police officers have praised the peaceful manner in which around 20,000 people carried out industrial action yesterday.
South Yorkshire Police (SYP) Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Bob Sanderson, who led the policing of yesterday’s action said: “Once again people within the county have shown that they can make their voices heard in a peaceful manner.
“We are more than happy that the protests and rallies have proceeded with minimal disruption to the general public and with minimal use of police resources.”
Around 20,000 Doncaster members of various trade unions refused to work in protest over Government proposals to change their pensions.
A number of police support staff in call handling roles exercised their right to take industrial action from midnight last night.
Chief Constable Sanderson said: “In order to continue to provide the level of service the public expect from us throughout today, the Force invoked prepared contingency plans that involved supplementing the communications staff who chose not to strike with trained police officers, who have the skills to fulfil the call handling role.
Police reported that normal service levels continue to be maintained without any noticeable disruption to members of the public.