Public to have say on policing

Chief finance officer Steve Pick has been selected as the new interim South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Pic:  Dave Higgens/PA Wire
Chief finance officer Steve Pick has been selected as the new interim South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Pic: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

People are being asked to help determine South Yorkshire’s policing priorities ahead of a new commissioner being elected.

A new public engagement initiative, called This is Your South Yorkshire, has been launched by acting commissioner Steve Pick ahead of the by-election to replace Shaun Wright next month.

Mr Wright resigned in the wake of sustained criticism following the publication of a report into child sexual exploitation problems in Rotherham, where he had been a councillor prior to becoming commissioner.

The scheme will run for five weeks, starting today.

No public meetings will be held, but people will be able to give their views over the phone or via the internet during the course of the campaign.

The scheme will focus on one geographical area per week, starting with Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, before a final week’s focus looking at the whole of South Yorkshire.

The feedback will be passed on to the new police and crime commissioner and help inform the development of the area’s police and crime plan.

Mr Pick said: “The engagement campaign forms part of the work we’re carrying out to ensure that the newly elected PCC, following the by-election on Thursday, October 30, is fully up to speed with what’s important to local people and what some of the key issues affecting people may be.

“We’re keen to hear from residents, so I urge everyong to use this opportunity to share their views to help shape the future of policing in South Yorkshire.”

People will be able to get in contact via the commissioner’s Twitter account @SYPCC, by emailing thepcc@southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk or calling 01226 774600.

n For details, visit www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk