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Many third sector organisations contribute to achieving citywide crime priorities, eg tackling domestic abuse, reducing re-offending, strengthening community engagement and giving support to victims.
The Leeds Crime Reduction Network brings together third sector organisations working in the field of crime, and there are other ways in which third sector organisations can engage with the crime and community safety agenda.
Third Sector Leeds (TSL) has a representative on the Safer and Stronger Communities Board and Safer Leeds Partnership. The representative advocates on behalf of third sector organisations working in the field of crime prevention and reduction and ensures the sector has a role in setting priorities. The Boards bring together partners from Leeds City Council, the Police, West Yorkshire probation service, Youth Offending Team, the Prison Service. Fire service and other agencies. It is responsible for leading multi-agency work to tackle crime and safety priorities. You can find out more by contacting the TSL representative.
Police and Crime Commissioner
Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) coordinates the Third Sector’s engagement with the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. The Police and Crime Commissioner is an elected post which exists to hold the Police to account and answerable to the public. The first elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner took place in November 2012. The Police and Crime Commissioner has a Partnership Executive, VAL represents the third sector on this body. This is an excellent way for the third sector to engage with crime priorities and the Police authority in the region. VAL hosts events for third sector organisations to feed into priorities for the Police and Crime Commissioner.