THE policing plan for West Yorkshire for the next three years has been revealed.

The plan sets out how West Yorkshire Police intends to respond to the priorities outlined by the Government as well as those concerns raised by the public of West Yorkshire during consultation.

The plan has been published by West Yorkshire Police Authority, which oversees policing on behalf of the public – and talks only of strategies.

The top priorities for 2008 to 2011 include:

Reducing crime and offending.

Tackling anti-social behaviour and creating stronger and more cohesive communities.

Increasing public confidence and improving customer satisfaction.

l Strengthening protective services and reducing the risk to the public and vulnerable groups.

Strengthening organisational management.

West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman Clr Mark Burns-Williamson said: “This plan starts from a position of relative strength. The challenge will be to sustain the achievements of the past while making progress across a broad range of priority areas.

“Although crime reduction remains a top priority, the Police Authority believes that the ultimate litmus test of success in policing is not declining crime trends – but that people have trust and confidence in their local police.

“One route to increased public satisfaction and confidence is through a community having a greater visibility of and familiarity with Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

Copies of the Policing Plan 2008 to 2011 is available on the West Yorkshire Police Authority website at