North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel


Council Chamber, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD


Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 2.00 pm


This meeting is being held as an in-person meeting and in public.  The government position is that of learning to live with COVID-19, removing domestic restrictions while encouraging safer behaviours through public health advice.  In view of this, hand cleanser and masks will be available for attendees upon request.  The committee room will be well ventilated and attendees encouraged to avoid bottlenecks and maintain an element of social distancing.  Please contact the named supporting officer for the committee, if you have any queries of concerns about the management of the meeting and the approach to COVID-19 safety.


Please do not attend if on the day you have COVID-19 symptoms or have had a recent positive Lateral Flow Test.


Further details of the government strategy (Living with COVID-19 Plan) are available here - .







Welcome and apologies








Declarations of Interest








Minutes of the Panel Meeting held on 16th March 2022


(Pages 5 - 10)






Consideration of the Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider the exclusion of the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the item of business listed in column 1 of the following table on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraph specified in column 2, of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (information relating to any individual) as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006:-


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Public Questions or Statements to the Panel

·     Any member of the public, who lives, works or studies in North Yorkshire and York can ask a question to the Panel.  The question or statement must be put in writing to the Panel no later than midday on Friday, 20th May 2022 to Diane Parsons (contact details below). 

·     The time period for asking and responding to all questions will be limited to 15 minutes. No one question or statement shall exceed 3 minutes.

·     Please see the rules regarding Public Question Time at the end of this agenda page.  The full protocol can be found at








Confirmation Hearing - Chief Fire Officer

In accordance with the Policing and Crime Act 2017 Schedule A2 (8(1)) with reference to section 28(5) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011/Schedule 8, the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has formally notified the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel of the proposed appointment of a preferred candidate to the role of Chief Fire Officer.  This notification requires the Panel to hold a Confirmation Hearing to review the proposed appointment and make a recommendation.









Guidance for the Confirmation Hearing

Report from the Panel Secretariat.



(Pages 11 - 14)








Supporting information from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner



(Pages 15 - 22)








Personal statement from the preferred appointee



(Pages 23 - 28)







Closed Session

For the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel to discuss and agree its recommendation following the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s notification to the Panel of the proposed appointment of a preferred candidate to the role of Chief Fire Officer.








Members' Questions








HMICFRS National Child Protection Inspection of North Yorkshire Police (Nov 2021)









Background information: the report of HMICFRS as published on 29th March 2022

For the Panel to note.



(Pages 29 - 78)








Response to the inspection report, actions taken and planned

Update from North Yorkshire Police and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.



(Pages 79 - 84)







Work Programme

Report by the Panel Secretariat.


(Pages 85 - 88)






Such other business as, in the opinion of the Chairman, should, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.







Dates of future meetings:

·         Thursday 21st July 2022 – 10:30am - venue tbc

·         Thursday 13th October 2022 – 10:30am - City of York West Offices, York

·         Thursday 12th January 2023 – 10:30am - County Hall, Northallerton






Barry Khan

Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services)


County Hall


Tuesday, 17 May 2022





(a)        Members are reminded of the need to consider whether they have any personal or prejudicial interests to declare on any of the items on this agenda and, if so, of the need to explain the reason(s) why they have any personal interest when making a declaration.


The Panel Secretariat officer will be pleased to advise on interest issues. Ideally their views should be sought as soon as possible and preferably prior to the day of the meeting, so that time is available to explore adequately any issues that might arise.


Public Question Time

The questioner must provide an address and contact telephone number when submitting a request. The request must set out the question in full. The question/statement:

1.   must relate to the Panel’s role and responsibilities;

2.   must not be substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting in the past 6 months;

3.   must not be defamatory, frivolous, vexatious or offensive;

4.   must not require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information; and

5.   must not refer to any matter of a personal nature.

At the meeting: Once the question has been approved, the questioner will be contacted to make arrangements to attend the meeting to put the question.

Any questions will normally be answered at the meeting but in some cases this might not be practicable and a written answer will be provided within 14 days of the meeting. 

The full protocol for public questions or statements to the Panel can be found at




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