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Yorkshire police plans published

The Police and Crime Plan for South Yorkshire has been published, including priorities on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, protecting vulnerable people and improving police visibility.

Half a million pounds will be invested to fund additional specialist public protection unit officers and training for staff as well as enhanced services for young victims of crime, Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has announced.

Frontline policing will see a boost, with the number of Special Constables increasing from 290-650 by April 2015. Vehicles and buildings that were previously unmarked will also be ‘badged up’ to increase police visibility.

Wright explained:  “In delivering these objectives, I am being forced, as a result of Government cuts, to allocate an extremely challenging value for money budget, some £6.1m lower than that of the police authority in the previous year.

“I want to make South Yorkshire the safest place for people to live, learn, work and run their business. 

“Our police officers work very hard, and implementing my priorities will help them to further reduce crime in the county and make people feel safer. Despite the cuts to police funding, I will make sure that people in South Yorkshire receive the policing they have told me they want.

“I have set challenging performance indicators that will be continually assessed throughout the period marked out in the Police and Crime Plan and will report on the progress to the Police and Crime Panel at regular intervals.”

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