PCC Responds to Inspection of Regional Organised Crime Units

Her Majesty’s Inspectors have published their inspection into how effectively and efficiently the Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUS) deal with threats from serious and organised crime.

PCC funding boost for South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit

The Home Office has announced that a further £1.6million will be made available to the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, to continue the work of the recently established South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit.

Knife Crime is an Issue For Young People

In a recent national survey for the Youth Select Committee, young people were asked what their biggest concern was.

Police Officer Numbers in Barnsley

Last year we increased overall police officer numbers in South Yorkshire – including the Barnsley District - for the first time since 2010.

Response to Arbourthorne Shooting

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has condemned the shooting of a 12-year-old over the weekend and has pledged to work together with Sheffield City Council and other partners to end violence in the city.

Response to the HMICFRS Report – Both sides of the coin

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner had today (Friday, 10 January 2020) responded to the publication of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) report Both sides of the coin.

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.

Response to the EPI Report on Unexplained Pupil Exits

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) have today, Friday, 10 October) published their Unexplained pupil exits from schools report. Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The EPI report on unexplained pupil exists makes

Launch of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and Violence Reduction Fund

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has officially launched today (Tuesday, 1 October 2019) with £1.6m of Home Office funding. The Unit will be working to prevent and reduce violence across South Yorkshire, including knife crime.


‘Prevention is better than cure’ we say, when we are thinking about diseases. It’s better to get the population vaccinated against measles than to have to treat people who fall ill.


The last ten years of austerity have made policing much more difficult than it should be.  This is not just because we have lost 20,000 police officers.

£1.6m Funding for a Violence Reduction Unit

The policing minister has today, (Monday, 12 August 2019) announced that South Yorkshire have been awarded £1.6m funding to set up a violence reduction unit (VRU).