First day for new police commissioner in North Yorkshire and York with pledge to be a 'voice for the community'
Victorious Conservative candidate Philip Allott has today, Thursday, officially taken over as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York following his election at last week’s vote.
He assumed oversight of North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at midnight, taking over from Julia Mulligan who has stepped down after nine years in the role.
Mr Allott said: "We live in the most beautiful part of the world, and it should be a place where everyone is safe and feels safe.
"Whether it is violence against women and girls, road safety or anti-social behaviour; county lines drug dealing or burglary; fire safety, illegal hunting or theft of machinery, all these issues and many more will be addressed within my Police, Crime and Fire Plan.
“I will be a voice for the community, ensure police and fire leaders are supported but challenged to be the best they can, and stand up for where we live and the brave police officers, firefighters and police and fire staff who work so hard to protect us every day.
“Already this week, I have had the chance to discuss and agree my outline plans with the two Chief Officers and these will now be developed by me and my office, in consultation and partnership North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and you, residents of North Yorkshire and York.
“I promise to always be on the side of victims, and residents and businesses across North Yorkshire and York who want to be safe and feel safe. It is time to get moving and get started on your priorities which are now my priorities.”
Mr Allott took 84,737 of the first and second-preference votes in last week's election.
Labour candidate Alison Hume won a total of 53,442 votes, putting her in second place.
North Yorkshire and York residents were voting for the area’s first new police, fire and crime commissioner for the first time since 2012. Julia Mulligan had held the post since then.
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