After a series of burglaries, car thefts and anti social behaviour incidents, Jason welcomed the hundreds of new Police Officers being recruited by West Yorkshire Police whilst good local Neighbourhood Watch Schemes can also play an important role in making our community safer.
Jason McCartney MP
May we have a debate on neighbourhood watch schemes? Local people in my Colne Valley constituency are rightly worried after a series of car break-ins and burglaries.
I very much welcome West Yorkshire police recruiting hundreds of new police officers this year, but neighbourhood watch schemes also have an important role to play, providing intelligence to the local police and helping to make our local communities feel safer.
Mr Rees-Mogg, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
Indeed. Preventing neighbourhood crimes, such as burglary and car theft, is a priority for this Government.
Just last week, the Government opened up a £25 million safer street fund for local police and crime commissioners to bid for resources to invest in crime prevention measures, such as improved street lighting and expanding neighbourhood watch.
My hon. Friend will be delighted to know that, for the part of policing that is actually done by the police, there will be a further 256 officers in West Yorkshire police in year one of the Government’s police uplift, supported by an increase of £36.7 million in 2021.
There is good news for policing in West Yorkshire.