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West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner comes to Calderdale as part of Listening to You First campaign. Pictured at St Augustine's Family Centre

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner comes to Calderdale as part of Listening to You First campaign. Pictured at St Augustine's Family Centre

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The past 12 months for West Yorkshire Police’s czar has been demanding and challenging yet still enjoyable.

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has been in the post for 12 months today but says the time has just flown by.

“It has been very demanding and challenging role but one that I am enjoying and one that I will continue to work at as hard as I can to represent the public of West Yorkshire as their Police and Crime Commissioner. Hopefully I have started to raise the profile of the role but it is ongoing. I am certainly leading on the Proceeds of Crime campaign.”

Mr Burns-Williamson has been campaigning to get half of the money from the Proceeds of Crime Act that disappears to government back to the community to spend on local projects. His campaign was voted in the top five best ideas in a national newspaper.

“The police have got a big role to play in engaging with the community to not only protect them to keep them safe but also try and steer people into activities that are positive and contribute to the wellbeing of the community,” he said.

Mr Burns-Williamson was in Calderdale only last week as part of ‘Listening to you First’ campaign which will help shape the Police and Crime Plan.

“When I was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner, one of the first things I did was to consult with as many people as possible across West Yorkshire to make sure their priorities and concerns were at the heart of my Police and Crime Plan,” he said.

Now he is visiting communities as part of his review.