Julia’s manifesto pledges
Boosting the frontline
Over the next year approximately 100 officers will be recruited. One of my first acts as Police and Crime Commissioner was to overturn immediate plans to cut funding for police officers.
Now, following the Government’s announcement to protect the overall police budget for the next five years, I will increase officer numbers to 1,400 and Police Community Support Officers to 200.
Protecting the vulnerable
In February, I announced an investment of £3.2m to better protect vulnerable people including children from neglect and abuse, older people from scams and frauds and victims of domestic abuse.
I will back this up with £600,000 to work with the NHS to deliver mental health crisis care services for vulnerable people coming into contact with the police.
Supporting our rural communities
I want to see greater protection for rural areas. I will roll out a volunteer-led Community Speed Watch scheme to remind drivers to slow down, particularly in villages and local communities who wish to participate. I will ensure the new Rural Task Force is up and running across all our rural areas. I will increase collaboration with other police forces, to better tackle serious and cross-border crime.
Save and protect via collaboration
The Government has introduced a new ‘duty to collaborate’ between the police, fire and ambulance services. This is common sense and will save money and protect services.
I will build on our successful work with the fire service and other partners to share buildings, such as the new shared transport and logistics depot in Thirsk, back-office administration and governance, which will save money and help protect front line services in our communities.
Improving the 101 service
101 is the non-emergency alternative to calling 999. Based on my root and branch review, I will drive through improvements to the 101 system so that response is improved.
I will upgrade the phone system so you can get hold of the people you need to talk to and improve access to local police teams, in particular by putting their contact details on a new police website.
Speaking up for North Yorkshire
I want to continue speaking up for North Yorkshire at the heart of Government. The police service is changing. I have a track record of speaking out for North Yorkshire and will continue to ensure your voice is heard via my work at a national level.
In particular, I will continue my fight for fair funding for rural forces.