Calls for York and North Yorkshire police boss to resign after damning report

York councillor Darryl Smalley has called on Crime Commissioner Zoe Metcalfe to resign <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
York councillor Darryl Smalley has called on Crime Commissioner Zoe Metcalfe to resign (Image: Newsquest)

YORK councillors have called for the crime commissioner to go following the release of a damning report into North Yorkshire Police performance.

As The Press reported the inspectorate said North Yorkshire’s performance requires improvement in terms of responding to the public, investigating crime, protecting vulnerable people and building and developing its workforce.

And councillors in the city claim that it's worrying that Zoë Metcalfe who is Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has failed to take responsibility for the failings.

The report also pointed out that the force was well below the national standard for answering and responding to emergency calls, with only 41.9 percent of 999 calls being answered within 10 seconds when it was inspected.

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Cllr Darryl Smalley, who is a member of North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Panel, said: “This is a worrying account of the failings of North Yorkshire’s Police force. I know very well that officers on the ground across the region work exceptionally hard to protect and serve communities, but they are let down by the lack of leadership from the commissioner and a decade of underfunding from the Government.

“The Conservative Commissioner has overseen a significant and worrying decline in service provision during their short time in the office. Rather than take responsibility for these failings, the commissioner is trying to distract from her lack of leadership. This is simply unacceptable. The Commissioner must take responsibility and set out clearly the urgent steps she will take to bolster leadership and management of the force.

“Given the commissioner’s track record, laid bare in this PEEL inspection, it is really worrying to think what her mayoral leadership would mean for communities in North Yorkshire. Rather than focusing on their mayoral leadership bid and spending time canvassing Conservative members, the Commissioner must reflect on a track record of declining Police service performance. Having done this, the Commissioner might come to the same conclusion as many concerned residents have – she must consider her position.”