In May 2016, Julia Mulligan was re-elected by the public for a four-year term as the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with responsibility for the way in which policing is delivered in the force area of York and North Yorkshire. This includes setting policing priorities through a police and crime plan and then spending the police budget in a way that addresses these priorities. In November 2016, the PCC appointed Will Naylor as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) to deputise for, and support, her on delivery against the plan.
Every police force area also has a police and crime panel to maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the PCC. Each panel is a joint committee of the local authorities in the area. Its role includes:
Reviewing the PCC's proposals for the amount of council tax local people pay towards policing. It has the power to veto these proposals if it considers the amount is inappropriate.
Considering the PCC's police and crime plan and annual report.
Considering the PCC's proposals for the appointment of a new Chief Constable, with the power to veto.
Investigating non-criminal complaints about the PCC and DPCC
The panel's publications in respect of each of these responsibilities can be found here. The panel cannot scrutinise the performance of the Force as a whole, or the Chief Constable, as this is the responsibility of the PCC. It can request reports from the PCC and, if it wishes, call the PCC to attend its meetings.
The North Yorkshire police and crime panel covers the area served by North Yorkshire Police (i.e. the area of Craven District Council, Hambleton District Council, Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Richmondshire District Council, Ryedale District Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Selby District Council and City of York Council).
The North Yorkshire panel comprises: one elected representative from each of the district authorities; one from the County Council and two from the City of York. In addition, three individuals that have been co-opted, of these two are Independent "Community" Members and one is an elected Member.
North Yorkshire County Council is host local authority for the panel and provides administrative and other support to the panel and its members.