In November 2012, Mark Burns-Williamson was elected by the public as the first West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and was given responsibility for the way in which policing is delivered in West Yorkshire. This includes setting policing priorities through a Police and Crime Plan and then spending the police budget in a way that addresses these priorities.
The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel will be working in support of the residents of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield to ensure that the Police and Crime Commissioner meets the needs of all the communities that he has been elected to serve.
Police and Crime Commissioners and Police and Crime Panels are part of a completely new National Government Policy which is aiming to strengthen the link between policing and the public.
The Panel is made up of 12 elected members from the five West Yorkshire authorities and 2 independent members. Panel members will work in close partnership, with each other and with other key agencies, to guarantee the best possible policing and crime outcomes for the whole of West Yorkshire.
The AWYA provides secretariat support to the Police and Crime Panel.
Further details of the Panel and the work it undertakes can be found at www.westyorkshire-pcp.gov.uk.