The role of your Commissioner

Julia Mulligan is responsible for overseeing how crime and community safety are tackled, and for providing services for victims of crime

Your Commissioner is responsible for a range of duties, including:

  • finding out what you think about policing and crime
  • making sure you are listened to and heard
  • championing your needs with the police, community safety and criminal justice partners, and government
  • commissioning a range of services to protect and support victims
  • writing a Police and Crime Plan that reflects your priorities
  • publishing an annual report that tells you if we are delivering the plan
  • ensuring the police deliver an efficient and effective service
  • holding the Chief Constable to account on your behalf
  • deciding the police budget and how much council tax is charged for policing
  • monitoring the police budget and ensuring it is spent efficiently
  • working with a range of partners to improve services to local people.

Julia Mulligan has a clear vision for North Yorkshire, which she summarises as:

Be safe and feel safe – protected by the most responsive police service in England.

Her main aim is to ensure that North Yorkshire stays one of the safest areas in England. You can find out more by reading Julia’s Police and Crime Plan.

Julia Mulligan was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire on 15 November 2012 and was re-elected on 5 May 2016. Her term in office finishes in May 2020.

Police and Crime Commissioners

The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.

PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

PCCs ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, and are improving local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. They work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:

  • secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
  • appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
  • set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
  • set the force budget and determine the precept;
  • contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
  • bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.

More detailed information on PCC powers and responsibilities is also available here on the Home Office website.