited to be launching this consultation today. We’ve worked really hard to make it as comprehensive and inclusive as we can with options to feedback including an online survey, over the phone, email, in person, social media and virtual events.

“Your views and the information collected will be crucial, not only in setting priorities but also to ensure I am focusing activity and funding on the areas of greatest need to the people of West Yorkshire.

“The Plan will be underpinned by some key principles that sit at the core of everything that my Deputy for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe, and I do. These are, safety for women and girls, diversity, equality and inclusion, and early intervention and prevention.”

Message Sent By  Mayoral Combined Authority, Communications, West Yorkshire

Have you been affected by Hate Crime or Hate Incident?

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Hate crimes / hate incidents can take place anywhere, at home, in the street, at work, school or online.

No-one should have to put up with it and live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate.

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Examples include:

  • Physical attacks, this includes physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson.
  • Threats of attack, such as inciting hatred by words, pictures or videos, offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, intimidation etc

A hate incident is classed as hate crime when the actions of the perpetrator break the law. That does not make hate incidents less important.

Hate incidents and hate crimes are serious offences with devastating impact on the individual, the family and friends of the victims and the wider community.

All reports of hate incidents and hate crimes are taken very seriously and will be treated with confidentiality.

Hate Incident Reporting Centres

HIRCs offer anyone who has experienced or witnessed a hate crime/incident the opportunity to report it if they would prefer not to report to the police.

The reporting centres are based at various community venues/organisations across Calderdale.

We would like to remind you that Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, part of North Halifax Partnership is a designated reporting centre.

Useful page on Hate Crime on the Citizens Advice Bureau website

We can liaise on your behalf from recording and registering the occurrence, refer it to the police, the council and putting you in touch with other organisations that may be able to further assist you and your family.

To report a hate crime/ hate incident to us, please contact: Karen Scanlon on karen.scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 252209

In an emergency contact the police on 999, or in a non-emergency call 101 or you can report the matter through to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

You can always report hate crime directly to the Police or Calderdale Council either online or over the phone.

To report online to West Yorkshire Police visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk

Please note that due to Covid19 the Hate Incident Reporting Centres are being reviewed.

For further information please contact Sail Suleman, Cohesion & Equality Officer (Hate Crime Reduction) on 01422 392869 or by email at sail.suleman@calderdale.gov.uk