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Welcome to my October newsletter.

In this issue

What do you need to 'Be safe, Feel safe' in your community?

This month, nationally-collated crime figures show once again that North Yorkshire is one of the safest places in the country to live.

While this is good news, we cannot rest on our laurels and I am constantly looking to ensure our communities get the services they need to ‘Be Safe, Feel Safe’ at all times.

That’s why I have launched a consultation to enable you to tell me what you, your families and neighbourhoods need from policing and community safety.

All the feedback I get from you will help me draw up the new Police and Crime Plan which sets the future direction for the way communities will be protected and kept safe for the next four years.

The first part of the consultation is a survey that you can complete at www.telljulia.com.

I will also be running two web chats which you can join in and tell me first-hand what you think.

They are at www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/webchat on:
  • Wednesday 2 November at 6pm and
  • Thursday 10 November at 6pm.
Tell Julia what helps you be safer and feel safer

Call for victims of Hate crime to come forward

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New figures show reports of hate crime in North Yorkshire increased by 40 per cent over the last two years. But I still do not believe the current figures reflect the full scale of the problem and would encourage more people to come forward.

Hate crime can include anything from name calling and verbal abuse to violence. But it is motivated by hostility or prejudice towards an aspect of a person’s identity such as their:
  • Disability
  • Gender identity
  • Race, ethnicity or nationality
  • Religion, faith or belief
  • Sexual orientation.
In 2015/16, there were 272 reports of hate crime in North Yorkshire, up 39 per cent on 2013/14 when there were 196 reports.
  • Reports can be made directly to North Yorkshire Police on 101 or 999 if in immediate danger.
  • If a victim does not want to involve the police, they can report any incidents to Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 or visit stophateuk.org
  • You can also report to True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk
Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire can provide support to victims of hate crime, again without the involvement of police. They can be contacted on 01904 669276 or online at supportingvictims.org
Supporting Victims - Support for victims of Hate crime

£20,000 grant for project to support bullied teens

A project to provide learning activities to young people with Asperger’s syndrome has been awarded a £20,000 grant from my Community Fund.

Many of the young people have dropped out of school as a direct result of bullying and have been too traumatised to resume any form of education. However, the Community Fund is support a project called Safe Base which has been set up by the Tang Hall SMART Community Interest Company to address their needs.

“Some of these children haven’t left their bedroom or spoken to anyone for months,” said manager Sue Williamson who used to be a special educational needs co-ordinator at the now closed Burnholme Community college in York.

The project is just one of many supported by the Community Fund which I launched in 2013 and specifically for organisations and community groups who need money to help fund a new community safety project. Projects eligible for grants from £500 to £20,000 include extra-curricular activities for children and young people as well as schemes supporting victims, preventing crime or anti-social behaviour, promoting safety and community cohesion.

I want to make it as easy as possible for people to apply for this money and to be successful in their applications. Anyone interested can call the Community Fund Helpline for guidance by calling 101 and asking for the Community Fund.
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Find out more about the Community Fund

No more naming for victims of image-based sexual abuse

New figures from the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that social media is increasingly being used as a way to threaten and control women – including through so-called ‘revenge porn’ in which intimate images are shared without a victims consent.

I have been actively campaigning for victims of this type of image-based sexual abuse to be given anonymity throughout the legal process as a way of encouraging better reporting.

There is evidence that the prospect of being named in the media deters women from both reporting and following through with prosecutions for this type of crime. They need better protection and that’s what my campaign aims to achieve.

You can help by signing our petition at www.NoMoreNaming.com

Ambulances not police vans for people in mental health crisis

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A report by the National Police Chief Council showed that the number of people detained under the Mental Health Act in a police cell rather than a health-based setting has declined substantially.

This is good news because a cell is the wrong place for someone in mental health crisis and I am pleased that North Yorkshire has introduced four health-based ‘places of safety’ for such people.

However, we need to do more. In particular, I want to see the end of people in crisis being transported in the back of police vans, instead of ambulances. We also need to ensure that vital mental health triage services are maintained.

Advice surgeries - Come and meet me

If you, or someone you know, has a policing or community issue that they would like to discuss in confidence with me, please come along to one of my personal 1:1 surgeries.
November
  • 3 November - Sherburn in Elmet advice surgery, Eversley Park Centre, Low Garth Rd, LS25 6BA
  • 9 November - Selby advice surgery, Selby Community Centre, Scott Rd, YO8 4BL
December
  • 6 December - Northallerton advice surgery, Venue to be confirmed
  • 12 December - Knaresborough advice surgery, Venue to be confirmed
Find out more about my advice surgeries
Julia Mulligan
Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire
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