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West Yorkshire to recruit 1,000 Special Constables, despite £154m cut

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Despite the cut, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns is looking to develop and improve the efficacy of frontline policing operations, with a new recruitment drive and the introduction of new victim's code.

He said "Safer neighbourhoods with more visible policing, more integrated partnership working, increased engagement, greater support for victims and more opportunities for volunteers are just some of the areas I will be focusing on in 2014".

Having been faced with their overall government budget being cut by a third, the force have announced that they still intend to recruit 1,000 Special Constables.

In further boost to the forces frontline operations, the new vicitims code is set to make an arrival. The code will aim to break down the barriers that restrict the victims of crime from the information and assistance that they need.