Police boss slams force over crime plan ‘failings’

South Yorks Police Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright
South Yorks Police Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright

South Yorkshire Police is failing to meet key crime fighting objectives, the area’s police and crime commissioner has said.

Shaun Wright told the South Yorkshire force that it’ must do more and do it faster’ to improve performance across a number of areas, including crime reduction and preparing for policing in austerity. Mr Wright also described the force’s performance in key areas as ‘unacceptable’ and it was failing to meet the objectives set out in his police and crime plan.

He said although overall crime within the county is down, the general rate of reduction was too slow and lagged behind national figures.

Mr Wright added: “Despite the pressure on budgets of reduced Government funding, I have maintained financial support to the force to avoid it having to reduce the number of officers at the same rate other forces have had to do. So it is extremely disappointing and frustrating that other forces continue to perform better.”

The force ranks in the top five worst performing forces nationally in terms of overall crime per 1,000 population.