Decision making process

A partnership approach to effective, streamlined decision-making

In North Yorkshire, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable and Chief Executive work in partnership to develop proposals for the service and make decisions.

The decision-making process is deliberately separate from performance management and scrutiny, which takes place in a separate forum.

We have moved away from the old and, at times, adversarial relationship between the Police Authority and the service, focusing instead on working together to improve policing services. The system has three principles at its heart:

  1. Improved, streamlined decision-making
  2. Greater and earlier public, workforce and partner involvement
  3. Operational accountability and transparency

The engine of the system is the monthly ‘Executive Board’ meeting, which Julia Mulligan chairs. A ‘pipeline’ of decisions is considered and individual matters are discussed in depth.

The ‘Executive Board’ is supported by the ‘Executive Group’, who meet three times a month to ensure those decisions coming to the Executive Board are progressing appropriately.

This process facilitates the early consideration of proposals between the key decision-makers and good communication.

Importantly, it also ensures that the public, partners and workforce are consulted before key decisions are made. Minutes are published within two weeks of each meeting.

The structure has also been designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and ideas.

Decision making process


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Decision making and scrutiny arrangements

Decision making and scrutiny arrangements

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Scheme of delegation – who makes what decisions

Statutory powers enable the Police and crime Commissioner to delegate some of her decision making responsibilities.

The Joint Scheme of Delegation and Consent sets who can make what decisions.