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.
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).
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.
For this reason, the policing is delivered from 5 separate police districts, providing most of the day-to-day policing services performed through the county. There are also teams of specialist police and support staff personnel based at headquarters and at various other locations around the Force.
The overwhelming majority of police officers are engaged in operational duties that contribute towards the community safety for the people of West Yorkshire.
West Yorkshire Police has 126 Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) which are made up of Inspectors, Sergeants, Constables and Police Community Support Officers. Neighbourhood teams are visible and accessible to local communities, providing the familiar face of the service. The teams work closely with communities in defined geographical areas and in partnership to tackle the issues most important to local people.
Community consultation and engagement events take place regularly within each and every neighbourhood. One example is a PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting, when the community can meet with their dedicated officers and have a real say in local policing issues and priorities.
Policy and Standards
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire aims to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within the force area.
They will do this by:
- holding the chief constable to account for the delivery of policing;
- setting and updating a police and crime plan;
- setting the force budget and precept;
- regularly engaging with the public and communities; and
- appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable.
To provide stronger and more transparent accountability of the police, the Commissioner has been elected by the public to hold the chief constable to account; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
More details about this and the PCC are available on the PCC website – www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk