North Yorkshire’s inaugural crime tsar is set to pay a flying visit to Scarborough next week, to allow residents to grill her over their concerns.
Crime commissioner Julia Mulligan will be joined by the region’s leading police officer, Chief Constable Dave Jones, to discuss what they admit are “real concerns” with crime in the town.
The meeting is being staged at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Wednesday October 23, and is being billed as an informal chance to speak to the leading police figures face-to-face.
And the police chiefs have promised to provide honest, straightforward answers at the meeting, in a bid to help allay concerns over killings, stabbings, street attacks, anti-social behaviour, street louts, drug dealers and town centre safety.
“We know there are some real concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour in the area and so we ask everyone who has any concerns or questions to please come along on Wednesday,” said the pair through a joint statement.
“We expect to have an open, honest and frank conversation with Scarborough’s local communities.”
North Yorkshire Police say that the two-hour meeting, which starts at 6pm, is open to every single member of the community. It is the first event of a county-wide programme of similar events, which the force hopes will make the Commissioner and Chief Constable as accessible to the public as possible. Both police chiefs say that they are keen to put the people at the heart of their decisions, with the aim of making North Yorkshire Police more “people and community focused”.
Mrs Mulligan, who was elected amid a wave of public apathy towards the new role, has now spent almost a full year in the position .
Recently, she told The Scarborough News that she had no major concerns with crime in the town, despite a number of violent incidents in 2013.
And police figures released following her comments show that crime has actually fallen this year in several key categories, including violent crime.