Police officers are ‘devastated’ by the Rotherham abuse scandal, a former inspector hoping to become the region’s next crime tsar has said.
Jack Clarkson, the UKIP candidate vying to replace former police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright after he stood down, launched his campaign in the town.
The Sheffield councillor said there had been a ‘breakdown’ between the police and public because of Labour politicians.
He wants to focus on community policing, cut paperwork, ‘roll back the tide of political correctness’, support frontline staff and ensure all taxi drivers have CRB checks - among other priorities.
Mr Clarkson said: “It pains me that public trust and respect have been shattered – that’s why I am so passionate about rebuilding it in South Yorkshire Police.
“I don’t believe in political correctness. I just want to see honest, transparent and fair policing, to bring criminals to justice without political interference or victimising those who are innocent.
“The police officers I talk to are as devastated as I am about what has happened in South Yorkshire.
“The political establishment, elected and in the force command itself, are the ones who have let you down.”
Mr Clarkson was backed by Euro MP Paul Nuttall, UKIP’s deputy leader.
He said: “Nobody trusts the old Labour establishment to ensure fairness and toughness in policing. In a man with Jack’s experience, UKIP has both.”
Mr Clarkson, and his three rival candidates, will go head-to-head in a live debate hosted by The Star next week.
There are still spaces for members of the public to attend the debate, which will take place at Sheffield Hallam University’s Pennine Lecture Theatre from 7.15pm next Wednesday, October 22.
To book a place - or to suggest a question - email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0114 276 7676 ext 3459, or write to PCC Election Debate, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU before noon on Monday, October 20.