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South Yorkshire Police Slammed In New Report

Wednesday November 13 2013


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SOUTH Yorkshire Police has been slammed in a new report - which claims the force is still prioritising burglary and vehicle crime over child sex exploitation.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that the emphasis from managers at South Yorkshire Police was still more focused on dealing with other crimes and must act immediately to improve its response.

It also found that intelligence teams were not fully supporting child sexual exploitation investigations and that staffing problems were hampering the investigations.

It said that these matters should be addressed 'as a matter of urgency'.

Crime commissioner Shaun Wright said there had been ‘a failure of management’ at South Yorkshire Police as he responded to the report, which he himself commissioned in the summer.

The HMIC inspection report did say, however, that South Yorkshire Police now showed a ‘clear commitment to enhancing the force's response to the sexual exploitation of children’ and found ‘all the officers and staff working in child protection to be deeply committed to their work’.

But the inspectors also said these efforts have had ‘mixed success’.

The report said: "Although staff and officers were aware that tackling child sexual exploitation was a stated force priority, this has not consistently been translated into operational activity on the ground at a local level."

Shaun Wright said: "The report makes a number of recommendations, with the most urgent to be implemented immediately and others within three and six months.

"I fully support the recommendations and have instructed the chief constable that he must ensure they're in place within the time frames set out by the inspectors.

"The commitment and effort of officers and staff on the front line of this most heinous of crimes is fully appreciated by me and rightly recognised by the inspectors.

'However, there is clearly a failure of management to turn my, and the public of South Yorkshire's, key strategic priority into operational effectiveness uniformly across the whole force area."

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Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 13:58
Burglary, vehicle crime and child sex exploitation all need to be dealt with. For all these crimes have definite identifiable victims who/whose families are forced to pay for policing via threats of violence and the deprivation of liberty... in the form of the council tax precept, with accompanying fines and jail sentences for non payment.

Instead of letting thieves get away with crime to deal with sex offenders, the force should be ignoring victimless crimes such as cannabis cultivation & use, illegal flag flying, climbing the town hall ladder etc.

Reply Posted by mb on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 14:07
After what i read on here yesterday about the 2 nine year old boys in goldthorpe. I think the justice system is doing the very same thing

Reply Posted by Sal on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 14:36
Its time Mr Wright took the responsibility himself. He's suppose to be running South Yorkshire Police but all he does is blame the management, who he has control over. All Mr Wright is doing is costing the tax payer money while blaming everyone else but himself. Its funny how things appear to be worse since he took up his post. Marking up plain cars with decals and when that's not worked blame the Chief Constable even though it was his decision. This is what happens when you bring in someone who doesn't understand the job. Its only going to get worse with the introduction of candidates at Inspector and above level who have no Policing background. God help us all when that happens, managers that don't even know the law or how the service works.

Reply Posted by hally1297 on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 20:14
Well said Sal but be careful common sense can get you in trouble in this forum !!

Reply Posted by rich on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 14:42
Sal leave him alone,,mr Wright is doing a Right job for Barnsley..cutting crime,,good luck Mr Wright..

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 16:55
Rich you are talking rubbish. Sal has it bang on in every way. Shaun Wright should be doing his job but instead he is blaming the Police for every little thing when he is the one who is ultimately in charge. Surely he is ultimately responsible then?
He has no understanding of Police work, either the doing or the legal side. He is purely a politician and is getting a huge wage for very little real work. All he does is leap from one political agenda to another. If everyone swamps him and the media with fly tipping concerns he would then turn around and "prioritise" that!!
Do you really want a politician? ex businessman in charge of the policing of your streets?? Really?
How and in what way is he doing a good job? Or is he just your mate?

Reply Posted by Rich on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 17:20
Mr Wright is doing Barnsley proud,Worth every penny for all the Police work and idea,s of better policing in Barnsley...He a right man for the job,,,go go Mr Wright..

Reply Posted by Pete on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 17:44
"Exhibiting a shamelessness and arrogance that is breathtaking, the former Rotherham Metropolitan Borough council cabinet member in charge of children’s servcies in that area, Shaun Wright, and on whose watch the appalling cases of Islamic sexual abuse occurred, is looking for a new job. He wants to be…wait for it….the new Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire.

Can you think of a more unsuitable person apart from Jimmy Savile, or Gary Glitter for this job?

Shaun Wright was not only the Cabinet member for Children’s Services but also, according to this weeks Private Eye, worked closely with Joyce Thacker, who was the council’s Director of Children’s Services from 2008. "

Reply Posted by hally1297 on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 20:13
bear in mind that reducing Burglaries and Vehicle crime are targets set by the heirarchy in response to listening to what the public want. Heirarchy such as the PCC who's party were the ones to introduce Target led Policing and the wonderful Crime Recording Standards. Well done Mr Wright another Politician who knows bugger all about what the public want...

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 20:18
It's because they're frightened to death of being called 'racists' ! Shameful, shocking, disgusting but also TRUE.

Reply Posted by Joe Public on Thursday November 14 2013 at 11:16
This is from the idiot who is spending thousands ensuring flags are flying outside closed police stations so public know they are there... tool !!!
Also in relation to Child Exploitation when is someone going to have the balls to say some responsibility for its prevention lies with the parents and social services for children in care. When I was 13-17 (early 90's) I wasn't allowed out to be roaming streets, takeaways, taxi ranks, I went out to an organised youth club, did homework, helped at home, helped others in the community, washed cars of family/neighbours for pocket money and wasn't out past 9pm. I am now in a decent job and have respect for people, money, values, and many other things. Too much of this "well you canrt keep them in attitude", well yes you can !!! They live in your house, they live by your rules. The point of my rant is kids are now easy pickings for these sick gits, because we make them easy. We don't leave valuables in cars for burglars so why do we make out kids easy to be groomed. Or is my view so wrong?? Perhaps the PCC could give some useful information instead of bashing the people who he is meant to manage. Also why does North Yorkshire PCC set reduction target of 1% given the cuts to benefits, employment, police and peoples willingness to accept "dodgy goods" as a result of financial hardship (her words not mine) and yet our circus clown sets 10% a completely un-achievable target given the current climate. He should sack himself !!!!

Reply Posted by Rich on Thursday November 14 2013 at 14:55
Give the poor chap time to settle into his new position...Rome was not built in a day.

Reply Posted by Truth on Thursday November 14 2013 at 15:31
A full time officer only gets 13 weeks to be out and fully able to do the job, he's had longer than that !!! He remains a tool !

Reply Posted by Rich on Thursday November 14 2013 at 15:45
truth@ is this after the months of training to become a police officer..Facts not fiction!!

Reply Posted by Layla on Friday November 15 2013 at 09:08
His PC's need to get off social media and actually do some policing. Most of them post whilst they are on duty. And the wittering about pay and conditions Tell me another job that pays as well as theirs with the short length of training.

Reply Posted by Rich on Friday November 15 2013 at 09:09
Mr Wright doing a good job..All you muppets give him a chance..