The role of the OPFCC

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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, fire service performance and the commissioner’s work.
  • Monitoring and scrutinising the performance of the Chief Constable and North Yorkshire Police
  • Monitoring and scrutinising the performance of the Chief Fire Officer and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • 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.

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

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 to ensure 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.

Meet the team