Re-election for police chairman

South Yorkshire Police Authority has re-elected Charles Perryman as its chairman.
South Yorkshire Police Authority has re-elected Charles Perryman as its chairman.

SOUTH Yorkshire Police Authority has re-elected its chairman.

Charles Perryman, who has been a member of the authority for the last 13 years and was appointed chairman in 2007, will oversee the authority’s role in handing over control of the county’s police force to the police and crime commissioner in November.

Coun Shaun Wright remains as vice-chairman of the authority, while Coun May Noble, Coun Talib Hussain and Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris have become members.

All were appointed at the police authority’s Annual General Meeting in Barnsley.

Mr Perryman said: “I am pleased to continue as chairman of the police authority.

“While the authority’s time is coming to an end, there is no room for complacency and the coming months will be an important period to establish key groundwork for when the commissioner takes over responsibility for the county’s police force.

“Continuing to reduce crime and provide a sufficient and robust police force, within a tough economic climate, remains our key priority.”

Police Authority vice-chairman Coun Wright added: “It is our responsibility to inform members of the public about the introduction of the police and crime commissioner, their role and objectives.

“This is the biggest reform of policing for more than 25 years and so it is vital the changes do not affect the good work already being undertaken by the county’s police force.

“As an authority we will be doing everything in our power to ensure the transition process runs as smoothly as possible without it having a detrimental effect on police performance.”