The role of the police, fire and crime panel is to maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. Philip Allott was elected as Commissioner for North Yorkshire in May 2021. Each panel is a joint committee of the local authorities in the area. Its role includes:
Reviewing the Commissioner'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 Commissioner's police, fire and crime plan and annual report/annual fire statement.
Considering the Commissioner's proposals for the appointment of a new Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer.
Considering non-criminal complaints about the Commissioner.
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 Commissioner. It can request reports from the Commissioner and, if it wishes, call the Commissioner 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.
Further details about the responsibilities of the Commissioner can be found at www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk.