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Commissioner's branding "blunder"

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has come under fire for spending more than £10,000 on branding when her force needs to find savings of £16m.

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Crime commissioner defends branding spend

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has been criticised for spending more than £10,000 on branding when her force needs to find savings of £16m.

"It is a real disappointment that the Federation didn’t come to talk to me before making a comment on this issue. Our last meeting was very constructive and I know they welcomed my and the Chief Constable’s recent commitment to maintaining police officer numbers in North Yorkshire.

"The budget for my office is completely separate from that of North Yorkshire Police, and I continue to cost markedly less than the old Police Authority. However, on taking office, I had to put in place the basics of doing business, which included branding, templates and other practical items. Over time these will save money and resources as we are now pretty much self-sufficient."

– Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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