On 15 November 2012 an election will be held across North Yorkshire and the City of York to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire. Whether you are a member of the public, a local authority partner, a potential candidate or work for North Yorkshire Police, this site aims to give you all the information you will need to learn more about the changes to police accountability.
Using the options below you can find out information about the role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the role of the body that will scrutinise the decisions of the PCC. It will give you numerous reference points and resources to help explain the changes and the process in more detail.
This part of the NYPA site is run and managed by staff of North Yorkshire Police Authority, the body which currently holds North Yorkshire Police to account, and will continue to do so until the newly elected PCC takes office on 22 November 2012.
Read our previous newsletters that have been produced on the Reference Document page. As we are now in Purdah, the NYPA team will not be producing any further information at this time but will continue to keep these pages up to date as developments are made.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 15 September 2011 and covers five distinct policy areas: police accountability and governance; alcohol licensing; the regulation of protests around Parliament Square; misuse of drugs; and the issue of arrest warrants in respect of private prosecutions for universal jurisdiction offences.
How the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will work in practice remains largely unknown and much will depend on the public mandate through which he/she is elected.
In preparation of the Police and Crime Commissioner election on 15 November, North Yorkshire Police Authority is organising four public roadshows aimed at informing members of the public about the community safety initiatives that are already being undertaken within areas to ensure that the county remains one of the safest in England.
Home Secretary Response to the Senior Salaries' Review Board.
The police and crime panel (PCP) will have power to scrutinise PCC activities, including the ability to review the police and crime plan and annual report, veto decisions, request PCC papers and call PCCs and chief constables to public hearings.
The first PCC elections will be an historic moment, and will take place on 15 November 2012. Holding the first elections as a freestanding, major democratic event will bring a real focus on this landmark reform and allow for a public debate focused solely on policing.
Police and Crime Commissioners will replace police authorities from November 22nd 2012. Until then, police authorities are represented at the national level by the Association of Police Authorities (APA). The APA's function is to ensure that through police authorities, local people have a means of influencing the Government and other partners on national policing matters.
Whether you are a PCC candidate for the North Yorkshire area, a local authority partner, member of the public, media colleague or other interested party; this section aims to give you as much useful information as possible about policing and community safety in North Yorkshire and the City of York. Over the transitional period up to the elections, this section will be regularly updated.
To learn more about the Police and Crime Commissioner and to receive our bi-monthly email newsletter, please email PCCinfo@nypa.gov.uk