Companies Misusing Police Force Crest

Copy of email received Friday 20th August, 2010

Dear All,

Several companies have been brought to our attention recently who have either been misusing the Force Crest to suggest association with West Yorkshire Police or have implied via the content of their literature that they or their products are 'recommended / supported' by West Yorkshire
Police/Crime Reduction Officers.  Some have also used the Secured by Design logo, Neighbourhood Watch logo or Crimestoppers logo.

West Yorkshire Police would not recommend/support in this manner and it is vitally important that we try to do all we can to prevent this practice from continuing or happen in the first place.

Would you please inform me of any companies that post leaflets through your doors or directly approach you, that you feel are suggesting an association with West Yorkshire Police please.  This could either be via use of the Crest on leaflets or a suggestion via the text  - i.e. 'As recommended by West Yorkshire Police Crime Reduction Officers'.  Please retain the leaflet and make a note of the time/date it was delivered or when you were approached on the doorstep etc.

West Yorkshire Police and Trading Standards are also interested in any companies who may be making misleading statements on their literature, - i.e. 'Burglary is on the increase' or anything that could be perceived to be raising the fear of crime to sell a product.

Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671

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