Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner:
“Community Cohesion is a key priority within my new Police and Crime Plan. The richness of the different people and places of West Yorkshire is the greatest strength of our area with more people coming to the county to work, study and live. However with a population of over 2.3m across urban and also rural areas, understanding our diverse communities can be complex.
“Working with communities is at the heart of what we do, by strengthening our own relations with communities we will be able to better understand issues with cohesion and support people to overcome them. It is crucial that people get on well together, respect differences and work towards achieving shared goals. 40% of respondents to the “Your Priorities, Your Plan” survey felt that a greater sense of community would make them feel safer. We all have a responsibility to encourage inclusivity and build relations between communities which promotes wellbeing and strengthens our resilience to threats such as crime, terrorism and discontent.
“As Community Cohesion is a new topic in the Police and Crime Plan, I would like to invite you to join us for a Community Cohesion workshop where we can discuss the topic in more detail. This will also help us to build an action plan for this priority going forward.”
To confirm your attendance, please contact the Engagement Team (stating your name and organisation) via firstname.lastname@example.org or call either 01924 294 021, 01924 294 023 or 01924 294 065.
The closing date for replies is Friday 23rd February.
If you are unable to attend this workshop but have views that you would like to express; please post or email your comments to the Engagement Team via the above email address. Alternatively, if you would prefer to talk to an officer from the OPCC in person, please get in touch.