16th November 2017
When York College hosted a North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel Meeting it was the perfect opportunity for a group of Level 3 Uniformed Public Services students to see scrutiny of policing in action.
The role of the Police and Crime Panel is to provide support and challenge to the Police and Crime Commissioner on behalf of the public. It includes representatives from each council in North Yorkshire and York, with two members who represent the interests of the community. Julia Mulligan the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who led the meeting, is responsible for the way in which policing is delivered in the force area of York and North Yorkshire,.
The students formally submitted and asked questions of the Panel, which linked nicely to the course module they are studying on ‘Crime and Effects on Society’. Student Edward Johnson is applying to university to study Outdoor Leadership and found the meeting relevant to his studies, he said: “We are learning about safer working and crime reduction partnerships so taking part in the meeting, alongside members of the public, was interesting. It was a good insight into how the police budget is spent in accordance with priorities in the region. It’s reassuring to hear how the force and the Crime Commissioner’s performance are accountable to the public, with regular checks on how they perform.”
Councillor Carl Les (North Yorkshire County Council), Chair of the Panel, was delighted the students could participate. He said: “The Panel is here to make sure the Commissioner is held to account on her performance around policing and crime. As part of this process we welcome engagement with the public at our meetings. We were pleased the Uniformed Public Services students could gain an insight into how we scrutinise the Commissioner and have the opportunity to ask us questions about our role and functions.”