South Yorkshire PCC Responds to State of Policing Report

Responding to Sir Thomas Winsor’s State of Policing report, released this week, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings recognises the importance of public confidence in policing.

Dr Billings said: “The Annual Assessment of Policing 2021 sets out areas where policing must improve and as expected, this year’s report highlights a lack of public confidence.

“A mixture of crimes by serving police officers and shortcomings in certain forces have damaged the reputation of policing in England and Wales, but I’m pleased Sir Thomas outlines that whilst trust and confidence has taken a ‘knock’ it hasn’t disappeared completely.

“Our police officers and staff are working in increasingly challenging times, adapting to new ways of working with ever-changing technologies, whilst confronting dangerous situations every day. It’s encouraging to see this recognised in the report.

Dr Billings adds: “The State of Policing report also highlights the epidemic of violence against women and girls; a subject South Yorkshire’s Violence Reduction Unit is working hard to combat, informed by victims, charities, community groups, and support services.”

The State of Policing Report can be viewed here.