To make South Yorkshire the safest place to live, learn, work and run businesses.
To work with and commission South Yorkshire Police and partners to deliver reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour.
My entire approach is based on listening to you and understanding your issues. In my many conversations with you and in my current role on the South Yorkshire Police Authority, I know that you want:
• To feel and be safer in your homes and neighbourhoods.
• To know that the police will respond quickly and professionally when they are needed.
• And you want swift justice - if a crime is committed you want the culprits caught and dealt with appropriately.
I’m also well versed in the county’s crime statistics and current police work programmes. By piecing all the information together, I can see that we need to prioritise.
Further development of neighbourhood policing
Communities that work together, grow stronger together. By working with each other and the police, communities develop great ideas and a sense of togetherness that not only helps prevent crime but brings people closer. We should properly resource this vital aspect of policing – it is the heartbeat of safer neighbourhoods.
Making sure victims and witnesses get a better deal
People who have been a victim of crime can find themselves trying to deal with a whole range of emotions – from shock, anger and guilt to grief and pain – at the same time as dealing with not just the police, but lots of other agencies. It’s crucial that we treat victims and witnesses with the respect, care and support they deserve.
Renewing our focus on preventing crime and re-offending
It’s all too easy to judge the lives of people who commit crimes but there can often be a host of reasons behind offending and re-offending. So in our fight to keep crime down, we also need to understand the wider issues behind offending, so we can tackle the root causes. I believe that by addressing some of the key factors behind crime - such as drug and alcohol dependency, lack of self respect, and an absence of moral values – the long term impact will be safer and stronger neighbourhoods.
Ensuring better co-ordination, communication and partnership between agencies – to make the best use of resources
Duplicating efforts or failing to come together to do what’s right for local people is no way to use much needed resources in cash-strapped times. We need better co-ordination and innovation across the different agencies – whether it’s ensuring the most vulnerable in society are protected and cared for, responding quickly and safely together in emergencies or thinking about how technology can play its part in helping to reduce costs – we want our police force to be working hand in hand with their public, private and voluntary sector colleagues to get the best value for money.
Respecting and valuing those who deliver community safety services and encouraging good community and industrial relations
Our police officers are among the best in the world. They are also a part of our communities. They deserve to be treated how we would like to be treated ourselves. If we want safe neighbourhoods and a responsive police service, we need to build them in partnership – and that means working together and supporting each other in the fight against crime.
With your wishes and priorities in mind, I promise:
I am Police Commissioner for all South Yorkshire and I will always put the most vulnerable first; working to make South Yorkshire residents better off from the despair which crime creates. My approach to tackling crime is straightforward: I will do everything I can to ensure we have a police service which is equipped to fight crime, with a focus on local neighbourhood policing by a force that looks like the community it serves.