Community and police meeting set

THE election of a police commissioner in North Yorkshire will be up for discussion at Thursday’s meeting of the Falsgrave and Stepney community and police liaison group.

Elections will take place across the country in November and the new system of scrutinising the way in which policing is carried out will be introduced next year.

Falsgrave Park Ward councillor John Ritchie, who has organised the meeting, said: “These are important changes which will affect the way the North Yorkshire Police and as far as local people are concerned, the police in Scarborough are held to account.

“However, despite the significance of these changes very few residents seem to have heard about these plans and I think it is important that people understand why the changes are taking place and how they will affect them.”

Cllr Jane Kenyon, who is chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, will be at the meeting to help explain why the changes are being introduced, as will Mandy Chance, who heads up Scarborough Council’s Safer Communities team.

The Falsgrave and Stepney Community and Police Liaison Group meeting is taking place on Thursday at 7pm at St Augustine’s School, Sandybed Lane.