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A Message from the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police

Published on 28 September 2019 02:17 AM

Today, Friday 27 September, the service we provide to the people of South Yorkshire has been rated as ‘good’ by our inspectorate.

This is the latest milestone in our ongoing upward trajectory. The perseverance, commitment and passion demonstrated by police officers, staff and volunteers has paid off and developed a better service for the people of South Yorkshire.

We are now the most improved force for the third year running. We have shifted our position from the worst performing force in the country to the upper tier of top performing forces.

I have had no doubts in the quality of the people within South Yorkshire Police and this report is testament to that quality. We are a full spectrum force making full use of all of the tools in our armoury to provide a better, more robust service.

Policing can only happen in this country by consent and the people of South Yorkshire have shown great support, courage and patience in South Yorkshire Police as we have transformed the service we offer. This transformation means we are now offering a better service to the public, a more robust approach to criminals and a more supportive role to victims.

This is a key milestone in our journey to outstanding. We’re immensely proud of today’s assessment but this has only served to spur us on to become the most effective police force and to be assessed as outstanding by the inspectorate but most importantly by the communities we serve.

We are recruiting more than 500 officers now and in the years to come, along with many other roles. This is a great time to get involved. We have a clear plan and the necessary drive to achieve outstanding. To achieve this it is essential that South Yorkshire Police forms part of the local community and represents the communities we serve. If you would like to get involved, you can find out more here 

I would like to personally thank you for your role in this journey; whether that’s through reporting incidents in your local community, sharing our appeals for missing people, filling in a survey or working or volunteering within the police.
Thank you

Chief Constable Stephen Watson QPM