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Election Date Announced For Next Police And Crime Commissioner

Wednesday September 24 2014

Shaun Wright Shaun Wright

THE election to appoint a new police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire will be held in October.

Ex-commissioner Shaun Wright, who managed children's services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010, eventually stepped down from his post on September 16.

His resignation came after a report on child abuse said at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town from 1997 to 2013.

Steve Pick, the former deputy chief executive of Barnsley Council, has replaced Mr Wright in the short-term before the election on October 30.

Mr Pick said: "We will be running a series of engagement activities to gather opinions on what's important to you from a policing perspective.

"We're keen to hear from you so I'd urge you to use this opportunity to share your views to help shape the future of policing in South Yorkshire."

You can have your say on Twitter @SYPCC, using #YourBarns on Friday, by calling 01226 774600 or emailing thepcc@southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk.

Nomination packs are available from the electoral services office on the second floor at Barnsley Town Hall.

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Reply Posted by sid on Thursday September 25 2014 at 09:12
Will we get enough info on the candidates so that we can try to make an educated choice? The candidates have eyes and ears,they can see what the issues are, the correct person must have an action plan ,outline that to the voters and then we vote. Must say though, I wouldn't want that job no matter what the pay.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday September 25 2014 at 20:19
There's the problem @bluesky. Money saving was probably a larger part of the job than actually fighting crime. There was a documentary about policing in Sheffield on the telly a few months back. The police are under extreme pressure to keep crime down, yet funding is drying up. This country will be lawless if more money isn't put into policing. Shaun Wright may have been OK on the monetary side of the job? Who knows? But he certainly has been proved to have made wrong decisions where the law is concerned. His qualifications didn't fit the post it seems. We need info on the new candidates, or some one should have the guts to just enlist the best man for the job, if they can find someone. As far as I know the jobs only thier for 16 months, who needs that grief?

Reply Posted by rainbow on Sunday September 28 2014 at 08:50
It cost's £5,000 to stand for this post which rules out most people except for those funded by the major parties. So Much for Democracy.????