The creation of West Yorkshire for Innovation (WyFi) recognised the priority of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire to innovate and invest in the communities of West Yorkshire, now an integral part of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Plan 2013-2018. The commitment to innovate, raise income and invest in communities was made manifest by the 3i Strategy (income, innovation, investment) launched on 21st January 2014 by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

The 3i Strategy is designed to explore new ways to raise income, encourage innovation and to invest in communities. 3i ensures that the Police and Crime Commissioner explores all avenues of revenue; maximises the community benefits from assets held on behalf of the communities of West Yorkshire and explores opportunities for encouraging innovation and increasing investment in communities, which is vital at a time when pressures on policing and community safety services have never been greater. To drive, develop and deliver the 3i Strategy, WyFi was formally established on 1st April 2014, bringing together teams engaged in grant-funded security research with income development to create a unique innovation team under the auspices of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.