Corporate Communications Enquiries:
West Yorkshire Police Corporate Communications is open 0700 - 1900 Monday to Friday and 0730 - 1500 on Saturday. The main contact number for media is 01924 292045 *.
Outside those hours, the main point of contact for the media is the Duty Officer at Force Communications. Tel: 01924 293952.
* Please note : the numbers above are for members of the media only and not the general public. If you need to speak to a police officer please contact your local officers by finding your Neighbourhood Policing Team under the 'My Neighbourhood' section of this website or call 101. In an emergency, dial 999. You can also report crime online or use our online LiveChat facility to speak live to a Customer Contact Centre agent, when available.
The media can also access the latest police news from across the county on the West Yorkshire Police Newsline Service, available 24 hours a day. Contact Corporate Communications for access.
Media can also log into the Virtual Press Office via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/vpo. Contact Corporate Communications for access.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams also provide local news and updates via social media. For more details about all the Force's social media accounts including Roads Policing Unit, dog and mounted section see http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/socialmediasites
Corporate Communications Profile :
West Yorkshire Police's Corporate Communications, formally the 'Press Office' and now part of Force Performance Improvement Unit, is responsible for promoting the work of the Force, so maintaining public understanding and goodwill and boosting public confidence.
The team of Divisional and Headquarters staff operate six days a week and handle around 45,000 calls a year from the media seeking information or updates on incidents or police initiatives across the county. We also give help and guidance to police officers wishing to issue press releases or appeals for information. A Communications Officer is always on-call out of office hours.
Communications Officers provide practical support at the scene of major incidents and helps deal with serious crime, managing media interest and offering officers help and advice on publicity. They are responsible for internal and external communications, through written, audio and visual material, including images, video and digital communications.
The Corporate Communications team releases information for journalists on Newsline, a telephone Voicebank, to inform themselves of activities in the Force area. Information is also released on the ‘News’ section of the website and via the Force Facebook and Twitter pages.
During the past year we have worked on enquiries ranging from murder and missing children to major projects such as the Metal Theft and a binge drinking awareness and enforcement initiative.
One of our main aims is to help promote the work of West Yorkshire Police and achieve a greater understanding of some of the issues facing the police service. Corporate Communications enables the public to take a closer look at what officers do best - protecting the public and detecting crime.
The Corporate Communications team provides training and advice to officers throughout the Force on topics such as how to deal with TV and radio interviews, and dealing with the media in general.
Corporate Information Profile :
Corporate Information includes elements of marketing communications, corporate communications, graphic design, digital communications and engagement and media imaging. It also has the responsibility for making sure the Force receives an efficient and professional exhibitions and event management service.
Corporate Information can provide help and advice on a range of marketing communications activity. Such as:
Internal and external campaigns / Digital communications and engagement, including social media / Force websites / Graphic design, including corporate identity / Publications, such as Team Brief and The Beat / Media imaging / Event and exhibitions / Screensavers / Corporate merchandise.