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Chief Constable provides an update to the Police and Crime Panel 

South Yorkshire’s Chief Constable, Mr Stephen Watson, provided Members of the Police and Crime Panel with a (virtual) briefing on Monday 20th July 2020.

Mr Watson covered the Force’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the enforcement of the regulations.  He also talked about the recovery phase and what that would mean for South Yorkshire Police.

 

In his time with South Yorkshire, Mr Watson has been instrumental in re-introducing Neighbourhood Policing, a move that has seen public satisfaction increase. 

The Panel were informed of the intention to recruit more officers within South Yorkshire by 2023, in addition to those already working out in communities.

Despite the challenges, Mr Watson acknowledged the significant challenges that will face Forces as a result of the pandemic, not least the cessation of Court Hearings which will inevitably result in a backlog and the impact on budgets and funding.

The Chief Constable’s attendance is an annual event, and one which the Panel welcomes to provide additional context around the operational policing.  The Panel’s role is to support and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, who – in turn – holds the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.

Cllr David Nevett, the Chair of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, said:

“It was a pleasure to hear from Mr Watson.  Whilst the Panel does not hold the Chief Constable to account, it’s always useful to have an insight in to the challenges faced operationally.  The information provided will help the Panel to more effectively support and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner.  We thank Mr Watson for taking time out of his busy schedule”.

  

Press Contact:
Linda Noble
Police & Crime Panel
E-mail: LNoble@syjs.gov.uk


27/07/2020
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Police and Crime Panel work continues during pandemic 
During these challenging times, the public can be assured that the Panel continue to receive documentation relating to the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and they are able to ask him questions about how he is holding the Chief Constable to account in dealing with the pandemic.

By doing that, your elected representative can provide reassurance that the Commissioner - and South Yorkshire Police - are doing everything possible to keep communities safe.

Whilst the Panel are not meeting physically, there are plans to hold virtual meetings where this is felt important and necessary to do so.


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Police and Crime Panel approve Budget for 2020-21 
At the meeting of the Police and Crime Panel held on 6th February 2020, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings proposed a two per cent increase to the council tax precept – the amount of council tax that is paid to the police to provide policing and crime services.

The proposal was accepted by the majority of the Panel.

The increase is equivalent to a £3.88 increase for a Band D property to £198.04 for the year. For Band A properties this equates to an annual increase of £2.59 and for Band B properties an increase of £3.02.

You can read more by going to VISIT below

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Police and Crime Plan 2017-21 
The Police and Crime Commissioner has published his Police and Crime Plan for 2017-21.
Go to VISIT below.

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Police & Crime Plan 2017-21 published 

The Police and Crime Plan for 2017-21 has been published. One of the key responsibilities of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel is to ensure the Police and Crime Commissioner delivers the priorities within the Plan.


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