About Julia Mulligan
Julia has been North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner since November 2012, and was re-elected in May 2016. Throughout this time, her priorities have been to improve services for local people, particularly the most vulnerable, and to provide a better service to victims. She is also committed to embedding a customer service ethos, modernising the local criminal justice process, and making the best use of technology.
Having grown up on a hill farm, and being responsible for one of the largest rural police forces in the country, Julia is also very keen to ensure rural communities are served effectively. To this end, she was a founding member of the new National Rural Crime Network and was appointed as its inaugural Chairman, in the summer of 2014, and is a post she still holds.
For people in mental health crisis, Julia has driven the creation of four health-based places of safety, and of street and force control room triage services ensuring people in crisis get the best support possible. For vulnerable victims, Julia has overseen implementation of North Yorkshire’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centre, expanded local Supporting Victims services, and tripled funding for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Julia is also a prominent champion of the needs of the public and victims at a national level. She Chaired the Police Reform and Transformation Board, helping to set the future direction of policing in the UK, and also has national responsibilities for integrity amongst police and crime commissioners, which includes transparency, ethics and police complaints. The latter role has led to Government changing the law to give Police and Crime Commissioners responsibility for police complaints instead of local police forces.
Before taking up her post, Julia ran her own successful business, which specialised in working with the public sector – including the police and their partner agencies. During that time she planned and implemented many projects that improved the lives of local people in local communities.
I first wanted to do this job because I had seen first-hand the devastating effects of crime in our communities, particularly on the most vulnerable people. That has remained my guiding principle and I still focus my work on victims and the most vulnerable. It is my goal to continue to make a real, tangible difference for local people and victims of crime, so that North Yorkshire provides the best possible police service.
Julia stood as the official Conservative Party PCC candidate and previously served as a local district councillor, in Craven, where she lives. She also stood for parliament in the 2010 general election.
Some of the improvements the Commissioner has made are:
- Supporting Victims – Julia has increased the service available to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, moving from 4 Independent Sexual/Domestic Abuse Advisors, spending approximately £120k on the service, to investing £410k and funding 14 Independent Sexual/Domestic Abuse Advisors
- This has seen the number of men and women being supported the these advisors from 384 to over 800
- Better support for those with mental ill-health – Following a successful high profile campaign, Julia also helped establish four health-based places of safety in North Yorkshire, so that people detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act no longer have to be detained in police cells. Before 2013, our county was the only place in the UK without these facilities.
- Julia also funds street triage services, which sees mental health nurses and police officers patrol together, as well as mental health nurse in the control room to help support and guide officers through complex incidents involving people with mental ill-health.
- Road safety – the Commissioner has invested significantly in road safety, including £1m on Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology, protecting North Yorkshire’s borders, as well as increasing the number of safety camera vehicles from 1 to 12.
- Most recently, Julia led to the development of the Community Speed Watch initiative, which is now up and running across North Yorkshire