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I am writing this on a cold and wet Sunday afternoon in December. But my spirits were raised immeasurably earlier today by the Barnsley Concert Band - whom I had never heard before - playing Christmas songs and carols at my local supermarket.
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.
"For some, Christmas is an important religious festival.
"People will find their way to services in churches – from Christingles to Midnight Mass – to sing carols. In my part of Sheffield we also celebrate by singing carols in pubs.
Recently, I went on a walkabout with some police officers and children from a Carlton primary school. The police wore high visibility jackets. The children and I had high visibility tabards. We could scarcely be missed as we walked down the street.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, visited Royston police station in Barnsley on Wednesday, 4 July to meet police and partner agencies who are co-located there.
YOYO stands for You’re Only Young Once and has been developed to help young people learn about the consequences of taking part in activities that could cause them harm
Road Safety charity Brake was able to deliver their services to bereaved families in South Yorkshire due to funding provided by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
South Yorkshire’s only joint fire and police station has gone operational for the first time.
17-023 National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme
On 10 July 2017, YOYO visited Wales High School in Rotherham.
The pupils covered the subject of Road Safety and you can listen to all the podcasts produced by the pupils at Wales High School in the YouTube playlist.
YOYO stands for You're Only Young Once and is an initiative funded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Dr Alan Billings South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I very much welcome the new sentencing guidelines.