“So Mark, If Re-Elected, What’s This New Crime Fighting Initiative You’ve Got Planned?”
Illustration by Steve Spencer
On May 5, 2016, elections will be held across 41 police force areas of England and Wales when voters will be asked to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner.
With 4,478 full-time officers, 533 PCSOs and 4,082 office and support staff, West Yorkshire Police Force is the fourth largest in the country. Government cuts are putting more pressure on the force to get the same results from less. Budget cuts of almost a third will be a tough challenge for the new West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner who will have to make savings in the region of £36.4 million over the next four years.
The current Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire is Mark Burns-Williams (Labour) who will have to square up against Allan Doherty (Conservative), Barry Golton (Liberal Democrat), Peter Corkindale (UKIP) and Therese Hirst (English Democrats) in the fight to keep his job. Mr. Burns Williamson will still be active in his role as PCC during the election campaign, but will hand over to his successor should he fail to be elected for a second time.