Police performance slammed by crime commissioner

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.

Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has today 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.

Commissioner Wright said that force performance in key areas was ‘unacceptable’ and it was failing to meet the objectives set out in his Police and Crime Plan, published earlier this year.

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

The force still ranks in the top five worst performing forces nationally in terms of overall crime per 1,000 population. For domestic burglary and vehicle offences, the force ranks as the second and third worst performing force respectively.

Commissioner Wright said today: “I have done my best to provide the force with the financial resources it needs to achieve the objectives I have set in my Police and Crime Plan which are based on what the people of South Yorkshire have told me are their main concerns.

“Real transformational change is required to shape the future operating model of the force and that change is not happening fast enough. The force now needs to step up to the mark, do more and do it faster. I have made it clear to the Chief Constable that I want to see improvements and I want to see them fast.”