Transforming the Organisation

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The announcement in November 2015 that the Government Comprehensive Review would not see the degree of cuts originally anticipated to policing has brought about a fundamental rethink of the Force’s change programme.

It has allowed West Yorkshire Police to set a new direction that considers where best to focus its resources and start reinvesting back into the frontline, following a significant reduction in numbers over the previous 5 years.

People are key to its success, ensuring the organisation can continue to develop both its culture and practices.

The 2016 budget announcement by the Police and Crime Commissioner has allowed for the recruitment of at least 300 police officers and the protection of PCSO roles to a level of 565, irrespective of partnership funding. It has also enabled targeted recruitment of police staff.

The expectation to make savings still remains, however, there are now more choices in the management of finances to meet future policing challenges.

The Force continues to use cutting edge technology and smarter ways of working to reduce bureaucracy, enabling officers to spend more time working in your local community.

It is important that we think differently and innovatively, maximising efficiency and productivity, while providing high quality services. This includes delivering more in collaboration with partners and other Forces on both a local, regional and national level.

In the last report from Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) entitled ‘Responding to Austerity’ West Yorkshire Police received a ‘Good’ rating.

It was recognised that the Force had made impressive progress and was providing good value for money. Please click here to read the full report.

Programme of Change Update - April 2016 (3MB PDF)

Programme of Change Update - June 2015 (3MB PDF)

Programme of Change Update - December 2014 (3.1MB PDF)