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York City Task Force

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Our Ref: Our Ref: NY8846 - 14 November 2023

Our Ref: NY8846
14 November 2023


I write in connection with your request for information which was received by Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) on 29 October 2023.

I note you seek access to the following information:  

In 2019 in August the PCFC & CC announced from September 2019 there was to be a city ‘task force’ as below. I understand comprised 8 officers. 

May I ask the following questions: 

  1. I vaguely recall in addition to the usual police precept that each household was billed separately(?) an additional £10, can you confirm if this is the case, can you confirm if this was a supplementary precept applied to York ratepayers, or how this was billed? Can you provide such agreement. If there was no such supplemental precept please advise how this effort was paid for. 
  1. Can you confirm that 8 officers including the sergeant were retained from September 2019 to now, or when/if the task force was disbanded? 
  1. I have seen no reports of this task force, other than the big launch. It is important to know understand the costs of this initiative (8 officers and related support) as well as the reports on their activity and the effectiveness, particularly if it was a particular surcharge to York ratepayers. Please provide your recorded information. 


To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted within the OPFCC.

I can confirm that part of the information you have requested is held by the OPFCC.

I have today decided to disclose the following information to you:

Question 1

OPFCC did publish a leaflet containing information regarding a City Task Force for 2019/2020 – Fire and Police Precept Leaflet 2019-2020.  Within this document, it states that the extra investment will be spent on six areas, one of those being the City Task Force.

Details of the financial breakdown are within the leaflet, and it states that precept monies (as usual) are collected via residents’ council tax bills.  York residents did not pay a surcharge specifically for this task force.  It (along with the other investment areas) was funded as a result of the increased precept monies as a whole.  Every North Yorkshire resident would have contributed to this via their council tax bill.

Full financial details for 2019/202 are available here – 2019/20 Police precept – Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire (

Questions Two and Three

Regarding questions two and three, I wish to advise you that there is no information held by the OPFCC, other than to confirm that there was no surcharge for York residents for the City Task Force.

This is because the information is held by North Yorkshire Police, and not the OPFCC

You can submit a freedom of information request or right of access/subject access request for information relating to you to North Yorkshire Police using the below link:

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If you have any queries concerning this request, please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Becky Cannon

Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner



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