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Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Alan Billings

During my time as Police and Crime Commissioner, South Yorkshire Police has been transformed. According to Her Majesty’s Inspectors, they have gone from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ overall and ‘outstanding’ for ethical leadership: one of the top performing forces.

I will take that forward by continuing to:

  • Increase police numbers in neighbourhood teams – restoring cuts and going beyond that
  • Suppress organised crime gangs and violent crime through an Armed Crime Team
  • Prioritise community crimes – burglary, drug dealing, car thefts
  • Protect vulnerable people, including victims of cyber crime, domestic abuse and hate crime
  • Have a Youth Engagement Police Officer for every school
  • Tackle rural crime – with specialist Rural Crime co-ordinators based with the Mounted Section
  • Have greater focus on Road Safety – working with local authorities and Safety Camera Partnership to cut speeding
  • Support victims of crime
  • Use the proceeds of crime and assets of criminals to fund community groups
  • Reduce the force’s carbon footprint – electric vehicles, telematics, solar panels

I set up a Violence Reduction Unit to help steer people away from violence.

I set up a Sexual Assault Referral Centre where victims of rape receive support, have forensic examinations made and statements taken without having to go to a police station or hospital. There is a video link to the court.

I have lived and worked in South Yorkshire. I have been a lecturer at the UK Defence Academy; Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion, Lancaster University; board member of the Big Lottery Fund – dispensing millions to good causes; board member of the Youth Justice Board – overseeing the justice system for under 18s.

This statement was prepared by my election agent:

Trevor Cave

5 Alford Close

Barnsley

S75 2SB

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