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.

Alison Lowe

About the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Alison Lowe OBE 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.

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Take part in the Your Views Survey

The Your Views survey is your opportunity to tell the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime about the crime and safety issues that matter to you in the place where you live.

Your answers are really important as they help us to understand the safety issues affecting your local area, and how the Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, police, and local partners can work together to deliver improved services and safety across West Yorkshire.

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Latest Policing and Crime News

  1. NPAS

    Mayor agrees extension to NPAS withdrawal deadline

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    • 29 June 2022

    Following conversations with the NPAS National Strategic Board and in consultation with the APCC, NPCC and the Home Office, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has agreed to extend the deadline to withdraw West Yorkshire from the role as lead local policing body for the National Police Air Service.

    Read more about Mayor agrees extension to NPAS withdrawal deadline

Contact

The Mayor's team covering policing and crime can be contacted via email, phone or post.