The proposed deal includes the transfer of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner functions and powers to the Mayor. This creates the scope to align police, fire and crime priorities with transport, housing, skills and employment and to improve outcomes for the public. Joining police, fire and crime functions with oversight of other public services in the Mayoral Combined Authority would also promote further collaboration within the region.
The Mayor would become the elected local policing body and the fire and rescue authority.
A Mayor exercising police, fire and crime functions will continue to provide a single, directly accountable individual who is responsible for securing efficient and effective police and fire and rescue services in North Yorkshire, in much the same way as the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner does currently.
Full details are available in section 3.6 of the scheme, with a summary of the functions to transfer below.
The Mayor’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner functions would include:
issuing a Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan
setting the police and fire budgets including the council tax precept requirements
appointing (and if necessary suspending or dismissing) the Chief Constable, Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Fire Officer
being the employer of all Fire and Rescue Authority staff
addressing complaints and compliments about policing and fire services
providing and commissioning services for victims and vulnerable people
working in partnership to ensure that the local criminal justice system is efficient and effective
The Mayor will appoint a Deputy Mayor for Policing, Fire and Crime (who is not directly elected), to whom they may delegate functions.
These functions will be transferred from the existing North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to the Mayor. A Police, Fire and Crime Panel will scrutinise the actions and decisions of the Mayor / Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and enable the public to hold them to account.