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Crime plan consultation underway for North Yorkshire
3:30pm Monday 4th February 2013 in News
CONSULTATION on North Yorkshire’s new crime plan began today (Monday, February 4), as its crime commissioner engaged in her first web chat with the public.
The county’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, has unveiled her draft police and crime plan, setting out her priorities for the force from now until 2017.
It reaffirms her proposal to sell off North Yorkshire Police’s Newby Wiske headquarters, near Northallerton, and replace it with a modern base with a new custody suite for the northern police force area. The current headquarters cost about £820,000 a year to run.
The draft plan also promises more support for vulnerable people and increasing prosecutions for sexual assaults. It also proposes setting up an anti-social behaviour task force.
Mrs Mulligan says she hopes to protect frontline policing jobs over the next few years and expand the force’s special constabulary and non-warranted volunteers to provide ‘parish constables’.
She proposes funding this by reviewing where savings could be made instead of ‘salami-slicing’ services or ‘simply pooling resources’. Her plan recommends the police precept stays the same for the next couple of years in a bid to help hard-pressed council tax payers, but says additional savings will have to be made in the 2015 to 2016 budget.
Residents and organisations are being asked to comment on the plan before the final version is published at the end of March.
They can put their views to Mrs Mulligan at a series of public consultations, surgeries and web chats.
The first web chat was held today (Monday, February 4), when people questioned her about the new base for North Yorkshire Police and other issues raised in the plan.
Mrs Mulligan will hold her next surgery on Friday, (February 8) in Haxby near York and the next web chat will be on Tuesday, February 12, at 4pm.
For more details visit; www.crimeplan.org.uk