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North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police provides policing services to the county of North Yorkshire. The police force area covers 3,208 square miles with approximately 55 miles of coastline in the north of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, North Yorkshire is generally affluent. Around 0.8 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. Its distinct urban areas include the coastal towns of Scarborough and Whitby as well as the city of York. The resident population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michael Cunningham is HMI for North Yorkshire
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Northern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which North Yorkshire Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which North Yorkshire Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which North Yorkshire Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which North Yorkshire Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of North Yorkshire Police’s performance this year, including exceptional events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

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HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in North Yorkshire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.




Key facts

Force Area

3,208 square miles


0.81m people 5% local 10 yr change


75% frontline 78% national level
3.2 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
9% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.04 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


48p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

In North Yorkshire we are doing things differently. Our focus is not on statistics but on outcomes: to improve the services for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour, to ensure North Yorkshire is one of the safest counties in England, and to ensure we provide the most responsive police services.

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The priorities reflect the progress that has been made, feedback from communities, formal research and analysis of police demand.

The Plan sets four strategic priorities for North Yorkshire Police, as well as corporate priorities aimed at changing the way staff and officers work to enable a better service to the public at challenging financial times.

Tailored to meet the diverse needs of North Yorkshire, the priorities shape how the police engage with, and service the needs of our communities, from addressing rural and cross border crime to doing more to tackle hate crime, and a clear focus on protecting the most vulnerable people across our area.

North Yorkshire PCC


Julia Mulligan


North Yorkshire Police


Chief Constable Dave Jones, appointed in
June 2013

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