PCC Mark visits the valley to hear groups’ priorities

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

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner reflected on his first 12 months in the job during a visit to the upper Calder Valley last week.

Mark Burns-Williamson, who met with community groups, churches, schools and councillors during his visit, was in the area as part of his “Listening to you First” campaign.

“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.

Mr Burns-Williamson has been campaigning to get more money from the Proceeds of Crime Act distributed 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 well-being of the community,” he said.

While in the upper Calder Valley, Mr Burns-Williamson met with the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, Todmorden High School, Todmorden Town Council, St Mary’s Crypt, Incredible Edible and the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.