The role of the OPFCC

Find out about the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

The Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is one of the most nimble and efficient in the country.

Your Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), Julia Mulligan, runs a tight ship as she is very aware that you demand for value for money. She also believes that Police and Crime Commissioners could and should be more efficient and less expensive than the Police Authorities they replaced.

Julia reduced her budget (which carried over from the North Yorkshire Police Authority) from £1,080,000 to £911,000 – and saved more than £500,000 over her first term in office, compared to the old organisation.

Almost uniquely, Julia’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) undertakes their statutory role and works on core North Yorkshire policing functions. This gives the taxpayer great cost efficiencies and also ensures that, through her team, the PFCC is best placed to fulfil her duties and key objectives.

Julia’s Chief Finance Officer (CFO) is employed on a part-time basis, making the role as economical as possible and, as the CFO and deputy CEO for the Cleveland PCC, comes with a wealth of experience.

When you contact an OPFCC member, they will always get back to you as soon as possible and also aim to acknowledge all communications within two working days. If you do not receive a response within this period, please let us know.

The Commissioner’s office is specifically responsible for:

  • Seeking the public’s views on policing and community safety decisions that affect them directly
  • Keeping the public up-to-date and informed about police performance and the commissioner’s work
  • Monitoring and scrutinising the performance of the Chief Constable and North Yorkshire Police
  • Publishing easy-to-access and transparent information about decisions, budgets, performance and governance
  • Working with partners to co-ordinate community safety and crime prevention activities across North Yorkshire and the City of York
  • Commissioning appropriate services for local people

Roles and responsibilities

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

The deputy can exercise almost any function of a Commissioner except fundamental duties, such as appointing and, where necessary, dismissing the Chief Constable; issuing a Police and Crime Plan; or attending a panel in their place.

The deputy is considered a member of a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s staff but is the only post that is not politically restricted – and they can carry out political activity on behalf of the Commissioner. All other staff may not and are bound by strict local government laws.

Statutory Officers

Chief Executive Officer

Monitoring officer responsibilities and appointment process

Every PFCC must have a CEO, who is the ‘head of paid service’ and also the ‘monitoring officer’ that warns them about any actual or potential law breaking or anything else that might lead to an injustice.

Currently, there is an acting CEO at North Yorkshire OPFCC, working one day a week.  Dividing their time between here and West Yorkshire OPCC.

The CEO works with Julia to deliver her vision, strategy and identified priorities – ensuring that her office is led effectively and maintaining close day-to-day links with senior police officers and staff.

The role in North Yorkshire is slightly different to those of most others. Here, they are not only the PFCC’s general delegate and principal advisor, ensuring that Julia has best support to deliver and commission services that fulfil the Police and Crime Plan, but also lead the following police force functions:

  • Finance
  • Legal services
  • Estates, logistics and technology
  • Organisation and development
  • Communications
  • Commissioning and partnerships

There is more information about the CEO and their duties on the at: Gov.uk website

Chief Finance Officer/ Section 151 Officer for the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
Chief Finance Officer for the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority

Both of these roles are undertaken by Chief Finance Officer, Michael Porter.

Responsibilities and appointment process 

The Chief Finance Officer (CFO) helps the leadership team fund, develop and deliver strategic objectives sustainably and in the public interest.

The CFO promotes and ensures excellent financial management, safeguarding at all times public money – which is used appropriately, economically, efficiently and effectively.

They have similar legal duties and responsibilities to the chief executive and monitoring officer regarding any unlawful (or potentially unlawful) spending by the PFCC or those acting on her behalf.

North Yorkshire shares its CFO with Cleveland.  Both they and the CEO see to it that the Commissioner:

  • Acts lawfully and is completely transparent in their actions and decisions
  • Has a legal entitlement to the staff, accommodation and other resources needed to carry out her duties.

OPFCC structure and statutory officers