The Annual Report
Annual Report 2018/2019
Welcome to my 2018-19 Annual Report, our review of activities and achievements during the year working in partnership to achieve the outcomes of my Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire.
Significant progress have been made over the last year focusing on the issues which matter most to the public such as tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, safeguarding vulnerable people, supporting victims and witnesses and making sure the criminal justice system works effectively for communities.
A specific theme in the report is tackling rising concerns regionally and nationwide about serious violence in communities.
During the year important work has been carried out to address the use of weapons and other forms of violence, both at the strategic partnership level (where we are working to attract government funding, for example to establish a Violence Reduction Unit), and at neighbourhood level, where we are supporting the vital early intervention work which can divert young people away from criminal behaviour. At community level, I have been pleased to support many valuable projects through my Safer Communities Fund, which has backed third sector and social purpose groups who are working in communities vulnerable to gangs and the threat of serious violence.
I hope you find this Annual Report useful and informative but, as ever, if you require any further information or would like to raise a policing or community safety issue directly, please do not hesitate to contact me here at the OPCC. Best wishes,
Mark Burns-Williamson OBE
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
Download the Annual Report 2018/19
Previous Annual Reports
Other reports commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner are hosted in this section, they include:
One Year On Report
Twelve months after Mark was elected as West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012 he released a report detailing his initial achievements.
The DIP Review sets out the findings of a review of the commissioning of the Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP) for West Yorkshire. Tackling drug related offending remains a priority for the region and the review should be seen as a conduit to enable improvements to services providing evidence for the future development of service specifications and implementation of approaches to reduce re-offending in the district. With the DIP being operational for over a decade a review is now timely.
The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) was launched in 2003 and identified offenders who misuse Class A drugs, namely heroin, cocaine and/or crack cocaine, as they go through the criminal justice system. A key driver for the programme was to identify people early and try to get people into treatment quicker. It was seen as a key element of the Home Office Strategy to reduce crime and improve community safety.
The DIP seeks to engage drug using offenders into treatment at every point of the criminal justice system. DIP identifies drug users in police stations, courts and prisons and deploys a range of interventions to address offending behaviour linked to drug misuse and aims to address the needs of this group and move them out of crime and into drug treatment and other support. The DIP has been heavily resourced nationally at approximately £150 million per year but has had a very positive impact in some key ways included:
- It succeeded in identifying large numbers of drug using offenders who had never been in contact with treatment services
- A reduced waiting time in access for to treatment services has been stimulated ensuring that drug using offenders can have quick access, appropriate and timely support
Whilst positives have derived from the DIP to date the funding, commissioning, management and delivery structures for addressing the problems associated with illicit drugs in England are experiencing an unprecedented level of change. It was therefore felt timely to review the current commissioning of DIP across West Yorkshire and undertake horizon scanning on future risks to its continued successful delivery. This review aims to assess the current position and highlight forthcoming policy and structural impacts and their risks to inform the future commissioning of the DIP by West Yorkshire's Police Crime Commissioner.