Common Statement of Performance
The policing environment in West Yorkshire….
West Yorkshire Police serve approximately 2.2 million people living in one of the five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The physical area, of some 2000 square kilometres or 780 square miles, contains the West Yorkshire conurbation and a network of motorway and trunk roads which allow easy access to and from other population centres.
The Force area is very varied combining busy cities and towns with quiet villages and picturesque rural locations. People are equally varied and represent a diverse range of ethnic cultural and economic backgrounds.
In addition to the permanent resident population in West Yorkshire, people commute from outside of the county to cities such as Leeds to work. The county is also temporary home to one of the largest student populations in the country based at our universities in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. West Yorkshire also has a number of tourist sites attracting visitors into the county.
West Yorkshire Police is the Force the fourth largest in the country, with 4,478 (full time equivalent) police officers and 4,082 staff (FTE) including 533 PCSOs (as of March 2016).
There are huge challenges for West Yorkshire Police and across vital public services with a government cut to the police budget of nearly a third, A total of 36.4 million pounds must still be saved over the next four years as work continues to reinvest in priority areas of policing. The table shows the Force as a re-current deficit of 16.2 m by 2019/2020.
West Yorkshire contains 5 separate police districts, containing a total of 126 Neighbourhood Policing Teams, this structure provides most of the day-to-day policing services performed through the county. There are also teams of specialist police and support staff based at headquarters and other locations around the Force.
The overwhelming majority of police officers and a large number of support staff (including Police Community Support Officers) work on `front line’ operational duties to protect and maintain the safety of the people of West Yorkshire.
The vision …
The Police Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, has published the strategic plan for policing and crime prevention for the next five year within the first Police and Crime Plan for 2013-2018.
The police and crime plan, which is refreshed annually, sets out a clear vision based around a framework of community outcomes.
- Reducing crime and re-offending
- Reducing anti-social behaviour
- Supporting victims and witnesses
- Tackling local, regional and national threats, risks and harm
- An efficient and effective Criminal Justice system
- Use of resources
The ultimate vision for policing in West Yorkshire is: ‘Making our communities safer and feel safer.’