Alan visits Owd Martha’s Yard in Hoyland, Barnsley

Dr Alan Billings visited Owd Martha's yard community garden in Hoyland, Barnsley. 

On Duty at Christmas

Rotherham Town Centre

I spent a little time recently walking through Rotherham town centre with PC Paul Jameson from the central neighbourhood team.

Community Meeting in Wombwell

At a recent community meeting in Wombwell, residents spoke about how blatant some shop-lifting was in some of the local shops. One person had seen a thief scoop up small but high value items into a bag and run out of the store – in broad daylight.

Sheffield Police Awards

It is always something of a privilege to go to police awards evenings, and this year's Sheffield Awards was no exception. You get some sense of the excellent work carried out by police staff and police officers across the city in the various categories:

Remembrance Sunday

On Remembrance Sunday I attended the annual service and wreath laying in Barker's Pool, Sheffield. There seemed to be larger crowds than usual and many children and young people came, not least the cadets - army, navy, Air Force and, of course, police.


Half of life’s troubles seem to come from unintended consequences. Some years ago a colleague of mine bought a diesel car because she believed that diesel fuel was less polluting than petrol.

CLP Meeting in Branton, Doncaster

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, spoke on Friday, 25 October about the future of policing to members of the Don Valley Constituency Labour Party in Kilham Community Hall, Branton.

Celebrating Our Fir Vale Attended by the Commissioner

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner was the guest of honour at the ‘Celebrating our Fir Vale’ event at the Fir Vale Community Centre on Wednesday, 30 October.


Policing in this country is always most effective when the police and the local community are working together. This is obviously true when it comes to tackling crimes such as burglaries.

Formal Review of Serious Organised Crime

The Government has announced a formal review of Serious Organised Crime. It will be led by Sir Craig Mackey, a former deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan police force and report in the Spring.

New Police Station and Custody Suite Planned for Doncaster

South Yorkshire Police is currently in the process of acquiring a piece of land on College Road from Doncaster Council in order to build a new police station and custody suite for the town.