Coronavirus / COVID-19
Police across West Yorkshire are working hard to keep the public safe amid the ongoing threat from the Coronavirus pandemic.
We are continuing to provide all the essential services you expect from us, while supporting the NHS and other organisations to help keep everyone safe.
The Coronavirus outbreak has affected us all
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
The Government's social distancing measures will help to control the spread of the disease.
Please do not call Police for Coronavirus guidance
- Click here to Report a breach of the Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions
We need your support to help us concentrate our efforts where they are needed most - protecting the vulnerable - so please only call 999 if a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life.
Please help us keep 101 for those who do not have access to the website.
Online contact methods / crime reporting
Our 'report it' section allows you to report minor crimes, hate crime, anti-social behaviour, as well as tracking the progress of a previously reported crime.
You can also reach us via the 101 Live Chat facility and there is contact information for the deaf and hard of hearing.
All our contact options can be found at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us
Also see our Coronavirus 'Ask The Police' Frequently Asked Questions section.
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A message from Chief Constable John Robins QPM
Chief Constable John Robins QPM said :
“We have a responsibility to ensure that the public are abiding by the new restrictions placed upon us all. I am pleased to see that the vast majority of people have been heeding the advice, helping to slow the spread and reduce demand on our stretched health services.
"We will continue to encourage compliance with new stay at home rules, warning and advising if necessary and trying to help people to understand what they should be doing."
“I am sure most people understand the need for restrictions, but where people persist in not complying, we will use the powers at our disposal. Where people repeatedly fail to abide by the restrictions and fail to contribute to slowing the spread of coronavirus, I have asked my officers to be robust in applying these new powers.”
In line with Government advice around Coronavirus / COVID-19, the majority of West Yorkshire Police's Public Helpdesk facilities remain open for business.
Slight changes, however, have been made to the opening hours. The Helpdesks will now be available from 8:00am – 6:00pm each day, including weekends.
Leeds Central, Northgate - Wakefield, Pontefract and Todmorden are now closed until further notice. This is in order that staff can maintain service provision at our larger stations in our policing districts.
The only exceptions will be Bank Holidays when we will be open between 10:00am and 6:00pm at our District Headquarters at Trafalgar House (Bradford), Elland Road (Leeds), Richmond Way (Halifax), Havertop Lane (Normanton) and Castlegate (Huddersfield).
Other non-essential services
In order to support our front line, we are reviewing the following non-essential services for the foreseeable future:
- Register as an overseas visitor (Foreign National Registration Scheme)
- Firearms Licensing (registering firearms or amending a registration)
- PACT and NPT Community Meetings
All planned Neighbourhood Policing Team community meetings are currently cancelled. To check future events visit the My Neighoubourhood pages to find your local team.
While the current situation is bringing out the best in many of our communities, we may also see a rise in some specific crimes as a result of the measures brought in to combat Coronavirus:
Force Coronavirus news
- News Release : Stay Safe this Bank Holiday Weekend 7th May 2020
West Yorkshire Police is urging the public to continue to observe social distancing rules, ahead of the second Bank Holiday weekend under Government restrictions.
- News Release : Appeal: Police Issue Coronavirus Distraction Burglary Warning, Dewsbury 28 April 2020
Police are urging residents in Dewsbury to be on their guard after two women tricked their way into victim’s homes by claiming they had a Coronavirus vaccine.
- News Release : COVID-19 assaults 'wholly unacceptable', says Deputy Chief Constable 28 April 2020
West Yorkshire Police officers and staff were assaulted on a dozen separate occasions last week by people suffering from, or claiming to have, COVID-19.
- News Release : Special Constables go the extra mile to help during COVID-19 Pandemic 20th April 2020
Special Constables across West Yorkshire have contributed to working more than 2500 hours in the last week.
- News Release : Coronavirus - Easter Message ACC Tim Kingsman 9th April 2020
West Yorkshire Police is urging the public to Stay Home, protect the NHS and Save Lives this Easter weekend.
- News Release : Partial Closure to Helpdesk Facilities 2nd April 2020
West Yorkshire Police Helpdesks at Leeds Central, Northgate Wakefield, Pontefract and Todmorden have now closed until further notice in order that staff can maintain service provision at our larger stations in our policing districts.
- News Release : Innovative System Supporting Forces During Coronavirus 1st April 2020
The innovative Telephone Witness Statement system implemented by West Yorkshire Police, is being shared nationwide to help other police forces cope with their demand and further reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
- News Release : Force Urges Be Safe On The Phone While Staying At Home 27th March 2020
West Yorkshire Police are once again warning people to be on their guard against phone scammers. It comes after police in Bradford received a crime report where a man in his seventies fell victim to a cold caller, who claimed to be from the National Crime Agency (NCA).
- News Release : Coronavirus – New Police Powers: Video Message by Chief Constable 26th March 2020
Video message by West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable John Robins QPM in relation to the ongoing threat from the Coronavirus pandemic, and new police powers to help keep people safe and slow the spread.
- News Release : Police Helpdesk Services During Coronavirus 25 March 2020
In line with Government advice around Coronavirus / COVID-19, all West Yorkshire Police Helpdesk facilities currently remain open for business. Slight changes, however, have been made to the opening hours.
- News Release : Help the Force to Keep Responding 20 March 2020
Advice on how to contact the officer in your case online, using our online Local Crimetracker tool and Contact Officer facility
- News Release : Police Reassure Public Amid Coronavirus Pandemic 19 March 2020
Police across West Yorkshire are working hard to keep the public safe amid the ongoing threat from the Coronavirus pandemic. West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable John Robins and West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson today reassured communities that plans were in place to ensure that West Yorkshire Police continued to provide a service to the public.
- News Release : Taking Your Statements 'Down the Line' During Coronavirus 19 March 2020
Victims and witnesses across West Yorkshire are being urged to take advantage of Telephone Witness Statements during the continuing Coronavirus outbreak. The service allows those who have been subject of a crime to provide a statement over the phone without ever having to attend a police station or receive a visit.
Other sources of help and advice
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- Gov.uk - Coronavirus information
- Gov.uk - Travel advice
- Gov.uk - Advice for isolating with possible infection
- NHS - COVID-19 Physical Health Advice
- NHS - COVID-19 Mental Health Advice
- Coronavirus 'Ask The Police' Frequently Asked Questions
- West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support website
- Sign up for updates from your local Police with our West Yorkshire Community Alert system
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(11th April 2020)
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Guidance on social gatherings and distancing, including what is meant by a ‘gathering’ and also what is meant by a ‘vulnerable person’