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Police and crime commissioner elections: South Yorkshire

  • 19 October 2012
  • From the section England
South Yorkshire Police headquarters at Snig Hill in Sheffield
South Yorkshire Police headquarters is at Snig Hill in Sheffield

On 15 November 37 police and crime commissioners will be elected in England, along with four in Wales.

The PCCs, as they will be known, will be tasked with scrutinising their force and holding it to account. They will also be able to hire and dismiss the chief constable and set the force's budget.

The commissioners will be paid and are supposed to empower local people into having a say on how crime is tackled in their area.

Nominations for candidates in South Yorkshire have now officially closed.

BBC News has taken a look at each of the police forces ahead of the elections.

South Yorkshire Police

The county is a mix of urban spread along with areas where there was large-scale mining, steelworks and engineering.

Officers at South Yorkshire Police cover an area of 600 square miles (1,554 sq km), with some centres of population, including the city of Sheffield, and other areas of open countryside.

Priorities identified by the force include improving confidence and satisfaction, along with enhancing community safety.

Senior officers have identified the tackling of serious and organised crime, terrorism and extremism as priorities across the county.

Currently the force is led by Chief Constable David Crompton who has a deputy and two assistant chief constables, a director of finance and an assistant chief officer responsible for human resources.

South Yorkshire Police says it works closely with the county's police authority and rank and file officers' union, the Police Federation.

The force is also part of the Regional Chief Constables' Group (RCCG) and the Joint Police Authorities Committee (JPAC).

Together they outline the principles to guide policing delivered locally by individual forces, to communities within Yorkshire and the Humber.

Funding

South Yorkshire Police Authority has set a budget of £251m for 2012/2013.

The figure is based on an increase on the police authority council tax precept of 3.95%. Based on the average Band D property, this was a rise of £5.22 from the previous year.

The budget would enable the authority to defer a reduction of 110 police officers in 2012/13 and fund a further 22 police and community support officers (PCSOs) for the next three years, it claimed. The authority had also made a commitment to offset some other planned reductions in police resources in 2013 and 2014.

By increasing the council tax precept the county's police authority said it hoped to secure around £2m a year which would balance the need for further cuts in policing from 2013 onwards.

Crime and performance

South Yorkshire Police said a snapshot of the year 2010/11 showed that total crime had fallen by 9% - burglaries had been reduced by 5%; criminal damage was down by 17%; vehicle crime had dropped by 17% and incidents of robbery were down by 14%.

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