Continuing the Community Conversation October 2020

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson is inviting residents across the county to keep the ‘community conversation’ going during the COVID pandemic with the launch of his latest survey focusing on wellbeing, policing and public safety, with a deadline of 6th November 2020.

Please find below a message from Mark:

“Although they capture only a snapshot in time, these surveys are extremely useful in understanding what our communities are experiencing and how we can respond in a way that best supports them from a policing and public safety perspective. Accepting that circumstances will continually change as we manage the effects of this pandemic, these findings still offer an incredibly important insight. They enable us to extract learning points arising from public sentiment and importantly anticipate what might come next, so we can act accordingly. For instance, there is a strong indication from the first survey that the lockdown periods have had a significantly greater impact upon those who already feel vulnerable. This appears to be compounded by the socio-economic factors that COVID-19 has also created.

This knowledge is invaluable, as we can then collectively look at how resources can be managed in a partnership approach that corresponds with community needs.

Whilst we still face the same ongoing uncertainty, I want to find out more about people’s experiences, concerns and views, understanding further changes over the last few months. Crucially, I want to know what else I can do to support people and in their area whilst the impact of COVID-19 remains a challenge for us all. I am really keen to hear from as many of West Yorkshire’s diverse communities as possible, reaching a broader audience. I would therefore be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete this questionnaire and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to do the same.”

The results from the first survey undertaken in June 2020 have also been published, highlighting a series of findings and conclusions from the earlier lockdown period.

Get in touch at if you or any of your colleagues would prefer to talk to us outside of the survey or about any other engagement opportunities.

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