PCC visits Leeds East NPT

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) visited Leeds East NPT this week (13/05).

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

​The team have been specifically focusing on tackling anti-social behaviour including motorbike use, drug related offences, reducing burglary and criminal damage.

The visit started at the joint Killingbeck Fire/Police Station base where Mark spoke to officers and staff about their proactive partnership work and the issues they are facing in their area. He also had an input from some Police Now candidates, PCSOs and the Neighbourhood Co-ordinator in how they effectively applying a problem solving approach across the area.

Police Now is an initiative that looks to recruit and develop a diverse group of individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline. Their two-year national programmes train graduates to become police officers and detectives.

Mark finished the visit by going into the community with the NPT for a visit to their Harehills partnership hub, in the Compton Centre, where he specifically heard about the Intensive Engagement activity in the area and innovative work with the mental health services.

Mark said: "It was a pleasure to visit Leeds East NPT. My thanks to Inspector Mick Preston and all the officers and staff for their hard work and dedication in helping to keep our communities safe. It was great to hear and see the difference they are making in their local community which is very positive and why Neighbourhood Policing is so important."

Inspector Mick Preston, who heads neighbourhood policing in east Leeds, said: "The Police and Crime Commissioner's visit was a welcome opportunity for us to show him first-hand the range of proactive work we are doing alongside our partner agencies to tackle the types of crime and anti-social behaviour that can impact on the daily lives of people in our communities.

"East Leeds has a number of areas with significant policing challenges and we hope his visit will have given him a valuable insight into the positive approach we are taking, particularly our increased focus on community engagement."


Inspector Mick Preston, the PCC, PC Lauren Finch and PC Matt Furber.


Sergeant Lee Nicholson and the PCC outside the Compton Centre, Harehills.






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