Candidate’s call to merge South Yorkshire Police with other force

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South Yorkshire Police should be merged with another force, a budding politician has said.

Ian Walker, who stood as the Conservative candidate for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner position last year, is now the party’s general election hopeful in Sheffield Hallam.

A full-scale inspection has been ordered after details of how the force failed to act on child abuse claims in Sheffield emerged, following the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal.

Mr Walker, who attended the Police Federation’s meeting for Parliamentary candidates last week, said: “Like many from South Yorkshire, I feel the name of South Yorkshire Police is tarnished which is unfair on the hardworking frontline police officers exposed to continued criticism for awful police leadership failures of the past.

“My judgement is it is now time to explore the merging of South Yorkshire Police with an adjoining force so the past can be put behind us and management savings put towards investment in the frontline.”