I am ultimately accountable at the ballot box during police and crime commissioner elections, held every four years. During those four years, I am held to account by the Police and Crime Panel. The Panel is made up of 12 people – ten Councillors from each of the four districts in South Yorkshire, plus two independent members of the public.

It is the Panel’s job to make sure I am making decisions in the best interest of the public, including decisions about what priorities are in the Police and Crime Plan, how much the policing precept should be, and the recruitment and dismissal of the Chief Constable.

I have to report regularly to the Panel to account for the decisions I make, or to be questioned by them and members of the public.

For further details about the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel please visit: www.southyorks.gov.uk