Release Date: 06-Dec-2012
A message from your new Police & Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson
As your new Police and Crime Commissioner there are two important things to do.
The Budget and the Police and Crime Plan 2013/14 both need to be determined and before taking important decisions that affect you and your family, where you live and where you work, in your community, I want to hear about your priorities for policing and crime prevention across West Yorkshire.
There are difficult choices to be made. Government spending cuts mean our policing grant will be reduced by 20% between 2010/11 and 2014/15. Savings of £64m have already been made - but a further cut of £18m will be needed in 2013/14. 80% of our budget is spent on people, however, I am firmly committed to reducing the impact on front line policing.
I will look at more ways to increase efficiencies and generate income and at the same time will keep on challenging the unfairness of the cuts to our region. Even after making savings we have 800 police officers at risk whilst Surrey, in the south, has been given the funding for 250 more. But I need your views to make sure the decisions made are right for your communities.
Working together we can make sure your priorities are reflected in the Budget and Police and Crime Plan and I would be very grateful if you could spare some time to complete a questionnaire and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do the same. It is vitally important that your voice is heard and your community needs are identified.
Below is a link to the questionnaire which will enable you to provide me with your views. Please feel free to forward the link to anyone you know who would also be interested in expressing their views.
Let's make these decisions together