Major overhaul of policing in North Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: POLICING: Chief Constable Dave Jones, who is launching a new model for policing in North Yorkshire POLICING: Chief Constable Dave Jones, who is launching a new model for policing in North Yorkshire

NORTH Yorkshire Police has announced a major change to how it polices the county - with plans to cut bureaucracy and bolster frontline officer numbers by reducing senior posts.

The sweeping overhaul of policing will also include investing heavily in technology such as handheld devices, which will enable officers to remain visible in the community rather than spending time travelling back to stations to fill in paperwork.

The proposals were revealed today (Wednesday) at Fulford Police Station in York where Chief Constable Dave Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan and Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy launched their new Operational Policing Model (OPM).

Mrs Mulligan said it was a “root and branch” overhaul.

“We have listened to the public’s very clear message to make sure that officers are out and about in the community,” she said.

The chief constable and commissioner have committed to maintaining 1,392 police officers and 183 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in North Yorkshire, in response to residents’ concerns about officer numbers in a recent police and crime survey.

The force will now review its number of senior officer posts in a bid to make savings and invest in more constables.

Mr Jones added: “A review of supervisory ranks will boost the number of constables by 20 who directly support community policing. We are also reviewing our senior rank structure to ensure it is fit for the future. When completed, the reviews are expected to deliver more than £1m in savings, but we are still investing close to £10m in technology.”

A dedicated cyber crime unit will be set up, which is likely to be up and running by the end of this year, after the crime survey revealed significant concern from parents about their children’s online safety and other offences such as fraud.

Mr Jones said: “That’s a part of the world we need to police. It’s just like walking down the high street. We need offices down that highway too.”

Other measures include reducing the number of custody suits, creating more investigative hubs and providing “significant” improvements to the current service for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The £10m technology investment includes about £1m for an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system, to tackle the large percentage of crimes committed by people travelling into the county. Roughly £3.5m will be spent on handheld devices for officers, which may enable fingerprints to be taken at the side of the road. The force is also considering the introduction of body cameras.

The changes come as police battle to make huge budget cuts. The North Yorkshire force has to make savings of £10m by April 2016.

But Mr Jones stressed: “We’re surrounded by seven other police forces, most of whom have reduced their officer numbers. We’re keen to maintain our officer numbers.”|

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8:41pm Wed 11 Jun 14

stevegg says...

The saying to many chiefs and not enough indians springs to mind. We are being told ongoing blatant lies about cuts to police not affecting frontline services, police cuts are impacting all police services across England with most police forces struggling to operate frontline day to day services, ask any frontline police officer off the record for the truth! The service as it is is set for meltdown as it cant cope. Amalgamation of local police forces is the only way forward with the likes of Northumbria, Durham & Cleveland merging to make a north east force, the savings are huge eg 1 chief (highly paid) constable instead of 3, 1 headquarters instead of 3, 1 senior (highly paid) management team instead of 3 etc etc. Trouble is they are all safeguarding their own cushy positions and little empires cutting the lowest paid frontline first (despite all the spin to the contrary) but maintaining levels of unnecessary expensive higher ranks. North Yorks with 1,392 police officers is comaparable to Durham in size/population but Durham have less than 1200 officers and are reducing down to circa 1000 over the next 2 years, how is North Yorks able to sustain almost 400 more officers than Durham??? Is this due to inept management at Durham?
The saying to many chiefs and not enough indians springs to mind. We are being told ongoing blatant lies about cuts to police not affecting frontline services, police cuts are impacting all police services across England with most police forces struggling to operate frontline day to day services, ask any frontline police officer off the record for the truth! The service as it is is set for meltdown as it cant cope. Amalgamation of local police forces is the only way forward with the likes of Northumbria, Durham & Cleveland merging to make a north east force, the savings are huge eg 1 chief (highly paid) constable instead of 3, 1 headquarters instead of 3, 1 senior (highly paid) management team instead of 3 etc etc. Trouble is they are all safeguarding their own cushy positions and little empires cutting the lowest paid frontline first (despite all the spin to the contrary) but maintaining levels of unnecessary expensive higher ranks. North Yorks with 1,392 police officers is comaparable to Durham in size/population but Durham have less than 1200 officers and are reducing down to circa 1000 over the next 2 years, how is North Yorks able to sustain almost 400 more officers than Durham??? Is this due to inept management at Durham? stevegg
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7:36am Thu 12 Jun 14

Gerry585 says...

All very well and a case may be made out for a larger NE Force but big is not always beautiful and efficient. Lost is the pride to the area served. Met, GMP are examples. Technology does help but you need feet on the ground to respond to ANPR etc which if I am right is already bleeping villians with no one to respond. Cutting supervisory staff will mean a denigration in service SO's will have too much on their plate to be effective as will this stupid idea of employing those without police experience and promoting them forthwith to Supt rank. Crime Commissioners are an example of this, look at the lash up Barnes Kent CC has made . AS for Mulligan again a person with absolutely no Police experience telling a Chief of many years experience what to do. This Conservative Government has had it for the Police and cutting numbers is doing no good the thin blue line is no more and Fire Brigade policing the norm.
All very well and a case may be made out for a larger NE Force but big is not always beautiful and efficient. Lost is the pride to the area served. Met, GMP are examples. Technology does help but you need feet on the ground to respond to ANPR etc which if I am right is already bleeping villians with no one to respond. Cutting supervisory staff will mean a denigration in service SO's will have too much on their plate to be effective as will this stupid idea of employing those without police experience and promoting them forthwith to Supt rank. Crime Commissioners are an example of this, look at the lash up Barnes Kent CC has made . AS for Mulligan again a person with absolutely no Police experience telling a Chief of many years experience what to do. This Conservative Government has had it for the Police and cutting numbers is doing no good the thin blue line is no more and Fire Brigade policing the norm. Gerry585
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