Local Plans

Policing plans to meet local needs, concerns and priorities

North Yorkshire is the largest county in England, with diverse needs across its different communities. The delivery of policing in each area will therefore be different. In addition, we have listened to your local needs, concerns and priorities, to which local teams will need to respond.

Craven

Policing impacts:
Craven is a large rural district, sparsely populated with many remote villages and farms, often nestled within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are also a small number of more deprived communities. It borders higher crime areas to the south and west and has influxes of visitors to the National Park during summer months. It has a large network of rural roads and several major cross country arterial routes.

Top public concerns:
Police visibility, burglary, cross border crime, road safety, and crime prevention.

Our priorities:
Mobile working to help officers spend more time in communities and an improved understanding of, and response to, rural issues and isolation. Primary prevention to help communities and individuals protect themselves, and opportunities through collaboration to improve safety in communities and on our roads.

Hambleton

Policing impacts:
Hambleton has a mix of rural areas and market towns with seasonal visitors, including a larger urban area in Northallerton. It borders a higher crime area to the north and has two major roads running through, the A1 and A19.

Top public concerns:
Burglary, police visibility, road safety and mental health issues.

Our priorities:
Enabling frontline officers and staff to respond effectively to both traditional and new policing demand, including working with the vulnerable to address their needs. Primary prevention to help communities and individuals protect themselves and stay safe.

Harrogate

Policing impacts:
Harrogate has a mix of isolated rural areas and larger towns, including North Yorkshire’s most populous town, Harrogate. It borders a higher crime area to the south and the district has the A1(M) running through.

Top public concerns:
Burglary, anti-social behaviour, online/cyber crime and road safety.

Our priorities:
Mobile working to help officers spend more time in communities, and provisions to better address online fraud and crime. Innovative collaboration opportunities to improve how we address community and road safety, including preventing burglary and anti-social behaviour.

Richmondshire

Policing impacts:
Richmondshire has large, isolated rural areas in the Yorkshire Dales National Park as well as a significant urban area in Richmond and the largest army base in the country at Catterick Garrison. It borders a higher crime area to the north and has influxes of visitors to the National Park during summer months. It has a large network of small rural roads as well as two major roads, the A1(M) and A66.

Top public concerns:
Police visibility, drugs, anti-social behaviour and crime prevention.

Our priorities:
An improved response to the most vulnerable in society, and working better with others to join up services, especially in rural areas. Mobile working to help officers spend more time in communities, and primary prevention to help communities and individuals protect themselves.

Ryedale

Policing impacts:
Ryedale is the largest district in North Yorkshire, yet has the lowest population. It is mainly rural with several market towns, notably Malton and Pickering, and includes a large part of the North York Moors National Park. It has a large influx of visitors in the summer and includes the A64, A170 and Sutton Bank as well as a large network of small roads.

Top public concerns:
Burglary, road safety, anti-social behaviour, and drugs.

Our priorities:
Asking the police to consider how its whole workforce is best deployed to respond to traditional policing demand which concerns the public most, such as burglary and anti-social behaviour. Mobile working to help officers spend more time in communities, and effective collaboration to improve community and road safety.

Scarborough

Policing impacts:
Scarborough, North Yorkshire’s coastal region, also covers rural and isolated villages and farms in the North York Moors National Park, with most of its population centred in its three major towns, Scarborough, Whitby and Filey. Physically isolated on the east coast, it has some of the most socio-economically deprived communities in North Yorkshire, and also attracts a large number of tourists to its coastline, towns and National Park.

Top public concerns:
Drugs, anti-social behaviour, burglary, mental health and police visibility.

Our priorities:
Working with the most vulnerable in society to reduce harm, especially from drugs, including those with mental illhealth. Mobile working to help officers spend more time in communities, and better use of technology to counter serious organised crime.

Selby

Policing impacts:
Selby is a mix of rural areas, market towns and the larger urban area of Selby Town itself, which also includes pockets of socio-economic deprivation. It borders a higher crime area to the west and south and has two major roads, the A19 and M62, running through.

Top public concerns:
Burglary, anti-social behaviour, police visibility, online/cyber crime and drugs.

Our priorities:
Enabling officers and staff to respond effectively to both traditional and new policing demand. Mobile working to help officers spend more time in communities, and working with the most vulnerable to reduce harm.

York

Policing impacts:
With a population of over 200,000, York is the largest urban area in North Yorkshire, attracting numerous tourists to its historic attractions and has a vibrant night-time economy. It is a major hub, with two universities, industrial areas, and with many large roads converging around it.

Top public concerns:
Burglary, anti-social behaviour, online/cyber crime and violent crime, often related to the day-time drinking and the night-time economy.

Our priorities:
Enabling officers and staff to respond effectively to both traditional and new policing demand, with provisions to better address online fraud and crime. Asking the police to consider how its whole workforce is best deployed to respond to public concerns and protect the most vulnerable.