Police in North England

Find out about the police in this area

This website is about the police in the North of England, including Yorkshire, Northumbria, Lancashire and other counties.

The primary responsibilities of the police force here are:

  • To secure an efficient and effective police service on behalf of the local community
  • To consult with the local community about its policing needs and priorities
  • To hold the Chief Constable to account for police performance, on behalf of local people
  • To ensure that there is continuous improvement in the delivery of the police service in our area.

The Authority in some areas works with the Chief Constable to prepare a strategy for the development of the service and an annual Policing Plan which sets out the way in which the Chief Constable will police the area having regard to the Home Secretary's national policing priorities and the local priorities determined by the Police Authority. This document is called NY Policing Plan. The NY Policing Plan leaflet can also be viewed by clicking here.

The Authority also has its own Business Plan outlining the Authority's vision, mission, objectives and priorities for improvement.

Neighbourhood Policing in the North

Neighbourhood Policing is proactive policing, with locally identified Officers and Staff teams working with the community. Through effective intelligence gathering and consultation the teams can ensure that the resources are directed exactly to where they are needed and where they can have the most efficient impact as in south England.

To achieve this we have:

The Right People at the Right Place in the Right Numbers in order to create neighbourhoods that are safe and feel safe.

  • Right People - our dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Teams
  • Right Places - your local areas, comprising the 195 wards in the North Yorkshire policing area
  • Right Numbers - the team members tailored to your local needs within the finite budget available.

Police Authority Role

The Police Authority has certain statutory duties to perform that are set out in legislation. Their most important function is to secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police service for the public.

A summary of some of their key roles is set out below:-

  • Community Engagement - By getting the public's view on what they want the Police to provide and then using these views to inform decision-making.  The Authority also contributes to the development of local strategies through the Crime and Disorder Partnerships.
  • Planning and Performance Management - Setting clear priorities and targets, informed by community concerns and then monitoring the Police's performance against these.  Included in this role is the monitoring of complaints against the Police.
  • Resource Use and Allocation - Setting and monitoring the budget in accordance with national and local priorities and laws. Securing an efficient Police force, which effectively uses best value practices throughout its services.
  • Integrity and Ethical Standards - Reviews its own and the Police's policies, practices and procedures to ensure that they comply with Human Rights and anti-discrimination legislation.  The Authority also scrutinises the Police's disciplinary arrangements.
  • Appointment of Chief Officers - Responsibility for appointing the Senior Command Team - including the Chief Constable.
  • Custody Visitors - Appointment of visitors from the community who monitor procedures relating to people held in Police stations.

Neighbourhood policing teams

Neighbourhood Policing Teams are made up of Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables and are led in groups by an Inspector. The teams deliver quality of life policing, which focuses on, and resolves local issues. They are:

  • Highly visible & accessible to all members of the community
  • Provide opportunities for citizens to influence policing priorities in their neighbourhood
  • Work closely with our partners, other agencies and local communities
  • Collect and analyse community intelligence, so that local priorities can be targeted jointly with our partners

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