£600,000 to fight crime across area

19th February 2013. Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.
19th February 2013. Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.

Communities across the district have been allocated more than £600,000 to help tackle crime.

The money is a share of £5.29m to spend cut crime and disorder, substance misuse and youth offending.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has allocated £612,464 for the Wakefield district, which includes the Five Towns, to support his Crime and Policing Plan.

The grant is down 20 per cent on the amount given last year.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “Achieving my community outcomes will depend on the quality of services provided by statutory and voluntary partners in achieving our shared aim that communities are and feel safe.”

The grant would previously have been allocated to community safety partnerships.

But the services are now commissioned by Mr Burns-Williamson after he was elected as the county’s first ever police and crime commissioner last year.

He said that funds will be specifically allocated towards improving community safety, reducing re-offending and to support victims of crime.