Policing and Crime
Responsibility for exercising the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner in West Yorkshire transferred to the West Yorkshire Mayor on 10th May 2021. Find out more about the role and responsibilities below.
Role and Responsibilities
With regards to policing and crime, the Mayor of West Yorkshire is responsible for:
- Securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force and holding the Chief Constable to account.
- Issuing a Police and Crime Plan, determining police and crime objectives.
- Attendance at the Police and Crime Panel.
- Preparing an annual report.
- Calculating a council tax or budget requirement (precept).
- Maintaining the Police Fund.
- Appointing, and where necessary, suspending or calling on a Chief Constable to retire or resign.
- Delegating some of these functions to a Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime where appointed.
- Consulting the public to ensure that their views and priorities on community safety issues inform the police and crime plan.
- Commissioning of services which include supporting victims and tackling reoffending.
- Strengthening links such as inclusive growth and community safety and cohesion.
To provide stronger and more transparent accountability of the police, the Mayor of West Yorkshire holds the Chief Constable to account, helping to make the police answerable to the communities they serve.
The Mayor will ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible and foster local relationships through building confidence. They will work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.
The Mayor does not run the police. The role is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.
Tell Tracy - The Police and Crime Plan Consultation
Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has launched the consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan.
The Mayor is urging everyone in West Yorkshire to get involved and #TellTracy about your policing and community safety priorities.
The consultation will feed directly into the new Plan which sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police, community safety partners and commissioned services over the next three years.
Find out more
About the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
Alison Lowe is the West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC).
The DMPC works with the Mayor to oversee policing in the county, on behalf of the public.
Other key functions include commissioning services to support those harmed by crime and reduce reoffending, consulting the public to ensure that their views and priorities are taken into account, strengthening links such as inclusive growth and community safety and cohesion.
The Police and Crime Plan sets the strategic direction for the Mayor's Policing and Crime function, West Yorkshire Police, and our wider partners.
Support for VictimsThe Supporting Victims pages are designed to show you what services are available across West Yorkshire and in your area.
West Yorkshire Violence Reduction UnitThe West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) brings together specialists from health, police, local government, education, youth justice, prisons, probation and community organisations to tackle violent crime and the underlying causes of violent crime.
Latest Policing and Crime News
Mayoral statement over HMICFRS report into how effectively police engage with women and girls
“From the outset, I recognised the need for more to be done to improve the safety of women and girls in our county, which is why it forms one of my key pledges."
Statement from West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, following Publication of the 2021 Victim’s Survey
The West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Victim’s Commissioner says there is much more we can learn from the experiences of victims as Dame Vera Baird today (09/09) publishes the results of her 2021 Victims Survey. It features responses from almost 600 victims – with around half of the responses from victims who reported during the pandemic.
Major Online Event Helping to Increase Safety for Women and Girls
Over a hundred and thirty delegates joined an online roundtable event yesterday (07/09) to discuss the safety of women and girls across the county. The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe led the session, designed to capture the views and feedback from a range of organisations and individuals.
Who We Are and What We Do
Who We AreFind out more about the staff supporting the Mayor's policing and crime function.
Complaints and ConductFind out more about the complaints process and how to make a complaint.
TransparencyThe Mayor has responsibilities to publish certain information with regards policing and crime as set out in The Elected Local Policing Bodies Specified Information Order.
FinanceThe Mayor will publish various financial information, including the police budget, precept, grants and contracts.
CommissioningThe Mayor commissions a number of different providers to help with the delivery of services, which will benefit the communities of West Yorkshire, reduce crime and help victims to cope and recover from the harm they have suffered.
Holding the Chief Constable to AccountThe Mayor is responsible for securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force and holding the Chief Constable to account.
Custody VisitingCustody Visitors have an independent role, checking that people held in police custody (not yet convicted of any offence) are being properly treated.
Modern Slavery StatementWe are committed to workingwith our suppliers to support and challenge on their response to modern slavery, and we will ensure our progress is open and transparent, reporting where we have been successful and where we still have opportunities to improve.
Domestic Servitude AnimationThe real-life story of a survivor of domestic servitude has become the inspiration behind a new online animation aimed at the communities of West Yorkshire.
How We Work
Freedom of Information and Data Sharing
Joint Independent Audit and Ethics Committee
The Police and Crime Panel
Misconduct Hearings and Police Appeals Tribunals (PATs)