West Yorkshire Police have worked in partnership with West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion in Wakefield since 2013, and across the whole of West Yorkshire since April 2019.

The West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion service have a presence in Police custody suites across West Yorkshire. Offering support to all identified individuals, who are able to opt into the service and receive support whether they are charged or not.

Liaison and Diversion carry out assessments to identify people that may have a wide range of vulnerabilities including mental health, learning disabilities, substance misuse and social vulnerabilities. With a view to reducing and preventing further contact within the Criminal Justice System.

The Liaison and Diversion Service’s aim is to ensure people have access to appropriate interventions and services to reduce the risk of re-offending. The work that our service does contributes to West Yorkshire Police’s commitment to reduce crime and protect vulnerable people.