From day one, the North Yorkshire public have told the Commissioner that visibility of police is a top priority for them and one of Julia’s first decisions was to reverse the former Police Authority’s decision to cut police officer numbers.
Investing in front line policing is a priority for Julia and the current recruitment drive will increase officer numbers to 1,400 and PCSOs to 214.
Investment in mobile technology will enable officers to perform office duties whilst out on the streets and and so increase their visibility to the public and reduce their time spend behind a desk.
If you have a concern about the lack of visible policing in your community you should call 101.
Crime figures figures demonstrate how crime is changing, with fraud now the most commonly experienced offence in the UK. Results from the recent consultation for North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Plan (December 2016), showed that fraud is the top emerging public concern compared to five years ago.
In 2014 the force’s Cybercrime Unit began operations in recognition of the need to boost resources to tackle the threat of this growing type of crime. The unit has three detective constables extensively trained in cybercrime and saw more than 30 arrests in its first 10 months involving suspected paedophiles for offences involving the sharing of indecent images of children.