In November 2018, responsiblity for governance and oversight of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was transferred to the elected North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan. This means that the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) has responsibilities in relation to not only policing and crime but also fire and rescue in York and North Yorkshire.
Further details about the dual responsbilities of the PFCC can be found at www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk.
It is the role of the police, fire and crime panel to maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the PFCC. Each panel is a joint committee of the local authorities in the area. Its role includes:
Reviewing the PFCC's proposals for the amount of council tax local people pay towards policing and fire and rescue. It has the power to veto these proposals if it considers the amount is inappropriate.
Considering the PFCC's police, fire and crime plan and annual report/annual fire statement.
Considering the PFCC's proposals for the appointment of a new Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer.
Considering non-criminal complaints about the PFCC and Deputy PCC.
The panel's publications in respect of each of these responsibilities can be found here. The panel cannot scrutinise the performance of the police force as a whole, or the Chief Constable/Chief Fire Officer, as this is the responsibility of the PFCC. It can request reports from the PFCC and, if it wishes, call the PFCC to attend its meetings.
The North Yorkshire police and crime panel covers York and North Yorkshire. It comprises: one elected representative from each of the district authorities; one from the County Council and two from the City of York. In addition, two individuals that have been co-opted as Independent "Community" Members.
North Yorkshire County Council is host local authority for the panel and provides administrative and other support to the panel and its members.