THE Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire has defended his decision to recruit hundreds of volunteer officers.

Shaun Wright said his decision is not 'policing on the cheap'.

It's part of a five-year crime plan for the region outlining his three main priorities for 2013-17.

Its focus will be on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, whilst improving police visibility and protecting those who are vulnerable.

To increase visibility, the Commissioner plans to pour more money into front-line policing by recruiting an unprecedented number of Special Constables to boost numbers from 290 to 650 by April 2015.