The role of your Commissioner

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner 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.

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner wants to keep you safe, and feeling safe – wherever you are in North Yorkshire.

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner believes the county’s police force and fire and rescue service must be synonymous with exemplary service across the board – with residents and businesses proud of the way their county is policed.

The Commissioner’s main aim is to ensure that North Yorkshire stays one of the safest areas in England.

The policing and crime plan has more detail on how this is to be achieved.

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.