Police commissioner’s £6K security

More than £6,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent on security measures at the family home of the police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire.

The work – which cost £6,500 – has included putting up a fence and installing CCTV and window locks at the home of Shaun Wright, who has served as councillor for Rawmarsh and Parkgate for 11 years.

Robert Oxley, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Ultimately if PCCs are worried about becoming the victims of crime, the best thing they can do is make sure their actions reduce the crime rate across the region leaving everyone that bit safer.”

Mr Wright’s spokesman Ed Moss said it was of ‘paramount importance’ to make sure the commissioner and his family were protected and the improvements followed a risk assessment.

He added: “The assessment flagged-up many of the typical risks associated with a high-profile public figure whose personal address is available in the public domain, and while some of the recommendations were taken on board by commissioner Wright, others were not.

“It is standard police procedure for public officials considered at risk and who do not enjoy the added security of non-disclosure of their family address, as, for example, is the case with MPs.

“There is also a precautionary element involved with the increase in security to pro-actively discourage any threats to the commissioner – threats no one working in public life should have their family exposed to.”