The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Crime Commissioner’s visit cements LTHT's relationship with West Yorkshire Police

10 August 2015

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, was guest of honour at a Crime Prevention Roadshow at St James’s University Hospital.

Mr Burns-Williamson officially opened the event in the atrium of the Bexley Wing at St James’s alongside Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

He also visited the Trust’s hi-tech control room which is linked to 1300 cameras across five hospital sites.

The Roadshow highlighted partnership working between Yorkshire’s largest NHS Trust and West Yorkshire Police as well as a range of other partners working together to keep patients, staff and the public safe in hospital and at home, as well as fighting crime and NHS fraud.

Julian Hartley said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Mark to the Roadshow and showcase the success of our formal partnership working, which dates back more than ten years.

“Our security team and West Yorkshire Police work hard together to keep our hospitals safe, and have a proactive approach to preventing crime as well as ensuring a robust response to people who come on to our sites to do harm.”

Mark Burns-Williamson said: “It was a fantastic event and I was really pleased to be asked to open it with Julian. It was good to meet lots of the people and see some of the initiatives and equipment that is helping to keep staff and members of the public safe.

“The Trust, West Yorkshire Police, Safer Leeds and other partners have done a great job of preventing and reducing crime and this is testament to their committed working relationships. Partnership working is key in keeping people safe and feeling safer, especially in times of severe government cuts where we all face tough challenges.”

As well as highlighting staying safe and a zero tolerance of crime and anti-social behaviour on hospital sites, the event also gave advice about domestic and commercial crime prevention, safer car parking, fire safety, domestic violence and the range of help and support available from partners across the city.