Police commissioner's first full days in the job

York Press: Julia Mulligan, who says appointing a new chief constable for North Yorkshire is her top priority Julia Mulligan, who says appointing a new chief constable for North Yorkshire is her top priority

Julia Mulligan, the newly elected police and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire, spoke to crime reporter JENNIFER BELL about her first full days in her new job.

Julia Mulligan has vowed that appointing a new chief constable will be her top priority.

Yesterday – a week after winning at the polls for the region’s first ever police and crime commissioner – Mrs Mulligan spent the day meeting victims of crime and out on the beat with officers as she began her term in office.

Speaking to The Press, Mrs Mulligan – who won with 54 per cent of the votes – said the uncertainty surrounding the force’s current chief constable needed to be addressed as a top priority.

Tim Madgwick, North Yorkshire Police’s former deputy chief constable, temporarily took over the reins in May from former chief Grahame Maxwell.

A permanent chief has yet to be appointed and Mrs Mulligan – who has the power to hire and fire the force’s top ranking officer – has revealed she will be advertising the role as well as hiring an independent panel of advisors.

She said she wants to ensure a transparent recruitment process and has vowed to hire the “best person for the job”. Mr Madgwick has already confirmed he has thrown his hat in the ring for the position.

Speaking after a press conference at Harrogate Police Station yesterday, Mrs Mulligan also outlined proposals for a new Victims’ Charter, which would offer further support for victims of crime.

During her campaign, Mrs Mulligan had vowed to put “victims at the heart” of her work, saying that she is determined to be “a voice for the people”.

She said: “Today is the beginning of a new era in local policing and crime reduction. I deliberately wanted to send a very clear message on my first day that I am here to give both local people and victims of crime a stronger voice in local policing. This is why I have decided that my very first meeting as the new commissioner should be with victims of crime and their representatives.

“I also want to announce today that over the next two months, I will be working with the police, Victim Support and other organisations to develop a local Victims’ Charter. The charter will focus on victims of crime and antisocial behaviour and will involve a two-month period of research.

"People will be able to have their say on Twitter, by Facebook and to contact my office directly via email. I will also be running a series of focus groups with victims of crime and with voluntary organisations involved in supporting victims.”

Mrs Mulligan also said the first decision she will make as PCC would be deciding the future of the force’s mobile safety camera van, which was launched on July 1 last year and has seen more that 16,000 speeding motorists caught.

A report will go before the PCC on Wednesday outlining the proposed ongoing expansion of the current pilot operation to a fully commissioned, expanded operation.

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11:35am Fri 23 Nov 12

LibDem says...

If the PCC feels the need to review the future of the mobile speed check camera service, it is a great shame that the system is apparently not in use this week.

One of her first jobs should have been to join with officers manning the camera so that she could see just how badly a minority of irresponsible drivers behave.

She might also make her views known on how she would prioritise the use of scarce police enforcement resources?

The mobile speed camera, which circulates round known accident blackspots, should be a higher priority than introducing city wide 20 mph speed limits. The latter would drain police resources for no good reason.
If the PCC feels the need to review the future of the mobile speed check camera service, it is a great shame that the system is apparently not in use this week. One of her first jobs should have been to join with officers manning the camera so that she could see just how badly a minority of irresponsible drivers behave. She might also make her views known on how she would prioritise the use of scarce police enforcement resources? The mobile speed camera, which circulates round known accident blackspots, should be a higher priority than introducing city wide 20 mph speed limits. The latter would drain police resources for no good reason. LibDem

11:55am Fri 23 Nov 12

myselby says...

54% of not a lot of voters - 400,000 did not bother to vote.
54% of not a lot of voters - 400,000 did not bother to vote. myselby

11:59am Fri 23 Nov 12

Kevin Turvey says...

Is the term of this so called elected commissioner going to be blighted by the continuing bad selection for a place for a photo call?

Either that or her choice of hats is very poor going on this and the last photo!

However the non stop PR about what a wonderful job is getting done I would suggest detracts from the idea of the post!
Is the term of this so called elected commissioner going to be blighted by the continuing bad selection for a place for a photo call? Either that or her choice of hats is very poor going on this and the last photo! However the non stop PR about what a wonderful job is getting done I would suggest detracts from the idea of the post! Kevin Turvey

1:33pm Fri 23 Nov 12

YorkPatrol says...

LibDem wrote:
If the PCC feels the need to review the future of the mobile speed check camera service, it is a great shame that the system is apparently not in use this week. One of her first jobs should have been to join with officers manning the camera so that she could see just how badly a minority of irresponsible drivers behave. She might also make her views known on how she would prioritise the use of scarce police enforcement resources? The mobile speed camera, which circulates round known accident blackspots, should be a higher priority than introducing city wide 20 mph speed limits. The latter would drain police resources for no good reason.
Whatever.....
[quote][p][bold]LibDem[/bold] wrote: If the PCC feels the need to review the future of the mobile speed check camera service, it is a great shame that the system is apparently not in use this week. One of her first jobs should have been to join with officers manning the camera so that she could see just how badly a minority of irresponsible drivers behave. She might also make her views known on how she would prioritise the use of scarce police enforcement resources? The mobile speed camera, which circulates round known accident blackspots, should be a higher priority than introducing city wide 20 mph speed limits. The latter would drain police resources for no good reason.[/p][/quote]Whatever..... YorkPatrol

1:54pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Ichabod76 says...

LibDem says...
11:35am Fri 23 Nov 12

"The mobile speed camera, which circulates round known accident blackspots, should be a higher priority than introducing city wide 20 mph speed limits. The latter would drain police resources for no good reason."

The latter won't drain any police resources because the police have already said that they will not be enforcing a city wide 20 mph limit
LibDem says... 11:35am Fri 23 Nov 12 "The mobile speed camera, which circulates round known accident blackspots, should be a higher priority than introducing city wide 20 mph speed limits. The latter would drain police resources for no good reason." The latter won't drain any police resources because the police have already said that they will not be enforcing a city wide 20 mph limit Ichabod76

5:10pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Caecilius says...

Yet more of the relentless, Soviet-style propaganda the media are feeding us about these posts. It was the same on Look North last night.

Say what you like - the bottom line is that more than 85% of the electorate declined to vote at all, and ten times as many people as usual chose to spoil their ballot paper in protest. The message is clear: P&CCs are not wanted, and the incumbents have no democratic mandate.
Yet more of the relentless, Soviet-style propaganda the media are feeding us about these posts. It was the same on Look North last night. Say what you like - the bottom line is that more than 85% of the electorate declined to vote at all, and ten times as many people as usual chose to spoil their ballot paper in protest. The message is clear: P&CCs are not wanted, and the incumbents have no democratic mandate. Caecilius

8:54pm Fri 23 Nov 12

pedalling paul says...

Show your support for bobbies on bikes..............
Show your support for bobbies on bikes.............. pedalling paul

9:16pm Fri 23 Nov 12

oldgoat says...

Priority 1 - more police out on the beat.
priority 2 - crackdown on low level crime

The victim bit should be part of our legal system.

@pp.... a clampdown on irresponsible cyclists - no lights, on pavements, wrong way up Coney Street etc...
That would be better

This is all stuff that a revamped Police Authority could happily do, and should still be doing, at considerably less cost to us all!
Priority 1 - more police out on the beat. priority 2 - crackdown on low level crime The victim bit should be part of our legal system. @pp.... a clampdown on irresponsible cyclists - no lights, on pavements, wrong way up Coney Street etc... That would be better This is all stuff that a revamped Police Authority could happily do, and should still be doing, at considerably less cost to us all! oldgoat

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