Following a confirmation hearing at the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel on 6 October 2016, the Panel made a recommendation to the Police and Crime Commissioner that Mr Naylor should be appointed as proposed.
He took up the role on Monday 21 November 2016.
You can see more about the recruitment process and the role here – Appointment of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire
Role of the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
As Deputy PCC, Will can deputise for the Commissioner as and when appropriate, and he will also support the Commissioner by:
- Strengthening her ability to ‘hold the Chief Constable to account’ with a renewed focus on monitoring performance of the service
- Delivering her manifesto, in particular reforming the police complaints system in line with the opportunities set out in the new policing and crime bill and overseeing improvements to non-emergency contact with the police (the ‘101’ contact system)
- Developing and overseeing the delivery of the new Police and Crime Plan (the Commissioner issues the plan)
- Ensuring North Yorkshire has a strong voice in Westminster, for example, fighting for fair funding
- Developing and running campaigns to support the public, for example the Commissioner’s campaign for anonymity for victims of ‘revenge porn’
Brought up in Leeds and Harrogate, Will moved to London after university to work in Parliament for a number of MPs. Prior to relocating home to North Yorkshire, his last role in Parliament was as a senior parliamentary assistant for Helen Grant MP, who was also the Minister of State for Victims. Will’s time in London also included working in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, based at the Home Office.
On his return to North Yorkshire, Will joined the Julia’s office in January 2013, being appointed Chief of Staff later that year. During his time at the OPCC, Will has established a strong track record for supporting Julia in her work, including the roll out of Community Speed Watch, support with the implementation and success of the National Rural Crime Network and working with the Home Office to improve the police complaints system.
Will lives in Harrogate with his wife and young family.
Following his appointment, Will said: “I have always been passionate about making a difference in my local community. I am honoured that I will now be able to fulfil this role for North Yorkshire, making sure local residents, businesses and visitors have a voice and can help shape policing in their area.
“I will work with the Commissioner to make sure the police continue to respond to the issues you feel are important, and that we improve performance in all areas of policing, from 101 waiting times to better services for victims of crime.”