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Councillor raises concerns at Police and Crime Panel meeting

September 11, 2017 3:53 PM

Councillor Ashley Mason

Councillor Ashley Mason (Vice Chair of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel) raised serious concerns with North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner about recent findings of a Police Federation survey which showed that over 50% of the force's officers have low morale.

Other concerning figures include recently published data which shows that:

1. Over 30% of calls to the 101 non-emergency number are abandoned

2. There has been a 4% rise in reported crime within the City of York compared to last year.

3. Over 46% of 999 calls are not answered within the target time of 10 seconds.

Fresh doubt was cast on Julia Mulligan's bid to take over the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service when an identical proposal by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire was abandoned in the face of opposition from Conservative-controlled Gloucestershire County Council.

Cllr Ashley Mason (Lib Dem, Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward), said:

"These figures underline the need for the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to get her own house in order and focus on improving North Yorkshire Police instead of wasting time and public money on her bid to take over a well-run and responsive Fire and Rescue Service.

"I hope that Julia Mulligan will listen to the views from City of York and follow the example of her colleague in Gloucestershire."